The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
61: Faster, More Intense

Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

December 17th, 2015 will be a day long remembered, it has seen the end of one era of Star Wars and the dawn of the next. With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney came the promise of new films in the Skywalker saga and that promise has reached it’s fulfillment in Episode VII.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by newly awakened Jedi Bruce Gibson, Darren Moser and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We discuss our Episode VII experiences, the new characters, old characters, Han’s death, abandonment, the villains, the history of a long time ago, what about R2?, humor, one quick thing, music and design, wrapping up with final thoughts and ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Darren Moser
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:17)
Episode VII Experiences (00:04:20)
New Characters (00:18:09)
Poe (00:18:27)
FN-2187 (00:27:07)
BB-8 (00:36:41)
Maz Kanata (00:44:53)
Rey (00:52:07)
Han Solo (01:03:23)
Han’s Death (01:14:38)
Leia (01:21:06)
Coda Luke (01:24:35)
Abandonment (01:28:53)
The Villains (01:35:40)
Phasma (01:35:52)
Snoke (01:40:09)
Hux (01:42:54)
Kylo Ren (01:47:10)
The First Order (01:52:01)
History of a Long Time Ago (01:57:56)
What About R2? (02:10:38)
Humor (02:18:39)
One Thing (02:26:44)
Music and Design (02:28:46)
Final Thoughts and Ratings (02:38:57)

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60: Literary Wars

Star Wars: The Last Command.

Wrapping up a trilogy in film or in literature is a difficult task as you try to do justice to all the conflicts and character arcs that you’ve created and it’s what faced Timothy Zahn as he brought his Thrawn series to a close.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by smugglers Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about The Last Command. We discuss, the end, impressions now, the smuggler’s alliance, the assault on Coruscant, the cover issue, the mountain takedown, the epilogue, with great power, universe building and our ratings and rankings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
The End (00:02:09)
Impressions Now (00:03:38)
Thrawn as a Villain (00:14:45)
Smuggler’s Alliance (00:26:56)
The Assault on Coruscant (00:37:29)
Cover Issue (00:41:35)
The Mountain Takedown (00:44:35)
Small Scene (00:55:03)
With Great Power Comes Blah Blah Blah (01:00:45)
Universe Building (01:06:46)
Ratings and Rankings (01:21:25)

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S14: Slumber Party at Maz Kanata’s

Star Wars Aliens: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The expanded universe of Star Wars has always been a place where a fan could find the back stories of almost every character on screen with books like Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales of the Bounty Hunters filling in the histories of the most obscure people and aliens from the Star Wars films.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about all four books in the Star Wars Aliens: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away series. We discuss the journey to The Force Awakens, The Face of Evil, All Creatures Great and Small, High Noon on Jakku, The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku and our final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
The Journey to The Force Awakens (00:01:28)
Four Books (00:02:31)
The Face of Evil (00:04:00)
All Creatures Great and Small (00:10:49)
High Noon on Jakku (00:18:40)
The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku (00:27:12)
Final Thoughts (00:37:07)

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59: Spark of Rebellion in Vader

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

1983 would see the end of the Star Wars saga from a story point of view and it would be further cemented in the Special Edition and blu-ray release as Lucas seemed to put a big bow on the Rebel’s victory with galaxy-wide celebrations because of the Empire’s defeat, but as we all know the story is about to continue.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel pilots Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Return of the Jedi. We discuss our Episode VI experiences, Luke’s new lightsaber, tale of two halves, Luke loosing a step, going out like a punk, Jabba and Jedi, Luke’s plan, a question for two dads, the journey of Luke, the journey of Anakin, who’re you gonna call and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:57)
The Force Awakens Soon (00:05:26)
Episode VI Experience (00:07:56)
Luke’s New Lightsaber (00:13:00)
Tale of Two Halves (00:23:36)
Luke Looses a Step (00:34:05)
Going Out Like a Punk (00:42:19)
Jabba and Jedi (00:44:13)
Really Luke’s Plan? (00:47:41)
Question for Two Dads (00:50:08)
The Journey of Luke (00:58:02)
The Journey of Anakin (01:14:54)
Who’re You Gonna Call? (01:24:04)
Ratings (01:29:49)

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S13: Life is Not a Safe Zone

Jessica Jones.

In the spring of 2013, Marvel announced that it would be doing live actions series of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage on Netflix with each series playing it’s part in setting up the characters for a miniseries based on the Defenders.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi VanderKolk, Daniel Proulx and Michael Schindler to talk about Jessica Jones. We start off by discussing the new trailer for Batman V Superman then move to Jessica Jones history, the characters and actors, Luke Cage, Daredevil?, Trish Walker, Malcolm, Jeri Hogarth, David Tennant - Best MCU villain?, pacing, PTSD, total depravity, parenting and responsibility, wrapping up with our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andi VanderKolk
Daniel Proulx
Micheal Schindler

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:06)
Batman V Superman Trailer (00:02:16)
Jessica Jones History (00:10:41)
The Characters and Actors (00:15:09)
Luke Cage (00:24:27)
Daredevil? (00:27:06)
Trish Walker (00:32:06)
Malcolm (00:42:18)
Jeri Hogarth (00:44:05)
David Tennant - Best MSC Villain? (00:50:31)
Pacing and the End (01:06:28)
PTSD (01:17:10)
Total Depravity, Parenting and Responsibility (01:22:57)
Ratings (01:33:11)

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58: Jedi Arkham

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising.

After the success of Heir to the Empire, June of 1992 could not come fast enough for fans to see what would happen next in the Star Wars Saga.

In this episode of The 602 Club we continue our look back at The Thrawn Trilogy as host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Dark Force Rising. We discuss if the story feels fluid or crowded, Jedi training, Leia and the Noghri, Han and Lando, Senator Garm Bel Iblis, the big reveal, retconning clones, connection to the Prequels, Mara Jade and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Jedi Strike Team Assembled (00:00:59)
Fluid or Crowded (00:03:39)
Jedi Training (00:15:51)
Leia and the Noghri (00:32:28)
Han and Lando (00:40:33)
Senator Garm Bel Iblis (00:44:51)
The Big Reveal (00:53:02)
Retcon the Clones (00:57:01)
Connection to the Prequels (01:00:43)
Mara Jade (01:03:29)
Ratings (01:10:31)

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S12: Catwoman as a Bounty Hunter

In June of 2015 Vanity Fair gave Star Wars fans an exclusive first look at pictures from The Force Awakens by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, one of these pictures was a massive two page spread with many of the new aliens from a pirate stronghold known as Maz Kanata’s castle, as the books take fans on the Journey to The Force Awakens we get our first story about one of these mystery characters.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about The Perfect Weapon. We discuss the feel of the book, the story, a question, more of the story, if Kylo Ren makes a cameo, more about the characters and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Journey to The Force Awakens (00:02:31)
The Feeling (00:03:48)
The Story (00:08:00)
A Question (00:17:53)
Back to the Story (00:20:58)
Was That Kylo Ren? (00:22:15)
More About the Characters (00:27:50)
Ratings (00:38:13)

