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.

Twas The Night Before Star Wars

Twas the night before Star Wars,
And all through the house,
Everyone was clearly on edge,
Due to Ep 9 from the mouse.

The internet was ready,
To have its knickers in a twist,
After 2 years of bitching,
They were primed to be pissed.

They whined about Force Awakens,
Screaming and running for mace!
Rian Johnson made Last Jedi,
And they spit in his face!

Rogue One got to slide by,
They did not bitch very much.
Solo wasn’t nearly as lucky,
They cried worse and such.

“My childhood, you raped it!” They sure loved to scream.
All the while not realizing they had turned into a meme.

The dark side was winning,
This seemed perfectly clear.
No one knew how to fix it,
We’d hear whining all next year.

But all had forgotten a most spectacular fact…
Come February of next year,
The Clone Wars is back!

Trust in Dave Filoni,
Use The Mando as proof!
That truth alone should have you through the roof.

And so The Rise of Skywalker has come now,
But please do keep this in mind,
Many folks are sure to love it,
So don’t act like the middle of a great big behind.

Now as our tale nears its end,
There’s something I must say.
Don’t be a cunt tomorrow,
No spoilers on opening day!

Love it or hate it,
This you can’t do.
You must act like Jedi,
Not akin to poodoo.

Episode 076: Brian Quinn Presents: TNB Giant Sized Annual #3: Chorizo Dick

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In this episode, the man, the myth, the legend that is the icon known as J Sarge makes his triumphant return to the realm known as The Nerd Blitz to take up his sword and continue our quest to kill a murderous dragon!

We start off with J Sarge making a cruel and unusual request of Doom, have a triple threat existential crisis, make far more tasteless jokes than would ever be considered necessary, and have fun rolling diceseses all while Fitz tries to keep the other 2 in line and on task.

Whether you have been here since the beginning or this is your first episode, we want to thank you all for joining us in our celebration of our 3rd anniversary of this podcasting adventure, so sit back, relax, and enjoy as we do what we do best…filth and fun!

URL: Episode 076: Brian Quinn Presents: TNB Giant Sized Annual #3: Chorizo Dick
Direct Download: tnb076.mp3

Episode 056: Airtight

lastjedi-fanIn this episode, the fellas put fandom, as a whole, under the microscope and try to figure out what is going on with all the vitriol and toxicity in the air lately.

They start off talking about Star Wars Battlefront II again and all of the controversy that stirred, the road map for the game that caused a shit storm of it’s own, and spin that into what happened with The Last Jedi & Solo.

Let us know what your thoughts are on all of this discussion, in what essentially became an Episode long installment of FuĀ¢|{ This S#!t.

* Credit for this awesome Last Jedi RemakeĀ  troll poster goes to Fro Design Company, get a print here: http://www.frodesignco.com/last-jedi-remake/last-jedi-remake

URL: Episode 056: Airtight
Direct Download: tnb056.mp3

Episode 055: Ralphie The Riveter

Cobra-Kai-Daniel-auto-featuredIn this Episode, the fellas kick it old school again and pimp some stuffs that they done liked and what they done made, capisce?

Now settle in cause these 2 yay-whoos are talkin’ about one of them there Star War pictures that they be likin’, as well as some sequel to some movie Fitzy loved as a yout.

In Frig This Stuff, the boys start a conversation about fandom that they plan to continue in the next episode, out in 2ish weeks.

So be prepared and enjoy, gang!

URL: Episode 055: Ralphie The Riveter
Direct Download: tnb055.mp3