Fox’s Rocky Horror| Review


So let’s talk about what Fox did to this cult classic for a moment. I’d like to remind everyone that this is MY opinion and does not reflect those of TNE, but none the less, here we go.

Fox released the new Rocky Horror movie last night, and the comments have flooded in. While there are those that loved it, others thought it was terrible. We gave it a watch and here is what we thought. To expect it to be like the original is just stupid. There is no way anything could come close to the original Rocky Horror Picture Show, but Fox didn’t do a terrible job. Take the original, merge it with the shadow casts and throw in some high school musical or glee and that’s what Fox gives us.

Some of the costuming wasn’t the best (Like the ending scene… what was Riff and Magenta wearing…) and the actors did a good job with what they were given. But if you’re not into Glee or High School Musical, then you probably won’t like this version. It was great seeing Tim Curry in this movie and doing what he can. Laverne Cox did a good job filling the roll of Frank, and Adam Lavine as Eddie was a riot. Rocky was a sight, as always, but some of the acting was just over the top and felt like they forced the cheesy factor.

Some of the lyrics in the songs, even some of the lines were changed to suit what was changed for this version, and for anyone that watched the Tim Curry version, it took a little something away. By itself, it wasn’t terrible, and Fox didn’t totally butcher it, but when you look at the original version, it just doesn’t compare.

Honestly I didn’t enjoy it very much. I thought it was OK, but not something I’d watch again. The music didn’t really make me want to dance and while the costumes were fun, it just didn’t do it for me. But I never enjoyed High School Musical to begin with. However, if that’s your thing, then you may enjoy this version of Rocky.

If you haven’t seen the original, I do recommend you check it out. It’s a cult classic that everyone should have the chance to watch.

Let us know what you thought of Fox’s Rocky Live and what you think compared to the original. We’d love to hear from all of you!

Road to Nowhere| Cover Reveal


ROAD TO NOWHERE (The Good Ol’ Boys Spin-Off Standalone)
Cover Model: Marshall Perrin
Cover Design: The Final Wrap


I once read that every warrior hoped an honorable death would find him. I always went looking for mine, but not even the Reaper wanted me.
I was trained to kill. I was trained to not ask why. To take orders and just march in line. Hooah motherfucker.
Life or death.
Ride or die.
And I’m not only talking about the military. I’m talking about the life that led me on the road to nowhere.
My life.
I fought for my brothers.
I fought for my family.
I fought for my country.
And I fought for her…

Never realizing I might die for them too.

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders| Review


Adam West’s Batman is something that is still iconic to this day. It was campy, cheesy and had its humorous parts, but Burt Ward, West and Julie Newmar put on one hell of a show. Cesar Romero played an amazing Joker and set the standard for all Batman shows to come. When this movie was announced, fans of the West Batman rejoiced and couldn’t wait for it to be released. West and Ward may not have been the first to bring the caped crusaders to life, but they are the most memorable and loved. Some nerds remember watching Adam West and Burt Ward don the costumes and play the rolls well, which led into the animated series that the 90’s kids will surely remember. If you’re a fan of Batman, you’ll love this film.

West, Numar and Ward reclaim their roles in animated form and continue on with the hijinks that is Batman and Robin. Penguin, Joker and Riddler join the cast with different voice actors than the original, but they do the voices justice. You can hear in the voices of West and Numar that age has taken its toll on them both, but it doesn’t change just how amazing they portray their characters. The campy feel is fully there and it is full of laughs. It takes a small dark turn, but none the less, they teach us lesson and makes us all shake our heads and fall in love with the duo all over again.

I loved every part of this movie. Hearing the actors that got me hooked on Batman return to their roles and play the parts like the old days was magical. The music was classic, and all the old villains returned for their little bit of action against Batman. There is so much that can be done with this based on the comics, and it sounds like there is a plan to bring more of these heroes to life. West and Ward do the voices in the New Animated Batman series, and Catwoman hasn’t changed.

If you haven’t seen West and Ward, be sure to watch the old shows before watching this movie, because that is the only way to understand the nostalgic feel this movie gives to the older bat fans out there. It will seem terrible and cheesy, but that’s what makes it great. They didn’t go too over the top, but you can’t help but to smile while enjoying the film.

Be sure to watch for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and let us know what you think of the film.

The BBT Season 10| Review


So far in this season Leonard and Penny had gotten remarried so their friends and family can be there, and the group has taken their invention and signed a deal with the government. So the last episode of season 9 ends with Leonard’s Dad, Alfred and Mary Cooper leave together and their phones are turned off, leaving everyone to wonder what happened.

