Jul 052011

As nerds, we’ve all been there before. We find ourselves engrossed in something — be it a television series, film franchise or comic book storyline — and it is fantastic! We enjoy every second of it, waiting with baited breath for the next installment. This joy, however, is short-lived. Maybe the network assigns a new executive producer to the project, someone with “exciting new ideas” about where the series should go. Maybe a writer comes on board who feels the need to raze the world his predecessors have so carefully created to the ground, so that he, in his infinite genius, can rebuild it by his own design. Whatever the cause, these awesome series turned into the ultimate disappointments, mere shadows of what they once were. In this episode, we tackle several of our favorite awesome disappointments, along with a brood of mind-controlling lava worms. So join the Rag-NERD-rok crew for a blitz expedition deep into the catacombs of good stories gone bad, where creative hijacking, network interference, and sometimes just plain hubris take the most excellently told tales and drive them face first into the ground!

(Show Notes after the break.)

Cold Opening (00:00:00)

Zach has some very disturbing information for his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany.

Introduction (00:01:05)

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Feature Segment: Awesome Disappointments (00:02:20)

During this segment, we give ourselves five minutes to discuss what went wrong with each of our favorite series and franchises, but only five minutes! Once time runs out, we have to break off whatever discussion we were having and move on to the next topic, even if one of us was in the middle of a sentence.

Here’s a list of what we covered, along with the start time of each discussion:

‘Terminator’ Franchise (00:05:37)

‘Heroes’ TV Series (00:10:51)

‘Sliders’ TV Series (00:16:06)

‘Batman‘ Film Series (00:22:25)

‘Star Wars’ Film Series (00:27:45)

‘Star Trek’ Franchise (00:33:37)

Marvel’s ‘Ultimate’ Universe (00:39:04)

‘Twin Peaks’ TV Series (00:44:33)

Share your thoughts with us! If you would like to contribute to any of the discussions we started and then had to cruelly cut short, feel free to leave a comment here on the site. Alternatively, you can comment on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ragnerdrok, or Tweet us @ragnerdrok. As you can probably tell if you listened to the show, we are eager to share our opinions on what went wrong with these wonderful series, so if you leave us comments with your own insights and observations, we’ll do our best to respond.

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Meyer’s Comic Book News – Marvel’s ‘Ultimate’ Series Reboot (00:53:34)

Check back later in the week for a full write-up of Meyer’s coverage!

Erik’s Board Game Review of ‘7 Wonders,’ by Asmodee (01:12:30)

Check back later in the week for a full write-up of Erik’s review!

Sign-off / Outro (01:30:34)

All hail our new lava worm overlords! They command you to check out The Game Table at 167 E. Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, NY! You can find them on the web at www.gamerterrain.com, and email them at thegametable@yahoo.com. They stock some pretty awesome games, they have lots of awesome weekly events, and they coordinate a lot of community get-togethers through Meetup.com. They were also kind enough to help us spread the word about the Rag-NERD-rok, which pleased our new magmatic masters.

Featured Music:

Interlude #1: Apollo Wakes (Shatterfreak) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Patriot’s Way Commercial: 1909 – Spring Song / http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Victor_Herbert_Orchestra/ / Public Domain Mark 1.0
Interlude #2: Splurge (Scrambled Mache) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Sign-off / Outro: Red Alert (Remus) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0


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