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57: Feel the Melancholy

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

In 2008 The Hunger Games took the literary world by force, as a new franchise captured the imaginations of all who read it, cementing that it would find it’s way to the silver screen and now the final film in the series is here.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by victor Andi VanderKolk to talk about Mockingjay Part 2. We discuss the splitting the end, why and how we fight, movie vs book, PTSD, the Peeta-Gale-Katniss dynamic wrapping up with our ratings and rankings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andi VanderKolk

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Would We Call This Fun? (00:00:53)
The End Has Come (00:02:51)
Why and How We Fight (00:11:40)
Movie vs. Book (00:25:01)
PTSD (00:33:23)
Peeta-Gale-Katniss Dynamic (00:48:50)
Ratings and Rankings (00:55:35)

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56: Jedi Purgatory

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire.

In the summer of 1991 many Star Wars fans found a treat in their local bookstore as the story of Luke, Han and Leia was officially continued in a new book, licensed by Lucasfilm. Written by Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn, this story would become, for many fans, Episode VII and with The Force Awakens replacing the Star Wars Expanded Universe we look back at this beloved book.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Ma’tthew R’ushing is joined by Bruuce Gibson and John Mi’lls to talk about Heir to the Empire. We discuss being back at the beginning, continuing the Original Trilogy, plot points, the Jedi path, new characters, things that worked and didn’t, wrapping up with our ratings.

Host
Ma’tthew R’ushing

Guests
Bruuce Gibson
John Mi’lls

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:20)
Back to the Beginning (00:04:16)
Continuing the Original Trilogy (00:19:59)
Plot Points (00:30:43)
The Jedi Path (00:48:45)
The New Characters (00:58:29)
Things that Worked, Things that Didn’t (01:07:22)
Ratings (01:12:08)

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55: Personal El Guapo

SPECTRE.

When one of the longest running and most revered movie franchises releases a new film it’s no question that expectations are going to be high as fans eagerly anticipate what is next for their favorite character, a Bond movie is no exception, especially with a name like SPECTRE and the possibilities it brings.

In this episode of The 602 Club host M is joined by OO agents John Champion and Norman Lao talk about SPECTRE. We discuss our first impressions, continuing Bond, it’s all connected, an interesting question, under siege, new characters, Bond in love, the one ring, theme and music, if their were too many spy movies this year, mission evaluation, rankings and listener feedback.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion
Norman Lao

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:17)
First Impressions (00:02:55)
Continuing Bond (00:08:02)
It’s All Connected (00:19:15)
An Interesting Question (00:27:36)
Under Siege (00:45:29)
New Characters (00:58:07)
Bond in Love (01:12:17)
The One Ring (01:24:51)
Theme and Music (01:28:46)
Too Many Spy Movies? (01:38:09)
Mission Evaluation (01:39:36)
Rankings (01:50:34)
Listener Feedback (01:56:37)

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54: Bottom of a Macallan Bottle

Skyfall.

There are few icons that find themselves still going as strongly as James Bond after being in pop culture for over 50 years. His stock skyrocketed on his 50th anniversary with the release of the 23rd film in the series. Bolstered by Sam Mendes as director, Roger Deakins as director of photography and a theme song by Adele that became a monster hit in it’s own right, Skyfall has become one of the most beloved movies in the James Bond saga.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agents John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about Skyfall. We discuss continuing Bond, the 50th anniversary, the shadows, new characters, an enemy that was once on the inside, the music and theme, wrapping up with our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion
Norman Lao

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:01)
Continuing Bond (00:04:12)
The 50th Anniversary (00:35:57)
The Shadows (00:47:46)
New Characters (01:00:41)
An Enemy That Was Once on the Inside (01:34:48)
The Music and the Theme (01:46:21)
Ratings (01:53:49)

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S11: Committed to the Force

Star Wars: Shattered Empire.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and Jedi Master John Mills continue the Journey to The Force Awakens with Greg Rucka’s comic mini-series Shattered Empire. We discuss the literal aftermath, timing and sequencing, the Damerons, Mon Mothma, story points, #WheresLuke, things we liked, didn’t and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:01)
Literal Aftermath (00:04:21)
Timing and Sequencing (00:20:03)
The Damerons (00:29:56)
Mon Mothma (00:36:32)
Story Points (00:42:33)
#WheresLuke (00:48:22)
Liked, Disliked and Ratings (01:01:49)

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53: A Beacon of Hope

Supergirl.

There has been a huge outcry in fan communities for more female characters and specifically for female superhero properties to be given their own movies and television shows, so fans rejoiced when CBS announced that they would commit to a Supergirl series from the creators of The Flash and Arrow.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bethany Blanton and Norman Lao to talk about the pilot of Supergirl. We discuss our first impressions, putting the “girl” in Supergirl, the super friends, the villains, further thoughts and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Norman Lao

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:07)
First Impressions (00:04:01)
Putting the “Girl” in Supergirl (00:19:52)
Super Friends (00:36:22)
The Villains (01:18:39)
Free Time (01:27:16)
Ratings (01:35:31)

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S10: So Many Things

Scott Gilbert.

Podcasting is nothing without the listeners and in this special supplemental of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson welcome iTunes review contest winner Scott Gilbert to the bar. We discuss how he found Trek.fm, what got him into fandom, Star Trek books, other fandoms, recent films, talk a little Flash, Smallville, Superman, comic book movies, franchising, other genres, his five favorite video games and some final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Scott Gilbert

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Finding Trek.fm (00:02:20)
Entry Point for Fandom (00:05:47)
Star Trek Books (00:11:48)
Other Fandoms (00:18:19)
Recent Films (00:21:29)
Talk a Little Flash (00:27:27)
Smallville (00:30:48)
Superman (00:33:26)
Comic Book Movies (00:40:18)
Franchising (00:46:47)
Other Genres (00:50:29)
Five Favorite Video Games (00:57:58)
Final Thoughts (01:00:28)

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52: Midichlorian Hot Tub

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

After the success of Star Wars, the sequel became one of the most highly anticipated films of all time, giving George Lucas and his team a high bar of audience expectation that would continue for every subsequent film in the saga. What they gave us became know as one of the best sequels of all time and what many consider to be the finest movie in the Star Wars series to date.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. We start off discussing the last poster and trailer for The Force Awakens, our Episode V experiences, better sequels, the score, characters that’ve grown, the heir to the Jedi, a couple quick things, watching order and our ratings.


Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:02:14)
The Force Awakens Poster (00:05:25)
The Last Trailer (00:11:29)
Episode V Experience (00:21:40)
Better Sequels (00:29:44)
The Score (00:45:04)
Characters Have Grown (00:51:28)
Heir to the Jedi (01:13:54)
Quick Things (01:30:00)
Watching Order (01:35:29)
Ratings (01:46:12)


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51: I’m a Hughie

Pan.

There have been numerous adaptations of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan since his original play in 1904 and novel in 1911. From silent film, to animation, to live action with a real boy, the story of Peter has captivated and enthralled people for generations. Now, Joe Wright, director of Pride & Prejudice as well as Atonement has joined with producer Greg Berlanti to bring us the prequel to Peter Pan, a time when Pan learns who he is and Hook is a friend.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by lost girls Alice Baker and Megan Calcote to talk about Pan. We discuss Peter Pan history, this being a prequel, the plot, iconic characters, themes, things we liked and didn’t and our final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Megan Calcote

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introductions (00:01:20)
Peter Pan History (00:03:58)
A Prequel (00:10:43)
The Plot (00:18:48)
Iconic Characters (00:28:28)
Themes (00:46:55)
Things We Liked and Didn’t (00:56:07)
Final Thoughts (01:03:13)

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50: MMMBop is My Jam

The Martian.

The story of the book The Martian is as outlandish as the tale inside. When Andy Weir’s book was rejected from publishers, he began publishing one chapter at a time on his website, then created a Kindle version that skyrocketed to the best-seller’s list in sci-fi, leading to the rights being sold to Crown in 2013 where the book debuted at the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller list and has now been made into a major motion picture.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman and Darren Moser to talk about the film, The Martian. We discuss the book, moving from page to screen, the movie, the characters, better together and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Darren Moser

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Contest Winner! (00:00:10)
Introduction (00:12:12)
The Book (00:15:00)
Page to Screen (00:29:58)
The Movie (00:36:34)
The Characters (00:47:51)
Better Together (00:59:14)
Ratings (01:14:18)

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49: #AuntBeruForever

Star Wars: A New Hope.

Very few films can say they have change the medium forever, yet that is exactly what happened in 1977 with the release of Star Wars, a sense of wonder was rekindled and a feeling of hope that had been lost in the “realism” of films in the 1970s returned to the silver screen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel leader John Mills and special guests Riley and Bethany Blanton from The Star Wars Report to talk about Star Wars: A New Hope. We discuss our Episode IV experiences, continuing the story, the final death of The Republic, the new “Chosen One”, the spiritual side, new characters and old friends, wrapping up with ratings and final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
John Mills
Riley Blanton

Resources
The Mentor

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:02:56)
Star Wars (00:04:12)
Episode IV Experience (00:05:38)
Continuing the Story (00:22:19)
There’ll Be No One To Stop Us This Time (00:31:27)
The New “Chosen One” (00:36:59)
The Spiritual Side (00:51:28)
New Characters and Old Friends (01:09:22)
Ratings and Final Thoughts (01:22:03)

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S9: Imperial Hunger Games

Star Wars: Lost Stars.

The story of Star Wars is usually told from the perspective of the heroes and that has left many questions for fans as to why someone would willingly join the Empire or what was the populace response to the the changing of the guard from Republic to Empire and finally many of those answers are coming to light though the new canon novels.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel Scum Bruce Gibson, John Mills and Mike Schindler to talk Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars. We discuss our first impressions, the Imperial point of view, the character, the canon, comparisons, wrapping up with our final thoughts and ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills
Mike Schindler

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer)

Chapters
The Panel (00:02:47)
Lost Stars (00:04:16)
Imperial Impressions (00:05:19)
Imperial Point of View (00:14:04)
Imperial Characters (00:35:07)
Imperial Canon (00:52:43)
Imperial Comparisons (01:04:05)
Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:10:29)

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48: Instagramming Villains

Quantum of Solace.

Just hours before the the start of Writers Guild of America Strike on November 7th, 2007, Paul Haggis finished the script for the new James Bond movie. Unfortunately the strike would keep him from being able to polish the script, a task that would fall to actor Daniel Craig and director Marc Forster during filming.

In this episode of The 602 Club Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion to talk about Quantum of Solace. We discuss Bond vs the writers, it being a sequel, growing Bond, heroes and villains being all mixed up, the villain and Quantum, things we liked and didn’t, watching the movie now, ratings, the song and our final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:02:44)
Bond Vs the Writers (00:04:43)
First Direct Sequel (00:12:59)
Growing Bond (00:22:50)
Heroes and Villains All Mixed Up (00:35:41)
The Villain (00:40:23)
Things We Liked and Things We Didn’t (00:48:01)
Watching Quantum Now (01:04:56)
Ratings (01:14:05)
The Song and Final Thoughts (01:17:46)

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47: We’ll Always Have Endor

Star Wars Aftermath.

As Return of the Jedi faded from theaters in late 1983, Star Wars fans entered what would become known as the “Dark Times”. Toys began disappearing from the shelves and slowly Star Wars faded into the cultural zeitgeist. Before faint whispers about Special Editions and Prequels, Heir to the Empire awakened a hunger for Star Wars that had been just under the geek surface for years. It was the first book to be licensed by Lucasfilm to continue the story after Return of the Jedi. Bringing back Luke, Leia and Han as well as introducing us to Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Talon Karrde and a plethora of others who would become staples of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Timothy Zahn cemented himself as the second coming of George Lucas for fans. The SWEU flourished with varied success over the 23 years it ran, ending when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that the EU would be reorganized in the Legends line and a new official run of canon books and comics would be forthcoming.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by intrepid Rebels Bruce Gibson, Darren Moser and John Mills to talk about Star Wars Aftermath. We discuss the old SWEU and the the new canon, a new hope, characters, small cameos, things we liked, ask a question, the Amazon issue and wrap up with ratings and final thoughts. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Bruce Gibson

Darren Moser

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction (00:01:21)

Old History, New Canon (00:05:04)

A New Hope (00:18:43)

Characters (00:36:55)

Small Cameos (01:03:08)

Things We Liked (01:07:54)

A Question (01:16:00)

The Amazon Issue (01:21:31)

Ratings and Final Thoughts (01:28:20)

 

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S8: How to Add to Canon

The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club Jedi Masters Matthew Rushing and John Mills dive into some of the new Star Wars books released on Force Friday. We talk about Weapon of the Jedi about Luke, Moving Target which is Leia’s story and Smuggler’s Run that is a Han and Chewie adventure. While each one of these books takes place in the Original Trilogy era they each include clues to the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. As we dissect each book we look for the clues as well as consider how each story adds to the canon knowledge of Luke, Leia and Han, ending with our final thoughts and ratings.    

