Are You Watching Yet?

With only 8 new episodes left in my web series, now is the perfect time to binge-watch all the episodes available and stay up to date for the final ones.

Take a look at last week’s episode:

 

Or start back at the beginning:

And don’t forget to check in tomorrow, because the plot thickens!!!

Nerd in the City Book Club

A New Dawn

by John Jackson Miller

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Once Disney and co.┬ádecanonized all of the existing Star Wars novels, relegating them to “Star Wars Legends” they made quick work of ordering all the new novels that would take their place in the new canon alongside the movies and Star Wars: Clone Wars and the brand new Star Wars: Rebels.

A New Dawn picks up about a year before the new Disney XD cartoon, that’s already been picked up for a second season. IT follows future crew mates, Kanan Jarrus an ex-Jedi just trying to survive in the aftermath of the Jedi purge and Hera Syndulla, an impressive Twi’lek pilot with secrets of her own.

Star Wars is always at it’s best when unlikely allies come together to take down a big bad that is doing unspeakable evil. This novel sits comfortably in a world we know and love, employing references to Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine and even Grand Moff Tarkin. Yet it has it’s own story to tell and creates a lovely lead in to the TV show that is just on the horizon (episode 1 has already aired and will be re-aired on ABC at the end of Oct. with a special scene featuring Vader himself, voiced…of course, by James Earl Jones. Don’t miss it!)

It’s great to see a strong female character, which Star Wars has never had a problem portraying. They’ve only ever had too few of them to portray. A problem I hope to see disappear in the new film as well as in Rebels.

A lovely gentleman at the Del Rey booth gave me a copy of this book, officially making him my favorite person at New York Comic Con this year!!

Get it here.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The fall lineup for television this year is chock full of delicious treats!
But I am looking forward to ABC and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Kingpin of nerdom himself, Joss Whedon, is heading up the project as well as continuing his work on Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. (Busy man!)

By far the most exciting and notably cast member is Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson, who we last saw getting shanked in the back by Thor’s rogue brother, Loki.

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But Agent Phil Coulson lived on in our hearts and has found rebirth on this series. Though word on how he survived is still a closely guarded secret and will be revealed throughout the pilot season.

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With Joss Whedon at the helm and the entire ABC/ Marvel/ Disney brand backing the project there is no doubt that this will soar to new heights. Capturing both female and male audiences alike. If the ladies doubt the appeal of this project then they need just return to Whedon’s roster of shows to see his love of powerful women, powerful story and moving moments.
For the men well Buffy may have been a blonde chick from Sunnydale but she sure kicked some serious ass! S.H.I.E.L.D. will no doubt get a jolt of action worthy of any feature length film!

Definitely a must see of the season. The pilot episode airs Tuesday Sept 24th at 8pm.

My Helicopter Adventure

My dear friend, Stacey, came up to visit me this weekend. And she had some credit card rewards points saved up that she had a mind to use.
Some of the options included seeing Jersey Boys, seeing Newsies, a night in a nice hotel, restaurants, etc. But the one that caught our eye was the helicopter tour over New York City.
That tour is pretty pricey on it’s own at $180/ person. So the chances of ever being able to do this in life was pretty slim.
I must say… we chose well!

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All in all, my inner child (the part of me that always dreamed of being a spy or a marine or a fighter pilot) was very excited. If you ever have the chance to do this, I recommend it. It was certainly a unique experience.