Fandom Friday-Firefly the Fandom

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, sickness with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, ask or a guest blogger, treat talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE.

Ha! Its technically still Friday here! I am quite proud that I made it! I know that it has been awhile since a Fandom Friday was posted and I swear that I am trying to get better at this weekly post. I know that I am really good with the other so I promise to show the same dedication to this one as well.

This week’s guest blogger is Jackie from Seeking Bazinga and she is here to write allll about one of my favorite shows, Firefly. Enjoy!

Firefly the Fandom

 

I came into the Firefly fandom later than a lot of fans. I missed the original airing on Fox, which according to those who DID see it, said screwed up the viewing for almost everyone. The episodes were shown out of order. Not all the episodes were shown. They were cancelled early in the season, and only made 13 episodes. I heard they even changed the night and time it was scheduled for, and they just didn’t see the numbers they wanted and POOF!

Firefly was gone.

And there were so many of us that hadn’t even known it had been there.

But we got lucky. Someone we knew, in my case it was my soon to be sister in law, had the DVD’s. She couldn’t believe we hadn’t seen the show. She sat us down, sometimes duct tape was needed, sometimes not, and put the DVD’s on and forced had us watch the first disc. Not even the first episode. The first disc. Which is a fair commitment to TV as the pilot is 86 minutes long. And then there are two more episodes on the disc. But, I have to tell you, after you get finished with episode two, “The Train Job,” you’re hooked!

The Train Job shows the amazing directorial skills of Joss Whedon and the AMAZING ability of the actors to banter and show off their comic timing.

But the best part of the Firefly ‘verse? The fans.

Referring to ourselves as Browncoats because of the history in the show, where the Browncoats fought against unification of the planets run by the “alliance.” So, since Mal fought against the alliance and against unification, we call ourselves Browncoats. Just like Captain Mal:

Firefly made more fans after it was cancelled than while it was on the air. The DVD sales spread like wildfire because of word of mouth. And then the Browncoats became many. And they remained vigilant. And then, three years later, because the fans would not let the show die, Serenity the movie was made. And still, the Browncoats are hard core. We will never go away, we will continue to stay faithful.

In fact, I asked several of my friends why they were Browncoats. It’s very simple.

Vince:
Because you can’t stop the signal, is why.

Matt:
Because I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.

Brandi:
Because no power in the ‘verse can stop me.

Mindy (My sister in law, and the reason I am a Browncoat):
Done the impossible. That makes us mighty

Susan Fox of Krypton Radio:
I liked Joss’ previous work [Buffy/Angel] so I picked up on this from the first episode. I thought it was a brilliant treatment of the future with some very realistic guidelines, like “no aliens” and a credible post-civil war scenario.

Dr. Tanya Mueller:
I’m not sure if I’m a true browncoat but an appreciator for sure. I like strong female characters and witty dialogue.

Cat Carter also of Krypton Radio:
I am a Browncoat cus I am a sassy-mouthed rebel grrrrl living under the supposed headship of a self-absorbed ‘leader’ and I am doing my own thing in spite of him….so I can really resonate with the Serenity crew….you can’t take the sky from me!!!

Nova:
I wouldn’t call myself brown coat either, though I loved the series and movie. I would put it on my watch list if they revived it. But I haven’t read any Firefly fan fiction or anything. It was well written and a lot of fun!
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Kendall:
I just worship the ground Joss walks on…

Jessica Zipay (soon to be member of Nerds in Heels, coming soon!)
Hmmm, I don’t think I’d call myself a browncoat either, but I totally support their efforts and I love the series. I still have to watch the movie but I’m sure I’ll love it, too!

The fans, even the ones who aren’t hard core Browncoats, are appreciators of the series. We adore the show. We loved the movie. We are not going anywhere. We just get stronger and more adamant.

In fact, most of the cast, even though they all have had and/or are working on other shows, would reunited for more Firefly. And no one is a bigger Browncoat than Nathan Fillion, Captain Malcolm Reynolds himself. When he sees Browncoats at cons, or just out, he almost always stops to say hi and chit chat.

I was lucky enough to meet most of the cast and the great Joss Whedon at the movie premier of Serenity. I’ve never been surrounded by a nicer group of actors in my life. And because they all adore each other, and they adore Joss, they do damn near anything for the man.

There is a reason Joss Whedon is my master now….

So, if you haven’t watched the show…try it. Commit to disc one. And if you’re not a fan? You might need to turn in your geek card!

