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

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The State Of Fandom

Not posting this for the clicks or attention, mostly as an easy way to archive it because I feel the message is important…also, Fitz told me too!
This morning, I posted a thread on Twitter about the overall current state of fandom, this is that thread.
Here’s the link to the original thread.

Seeing a lot of folks talking about the problems in the Anthill lately.
It’s a problem I’ve been noticing with all fandoms in recent years.
WWE, Scooby, Star Wars, Pods, all have been riddled with anger and fighting based mostly on differences of opinion and how to express them.
Definitely deeper and broader issues than that in some cases, but that seems to be the most deeply rooted cause.

It truly seems fandom is broken, and it appears that, sadly, many would rather plant their flags and dig their heels in than try and fix those problems.
Others still would rather use the current choppy state of the fandom waters to spin & push agendas under the facade of defending or protecting some & ignoring others going through the same.

It’s sad.
To the point that myself & some I talk to would rather not engage with fellow fans anymore in hopes of trying to fend off the negativity & potentially losing passion for things we have great love for.

The personal attacks against people providing entertainment (free or paid) are disgusting & need to stop.
Most of this shit comes from adults acting worse than children.
A lot of people are preaching that a better example needs to be set for the youth while privately feeding the shit storm.
Take your own advice & quit the back biting, game playing horseshit already, it’s goddamn tiring.

This is a rambling mess, but motherfucker, this world is fuckin’ shitty enough.
This world is brutal, we need escapism.
Stop trying to ruin it for everybody else and for fucksake just like what you like.

Episode 053.5: The Duo Go Solo (A Star Wars Story)

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In this episode, the fellas are on the road and gonna see a Star War together for the 4th time ever!

Apologies to those goodly enough to listen as the audio in this episode is rougher than an 84 year old hooker’s ass post shave with a rusty blade, but thanks to @steboost & @flyinkdw for salvaging the audio in the 1st section.

Hear our reactions to Solo, inappropriate singing, crappy trailers, and salty garbage looking people in this special .5 edition of the greatest podcast that nobody knows about!

URL: Episode 053.5: The Duo Go Solo (A Star Wars Story)
Direct Download: tnb053_5.mp3

Episode 053: Yo, This Mafucka Got A Cape On!

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In this episode, the fellers is talkin’ the Star Wars again, this time they talk over the Han Solo trailer and break down the age and timeline of a certain wookiee, which spins into some Battlefront II talk again.

They discuss some shapes, then Doom gets into a detailed breakdown of ScoobyNatural and every aspect of that episode’s sweetness (***Spoilers***, He loved it!), then they talk some Scooby news and rumors.

The show is ended with some sweet sweet comics talk as we learn that Fitz turned Doom and makes him feel dirty, but things do end up getting Fantastic and Spectacular for them both as they tease some upcoming funness!

Enjoy, gang, BYE!

URL: Episode 053: Yo, This Mafucka Got A Cape On!
Direct Download: tnb053.mp3

Star Wars: Kenobi Review

Since it was published, this book was proclaimed to be one of the best books of the EU.
Written by one of my favorite Star Wars authors, focusing on one of my favorite Star Wars characters, can it live up to that hype and my own personal expectations?
Patience, my very young Apprentice.
We’re about to find out.

As per usual, this is your official ***SPOILER WARNING***

I didn’t know too much about this going in, just that it was set almost immediately after Ep III and showed Obi-Wan settling into his new reality as a guardian of the future, of hope.
And that is definitely here, Obi-Wan has the weight of the entire galaxy on his shoulders, and at times it’s pitiable.
The moments of torment as he laments his former life make him even more sympathetic.
The working in of the alien accountant that was *Jabba* in the 1977 Marvel adaptation of the movie is perfect.
But there are 2 things I didn’t expect.
1. I didn’t expect Obi-Wan to almost be a background character.
2. I didn’t expect the arc of A’Yark (I’ll have more on this in a bit, hang tight).

Concerning the 1st point, I have read John Jackson Miller and others talk about why we really only see Obi-Wan from everybody else’s perspective, and I have to say it really annoyed me at 1st.
But the longer it goes, the better it works.
Seeing everybody else try to crack this nut is far more effective in maintaining mystery and looking at an iconic character than just jumping into his head.
It makes things more challenging for the writer and the audience, which in the end I dug.
I do love the 1 sided meditation conversations with Qui-Gon as an insight into Kenobi’s thought process, but more importantly I just love seeing the training Yoda set out for him in the closing moments of Revenge Of The Sith.

As for the 2nd unexpected point, A’Yark is a Tusken leader that we spend a surprising amount of time with.
Probably like most people, I went into this thinking that Tuskens were animalistic savages driven by rage and some unknown destructive need.
We go into the head of A’Yark and see something far more fascinating, a deep seeded superstition based on Tatooine’s twin suns.
We see some actual critical thinking, instead of base urge.
We learn about the history of the wrappings and look of Tuskens.
It’s great seeing how they’re treated vs how they really are, and learning how them and their attacks have effected and molded this community.

The worst part of this book is that it was a victim of the great EU Purge.
As seen above, JJM was walking between worlds, he was clearly tying all of his Star Wars works together.
But mentions of Duchess Satine and their relationship, which is official Canon, are examples of great moments of connectivity the Canon is currently missing.
Maybe if they do a Obi-Wan movie they’ll retread this territory (why would you do that!?), but stories like this, that could fit so well into the tapestry of the singular cohesive story, are now slightly depressing to read.

Overall, I love this book.
Maybe I’m easy to please, but there is so much to love.
If you want more insight into this legend of Lucas, read this book and hold out hope something like this comes around again and Miller gets to work on it.

Episode 050.5: The Original Prequel (or, TypeCast Volume 2)

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In this episode, the fellas take their final trip back in time, to exactly 5 months before The Nerd Blitz was born!

After a brand new intro, Doom & Fitz take a deep dive into issue 17 of the original 1970’s Marvel Star Wars comic, in their 2nd proto podcast. Adventure? Huh. Excitement? Hmm A Jedi craves not these things…but we sure as hell do, and this episode is jam-packed with 23 pages or so of lightsaberless fun from that galaxy far far away.

Enjoy this look back, gang!

URL: Episode 050.5: The Original Prequel (or, TypeCase Volume 2)
Direct Download: tnb050_5.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