The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy

DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1.

In October of 2012, The CW put it's toe in the superhero waters with it's "Batman Begins" style show, Arrow, which would go on to birth The Flash in 2014 and out of a crossover between them would spin the most ambitious comic book show yet.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Christy Morris to talk about DC's Legends of Tomorrow. We discuss birthing Legends, dive deep into each one of the main characters, their arcs and give our ratings.

Chapters
Birthing Legends (00:05:49)
Rip Hunter (00:14:44)
Firestorm (00:22:32)
Ray Palmer (00:30:34)
Sara Lance (00:40:36)
Carter Hall (00:45:54)
Kendra Saunders (00:48:31)
Mick Rory (00:52:02)
Captain Cold (00:57:24)
Ratings (01:02:03)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Christy Morris

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am MDT

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

In 1993, after the success of Batman: The Animated Series, Warner Brothers planned a follow up film for home release, yet late in the production, they switch gears and decided to release the film in theaters on Christmas Day which was met with critical acclaim but not enough marketing to make a dent at the box office.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about the cult classic, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. We discuss the history, the movie's length, standing alone, the cast, the past, the present, revenge, justice and vigilantism, how does it work and our ratings.

Chapters
History (00:04:17)
Movie's Length (00:07:31)
Standing Alone (00:10:59)
The Voice Cast (00:15:53)
The Past (00:25:57)
The Present (00:35:50)
Revenge, Justice and Vigilantism (00:40:18)
How Does it Work? (00:45:07)
Ratings (00:50:23)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm MDT

The Dark Tower.

Stephen King's first book in his Dark Tower series was released back in 1982 and the latest book in the series came out in 2012 and in most of that time the film version has languished in development hell, until now.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Richard Marquez to talk about The Dark Tower. We discuss the history of the series, first impressions, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, forgotten father, the mind of a child, is revenge enough and our ratings.

Chapters
History (00:05:46)
First Impressions (00:10:52)
Idris Elba (00:21:12)
Matthew McConaughey (00:28:44)
Tom Taylor (00:34:16)
Forgotten Father (00:38:25)
The Mind of a Child (00:41:45)
Is Revenge Enough? (00:44:45)
Ratings (00:47:22)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Richard Marquez

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am MDT

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad.

In the aftermath of Scarif and the destruction of the indestructible Death Star, the Empire finds itself vulnerable for the first time in twenty years. Its time to get serious about the treat of the Rebellion and destroy what is left of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. For this task, the Empire forms a new group who will work on the outside, an elite team who will suss out the Imperial traitors, infiltrate Rebel and Partisan groups to find out where the leaks are coming from and bring them to justice.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Michael Morris to talk about Christie Golden's latest Star Wars book, Inferno Squad. We discuss expectations, the setup, moral ambiguity, truth, hope and hate, betrayal, Inferno Squad, the Dreamers, a metaphor, focus and our ratings.

Chapters
Expectations (00:03:20)
The Story Setup (00:06:50)
Moral Ambiguity (00:13:57)
Truth, Hope and Hate (00:25:24)
Betrayal (00:28:32)
Inferno Squad (00:35:33)
The Dreamers (00:44:09)
A Metaphor (00:49:04)
Focus (00:53:01)
Ratings (00:54:46)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Michael Morris

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

In 1997, Luc Besson released his film The Fifth Element which became a sci-fi for many. During the making of that film, he'd hired the Valerian comic artist Jean-Claude Mézières, who asked him why he was not just adapting the Valerian comic instead.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Mike Schindler to talk about Besson's adaptation of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. We discuss our experiences and expectations, the imagination station, the cast, the story and our ratings.

Chapters
Experience and Expectations (00:04:56)
Imagination Station (00:11:33)
The Cast (00:25:59)
The Story (00:45:55)
Ratings (00:56:48)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Michael Schindler

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Dunkirk.

Christopher Nolan has cemented himself as one of the foremost filmmakers with movies like Memento, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Interstellar, so when he has a new project, he's created quite a reputation that he has to live up to.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Lee Hutchison and John Mills to talk about the latest Nolan, Dunkirk. We discuss, the format, the structure, courage, survival, citizen soldiers, sound, picture and our ratings.

Chapters
Format (00:06:03)
Structure (00:16:11)
Courage (00:34:48)
Survival (00:48:52)
Citizen Soldiers (00:53:06)
Sound and Picture (00:58:42)
Ratings (01:03:56)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Lee Hutchison
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am MDT

War for the Planet of the Apes.

Continuing a franchise is one of the hardest things to do in Hollywood, it's not hard in the sense that it doesn't happen very often, because it does, it's hard in the sense of making the film feel like it has a reason for existing other than making money and truly feels worthy of what's come before.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about War for the Planet of the Apes. We discuss from the rise of the dawn comes war, mercy, the unwanted, mercy part two, history learnin', Woody and Bad Ape, the effects, the score and our ratings.

Chapters
From the Rise of the Dawn Comes War (00:04:56)
Mercy (00:15:35)
The Unwanted (00:30:43)
Mercy Part Two (00:41:12)
History Learnin' (00:43:31)
Woody and Bad Ape (00:52:00)
The Effects (00:54:48)
The Score (01:00:02)
The Trilogy and Ratings (01:03:03)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am MDT

Spider-Man Homecoming.

The character of Spider-Man first crawled his way into comic books in 1962 from the minds of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, he's been seen in cartoons, live-action television and in the last fifteen years 2 different film interactions.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Daniel Proulx to talk about Marvel's latest, Spider-Man Homecoming. We discuss the opening, the emotional core and mentors, finding your place, teching the spider, the characters, Vulture, Department of Damage Control and our ratings.

Chapters
The Opening (00:05:30)
Emotional Core and Mentors (00:15:41)
Finding Your Place (00:32:25)
Teching the Spider (00:37:10)
The Characters (00:47:14)
Vulture (01:01:02)
Department of Damage Control (01:06:05)
Rating (01:08:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Daniel Proulx

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am MDT

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a success but unlike so many franchise films out there, the studio did not rush to get the sequel out right away, instead waited till three years later to release the next installment in the Apes "reboot".

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Apeologist Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We discuss 10 years later, fear of what we don't understand, who to blame, we're not that different, choosing sides, the cast, music, effects and our ratings.

Chapters
10 Years Later (00:04:06)
The Fear of What We Don't Understand (00:12:29)
Who to Blame (00:16:55)
We're Not That Different (00:25:32)
Choosing Sides (00:38:05)
The Cast (00:44:09)
Music and Effects (00:49:28)
Ratings (00:54:32)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-138.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm MDT

Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The original Planet of the Apes is a classic in science fiction filmmaking and it took been ten years to recover from Tim Burton's disastrous remake before screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver found a way to reboot the series with a prequel to the original masterpiece.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Rise of the Planet of the Apes. We discuss our experiences and expectations, franchises, control, love and hubris, the power of betrayal, the cast, bringing the apes to life, the soundtrack, ending and our ratings.

Chapters
Experiences and Expectations (00:04:33)
Franchises (00:07:08)
Control, Love and Hubris (00:14:19)
The Power of Betrayal (00:27:15)
The Cast (00:32:04)
Bringing the Apes to Life (00:39:30)
The Soundtrack (00:43:56)
The Ending (00:46:59)
Ratings (00:49:35)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm MDT