The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #68

With Halloween behind us, it’s time to look toward the rest of the year and the fun that’s on the horizon!
Let’s get to it, gang.

This week we’re diving into the Star Warsy territory again because with the debut coming next Tuesday, we want to know: How Excited Are You For The Premiere Episode Of The Mandalorian?

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.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #66

Knights Of Nerd Blitz-Dom, the time has come.
Execute Question Sixty-Six!

This week we are taking a slight break from all of the Halloweenie-ness, due to the Final Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker trailer dropping last night (Watch it RIGHT HERE), and we’re simply asking the obvious question: What Are Your Thoughts On The Brand New Ep 9 Trailer?

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.

And until next week, May The Force Be With You Always.

Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown Review

This book ended up being the final novel released in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, aka Legends, timeline.
I have no clue if Joe Schreiber knew at the time he was writing it that he was the penning the swan song for an entire line of continuity or not, but none the less he was swinging for the fences.
The question at this point is did he get it over the wall or did he swing wild and fling his bat at the pitcher, slamming him in the face and unleashing a torrent of blood, causing a bench clearing brawl the likes of which have never been seen before or since that will go down in history as…I may have gotten carried away just then, and I don’t even like baseball, but I think you see my point…let’s answer that question in less gory detail.

Consider this your official ***Spoiler Alert***

Sidious sends Maul undercover into a prison to meet with a mysterious weapons dealer to get a device to further one of his many secret plans and bring forth the Sith takeover we all know is coming.
Through algorithmic match making, this prison is a hub of fights and high stakes betting that brings the attention of the galaxy and some of its more seedy underworldy types.

This is the 3rd and final of Joe Schreiber’s Star Wars novels and I’m trying to decide if this is better than the 1st or not.
The race is so damn tight.
Death Troopers brilliantly handled Han & Chewie appearances while mixing in some kickass Zombie attacks.
This has Maul, Sidious, Plagueis, and Jabba in Pre-Phantom Menace action.
He has a way of dealing with these legacy characters that makes them feel less like untouchable art pieces and more like action figures that are going to get beat up and thrown back in the toy box for the next writer to take out and toss around for a bit, and I mean that in the best possible way.

His handling of Maul is great, displaying the pure stoicism of this brutal fighter is spot on.
Sidious takes lightsabers and the Force out of the arsenal of the horn headed apprentice, to keep his dark side allegiance secret, and it gives us a great insight into how his mind works and how he has been trained to adapt.
We see a new detective side to him as well as we follow him chasing down leads and rumors in the prison, hunting the arms dealer and coming to multiple deadends.
He almost comes off like The Punisher in that respect, and I loved it.

There are twists aplenty, and not a one had that all too familiar feeling of “are you seriously gonna try this hokey shit?” that can often be found in books/story that try to be too clever or deep for their own good.
They all have an air of “aw hell, why didn’t I see that coming?” to them.
One unexpected twist I’ll share is when Darth Plagueis shows up and starts undermining the plans of Sidious, confronting him about it to pretty much let him know he’s aware of the ongoing shenanigans, and then he cooly moves past it to discuss the grand plan for the approaching Sith takeover.
It’s tense as hell and almost worth the price of admission alone.

Tip to tail, this is a damn good book.
And while I enjoy the new main continuity, I hope at some point in the future that Disney/Del Rey will open the door and let the EU/Legends continuity thrive again.
Because if this is the level of story they were pumping out at the end, there were plenty more great stories to come.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

TNB Commentaries 028: The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones

51tiln1vm3l._sy445_Please turn off your cellphones and join us in the time before whips cracked, webleys were shot, and fedoras were worn.

For our 28th commentary, we head all the way back to 1992…and 1996 for some educational pre-Harrison Ford globe trekking adventure starring Corey Carrier, Lloyd Owen, & Margaret Tyzack.

We catapult through the winder and talk about old hillbillies and ass blasted wolves while discussing child acting, why this is more edutainment than high adventure, compare Indy to Forrest Gump, and we thank good sir @flyinkdw of @Cod_Pod for making it all possible.

Give it a listen and watch along as Indy breaks free of the playpen!

URL: TNB Commentaries 028: The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones
Direct Download:tnbc-028-young-indy.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

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

Solo: A Star Wars Story (Finally…)

It seemed like we were NEVER going to get to see any footage from the Han Solo standalone film before it drops into theaters in May, but this past weekend we finally got the trailer everyone has been predicting for weeks.

Check out the trailer below and let know what you think!  We’ll be discussing this in an upcoming show along with our speculation as to what we’re actually seeing.