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Weapon of the Jedi - Luke (00:03:42)

Moving Target - Leia (00:33:32)

Smuggler’s Run - Han and Chewie (00:58:42)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:21:41)

 

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46: His Sophie’s Choice

Arrow: Season 2.

As season 2 of Arrow approached fans wondered how the series would top itself after a truly remarkable first season that had left viewers on the edge of their seats as Oliver Queen walked the tightrope of vigilante and hero.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Suicide Squad members Alice Baker and Daniel Proulx to talk about Arrow: Season 2. We discuss our initial thoughts, coming back to Oliver, a new villain, new characters, The Flash, consequences, is it dark or just serious, spin offs and our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Daniel Proulx 

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

New Season, New Thoughts (00:05:00)

Coming Back to Oliver (00:10:46)

New Villain, Old Friend (00:18:03)

New Characters (00:27:47)

The Flash (00:44:10)

Consequences (00:50:59)

Dark or Just Serious? (00:59:11)

Spin Off (01:01:40)

Ratings (01:09:09)

 

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45: More Than a Feeling

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

As May 19th 2005 approached, Star Wars fans eagerly awaited what was believed to be the last film in the Saga. The end had come and the only question was whether it coould satisfy the imaginations of a generation. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Revenge of the Sith. We discuss our Episode III experiences, the end, personal themes, the fall of Anakin and the Republic, speculation about Episode VII, in light of The Clone Wars, Mustafar scene, missing scenes and our ratings.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction (00:03:38)

The Episode III Experience (00:05:08)

The End? (00:12:32)

Personal Themes (00:30:10)

The Fall of Anakin Skywalker (00:36:28)

The Fall of The Republic (00:48:02)

Speculation About Episode VII (00:53:21)

In Light of The Clone Wars (00:59:27)

Mustafar Scene (01:05:56)

Missing Scenes (01:17:30)

Ratings (01:30:42)

 

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Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction (00:03:38)

The Episode III Experience (00:05:08)

The End? (00:12:32)

Personal Themes (00:30:10)

The Fall of Anakin Skywalker (00:36:28)

The Fall of The Republic (00:48:02)

Speculation About Episode VII (00:53:21)

In Light of The Clone Wars (00:59:27)

Mustafar Scene (01:05:56)

Missing Scenes (01:17:30)

Ratings (01:30:42)

 

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44: West Side Story for Spies

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 

The original television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ran for four seasons from 1964 to 1968 and was conceived of as James Bond on TV. It found a loyal following of fans and because of this had been in development for a feature film for over 20 years, finally finding it’s way to the silver screen in 2015. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by super spies Alice Baker, John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. We discuss the history of the show and development of the movie, the spy, period spies today, coming together and give our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker 

John Champion 

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (00:02:31)

Mission History (00:04:26)

The Spies (00:16:33)

Period Spies Today (00:32:53)

Coming Together (00:52:38)

Ratings (01:07:10)

 

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43: Crash Test Dummy + Terminator = Dr. Doom

Fantastic Four.

The Fantastic Four has had a rough time of it in the cinema. The first movie was released in 2005 and was met with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27% and when The Silver Surfer was released in 2007 the reviews came in at 37%. Fast forward to 2015 and Fox has successfully handled the X-Men franchise and looked again to try it’s hand at Marvel’s first family.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by the other members of the Marvel Posse, Andi VanderKolk and Daniel Proulx to talk about Fantastic Four. We discuss the previous films, why so serious, the good, what went wrong, the story, the effects and production and wrap up with our ratings.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderVolk

Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Fantastic Four? (00:02:27)  

Why So Serious? (00:10:13)  

The Good? (00:18:17)  

What Went Wrong? (00:32:09)  

Story? (00:44:46)  

Effects Have to be Good, Right? (00:57:07)  

Ratings (01:03:21)  

 

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S7: The Still Small Voice

 

Christie Golden: Dark Disciple.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and John Mills welcome author Christie Golden to talk about her book Star Wars: Dark Disciple. We discuss her Star Wars story, favorite characters, researching The Clone Wars, things that stood out to her, Obi-Wan, Yoda and the Council, a moral quagmire, personal arcs, favorite and hardest things to write, Vos, the writing process, love and death, eras to write and where to find Christie online. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Mills 

Christie Golden

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro (00:00:29)  

Dark Disciple Author (00:04:13)  

Christie’s Star Wars Story (00:05:13)  

Favorite Characters (00:07:54)  

Researching The Clone Wars (00:09:56)  

Things That Stood Out (00:15:01)  

Obi-Wan, Yoda and The Council (00:18:55)  

Moral Quagmire (00:22:32)  

Personal Arcs (00:29:20)  

Favorite Things, Hardest Things (00:33:06)  

The Dude Abides (00:36:20)  

The Writing Process (00:38:42)  

Love and Death (00:42:04)  

Eras to Write (00:46:40)  

Christie Online and Upcoming Work (00:48:00)  

 

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42: Not the Jim Carrey Mask

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

In 1996 Mission Impossible became the third highest grossing movie of the year which insured that there would be more impossible missions. Parts II, III and IV have all up the ante and continued to actually improve on the last. Can the fifth movie in the franchise continue that trend?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing covertly meets with agents Bruce Gibson and Norman Lao to discuss Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. We talk about the theme music, the previous missions, the new mission, new friends and enemies, rogue intelligence, the stunts, future mission and wrap up with ratings and rankings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests 

Bruce Gibson 

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Something New in Theaters? (00:05:01)

The Theme Music (00:05:20)

Mission History (00:07:04)

The New Mission (00:24:25)

New Friends, New Enemies (00:41:05)

Rogue Intelligence (00:48:29)

The Stunts (00:58:39)

Future Missions (01:03:08)

Ratings and Rankings (01:08:29)

 

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41: Making Him Necessary

Casino Royale.

After Die Another Day, the Bond franchise found itself in an interesting place, the movie had become the highest grossing Bond movie ever, yet it had left Bond occupying a fantasy world more that the real one. The decision was made to bring Bond back to his roots and make Casino Royale, now that it's rights had finally been secured. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about Casino Royale. We discuss grounding Bond, the legitimacy of reboots and origin stories, the blonde Bond, Bond's history, a Bond-ing, when Bond strikes, feeling the Bond, Le Chiffre and our final thoughts and ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Champion

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Craig Retrospective (00:02:25)

Grounding Bond (00:04:33)

The Blonde Bond (00:27:26)

Bond's History (00:41:48)

A Bond-ing (00:55:41)

When Bond Strikes (01:06:50)

Feeling the Bond (01:18:10)

Le Chiffre (01:28:41)

Ratings and Final Thoughts (01:31:42)

 

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40: Iron Man's Little Brother

Ant-Man.

