The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #48

47 previous weeks of discussion have gone well, but as things get spooky this week…will the trend continue?

This week, to celebrate the release of our new horror album on Bandcamp (The Nerd Blitz Presents H.P. Lovecraft’s In The Vault, buy it here), we want to know: What is your all time favorite horror story?

Leave your answer down in the comments or tell us on Twitter by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes to @SteBoost for creating our QotW logo.

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Mr. Monk Is Cleaned Out Review

For those that may not know or remember, Monk was a USA Network TV series about a modern day Sherlock Holmes (with, somehow, more idiosyncratic quirks) and his assistant Natalie (for our purposes, Watson) who were consultants with the San Francisco Police Department to solve various murders and mysteries.
It ran for 8 seasons, and the series finale for this show even held the record for the highest rated single episode of television for a while.
In short, this was a major TV intellectual property, so of course there was a series of novels based upon it.

This particular book is the 10th original novel in the series, and it was written by a man that worked on the show and wrote all of the previous 9.
After working with a character for that long, one would imagine that not many could handle the world and its inhabitants better.
So let’s dive in and see just how good of a handle Mr. Goldberg has on Adrian Monk and his universe.

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

The short reply is that Lee Goldberg may need surgery to ease up his grip on Monk, because 10 books in it’s still vise like.
The dude knows the ins and outs of every nook and cranny of Monk, Natalie, Stottlemeyer, & Disher.
He knows every inch of their minds, quirks, assorted little ticks, and attitudes.

Here’s what happened: Monk gets fired as a consultant with the SFPD due to budget cuts again.
All the while one of the biggest trials in the history of the Bay Area is about to begin for a man, Bob Sebes, who stole billions in an insane ponzi scheme that fleeced thousands, one of that group being Adrian Monk.
Jobless and penniless, and with all of the witnesses that can put the palindromicly named Sebes in prison dropping like flies, Monk can’t help but solve the murders…no matter how much Natalie tries to stop him and save their jobs.

The genius of these books is that, again in Holmesian tradition, Natalie plays our narrator.
Now, in the series, there was no narration, so you might think it would be a bit jarring to suddenly go so intimately into a character’s mind and read their every thought.
But not at all!
Natalie, though often meek on the show, has the best position to tell you every detail of the mystery and then give you moments to cool down and mull over the progress and frustrations of the story when she’s away from Monk that an omniscient narrator would make feel cold and detached.
And you get to see more of her fiery side, which makes her a more fleshed out character and improves/shades Traylor Howard’s already great performance.
It was the perfect choice from the start of this series and it continues to serve it well 10 deep.

Much like his brother Tod (read my review of Tod’s novel Burn Notice: The Reformed HERE to see exactly what I mean), Lee has the ability to translate the characters from the screen to the page with impeccable precision.
Which makes me wonder what was in their water growing up, how the hell did it bring forth such skillful writing talent?
The dudes know how to tell an extended story (compared to the shows these books are based on) and not have it feel stretched too thin to meet a page count or not spin its wheels on any unnecessary down beats that bore.
Just out of curiosity, I have always wondered how many episode scripts these novels equate to?
It feels like 2-3, but I am interested to find a hard answer just for a better understanding of the content they provide.

So to wrap up, Monk has always been a tragic and tortured character, and while that is a bit more exaggerated in these books than it was in the show, these stories are a great way to understand and spend more quality time with a character that spent 8 years and more than 100 episodes showing us that it’s okay to be flawed or damaged.
It’s okay to be different or weird.
It’s okay to be…you.
You just have to find your path and your Natalie to help you keep your shit together, gang, cause it’s a jungle out there.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #45

This, being our 45th week, we shall continue asking the questions that are Nerdy.

First off, ***SPOILER ALERT***!
With that out of the way, this week’s Question is all about the Game Of Thrones finale.
We want to know: What will become of Drogon?

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

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #35

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week returns for a 35th straight week, let’s get to it!

This week, we want to know: What is your favorite TV/Movie cameo appearance of all time?

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

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

TNB Commentaries 030: Scooby-Doo And The Curse Of The 13th Ghost (B-Movie March!)

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Please turn off your cellphones and pile into the Mystery Machine again as we kick off our returning & rescheduled annual celebration of low budgets and cheese in B-Movie March!

For our 30th Commentary, we go back 1 month in 2019 to start celebrating 50 years of the gang with this flick starring Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Kate Micucci, & Maurice LaMarche.

We invite a very special guest in as we address the change in our line up for our yearly Commentaries event, FORTY-ONE POINT EIGHT, discuss expectations are met, and learn a new insult in this fun and groovy new Commentary.

URL: TNB Commentaries 030: Scooby-Doo And The Curse Of The 13th Ghost (B-Movie March!)
Direct Download:tnbc-030-curse-of-the-13th-ghost.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #33

Hey gang, welcome back for more questions about all things nerdy.
Let’s jump right into it.

This week, we want to know: What is your all-time favorite Movie/TV poster?

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

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

Episode 073: Chicken Chunks

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In this episode, the fellas say goodbye to Santa Claus…about 8 years after he caught a big bad batch of the death as a hero!

The name of the game is wrasslin’ this time out the gate, gang, as we follow up on the Macho Madness that was the creamer video and the much hyped over the top manhandling segment.

We also follow up on the long over due cancellation of a pile of turds, the final season of Ash Vs Evil Dead, and get to some sweet sweet comics talk. You best stay through the thank you’s and whoring cause the show that features 70+ years of combined failure sprinkled in some extra shit, baby.

URL: Episode 073: Chicken Chunks
Direct Download: tnb073.mp3