Bazingirl, Blogger Grand Master from Seeking Bazinga

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I hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of the Fandom Friday. Don’t forget to submit your own posts for the Fandom Friday! We want to learn alllll about different fandoms, and you can learn about the ones we’ve already covered here.

Also, check out the last Fandom Friday post all about the show, Supernatural, also written by Jackie. I know, I’m getting bad at this post but I promise I will get better!

Happy Friday everyone!

The First Time I Found a Fandom: San Diego Comic Con

So one of the best parts of running this blog is meeting new people. I’ve met a ton of new friends who are fans of the similar fandoms of me, viagra dosage I’ve met people with writing goals like me and I’ve met a ton of nerd girl bloggers that are seriously awesome.

And I thought, website like this hey, and why not do some blog swaps? Why not help each other out?

So here is the first of some of the blog swaps I’ve started.

Megan is from The Nerdy Girlie, specializing in fandoms like Doctor Who, Firefly, Sherlock, Chuck and more. She also knows her way around San Diego Comic Con. Check it out below!

The First Time I Found a Fandom: San Diego Comic Con 

By:  The Nerdy Girlie aka Megan

I had just recently moved to San Diego in January of 2009.  My husband is a professional and was able to get us both free passes to San Diego Comic Con almost on a whim.  That first year I was a total NOOB. It was our first full day in Ballroom 20 and the very first, and only panel we didn’t come to see, was Chuck.  Zachary Levi grabbed my attention immediately with his love and kindness toward his fans.  Adam Baldwin kept making jokes alluding to Firefly.  With that I went home and caught up on Chuck and Firefly and my nerdiness has been growing ever since.

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In 2010 we attended Comic Con again, and you could say I was still a newbie con goer.  We stayed inside the convention center the entire con, but this time we did attend all five days, preview night included.  I did my first official early rise for the Chuck panel in Ballroom 20 where we saw them only one year earlier.  Twitter became my best friend that year.  By following Nathan Fillion, I was able to see a tweet he sent out just as we were about to leave for the day.  He was at the CA Browncoats booth signing Serenity comics.  I grabbed the fellow Browncoat of our group and we RAN flat out from one side of the convention center to the other and got in line.  We were able to get Nathan to sign my Serenity comic.  I was officially HOOKED on San Diego Comic Con!

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I would have to say I began to get more obsessed in 2011.  It’s a bit harder when you have others with you, and you all want to do different things, like sleep in.  But they all quickly learned the first rule of Comic Con is that you do NOT sleep in!  That year it seemed you had to get to the con earlier and earlier to get a good seat — or a seat at all.  We entirely skipped Ballroom 20 that year, and instead hit up the Hilton Bayfront Indigo Ballroom.  Arriving at 6 a.m. still left us about 200 deep in line.  I got to meet my very first celebrities {the cast of Being Human U.S.} and had a blast at Nerd HQ.  We did not plan to go to any of their panels, but thanks again to Twitter, I saw that the Nathan Fillion panel had extra seats right before it was to begin.  We were able to get in and have Joshua Gomez and Ryan McParlin sit directly behind us!

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Every Comic Con I attend keeps getting better and better.  I learn so much more every year, get to see more celebs, and learn what dedication to a fandom really means.  In 2012, I was one of the thousands in line to see the 10th anniversary Firefly panel.  I again turned to my best friend Twitter for an estimate on when to arrive.  Some said 5 a.m., some said 1 a.m.  We ended up arriving in line at 2 a.m. with sleeping bags in tow.  I got a bit of sleep, but was awakened to shouts of “Joss is here!”  What a way to wake up!  I was able to get his autograph and a picture with him.  I was pleasantly surprised by how sweet and kind he was.  Thanking everyone for camping out and keeping Firefly alive.  He had one of the highest grossing films of all time and he took the time to walk a fan line at 3 o’clock in the morning.  That’s Comic Con in a nut shell.  Fans and the people they love coming together and spreading the love.

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2013 will be my fifth year at San Diego Comic Con and I can only hope that it continues on its upward climb of awesomeness.  If anything I just am glad to be there with awesome nerds and if I can share what I have learned with just one person and help them have a great con, I will be happy.

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You can read my San Diego Comic Con Guide at my blog www.thenerdygirlie.com

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite TV Shows

Hello, this all. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Mine started off on a sour note but turned out to be okay :) I kept myself busy spending time with my boyfriend, my friends and a few books!

