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.

Episode 090.5: Double Butter Ass

rise of skywalkerIn this episode, the circle is now complete as the fellas head out on the road again cause they’re gonna see a Star War GONNA SEE A STAR WAR together for the fifth time ever in this jumbo sized, extra special, reaction filled, three in one, .5 episode!

In this mega sized Star Wars Special we cover our reactions to Season One of the hit series The Mandalorian, try to understand why folks don’t seem to understand the concepts of building tension or slow burn character based storytelling.

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker has unfolded and, due to some super wonky time traveling shenanigans, you’ll hear BOTH of our first reactions in one episode for the first time ever…we think…so strap in for one hell of a ride as your favorite unknown podcasters are back with a vengeance!

URL: Episode 090.5: Double Butter Ass
Direct Download: tnb090_5.mp3

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.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #70

70 weeks in and still rollin’, what with this week bring?
Same as always, NERD QUESTIONS!
Let’s get to it, gang.

This week, with the launch of Disney+ rolling out in more territories, we’re asking about The Mandalorian.
And, despite the Disney & Star Wars social media accounts spreading spoilers, we ask that you don’t spoil anything here or on Twitter as there are still a few areas of the world that don’t have the service yet.

Anywho, onto this week’s Question: What Did You Think Of The First Two Episodes Of The Mandalorian?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Episode 089.5: Science Eats Babies

mandoIn this episode, BIG BAD MONDO MEGA MANDO ***SPOILER ALERT*** as we are diving in deep on the pilot episode of the Disney+ original series Star Wars The Mandalorian and all that comes with the gloriousness that it was.

Once again, ***SPOILERS*** abound as we give our reactions to the first episode of the first live action Star Wars series and give theories and speculation on what we just witnessed and where it can possibly go from here, and remember just what science does to mini human people!

Fitz get brain breaked as Doom is slinging shit like a caged monkey to try and figure out where this series can go, and the theories range from obviously logical to ridiculous and mind melting so strap in for a wild ride as we earn the title of nerd in this extra special .5 ep of your favorite podcast.

URL: Episode 089.5: Science Eats Babies
Direct Download: tnb089_5.mp3

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #68

With Halloween behind us, it’s time to look toward the rest of the year and the fun that’s on the horizon!
Let’s get to it, gang.

This week we’re diving into the Star Warsy territory again because with the debut coming next Tuesday, we want to know: How Excited Are You For The Premiere Episode Of The Mandalorian?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #58

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week…The Final Frontier…these are the conversations of nerd-dom, and our continuing mission to…talk about…nerd stuff…that really fell a part, let’s just do this!

This week, we’re basking in the glorious afterglow of D23 and asking: What Announcement From D23 Got You The Most Excited?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.