Marvel's Ant-Man has been in development since 2006 when Edgar Wright was hired to co-write the film and direct. He worked diligently on the movie until creative differences with the Marvel executives forced him to leave his pet project in the hands of Peyton Reed.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi VanderKolk and Michael Schindler to talk about Marvel's Ant-Man. We discuss the impressions we had going into the film with the backstage drama, it being a smaller story, whether it's fresh or formulaic, the Wasp story, actors and characters, the themes, Phase 2 and Phase 3, wrapping up with final thoughts and ratings.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Michael Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Impressions With All the Backstage Drama (00:03:28)

A Smaller Story (00:24:06)

Fresh or Formulaic? (00:27:58)

The Wasp Story (00:39:28)

Actors and Characters (00:48:00)

Themes (00:55:13)

Phase 2 and Phase 3 (01:00:59)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:14:50)

 

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39: Friends in Low Places

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

After The Phantom Menace many fans wondered just what would happen in the upcoming Star Wars movie and with the release of the title there was massive speculation that the hallowed Clone Wars would finally be seen on the big screen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and intrepid Jedi Masters John Mills and Bruce Gibson discuss Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. We actually start the show giving our thoughts on the latest Batman V Superman trailer, then we jump into our Episode II experience, the wunderkind, Obi-Wan being like Qui-Gon, John outdoing himself, the spiral down, the love story, a vast galaxy, the dark side, questioning Dooku's truth-telling, one last question and our ratings.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Mills

Bruce Gibson

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Batman V Superman Trailer (00:02:05)

The Episode II Experience (00:14:04)

Wunderkind (00:22:38)

Obi-Wan Like Qui-Gon (00:35:25)

John Out Does Himself (00:40:23)

The Spiral Down (00:42:16)

The Love Story (00:48:45)

A Vast Galaxy (00:59:55)

The Dark Side (01:11:33)

Why Does Dooku Tell the Truth? (01:19:03)

One More Question (01:22:17)

Ratings (01:26:46)

 

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S6: Doom of the Jedi

Star Wars: Dark Disciple.

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in the fall of 2012 it marked the end of The Clone Wars. It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in horror, yet instead of being silenced, they have only continued to speak strongly, with the hashtag #SaveTheCloneWars still a staple of Twitter to this day. Since it’s demise, Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo have worked tirelessly to find the best venue for all the displaced stories that were in development. It is no surprise that one of these untold stories has found it’s way into a novel. 

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and John Mills dive into the latest edition to the Star Wars canon Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. We discuss a little bit of the history of the book, the writing style, what happened to redemption, Windu, a canary in the coal mines, worthy Jedi, could the story have been about Obi-Wan, foreshadowing, reconciling Yoda, the Jedi Code, an Obi-Wan question and just how good the book is. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest 

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Little History (00:03:44)

The Writing Style (00:10:50)

Whatever Happened to Redemption (00:12:52)

Windu - The Hammer (00:18:44)

Canary in the Coal Mines (00:22:07)

Worthy Jedi (00:27:17)

Could it Have Been Obi-Wan? (00:30:52)

Foreshadowing? (00:35:00)

Reconciling Yoda (00:39:25)

The Jedi Code (00:43:01)

Tapped In (00:50:17)

An Obi-Wan Question (00:57:17)

How Good This Book Is (01:03:23)

Closing (01:08:14)

 

Resources 

John’s Written Review

Matt’s Written Review

 

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38: Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Terminator

Terminator Genisys.

In 1884, James Cameron put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map and made him an international star with the original Terminator. Since then the long road to judgement day has continued with each subsequent film. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by some of the ladies of Educating Geeks, Alice Baker and Andrea Coffman to talk about Terminator Genisys. We discuss our road to judgement day, Genisys, the nostalgia train, old "friends", Arnold, the other character and actors, capability, old not obsolete, random parts, ratings, rankings and a closing deal.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Andrea Coffman

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Road to Judgement Day (00:02:02)

Genisys (00:09:11)

The Nostalgia Train (00:18:13)

Old "Friends" (00:22:03)

He's Back (00:22:07)

Kyle Reece (00:28:02)

Sarah Connor (00:31:05)

Capability (00:37:26)

John Connor (00:43:54)

Old Not Obsolete (00:49:50)

Random Parts (00:55:23)

Ratings and Rankings (01:03:23)

A Closing Deal (01:08:06)

 

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37: Those Aforementioned Abs

Arrow Season One.

For ten years Smallville told us the story of Clark Kent and how he became Superman, setting the stage for how to do a modern comic book television show. As it wrapped up the question of what would follow was answered when Arrow burst on to the scene in the fall of 2012. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Daniel Proulx to talk about the first season of Arrow. We remember the beginning, it being two shows in one, the characters and actors, strong female characters, a quick aside, the first season arc, shipping, our final thoughts and ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Remembering the Beginning (00:03:00)

Two Shows in One (00:12:07)

Characters and Actors (00:23:08)

Stephen Amell (00:23:59)

The Trinity (00:29:22)

Borg Queen (00:30:55)

John Barrowman (00:33:38)

Manu Bennett (00:35:58)

Strong Female Characters (00:36:55)

Thea and Laurel (00:37:59)

Colton Haynes (00:44:49)

A Quick Aside (00:45:56)

Paul Blackthorne and Colin Donnell (00:53:20)

First Season Arc (00:55:55)

Shipping (01:00:35)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:07:28)

Closing (01:13:40)

 

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S5: Holy Shiitake Mushrooms!

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Premiere.

Disney has given Star Wars fans a Summer surprise by airing the premiere for season 2 of Star Wars Rebels before if comes back for the rest of the season in the Fall.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow rebel John Mills to break down Star Wars Rebels season 2 premiere. We discuss our first reactions, the weight of Vader, an Inquisitor question, what the heck happened to Darth Maul, being in an Empire Strikes Backs state of mind, Lando, the apprentice lives, bringing Obi-Wan in, who survives, more character discussions, Ezra, the music in the show and our final thoughts.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Season 2 Premiere (00:02:41)

The Weight of Vader (00:10:02)

Inquisitor Question (00:20:33)

What the Heck Happened to Darth Maul (00:25:46)

Empire Strikes Back State of Mind (00:27:42)

Lando Shows Up (00:33:09)

The Apprentice Lives (00:35:07)

Bringing in Obi-Wan (00:40:07)

Who Survives? (00:44:18)

The Other Characters (00:46:47)

Ezra (00:50:59)

Music in the Episode (00:55:13)

Final Thoughts (01:02:30)

Closing (01:05:47)

 

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36: House of Cards in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

In 1999, the dark times for Star Wars fans came to an end. George Lucas, inspired but the work of Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park decided that technology had caught up to his vision for the Prequels. When the movie was released the reaction of the public was varied to say the least.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson, John Mills and Michael Schindler to talk about The Phantom Menace. We look back at our Episode I experience, going backward in the timeline, new and old, Qui-Gon, Ewan McGregor, Yoda, symbiosis, music, production and our final thoughts. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Bruce Gibson

John Mills

Michael Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C. Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Episode I Experience (00:04:14)

Going Backwards (00:14:05)

New and Old (00:31:07)

Qui-Gon (00:40:05)

Ewan McGregor (00:47:58)

Yoda (00:49:32)

Symbiosis (00:54:56)

Music and Production (01:06:11)

Final Thoughts (01:15:04)

Closing (01:22:40)

 

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35: Chris Pratt Barrel-Rolls

Jurassic World.

