Can you stick refridgerator magnets to Wolverine's claws? Does The Incredible Hulk have a limitless clothing budget? Would Iceman be more or less effective in the middle of the desert? These questions and more are on tap this week as Josh, JP, Colleen, and Matt look at how strange drawbacks can negate otherwise useful super powers. In addition to looking at established powers, the panel also gets creative and comes up with their own "if this, then that" scenarios for cancelling out marvelous abilities. We think this episode doesn't really have any drawbacks and we'll hope you agree.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley

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Brace yourself, it's time for the most anticipated sequel of Season Two! Last year, JP gave Spongebob Squarepants the power to lift Thor's hammer. This year, it gets even better. Colleen, Ed, Matt, and Rachel join JP and Josh as they discuss over thirty characters in rapid fire to figure out who's worthy to wield the hammer and who's just a tool (see what I did there?). This might just be the funniest hour we've ever produced; we hope you enjoy.

Please note: Our audio equipment malfunctioned a bit during recording, so our quality isn't as high as we'd otherwise like it to be. Don't worry, later episodes will improve dramatically!

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Diggy Diggy Hole

Hashtag of the Week: #Thorality

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Do readers, authors, editors, and publishers think about books in terms of specific genre, such as historical fantasy or postmodern cyberpunk? Or is the idea of "genre fiction" an easy classification for those forms of speculative fiction that us nerds love to read and analyze? This week, we welcome special guest EC Ambrose, author of The Dark Apostle series and judge of the World Fantasy Awardsto delve into the significance of genre from all of the stockholder perspectives. We also discuss "The Dark Apostle" series and how to weave real history into a work of fantasy. Listen in for one of our best discussions yet, especially if you're as avid of a reader as we are.

Check out EC Ambrose and learn more about her books at her website!

Big Nerdy Recommendations of the Week, from EC Ambrose: California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout and One Night in Sixes by Tex Thompson

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It's a very special episode of BNQ! We invite Katie Uhlmann and Trish Rainone of the Youtube hit comedy series "My Roommate's An Escort" into Big Nerdy Headquarters to discuss our favorite female-led comedies. We also talk about what it's like to write and direct a web series and finding inspiration in real life absurdity for writing comedy. 

Check out "My Roommate's An Escort" on Youtube!

Big Nerdy Recommendations: Popternative and Wee Sing in Sillyville

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Last week, JP, Ed, Matt, and Josh took you into the depths of horrible cinema to present the gravest cinematic injustices against beloved franchises. Of course, one episode isn't enough time to contain so much awfulness, so we now give you Part 2 to finish our deep dive into rotten waters. Find out why Matt would never cast an athlete as a superhero, hear Ed's takedown of M. Night's disgraceful handling of a modern classic, and find out which Star Trek film Josh thinks derailed the franchise. 

Hashtag of the Week: #NotMyStarTrek

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This episode is rated PG-13 for strong (censored) language and dialogue.

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Sure there are bad films, but which ones truly sullied their franchise's reputation? This week, Ed, JP, Matt, and Josh dive into the worst of the worst to pick which films were the worst cinematic injustices committed against their beloved franchises. As it turns out, there is so much junk in our cinematic history that we ended up having a two hour discussion. Here's the first part; you'll get Part II next week.

Please note that this episode has the most bleeping of any our episodes to date. Bad films make us angry, apparently.

Hashtag of the Week: #RaidenAbides

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Elisha Barber by EC Ambrose (Watch out in a few weeks for EC Ambrose's appearance on BNQ!)

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In our first season, we went to a galaxy far away to determine the best dates in the Star Wars universe. This week we bring you the sequel as Callie, Matt, JP, and special guest star Rick from Starbase 66 look at the romantic options of the Star Trek universe. You'll learn why dating Q or a Klingon could prove hazardous to your health. You'll re-evaluate the trope of "Sad Geordi." You'll even think of the Enterprise herself in a whole new way. This episode is bawdy, ribald, and just plain fun.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor

Hashtags: #SadGeordi, #50ShadesOfData

Content warning: This episode is filled with adult dialogue. It's still PG-13, but kids might want to skip this entry.

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Check out Rick's other shows! Starbase 66 - The 7th Chevron - Simply Syndicated

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It was the first stand-alone Star Wars live-action film, but was it a strong addition to the hallowed franchise? This week, Colleen, Ed, Matt, and Josh tackle Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We analyze the characters, the plot, and the connections to the Original Trilogy. We also take a look at the Legends (Extended Universe) canon and examine if Rogue One and Episode VII are worthy replacements for what many authors had previously created. This week also features our tribute to Carrie Fisher - an amazing person who shall forever live amongst the stars.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

SPOILER WARNING: Rogue One is completely spoiled here. Consider yourself warned.

Hashtags of the Week: #YodasLSDSoup, #DagobahFineDining

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Just like Steven Spielberg's dinosaurs, we're back! It's time for Season 2 of Big Nerdy Questions. This week, we revisit our very first topic to tackle eight more fictional universes you might want to live in. Matt, JP, Callie, and Josh bring you life in Futurama, Doctor Who, Hyrule, South Park, and four more universes. Learn how floating onomatopoeia's can ruin the medical billing industry, hear tales of the landscaping and psychiatry businesses at the Water Temple, and listen as Josh goes super saiyan when comparing our current dearth of facts to a literary classic.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Eon by Greg Bear

Hashtags of the Week: #DungeonInsurance, #DeadlyOnomatopoeia, #ATrainToTheSUV

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Every hero has one, sometimes they are groan-inducing, but when done right, they can set the stage for an amazing story. On this week's BNQ, Colleen, Ed, Matt, and Josh answer which hero has the best origin story. Is it a classic like Spiderman? Is it a modern sensation like Mob from Mob Psycho 100? Listen to find out.

While we discuss origins this week, it's ironically the end of our first season. Thank you to all of our listeners! We'll be back in March with more brand new BNQ episodes.

SPOILER ALERT: We spoil Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and several other works that have come out in the past year. 

Looking for the origin story for your life-long love? Check out Dragon Fruit, the dating app by geeks for geeks!

Check out the Patreon for Geek History Lesson's upcoming web comic!

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