Boosting The Signal: A Look Back At Firefly

They say you never forget your first.
And for me, that first was Firefly.
The first Sci-Fi franchise I found all on my own little onesie, no influence from Family Guy doing a spoof, no slight urging from a friend, no podcast making me warm up to it over time.
Firefly was all me, and all mine.

I grew up watching Buffy, but I missed the show when it first aired because this was the era before the internet and in a time when I would see “From The Creator Of” and not know enough to care what that meant.
So, in more ways then one, I missed the boat.

Now, I distinctly remember the trailers for Serenity when it was still coming soon and thinking it looked so damn weird.
The image of that weird girl, River, with her ballet like twirling and slashing while holding those things that looked like battleaxes always stuck out as something strange and different…and, at the time, not for me in any way, shape, or form at all!

So cut to a few years later and the introduction of Blu-Ray Disc, the cutting edge, the next evolution of home video!
Pre-The Clone Wars, for me at least, walking through the home video section at Walmart and I see this weird lookin’ sci-fi movie cover with its striking looking woman, this intense looking dude, and that beautiful ship.
It only cost $10 or $15, so I took a shot.

Now, for those unfamiliar with Firefly/Serenity, this was a dumbass dipshit move as Serenity is basically the series finale of Firefly.
I don’t want to spoil too much for those of you that don’t know the series and movie, but there are key character deaths, the biggest questions are answered, and I’m pretty damn sure all the mysteries of the series are solved.
So, yes, I watched that first.
But I didn’t give any amount of a shit, I loved it!
The humor, the action, the cast, and most of all the ship itself.
That homey, fully realized, eye-catching, and perfect boat was, and remains to this day, to be one of the biggest selling points for me.

Now, after watching the movie, I definitely felt like I missed something somewhere.
Until I dove into the special features, I never knew Firefly existed beyond the off-handed Family Guy joke about all of the shows that FOX had cancelled.
Those few bonus features opened up a whole new world!
Not long after I found the series on DVD, quickly I watched it and the movie in order.

Recently, I rewatched all fourteen episodes and the movie again and I feel basically the same as I felt over a decade ago, the same as the Browncoats that have been there since the premiere back in 2002.
This was, and continues to be, a wonderfully original series in style, tone, and use of language that was cut down well before it ever got a chance to hit its heights.
But what we were left with still set a damn high bar that most shows still don’t get near.
Pretty much the entire cast has gone on to great success in other shows, some on FOX.

And the quality and cast aren’t the only lasting pieces of this show’s legacy, because this little red headed stepchild of a franchise has rippled through even the heaviest of heavy hitters.
For example, I don’t think a single person can look at Solo and The Mandalorian (both of which I completely and utterly love) and seriously say that Firefly didn’t influence them.
Solo even has the space train robbery for christsake!

Now, in the age of the ever vocal internet, fans have been outspoken enough to warrant multiple comic series and 4 novels, so far.
In Serenity, Mr. Universe said what has become a sort of rallying cry for Browncoats everywhere “You Can’t Stop The Signal”, and that is more than fitting.
But after rewatching the entire show, another quote feels even more appropriate “When ya can’t run no more, ya crawl.
And when ya can’t do that, ya find somebody to carry you.”
We may never get any more filmed content from this franchise, but I’m glad the legacy will be carried on through comics and novels.

Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her continued editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #88

So…the world has gone completely batshit crazy, huh?
Good thing for you, The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week is here to make you contemplate all that wonderful crap that makes you forget about the perpetual drain circling that is real life.
With that in mind, let’s dive in!

This week, given all the wack-a-doodle bullshit in the world, we are wondering: What Is Your Favorite Apocalypse Book, Movie, TV Show, Or Video Game?

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #77

We have barely dipped our gnarly and mangled toes into 2020, but The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week doesn’t care.
It halts for no one!
So let’s dive in and feed the beast and it’s hunger for answers.

This week we want to look back and look ahead to the future, so we are asking: What Was Your Favorite Movie Of 2019 And What Movie Are You Most Excited For In 2020?

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #71

The holidays are upon us, but have no fear cause questions and nerdery are here to get you through, gang!

This week is Thanksgiving in the America area, so that has us wanting to know: What Do You Think Is The Best Movie Or TV Show To Watch On Thanksgiving?

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Episode 089: Ghost Boner

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In this episode, things are gettin’ spooky as the fellas celebrate Halloween with a special guest in an allegedly haunted house filled with death cards, creepy family connections, and other spooky happenings.

We hear a tale of drunken ghost sightings as Doom gets ganged up on, neighbors be creepin’, possums are gross as shit, Fitz finds a treasure trove of old goodies in a dead man’s attic, they dissect the religious iconography that appears in porn, and somebody whips out a Ouija board and shit goes down.

Doom and our special guest @gigiamk30
talk about seeing IT: Chapter 2 while Fitz gives the perspective of the book, shit gets derailed by a slimy wad of snot and an argument, and then pop culture references fly like an eagle in that they are coming in both fast & furious in this latest episode of the most consistent podcast you’ve never heard of.

URL: Episode 089: Ghost Boner
Direct Download: tnb089.mp3

TNB Commentaries 042: Halloween

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For our 42nd Commentary, we knife nail our way back to a cupboard wall in 1978 for this intense John Carpenter classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, & P.J. Soles.

This go round the fellas are dropping mad trivia and factoids as they dub a sick MC, ponder knife lengths, Doom gets annoying (shocker), Fitz gushes with love for the flick, a Pimp Spot happens, they point out continuity errors, and so much more in this curiously timed commentary you won’t want to miss!

URL: TNB Commentaries 042: Halloween
Direct Download:tnbc-042-halloween.mp3

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #65

The days are getting shorter and the nights are growing colder, the time for monsters and scares is upon us.
Grab your costumes and candy bags, we’re diving deeper into spooky season with a brand new Question Of The Week!

This week we’re trying to take a bit wider view on Horror movies as a whole and uncover some hidden gems by asking: What Do You Think Is The Most Underrated Horror Film Or Franchise Of All Time?

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