Over 20 years ago the original Jurassic Park became this highest grossing movie of the year and was followed by two sequels, generally considered mediocre. Yet 14 years after the release of Jurassic Park III, the park is open once again, but can it recapture the magic of the original?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman and Daniel Proulx to talk about Jurassic World. We discuss our first impressions, where the movie lost Daniel, continuing the themes of the original, caring about the finale, running in high heals, selling out, unchecked scientific research, being our own worse enemy, philosophies of science, Owen, music, other tidbits, breaking the bank and our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andrea Coffman

Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Impressions (00:02:26)

Where it Lost Daniel (00:06:02)

Continuing the Themes (00:14:20)

Caring About the Finale (00:18:30)

High Heels Running (00:24:20)

Selling Out (00:34:20)

Unchecked Scientific Research (00:40:02)

Own Worst Enemy (00:41:57)

Philosophies in Science (00:43:28)

Owen (00:48:16)

Music (00:50:14)

Other Tidbits (00:54:36)

Breaking the Bank (01:04:52)

Ratings (01:13:17)

Closing (01:18:15)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm MST

34: Colossal Rex

The Lost World/Jurassic Park III.

After the original Jurassic Park dominated 1993 to become that year's highest grossing film it was inevitable that there would be sequels. It took 4 years for Steven Spielberg to return the dinosaurs to the screen in The Lost World and another 4 before Joe Johnston would fulfill his wish to direct Jurassic Park III.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills, Megan Calcote and Mike Schindler to talk about the Jurassic Park sequels. We jump right in with The Lost World, the ways it succeeds, getting lost in translation, Malcolm as the lead, if the third time is the charm, does anything work in III, dino droppings, wrapping up with final thoughts, rankings and ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Mills

Megan Calcote 

Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

We've Back on the Island Again, at Least it's a Different (00:02:18)

Ways it Succeeds (00:09:45)

Lost in Translation (00:21:03)

Malcolm as the Lead (00:36:49)

JPIII: Third Time the Charm? (00:43:01)

Does Anything Work? (00:46:30)

Dino Droppings (00:50:57)

Final Thoughts, Rankings and Ratings (01:04:37)

Closing (01:08:53)

 

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33: Playing God with Fossilized Mosquitoes

Jurassic Park.

Once in a while a film comes along that captures the imaginations of everyone, from children to adults and Jurassic Park was one of these. Steve Spielberg's ode to dinosaurs awed us and in the process changed the way films were made forever.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi VanderKolk and Will Nguyen to talk about the original Jurassic Park. We share our JPS (Jurassic Park stories), what we love so much about the film, scientific discovery vs. nature, changing film making, the music of Williams, nitpicks and if it still holds up.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Will Nguyen

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

JPS (00:02:28)

What We Love So Much (00:12:19)

Scientific Discovery vs. Nature  (00:20:12)

The Nature Aspect (00:42:04)

Changing Film Making Again (00:45:52)

The Music of Williams (00:54:27)

Nitpicks (00:59:57)

Does it Hold Up? (01:04:29)

Closing (01:08:28)

 

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32: Three Boys Playing With Toys

The Clone Wars: Nic Anastassiou.

Podcasting can be a lonely business, sometimes you're just not sure who is listening or what they think about the show. At other times podcasting puts you in touch with the coolest, most wonderful people you'd never have met otherwise.

In this very special episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk to Nic Anastassiou who contacted us a few weeks ago about our episode on the new Star Wars trailers. Nic works for ILM and was also an editor on The Clone Wars. We discuss with Nic our first contact, his coming to Star Wars, a toy story, the path to ILM, editing with Dave and George,his journey to The Clone Wars, favorite edits and moments, what makes The Clone Wars special, different ways to view the show, last moments with George and finding Nic online.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Nic Anastassiou

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Contact (00:02:02)

Coming to Star Wars (00:07:36)

Toy Story (00:20:39)

Back the ILM Path (00:25:35)

Editing With Dave and George (00:52:29)

Path to The Clone Wars (00:55:37)

Favorite Edits (01:16:06)

Dave and George (01:25:48)

Our Favorite Moments (01:31:08)

What Makes The Clones Wars Special (01:48:32)

Different Ways to Experience the Show (01:54:10)

Last Moments With George (02:00:59)

Finding Nic Online (02:05:47)

Closing (02:09:34)

 

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31: The Imagination of Hope

Tomorrowland.

In 1955 Walt Disney opened the Tomorrowland park at Disneyland in California. It was meant to be a beacon of hope for generations to come by showing how far our imaginations and ingenuity can take us.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Mike Schindler and new recruit Bruce Gibson to talk about Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. We discuss our first impressions, Disney's imagination station, fighting cynicism, pulling the heart strings, Hugh Laurie, why we invite, originality problems and our final thoughts.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Bruce Gibson

Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Impressions (00:02:53)

Disney's Imagination Station (00:08:55)

Fighting Cynicism (00:19:00)

Pulling the Heart Strings (00:27:17)

Hugh Laurie (00:30:23)

Why We Invent (00:34:08)

Originality Problem (0041:14:)

Final Thoughts (00:51:18)

Closing (00:57:18)

 

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30: Elsa Eat Your Heart Out

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

1950 saw the publication of one of the most beloved fantasy novels of all time, C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which began The Chronicles of Narnia series. Over the many years it has been adapted for television, the stage and most recently for the silver screen. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Maureen Moser and Andi VanderKolk to talk about the movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We discuss our history with Narnia, bringing the classic to life, books vs. film, the cast, creatures and their voices, music, production, our ratings and the future of Narnia.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Maureen Moser

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

History With Narnia (00:01:52)

Bringing a Classic to Life (0:08:34)

Book vs. Film (00:14:50)

Cast and Characters (00:19:40)

Creatures and Voices (00:37:09)

Recasting Aslan (00:43:27)

Beloved Story (00:47:57)

Music, Production and the Rest (00:53:07)

Ratings (01:00:11)

Future of Narnia (01:02:14)

Closing (01:06:07)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am MST

S4: Stupid Geek-boy Grin

Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow Trailers.

