It gets worse. So I've tried re-flashing the phone and I've gotten nowhere. No it's so bad that the phone won't turn on at all EVEN INTO FASTBOOT, but instead just has a red blinking light.
This is also unnerving since I have the same phone and I'm starting to think Verizon never wants you to restore this if there's ever a problem. Probably so they can get more money and bring your phone in and get an early upgrade.