TNB Commentaries 036: Revenge Of The Sith

61ZDSUH2iiL._SY679_Please turn off your cellphones and join us on Coruscant for some baby Jedi slaughtering fun and games in George Lucas’ swan song final film of the prequel era.

For our 36th Commentary, we make the jump to hyperspace…or, rather, 2005 for this fantastic flick starring Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, & Ian McDiarmid.

In this rollicking ep of war filled star talkin’, Fitz calls Doom a psycho and is, for once, TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED, then they also jibba jabba about the movie and the dark history one of them has with it, so…let’s have fun gang?

 

 

URL: TNB Commentaries 036: Revenge Of The Sith
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Episode 078: Butt Nekkid Wreckin A Barber Shop

hqdefaultIn this episode, the fellas have lottery fever, prove they are GOOD PEOPLE, and make wildly inappropriate jokes…there by negating the goodness, I guess…

Joke Corner returns again, the finer points of the making of a trash TV show from 2 decades or so ago, and Zombie Guys vs PCP Guys.

They get into the latest SCOOB! and Jay & Silent Bob Reboot! casting news, and speculate more on the upcoming Mandalorian series, so get ready for a damn fun ep and tell your friends, gang!

URL: Episode 078: Butt Nekkid Wreckin A Barber Shop
Direct Download: tnb078.mp3

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #42

Some say this week will be the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
Let’s find out.

This week we are staying in Space and asking: Who do you think is the greatest space ship captain in all of fiction, and why?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

TNB Commentaries 035: Star Wars Clone Wars (Micro Series)

51F7C82EDGL._SY445_Please turn off your cellphones and join us as we head to that galaxy far far away to witness wars with clones, robits, and fancy lightsabers!

For our 35th Commentary, we head back to this year’s Star Wars Celebration to watch & discuss some trailers & news, then we head to 2005 for the 2nd half of the Genndy Tartakovsky micro series starring Mat Lucas, James Arnold Taylor, Tom Kane, & Grey DeLisle.

As you’ll hear, a bored Doom calls an audible and Fitz offers absolutely no resistance, meanwhile Fitz has a mental break down at work, Doom gets douche chills, and they talk about wookiee poo sounds, so strap in & enjoy, gang.

URL: TNB Commentaries 035: Star Wars Clone Wars (Micro Series)
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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!

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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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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #38

38 weeks in, I think it’s safe say the Nerd is strong with this one.

Since we’re likely to have the official title to get the Star Wars Episode 9 at the end of the week from Star Wars Celebration, we are speculating and asking you: What is your guess for the Ep 9 title?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.