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

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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

Episode 048: Fortress Of Sodomy

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In this episode, the fellas are takin’ a deep dive into one of their favorite topics yet again and somebody pees on the floor!

With little preamble, we dive right in and Doom drops some Star Wars novel news in Fitz’s face before Fitz walks us through some Star Wars Rebels Spoilers.

Doom watches a movie while they record, he gives a shoutout, trashes a crappy looking animated movie, teases some stuff, one of them loses their freakin’ mind as they get a visitor, and so much more than you can shake a stick at!

URL: Episode 048: Fortress Of Sodomy
Direct Download: tnb048.mp3

Episode 046: Off The Rails 5 – Face Like A Bean

article-0-1a0ec7cb000005dc-682_638x714.jpgIn this episode, the fellas are back with 3 of their 4 most touched on topics!

They start off talking about Batman and Ben Affleck seemingly being on his way out the door and who they would cast in his place, Doom brings some Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. news, and then Fitz gets all aquiver about the new Rebels trailer.

Han Solo is discussed, the works of Mike Judge some how get thrown under the microscope, and then they also wonder why stuff isn’t always as good as it did was when it 1st aired.

All that and more in this lean mean talking machine!

URL: Episode 046: Off The Rails 5 – Face Like A Bean
Direct Download: tnb046.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!

Episode 027: Lost In Cleveland

chetIn this episode, the guys talk about the stuff that’s coming up in the show (***Spoilers***, they drop one topic cause it’s just too stupid and infuriating).

Fitz pimps a YT channel, they discuss another Celeb that their own personal angel of death may or may not have touched, and then they do a Dinner For 5 type list of living or dead celebs they’d love to sit around with. Plus some sweet Star Wars Rebels talk!

PLUS we have a GIVEAWAY courtesy of http://ScoobyFan.Net & @SpiderScooby!

All that and more as one of em gets chucked under a bus by the other in FΩ€k This S#!t. Come have a listen as we launch into year 2 in a big bad way, gang!

URL: Episode 027: Lost in Cleveland
Direct Download: tnb027.mp3
YouTube: https://youtu.be/KoJS0J3BIs0

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