Season 10 answers that question in the first episode when everyone meets up at the apartment before the wedding. First, we meet Penny’s mother and brother (Played by Katey Sagal and Jack McBray). Susan and Randall show up with Wyatt, and Susan is worried that they won’t be good enough for Leonard’s family. Jokes fly and soon Beverly, Alfred and Mary are trapped in a room together. Sheldon asks what happened and he is assured that they had a night cap, talked and then went to separate rooms. Alfred does say he plans to go visit Mary, and she plans to visit him, so there seems to be something happening there. Soon the wedding is going on and tension is high, but Beverly does say something nice about her son.

Episode 2 leads off with the military contacting Howard about their project and they want to talk to him about making it for the military. When the meeting happens, Sheldon is told to keep his mouth shut while Leonard and Howard ask questions and try to figure out what is wanted. When the Colonel says he wants them to build it MUCH smaller, they start to question if that was a good idea. Sheldon can no longer keep his mouth shut and not only insults the Colonel, but sets them up for an impossible deadline. The boys end up angry and stressed, but find it pretty cool that they’re in a classified building. Penny admits that she let slip about Bernadette being pregnant which starts a whole problem to be resolved.


Episode 3 shows them working hard, and Sheldon fighting with the need to sleep, but can’t deny that 2 months isn’t a long time to get the project done. With sleep a problem, Sheldon falls asleep and meets his idol, The Flash. Flash convinces Sheldon to drink an energy drink, which then starts Sheldon on the need to cope with his withdrawals from the caffeine. With high tensions, they finally agree to tell the Colonel that they cannot get the project done in time and it needs to be 2 years. With the new plan in place, the boys can relax and work on the project properly. While the boys are hard at work, Bernadette fights with the fact that she’s not excited for the baby at all and worries that something is wrong with her. After talking to Dr. Koothrapali, she feels better knowing that she may not be a baby person, but she’ll love her baby. Amy and Penny go to see Bert and Penny learns that Sheldon and Amy are popular on the campus while Leonard is known for suckering a hot girl into marrying him.

Much like the previous seasons, the pace is pretty steady and there is enough humor to go around. We’re watching the boys goes through something major while the ladies are trying to help Bernadette prepare for the baby. There is a lot of change going around leaving to wonder what is in store for Amy, Sheldon and Raj. While everyone else is starting families and enjoying the married life, those 3 are the ones that have pretty much been the same through the seasons. Will Amy and Sheldon finally move in and get married? Will Raj settle down with a woman at last? What will happen with this military project? Will Bernadette get excited for this baby? This is the last season so I hope they end this with a big bang!

Be sure to check out BBT on CBS!

Lucifer Season 2 Ep1-2| Review


Season 1 ends with Lucifer’s mother escaping Hell and a whole new change in challenges arising. Episode 1 starts with Lucifer trying to figure out where his mother ran off to and what her plan is. He is pretty sure that she has plans to torture Lucifer, and we learn why she was chained up in Hell to begin with. But as the case moves on, Lucifer learns that he was wrong about what he mother had planned and does what he can to help Chloe solve the case. At the very end we meet his mother and that’s where everything ends. So we’re left wondering how his mother escaped and what she wants.

Episode 2 picks up from there and Lucifer is left to figure out what happened to his mother and her mortal body. First, he thinks that she committed some crime that he has to clean up, but after getting her changed (Into a dress that belongs to Maze) they go back where she woke up and tries to put the pieces together. He then leaves mother with Maze (Who was packing to move out) so he can solve the case that involves said body. Mother knocks out Maze when she learns that Lucifer made a deal with his father to bring her back to hell and goes off with the company card and a set of Maze’s clothing to buy things. Lucifer then must find his mother before the killer goes back to finish what he started and is left to find his mother’s soul again. In the end they get the killer and he hears his mother’s side as to why she sat by and let father send him to hell. On top of that, we learn about what’s going on with Amenadiel and his wings. While things are still unclear, we do that know that his wings are dying/fading and he has to figure out what is going on.


So far Season 2 is off to an interesting start. With all that Amenadiel did with Maze, it brings forth the question if what those two did is why he is losing his wings. Is he a fallen? Will he become mortal? How quickly will he lose everything? And is what Mother said true? Was Lucifer in danger and that’s why he was sent to hell? Will Maze stick around now that mother is out in the world and what chaos will ensue in the rest of the season? Episode 3 is going to be a good one and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season has to offer.

