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  1. Bill Nye Saves the World?: A Review

    This is not an article I wanted to write.

    This weekend I watched all 13 episodes of the new Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World. And there’s only one word to describe my mood: disappointed.

    I probably don’t need to tell you about my love for Bill Nye. If you’ve listened to anything I’ve said here on Nerdy Show, you know it runs deep. Bill helped develop my love of science. He showed me that science could be “cool” and I could be “cool” for liking it. Bill Nye the Science Guy is a major reason I became an engineer.

    So I was excited for his new show. I really, truly was. But Bill Nye Saves the World is not a reincarnation of the television show that ignited my love of science. At best, it’s an awkward attempt at cashing in on childhood nostalgia. It’s a show that has no idea what it is and who it’s for. Is it meant to teach people more about complex scientific principles? Or is it more of a science-y Daily Show with correspondents mocking creationists and conspiracy theorists?

    After 13 episodes, I’m still no closer to an answer.
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  2. Wicked Anime’s Must-Watch Spring 2017 Anime

    The spring 2017 anime season is so, SO good. Not only are there more new shows to fall in love with, but there are also a ton of returning favorites. As always, the Wicked Anime crew and Nerdy Show affiliates valiantly sort through all content to bring you a curated list of the the spring 2017 anime you MUST be watching!

    Read on!

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  3. Spoiler-Free Review: Bounty Volume 1

    The Breakdown

    Rat Queens creator Kurtis Wiebe partners with artist Mindy Lee on the sci-fi action comic Bounty. Volume 1 collects issues #1-5 of the series, published by Dark Horse Comics.

    Elevator Pitch

    High-tech hacking, high-stakes bounties in a space opera for the ages. Bounty stands in a class of it’s own, but for the sake of giving some context: it’s Cowboy Bebop given a visual restyling à la Fifth Element.

    The Verdict

    Bounty is a beguiling, multi-layered masterpiece. The team’s quirky camaraderie, witty dialogue, and Lee’s Bruce Timm-esque art style makes Bounty a book you’ll be unable to put down. It’s a crucial addition to any comic fan’s bookshelf.

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  4. Review: American Gods: Shadows #1

    The Breakdown

    Writer P. Craig Russell adapts Neil Gaiman’s beloved novel American Gods in comic form. Art by Scott Hampton. Published by Dark Horse Comics.

    Elevator Pitch

    Mythology and realism collide as the gods of old and new battle for the worship of mortals. Gaiman’s tale is a classic, drawing you in and refusing to let you go until you’ve consumed the last page. American Gods: Shadows #1 will leave you yearning for more.

    The Verdict

    Whether you’ve read American Gods or not, American Gods: Shadows #1 proves to be just as captivating as the novel. Hampton’s art is dark and gritty, perfectly matching the tone of the original’s tone. This eerie adaptation is a must-read.

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  5. Nerdy Show Review: Kong: Skull Island

    When The Nerdy Show Network’s flagship podcast isn’t unloading on the latest geek news and happenings, we’re diving deep into super-specific discussions and interviews.

    Prepare yourself for an ape apocalypse! If you’re on the fence about Kong: Skull Island like we were, this spoiler-free review will see you right. It’s a hard sell: a King Kong reboot set in the same universe as the 2014 Godzilla – hypothetically aiming for a crossover. We think we were right to be skeptical, but the results? Well, join Brandon and boR as they provide their reactions and takeaways… Let’s just say that, much like the characters of the film, they were surprised by what they found. (more…)

  6. Review: The Once and Future Queen #1

    The Breakdown

    The One and Future Queen is a miniseries published by Dark Horse Comics. Presented by the creators of Amelia Cole, writers Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride and artist Nick Brokenshire.

    Elevator Pitch

    An intriguing gender-bent twist on The Once and Future King. While that novelty can often feel forced, this one doesn’t at all. There’s a pleasantly diverse cast, and, no, you’re not imagining the spaceman on the cover.

    The Verdict

    The Once and Future Queen could easily be a lazy remix. Make “King” Arthur a girl, maybe Guinevere a boy and suddenly you’ve got a “fresh new spin”. Instead, it’s surprising how non-pandering this debut issue is. Knave and Kirkbride are ingenuous in their storytelling; writing believable characters set in an unbelievable world.

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  7. Nerdy Show Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

    nerdyshow281_5When The Nerdy Show Network’s flagship podcast isn’t unloading on the latest geek news and happenings, we’re diving deep into super-specific discussions and interviews.

    Hear our spoiler-free LEGO Batman Movie review! Will Arnett’s brooding and hilariously self-absorbed Batman returns in a send-up to every incarnation of the caped crusader and his ginormous gallery of villains. It’s a pleasant departure from the grimdark Batmen of recent films and, like The LEGO Movie before it, is a non-stop pop culture explosion for all ages.

    Join Cap and Doug for a frank discussion of the highs and ho-hums of the film. Can this spin-off stack up to its predecessor? Will Billy Dee Williams finally get his moment as Two-Face? And… if everything is awesome, is there such a thing as too much awesome? These and many other inter-locking questions will be confronted in this movie Microsode! (more…)

  8. Wicked Anime’s Must-Watch Winter 2017 Anime

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    It’s a new year and a new season in anime, and there’s a lot to get excited about! From the most adorable anime girls to long-planned revenge plots to returning favorites, this season has definitely got something for everyone. Join the Wicked Anime crew and Nerdy Show members and affiliates as we highlight the winter 2017 anime YOU should be watching!

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  9. YEAR-END LIST: The Top 20 Nerdy Things of 2016

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    Written by Jessica Uelmen, Cap Blackard, and Matt Spill

    Let’s first address the elephant in the room: 2016 was a dumpster fire. But we’re not here to talk about that! No, we’re here to regale you with tales of the most nerdy occurrences this forsaken year had to offer. From sci-fi short films to WWE wrestling, and tech innovations to must-read comics; 2016 was actually a pretty great year for geek happenings. (more…)

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