We are gathered again in The 602 Club where host Matthew Rushing is joined by Norman Lao and Will Nguyen to discuss the Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow trailers. We start off with Supergirl and talk about our first impressions, the look and feel, the cast, Superman's role, the different universes of DC Comics, Legends of Tomorrow, the possibilities of the show and the importance of geek positivity. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Norman Lao

Will Nguyen

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Impressions (00:03:10)

Look and Feel (00:09:56)

The Cast and Characters (00:30:54)

Superman's Role (00:42:31)

Different Universes (00:45:43)

Legends of Tomorrow (00:52:50)

There are Always Possibilities (01:00:51)

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things (01:06:26)

Closing (01:14:18)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am MST

29: The Hulk Whisperer

Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In 2012 Marvel did something with it’s heroes that had not yet been seen from either of the two major comic companies, it put its biggest superhero team on screen, together. It had one of the biggest opening weekends in box office history and is now considered a classic. The question became, “Can you ever top this?” 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is once again joined by Marvel enthusiasts Andi VanderKolk and Daniel Proulx to talk about Age of Ultron. We discuss how we felt as we left the theater, making sense of the story, needing more time, Tony tapping out, Tony and Steve, destruction in comic book movies, the idea that it's all connected, Black Widow, new Avengers, hammer time, the villain, our Marvel film rankings and our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Walking Out (00:03:12)

Making Sense of the Story (00:07:43)

More Time (00:12:51)

Tony Taps Out (00:30:41)

Tony and Steve (00:35:29)

Destruction in Comic Book Movies (00:40:31)

It's All Connected (00:46:36)

Black Widow (00:53:07)

New Avengers (01:04:42)

Hammer Time (01:18:39)

Villain (01:21:28)

Marvel Film Rankings (01:29:27)

Ratings (01:32:41)

Closing (01:34:10)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am MST

28: A Kryptonite Shank

Superman Returns.

It had been 28 years since Superman had last appeared on screen and it had not been the best send-off for the original superhero. Languishing in development hell, year after year, it came down to Bryan Singer and his story of Superman returning from five years away from earth to bring the Man of Steel back to theaters. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is join by John Mills and Norman Lao to talk about Superman Returns. We open the show discussing the new Batman V Superman trailer, then talk about our initial response to Singer's Superman film. being back in the Donnerverse, if this movie needs Superman II, the expectations of the audience, the story, 9/11's effect, our favorite scenes, the ending, the big shoes the actors had to fill, music, production value and our ratings.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests 

John Mills

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Batman V Superman Trailer (00:02:34)

Excitement Rating (00:18:22)

Superman Returns (00:21:15)

Initial Response (00:22:13)

Back in the Fortress (00:34:26)

Do You Need Superman II? (00:37:29)

What the Audience Wanted (00:43:05)

The Story (00:53:08)

The Effect of 9/11 (01:11:32)

Quick Aside (01:18:28)

Favorite Scenes (01:20:02)

The Ending (01:23:13)

Big Shoes to Fill (01:29:43)

Music, Production and Feel (01:38:12)

Ratings (01:47:45)

A Special Closing (01:54:17)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm MST

27: Two Men, a City and a Seedy Bar

Daredevil.

The last time Daredevil was seen on screen it was 2003 in theaters with the all-star cast of Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clark Duncan and Colin Farrell. Despite the star-power, the movie failed to capture audiences and quickly became synonymous with failure. Marvel came to the rescue when it announced it would create four different shows for Netflix based on it's comics and Daredevil would be among them.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi Vanderkolk and Daniel Proulx to talk about this new Daredevil. We start by by discussing the new Fantastic 4 trailer, the news that Daredevil will be getting a second season, our first impressions, Kingpin, the juxtaposition of the hero and villain, the priest, secret identities, the story-telling style, the acting, how evil destroys itself, final thoughts, ratings, creative freedom, Claire and try to close.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Fantastic 4 Trailer (00:03:16)

Breaking News: Daredevil Gets a Second Season (00:10:07)

First Impressions (00:10:50)

Kingpin (00:19:38)

Two Men and a City (00:26:20)

The Priest (00:32:30)

Secret Identities (00:40:28)

Story Telling Style (00:47:07)

The Acting (00:56:42)

Evil Destroys Evil (01:05:04)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:07:56)

Creative Freedom (01:11:43)

Claire (01:15:51)

Closing......Sort of (01:19:50)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm MST

S3: This is the Trailer You're Looking For

The Force Awakens/Rebels Season 2 Trailers. 

It will be a weekend long remembered, April 16th-19th, 2015, with a longer look at Episode VII and our first look at Rebels season 2. In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined once again by John Mills to talk about both trailers, sharing our reactions, speculation and shear joy over what we have seen. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Thoughts on TFA (00:06:23)

George's Last Great Gift (00:17:08)

Jump Into the Trailer (00:23:02)

Luke is Talking (00:26:25)

The New Trinity (00:36:02)

Trailer Messing With People? (00:37:51)

Stop the Hate (00:43:03)

Back to the Trailer (00:49:35)

Rate This Trailer (00:58:02)

Rebels Season 2 (00:59:14)

What it Does for the Fans (01:02:32)

Worried for the Rebels (01:04:58)

Making it All Okay for Fans (01:08:56)

Rex is Back! (01:13:07)

Fill-in Needs an Anthology Movie (01:16:18)

More on the Trailer (01:17:59)

Rating the Rebels Trailer (01:23:13)

Closing (01:26:41)

 

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26: Chrome Stormtroopers

Battlestar Galactica 1978.

In the early 60's, Glen Larson had the idea for Battlestar Galactica, originally called Adam's Ark. It was not able to find it's way to TV until Star Wars' release in 1977 when every TV network and movie studio decided to get into the "Star Game". Beginning in 1978 it did not last long, citing declining ratings and cost overruns, ABC canceled Battlestar Galactica in April 1979. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and Norman Lao talk about the original Battlestar Galactica. We discuss our experiences with the show, watching things as children, watching the series now, the story, setting, production design, the mythology, the acting and if the show has staying power.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Little Bit Different (00:01:33)

History of the Lords of Kobal (00:02:54)

Experiences Originally (00:04:21)

Watching as a Kid (00:08:03)

For the Newbie (00:14:22)

Story, Setting and Production Design (00:19:40)

They Mythology (00:33:25)

The Acting and Cast (00:43:23)

Staying Power (00:55:11)

Closing (01:10:11)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm MST

S2: He's George Freaking Lucas

The Star Wars Saga.