But now its that time again, time for the Tuesday Top Ten.

I’ve always told myself that I’m not a big TV watcher, that I’d rather read books. And while that is definitely true; I would rather pick up a novel and read it than turn on the TV and watch, that doesn’t change the fact that there are some seriously awesome TV shows out there. So today’s Tuesday Top Ten is

My Ten Favorite TV Shows

Honorable Mention: Glee

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The reason that Glee gets an honorable mention on this list is this reason: I adored the first two seasons. I own the first two seasons. The first season had a bunch of awesome songs and a fantastic quirkiness to it. Lea Michelle is just plain BRILLIANT in the first season as awkward but talented Rachel Berry. I like season two as well because it retains that quirkiness, and my old celebrity crush, Darren Criss, before fame got to his head and he broke my heart. Now, the show lost its quirkiness, the songs aren’t good (I mean, seriously, they did Rebecca Black’s Friday!) and Darren Criss just isn’t the Starkid that I used to know…Alas, this show just ended way too soon for me. Moving on…

10. Switched at Birth

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Okay, so this show is seriously cheesy as hell and all that. For the most, ABC Family does have its share of cheesy shows. But I really like this one. Bae Kennish, dark haired and dark eyed, convinces her family to undergo genetic testing with her very light haired, light eyed parents and POOF! She learns she doesn’t actually belong to her parents. Instead, she was switched at birth and her birth mother, Regina, took home the Kennish baby, named Daphne Vasquez. Daphne, of course, looks JUST like the Kennish parents and doesn’t fit her Latina name in the slightest. To shake things up a bit, Daphne is deaf, due to illness when she was a toddler. Regina, her mother and Daphne all move into the Kennish’s pool house and drama breaks out as the two families learn to live with each other and live with the mistake that was made. Its juicy and drama filled and completely addicting.

9. Pokemon-Season One

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When I was twelve years old, this was the coolest thing in the world…to every kid out there. Not only was this a exploding hit show but it came paired with a card game AND a video game…not to mention a few movies that hit the actual theater, instead of just straight to DVD…or was it still VHS back then….Anyway, the story falls Ash Ketchum as he journeys away from home (at ten years old!) to become the greatest Pokemon master there ever was! He has to catch them all, all 150 Pokemon and train them the best he can, to fight in battles (which seems a little cruel…) so he can win all the badges he can in the Indigo League. Now, if you’ve played the game, you want to curse the show…how is it possible that Ash has a Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle AND a Charmanader? Ridiculous haha. But it still remains one of my absolute favorite shows, one that I actually own on DVD, and I continue to enjoy watching it, even if it isn’t the best show in the world.

8. The Vampire Diaries

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This is a VERY recent development in my TV love but it already is included in one of my favorites of all time. Its unbelievably cheesy and of course it has my least favorite plot device ever: the love triangle. But its sort of guilty pleasure, you know? Elena Gilbert leaves the ordinary life in her town, before vampires Stefan and Damien reappear after decades of traveling and it doesn’t take long before she falls in love with Stefan. Of course, falling in love with a vampire doesn’t mean things are going to be easy. Combine that with the fact that Elena is special on her own; she is a doppelganger and her blood holds special powers, and you have a TV show just chock full of very attractive people and a ton of drama. I’m not one for vampire stories but this one is seriously addicting, and its much easier to stomach when you consider that Elena is a much better female character than Bella Swan.

7. Madoka Magica

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Another recent addition in the past six months, thanks to my brother and an extremely fun trip to Anime Expo to meet the voice actors of the English dub version. So far, its only the one series, where young Madoka goes to school with her friends Sayaka and Hitomi until she meets the strange creature, Kyubey. Kyubey comes from another world, and he can grant any wish you desire, ANY wish, and the trade is that you become a Magical Girl, a girl capable of defeating the witches of the world. Sounds like fun, right? Sounds like a great trade…you get a great wish and you basically become a super hero in the meantime. But, of course, this isn’t how it ends up. Kyubey is sharing secrets from the Magical Girls, and Madoka begins to learn of them through Sayaka, and other Girls like Kyoko, Homura, and Mami. What looks like a sweet and bubbly anime turns out to be a heart wrenching, action packed, dramatic anime that leaves you floored. I just recently went and saw it on the big screen, in its movie version and it was announced that a second installment, a second season/movie will be coming sometime this year. Excitement!

