Episode 095.5: No Fat On This Bone

UntitledIn this extra special .5 episode, we gather together to say goodbye…again…for the third, and most likely final time…we think, probably…to a friend that set us on the course to coming together as concluded, The Clone Wars have!

We dive in deep on this discussion of the final season, arc, and episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, chart the growth and change of the series and particularly the journey of the, once hated and now beloved, former padawan Ahsoka Tano and her conclusion of this long imagined tale of war.

It hit Doom in a weird way he never expected and Fitz is super satisfied by this tale that was told over 133 spectacular episodes, encompassing 6 seasons and a movie, we try to figure out if Cheep is Chopper, ponder if we’ll see the 30 odd episodes that were left unmade, and just gush about an overall enjoyable experience.
Strap in and enjoy, gang, and may the force be with you…always…

URL: Episode 095.5: No Fat On This Bone
Direct Download: tnb095_5.mp3

 

 

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #94

Strong with the force young Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week is, hmmm.
94 straight weeks, posted we have.
Answer, you must, yes.
Dive in we will.

As if that intro didn’t make it plain enough, we’s talkin’ Star Wars this week, mother scratchers!
Officially concluded, The Clone Wars have, so this week we are asking: What Did You Think Of The Final Season And The Series Finale Of Star Wars: The Clone Wars?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Episode 058: Off The Rails 7 – #CloneWarsSaved

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In this episode, the fellas are flying about as straight as a moth in a tornado as they hop on the sane train and quickly go Off The Rails!

We are celebrating the San Diego Comic-Con announcement of the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and an assload of books, gang.

But also, we try and figure out just how exactly Blu-Ray players work, what is 4K, how did we get here, and many other unanswerable questions…so, ya know, buckle up and enjoy!

URL: Episode 058: Off The Rails 7 – #CloneWarsSaved
Direct Download: tnb058.mp3

TNB Commentaries 022: Star Wars TCW – The Mortis Trilogy

maxresdefault-1Please turn off your cellphones and grab your lightsabers, cause we’re heading in to a Starry War!

For our 22nd commentary, we make the jump back to January & February of 2011 for a Trilogy of Clone Wars episodes starring James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Lanter, and Sam Witwer.

We get HARDCORE nerdy with some deep Star Wars talk trying to figure out the meaning behind these incredibly esoteric episodes, what they mean for the larger universe, the reverberations on Star Wars Rebels, and so much more.

Grab some corn and enjoy, gang.

URL: TNB Commentaries 022: Star Wars TCW – The Mortis Trilogy
Direct Download:tnbc-022-star-wars-tcw-mortis.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2017

Episode 054: F**kwhistle Begins

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In this episode, Fitz won’t stop making things up as the fellas are invaded by an ineffective cover band from another dimension on the derpa derpa helpline.

Whiffs abound as the fellas are chasing rats for dinner, update you on some wrasslin’ happenings, talk briefly about Star Wars Resistance, and time travel.

Reading habits are thoroughly discussed after Scooby speculation is confirmed to be for real news in this mega sized episode of fun and fighting.

Was there something else…well, you’ll find out SHORTly, so enjoy!

URL: Episode 054: F**ckwhistle Begins
Direct Download: tnb054.mp3

Episode 050: Brian Quinn Presents: TNB Giant Sized Annual #2: We’re Not Friends!

ahsokaIn this episode, numbnuts and dillweed are celebrating 2 years of yammering about nerd crap for hours on end!

Doom starts off the show reminding Fitz he’s old before Fitz spoils the hell out of the finale of Star Wars: Rebels as sweet sweet retribution, then they take some questions from those of you goodly enough to listen.

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to
@TESDGroupie,
@Jason_Groce,
@acferrell1976,
@SpiderScooby,
@gigiamk30,
@SquishyNosInc,
@steboost,
@SMorgan21,
& @flyinkdw

for sending in all of the questions we answered, and double thanks to @SpiderScooby for providing our anniversary giveaway!

Thanks for listening and supporting us for 2 years, gang, now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

URL: Episode 050: Brian Quinn Presents: TNB Giant Sized Annual #2: We’re Not Friends!
Direct Download: tnb050.mp3

Star Wars: Ahsoka Review

She started as one of the most hated characters in Star Wars history.
After 5 and a half seasons of superb animation, she had become one of the most beloved characters in the entire franchise.
This untold tale of Ahsoka Tano in the fallout of Order 66 feels like it probably would have been a key part in the final Season of The Clone Wars, but the main questions are does this book do that spectacular series and character justice?

Heads up gang this is your official ***SPOILER WARNING***

No need for suspense, hell yeah it does!
The worst thing I can say about this book is the same thing we constantly said during Series 1 of The NerdBlitz Book Club, “Fuck, I wish this was animated!”.
Yes, it’s that damn good.

The plot is fairly simple, a year after Order 66, Ahsoka has abandoned her lightsabers and gone on the run from the Empire.
Moonlighting on an Outer Rim planet as a mechanic, she’s gotten pretty comfortable…until the Empire comes acallin’!
She steals a ship from the family that embraced her and heads for a moon so she doesn’t get discovered and cause even more havoc for innocents.

Tonally, this story really represents where it falls in the canon.
It’s somewhere between The Clone Wars and Rebels.
By that I mean it has darkness like the former, but not to the extent of the Maul arcs, and it is lighthearted like the latter, but not nearly as light as some of the chipper moments from Season 1.
E.K. has one hell of a balancing act here, too far one way or the other and you risk alienating a group of potential readership, but she hits the sweet spot.

Some of the things I truly love about this book are ties to the series that gave us Ahsoka and the series that brought her back to us.
One of the interstitial scenes actually takes us inside of Anakin’s mind on Christophsis, moments before Ahsoka entered his life.
A bit more light is shed on the process of bleeding lightsaber crystals to turn them red for Sith and their underlings.
We find out the fate of a planet from TCW, Ilum, that hundreds of generations of Jedi travel to to retrieve the kyber crystals for their lightsabers.
We meet another Inquisitor, The Sixth Brother.
We find out how she gets involved with the Rebellion, how and why she takes up the name Fulcrum, and most importantly we see her grow and gain her footing for the 1st time in her post-Jedi life.
All the moments we need to know about in her life are covered for sure.

Seeing the Empire come in and squash a moon under their collective boot, completely take over, and knowingly drain a planet of it’s resources to the point that the people who live there are better off just leaving helps paint the picture of how oppressive the Empire has become in such a short period as well.
That there is probably the thing I like best overall about this book, seeing those early days after Sidious took power.
It’s a time period that is sadly unexplored, and I fear it will be some time before we get more set in this era.

It really is a well written book that makes me hope E.K. gets another shot to play in the Star Wars sandbox, she hits the feeling of every era.
She plays well with all of the characters, including a cameo of a certain Prequel Jedi that I want more canon stories about.
If you like either of the big animated shows, read this.
If you want more Ahsoka stories, read this!
If you just want a good Star Wars story, read this damn book!