Let us know what you think of Lucifer so far and be sure to watch Lucifer Monday nights on FOX! And if you like the show, be sure to pick up the comics LUCIFER from Vertigo!

The Killing Joke Comic VS Movie| Review


I want to start off my saying this is an Opinion piece and in no way shape or form reflects on the opinions of everyone at the Nerd Empire. I openly promote a discussion on the topic and encourage other view points on the subject matter. If I offend anyone, I do apologize.

The Killing Joke movie has been released and I’m sure most of you have read, if not at least heard of the original comic with the same title. Both are equally as dark and DEFINITELY not for the young to read/watch. I will say, I enjoyed both equally as much and it was interesting to see what was similar and different between the two.


Starting with the movie, the whole story behind why Barbra left as Batgirl, to me, was pretty useless. Honestly there was nothing gained from the story aside from an insight into the relationship (Or lack thereof) between her and Batman. The purpose for adding that little bit is beyond me, though at the beginning there is a comment of wanting to show that things were different. Anyone that knows Batman is aware of this to some extent. That opening could (and should) have been taken away and the same effect would have been given to the movie. Aside from that, there were three additional scenes added that were small but gave just a little bit more to the story. After the batgirl story, we see Batman enter a storage unit where Joker clearly had some fun. Batman goes to talk to Joker, tries to clear the air and end the madness that has been their life, only to find that Joker has escaped. We learn what happens to Barbra to make her the Oracle, and Jim’s own words get thrown back in his face when it comes to how he wants to punish Joker Vs. Batman. Ending with Oracle was pretty sweet, but again not needed. The movie really did a great job in taking the comic and bringing to life the artwork and story of WHO the Joker was before he was created. We never learn a true name in the comic or movie, but it shows a man that wanted to provide for his wife and unborn child, and how one bad day screwed everything up.

The comic book was dark. We have no backstory of Batgirl, and it starts with Batman going to the prison to talk to Joker. The way it ends leaves things up to interpretation, both in comic and in movie. We see Batman and Joker laughing at a joke, but what happens? The artwork was beautiful and captured the twisted darkness that is The Joker. We see the back story and how simple mistakes that have good intentions can turn bad really fast. It really brings out a different side to the characters and just sits with you. You can’t help but to think about the characters to some extent and how the backstory changes things, even just a little bit.


I enjoyed both the movie and comic very much, and despite the things that were added to the movie, it was over all a good one to watch. I recommend picking up the comic of The Killing Joke if you haven’t already and reading it at some point. I do also recommend checking out the movie and seeing what you think of it. The artwork is great, and with voice actors like Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, it’ll feel like watching the old tv shows all over again. I am so happy with the people they got to do the voices and the artwork. It really did feel like they took the comic book and brought it to life. There was VERY little differences between the two. Be sure to not watch this movie with small children around, and keep the comic away from small hands. Both are for MATURE AUDIENCES.



The whole comic and movie was a mind trip, but really brought some insight into the universe as a whole. Joker makes a comment “I’ve demonstrated there’s no difference between me and everyone else! All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” That one quote perfectly explains what happened to Joker, and in the animate series, batman paraphrases this to Harley. Seeing that Joker had a wife and unborn child and how their death brought him to his knees, it explains why he cannot love Harley in return. It in NO way justifies the abuse he put her through, but there is at least a possible reason why he is incapable of loving her in return. We see just how much Joker and Batman need each other and as much as Batman doesn’t want either of them to kill each other, it probably is inevitable.


Teach Me Like That| Review


Thirty-three, single, and loving life.

Construction worker by day and playboy by night. Kegan Cole has what many men can only dream about. A great job, incredible family, and more women fawning over him than he can count. What more could he ask for?

Lexi Carter spends her days teaching at a private school. Struggling to rebuild her life after tragedy nearly destroyed her, she doesn’t have the time or energy to invest in any arrangement that could lead to heartbreak. That includes the enigmatic Kegan Cole whose arrogance and sex appeal arrive long before he enters a room.

It doesn’t matter how witty, charming, and incredibly sexy he is. She plays games all day with her students and has no room in her life for games when it comes to men, and Kegan Cole has ‘love them and leave them’ written all over his handsome bearded face.

When Lexi doesn’t fall at his feet like every other woman before her, Kegan is forced off-script to pursue her because not convincing her to give in isn’t an option.

How can a man who hates lies be compatible with a woman who has more secrets than she can count?

Can a man set in his playboy ways become the man Lexi needs? More importantly, does he even want to?

This is a full-length novel that has adult language and descriptive sex scenes. It is NOT a student/teacher book. Both main characters are consenting adults.

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