6. The Walking Dead 

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Okay, I’m sure there aren’t a lot of people out there who actually DON’T watch this show and there’s a reason for it. We’ve all seen the zombie movies; there’s only about a thousand of them in there. And the thing about this show is that it really isn’t that different from the others. The basic premise is still the same. But there are small things here and there that make it different; the fact that everyone has the zombie virus, that Lori gets pregnant, that Shane basically goes insane. Its more than just a zombie show. Its a character study. Sure, the world is overrun by zombies and you need to survive and everything is simply just going to hell. But its the characters that get you in, its the characters that keep you watching because you watch them as they make decisions and screw up, and go insane or stay calm and then go insane. Sometimes the best stories are told in the characters in themselves and The Walking Dead is proof of that, and that is what keeps me watching.

5. Sherlock

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I started to watch Sherlock because I had just finished watching Doctor Who and I was ready to watch a ton of British television. That combined with the fact that Steven Moffat was the writing brains behind it, was enough to get me to watch it. And I LOVED it. It only has two seasons so far, and each season is only three episodes, though they are long episodes. For those of you who have no idea what this is, its an updated, modern version of the stories of Sherlock Holmes. And no, I’m not talking about the completely uncomparable US version, Elementary. Forget that show even exists. Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes is extremely smart, extremely lacking of any kind of tact and extremely obsessed with solving crimes and riddles that others can’t. Paired with his trusty sidekick, John Watson, they solve crimes and have a blast. And get into a TON of trouble, of course. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have a great chemistry together and you completely believe in their partnership and friendship. Its been AGES since season two has premiered and we probably won’t get season three until 2014. Sad. Face.

4. Firefly

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Is there anything that Joss Whedon does that isn’t instant magic? I highly doubt it, and if there is, I don’t want to know about it. Think about it; this TV show aired a decade ago, and people still love, the Browncoats are still out there in large numbers and their numbers are constantly growing. The show never gets old. There’s something about the hodge podge crew of the ship Serenity that can keep you watching. There is someone for everyone on that ship. Captain Mal. Zoe. Wash. Inara. Jayne. River. Kaylee. And on and and on. I think Joss really had something going with this show and that maybe the time wasn’t right for it. Science fiction has always had its fan base but in the last few years, fantasy and science fiction has grown immensely in popularity and it contributes to Firefly’s surge in followers. Its a fantastic show; it has politics and human interest and love and action and drama and humor. So much humor. It is one of my favorite shows because of how quickly you are able to become attached to this rag tag crew and how sad you are when you realize that all you have are those fourteen episodes and a movie.

3. Arrested Development

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I would like to thank my boyfriend for this one. I had never even HEARD of this show when we started watching it together five years ago. I didn’t watch a lot of TV five years ago, mostly because I didn’t realize what was out there amongst all the crap that is on TV. My boyfriend, who was not my boyfriend at the time, and I were hanging out, had nothing to do and so we started watching Arrested Development because it’s his favorite show and he insisted I watch it. It’s about the Bluth family, living in Orange County, California (where I’m from!), going from a rich family to a poor family and the hilarity that ensues. When I first watched it, I didn’t get it. I mean, sure it had its moments where it was funny but I just didn’t get it. But then we started watching it more and thats when it really started to be funny. The hilarity of the show is in the characters and the “inside jokes” if you will. Once you know these characters, the jokes about them become 100 times more funny adn the show is just pure comic brilliance. It is so very sad that this show only lasted three seasons (how is this possible when crap like Jersey Shore lasts for YEARS?) but happily, the show will return to Netflix in a new season this spring. I definitely am counting down the days.

2. Once Upon a Time

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Finally, a show I found on my own, with no help from anyone and that I’ve been watching since the beginning. I remember seeing a commercial for the show and wondering what the hell is this and wow it looks so awesome! It tells the story of Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, though she’s unaware of this. She’s living in our world as a bailbondsperson, until the son she gave up for adoption comes looking for her and brings her back to his hometown, Storybrooke. Storybrooke is the home of all the fairy tale charcters that you’ve grown up with: Snow White, Prince Charming, Jiminy Cricket, Red Riding Hood, Belle, Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, and on and on. But the bad thing is, they don’t know who they are because the Evil Queen is there and she brought them there as punishment. Its brilliant. The best part of it is the alternative fairy tale that comes along with this; its so different from those Disney classics that we all grew up with. But it also brings in a lot of themes and story points from the original stories that were passed on down through oral traditions, in folk and myth tales, before they were ever thought of as children’s stories. Its fairy tales for grown ups and it rocks.

1. Doctor Who

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LONGEST RUNNING SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SHOW EVER. 2013 will be the 50th year of this amazing, amazing show. And while I have yet to go back and enjoy the awesomeness of the original series, I am so in love with the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors and I can’t get enough of this television show. It took me years to sit down and watch it, even though people were telling me for years that I would enjoy it. I finally sat down, queued it up on Netflix and literally watched six seasons of Doctor Who in about a month. It was amazing. And its because its so addicting and so much fun. The Doctor is an alien from the planet of Gallifrey, and he is a Time Lord, with a blue police box called the Tardis, that can travel anywhere in space and time. And where the Doctor goes in the Tardis, there is bound to be some universal catastrophe going on and the only person who can ever save the day is The Doctor. He’s serious and he’s brilliant and brave and hilarious and still very, very flawed as well. And he always has a band of companions that both help him and keep him from being lonely. Even though I’ve only been a Whovian for about a year, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without the Doctor.

So, that’s my list of favorite TV shows. I hope that the list changes over the years as I discover more shows and more shows hit the TV. There’s so many awesome ones out there that I love that I didn’t put on this list, like Game of Thrones and Gossip Girl, and my newer shows like Suburgatory and Arrow. There are great stories out there and I can’t wait to see more of them.

What is YOUR favorite TV show?

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The Tuesday Three

 

 

 

 

I feel like its been forever since I wrote…in reality it was probably only a couple days. But I love this blog and I love YOU guys so I came up with this little thing called the Tuesday Three. I did this for a couple reasons. One, medicine it guarantees that I wrote a post at least once a week. And two, it will be a nice way to pick things up from that dreary start-of-the-week-my-goodness-isn’t-it-Friday yet feeling.

So what is the Tuesday Three, you ask?

Simple.

Every Tuesday, I’ll talk about three things that are rocking my week in the nerd world or even making me crazy. It could be nerd news, nerd reviews, it could be me complaining about an episode of my favorite show, whatever. It’ll be a way to share allll my nerd with you without having to write an individual blog post for every single thing.

So here is the first official Tuesday Three:

1. The Avengers Blooper Reel

One of my nice little sites that I love to get all my nerd and pop culture is Hypable and today they posted a nice little goodie, a sneak peek to The Avengers dvd/blu-ray release (which is September 25th, in case you needed to know). Oh yes, it is the blooper reel. I literally have not laughed so hard in such a long time. The cast obviously had a seriously fun time making this movie. It seems to be expected; it is Joss Whedon. But this reel had me literally laughing to tears and made me more anxious for the release. The highlight for me was definitely Cobie Smulders (of How I Met Your Mother fame), as Agent Hill, reacting in a quite dramatic way to Coulson’s death. Hilarious. I would so spend a day on set, just to hang out with that cast and to see some of the awesomeness that obviously takes place behind the scenes.

2. Joss Whedon-Discovering Awesomeness

Okay, I’m like 7 billion years late on this. I totally get that. But after watching The Avengers and seeing how fantastic it was, I had to discover more Joss…especially when all of my awesome awesome friends were telling me how Joss is boss and how haven’t I watched Firefly and Buffy? So I watched Firefly…and literally killed it. Fantastic show. Why haven’t I watched that sooner! Nathan Fillion…hello there! And the rest of the cast cracks me up! Loved the show and loved Serenity. So then I started watching Buffy…which was a little slower for me to get into. Once I made it the end of season one, I started to get hooked. I just started season two a couple days ago and am looking forward to the awesomeness. I’m hooked now. Joss is DEFINITELY boss.

3. Emily Giffin’s new book, Where We Belong.

I read it in a few hours. Today. After buying it…today. I adore Emily Giffin. I love that she is a chick lit writer with some serious edge. Yeah, she writes chick lit, but there are some serious shit going down in those books. I love her companion books, Something Borrowed and Something Blue. I’ve read them a million times. I like her others: Baby Proff, Heart of the Matter and Love the One You’re With…but this one. This one was fantastic. I almost feel like she just nailed it again. It follows Marian, a thirty-something living in New York, who is visited late one night by the daughter she gave up when she was 18, Kirby. The story switches back and forth between the two women’s point of views and is so real and raw. It seems like a cliche storyline but it’s not. It’s not at all and I loved it. I recommend it a hundred times over.

Any comments, concerns, or questions? As always, leave it in the comments.

See you next week, for the Tuesday Three.

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