Some nights after closing time Ruby serves up something special and in this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and John Mills enjoy a rare vintage and talk Star Wars. We discuss everything, the Prequels, The Clone Wars, the Jedi, unexplored time periods, the expanded universe then and now, the Holiday Special, Special Editions, the new films, comics and the digital releases. It's a conversation of love and laughs about the entire saga of Star Wars. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Love (00:02:37)

Never Been a Hater (00:07:32)

Loving the Prequels (00:08:45)

Multimedia Experience (00:19:31)

Prequel Jedi and Personal Films (00:23:03)

Spring the Trap (00:26:22)

The Unexplored and the Wrong Teacher (00:31:45)

Expanded Universe Stuff (00:35:43)

The Holiday Special (00:56:17)

Special Editions (00:58:03)

Last of the Jedi (01:06:39)

The Force Awakens and Stand-Alone Films (01:16:49)

Argument About Sam Jackson (01:28:25)

New Comics (01:30:41)

Digital Star Wars (01:37:44)

Closing (01:58:32)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:56pm MST

25: Paradise Lost for Pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean.

In 2002 Disney decided to make a film based on one of it's theme park rides. The Country Bears was a box office flop, yet this did not deter the studio from continuing to mining it's rides for inspiration. The very next year, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl would become a monster hit, going on to inspire 3 more films with a 5th one currently in the works. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by the ladies of Educating Geeks, Alice Baker and Megan Calcote to talk about the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie. We discuss the shock of learning Disney was making a movie based on another theme park ride, the casting, the way the movie winks to the audience, the surprising depth of the story, the music, production value and why this should have been just one film.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Megan Calcote

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Original (00:01:03)

Really? Really? (00:02:32)

Casting Pirates (00:07:36)

Keira Knightley (00:15:15)

Orlando Bloom (00:21:22)

Geoffrey Rush (00:28:07)

Winking Pirates (00:29:21)

Story Depth (00:34:19)

The Music (00:41:07)

Production Value (00:44:00)

As a Stand-Alone (00:49:11)

Closing (00:55:38)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am MST

24: The Dr. No of the Marvel Franchise

Iron Man.

Some movies spend years languishing in development hell and Iron Man was one of the longest. From 1990 to 2005 it bounced around from studio to studio; it wasn't until 2006 that Marvel acquired back the rights and decided to use it as the launching pad for it's own studio as well as a cinematic universe that the film would finally materialize.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jose Munoz, Andi VanderKolk and Daniel Proulx to talk about Iron Man. We discuss the long production history of the film, our first thoughts, realism in comic book movies, The cast, the villain, story, music, direction and ask if it still holds up. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests 

Andi VanderKolk

Daniel Proulx

Jose Munoz

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Long Road (00:01:40)

First Thoughts About Iron Man (00:03:33)

Realism (00:13:00)

The Cast (00:28:48)

Gwyneth Paltrow (00:41:58)

Terrance Howard (00:45:06)

The Villain (00:50:39)

Story, Music, Direction (00:55:09)

Does it Hold Up? (01:09:13)

Closing (01:16:18)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm MST

23: A Living 1930's Comic Book

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. 

It took four years of blue screen shooting in his living room and work on a Macintosh II for Kerry Conran to complete his black and white short of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Through a friend of his brother's wife, he was introduced to producer Jon Avnet who shepherded the project into a full-length feature film that would stretch the limits of computer technology.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Megan Calcote and Darren Moser to talk about Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. We discuss our first encounters with the movie, the story, the revolutionary nature of the film, the look, the fun sci-fi gadgets, the cast and characters, the music, wrapping up with final thoughts, ratings and why everyone should watch Sky Captain.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Megan Calcote

Darren Moser

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Sky Captain (00:02:49)

The First Time (00:03:48)

The Story (00:10:59

Completely New (00:19:14)

The Look (00:31:34)

Fun Sci-Fi Toys (00:42:12)

Cast & Characters (00:44:47)

Music (00:52:17)

Final Thoughts (00:54:43)

Closing (00:57:18)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am MST

22: All Good Dragons Go to Heaven

Dragonheart.

There are so many movies that come out in theaters and most of them will not be a mega hit. A majority of movies come and go with little fanfare after their initial run, yet there are some that find an even greater audience beyond the theater. These films become cult classics.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Suzanne Abbott to talk about the cult classic, Dragonheart. We discuss famous dragons, the big themes of the film, the story, some of our favorite parts, the cast, production value, music and give our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Suzanne Abbott

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Cult Classics (00:01:16)

Dragonheart (00:02:49)

Dragons (00:07:58)

Big Themes (00:17:32)

The Story (00:22:23)

Favorite Parts (00:25:15)

The Cast (00:26:38)

Production Value (00:37:50)

Music (00:40:56)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (00:45:12)

Closing (00:48:53)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm MST

21: Crying Droid Tears

Star Wars Rebels Season 1.

In October of 2012 it was if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy, followed by agony, as we learned that Disney bought Lucasfilm and with that came the cancellation of The Clone Wars. Soon afterwards Disney, announced it was creating a new animated show, helmed by The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg that would chronicle the beginning of the Rebellion.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Rebels John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk Star Wars Rebels first season. We discuss our reactions to the news The Clone Wars was cancelled as well as our initial impressions of Rebels, the struggle for shows to survive in today's TV market, continuity, the Lando episode, the progression of villains, the characters, the huge ending, music, links to Luke Skywalker and our ratings.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Mills 

Tristan Riddell

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Back in 2012 (00:03:40)

Initial Feelings (00:04:35)

First Impressions of Rebels (00:15:22)

Today's TV Environment (00:24:42)

Continuity (00:30:31)

The Lando Episode (00:35:36)

Boss Up (00:45:15)

The Characters (00:54:59)

A Huge Ending (01:03:25)

The Music (01:08:49)

Proto Luke Skywalker (01:12:30)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:20:03)

Closing (01:22:02)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm MST

20: We Were Fangirling

Agent Carter.

Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Solider both left us with the impression that Peggy Carter continued to be a respected member and founder of what became S.H.E.I.L.D. Yet what if the road to founder was a little rougher than was first thought?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by agents Andi VanderKolk and Norman Lao to talk about the Agent Carter mini series but before that we take time to remember Leonard Nimoy and his life. We discuss whether Agent Carter should have been Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., things we liked and didn't, the characters, the importance of a good foil for the hero, continuity, women at work after WWII and our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Remembering Leonard Nimoy (00:02:49)

Agent Carter (00:11:48

Why Was This Not S.H.E.I.L.D? (00:12:29)

Things We Liked, Things We Didn't (00:23:20)

The Characters (00:33:56)

Question About Peggy (00:35:42)

Peggy and Jarvis (00:43:13)

Chad Michael Murray as Thompson (00:45:37)

Only as Good as Your Foil (00:52:02)

One Connected Universe (00:56:23)

Women at Work After WWII (01:01:54)

Ratings (01:11:27)

Something to Add (01:15:30)

Closing (01:19:34)

 

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19: A Page-Turner of a Movie

The Rocketeer.

In 1982 a comic mini series came out that harkened back to the serial adventures from the 1930's. Dave Steven's Rocketeer became a classic for comic enthusiasts, with it's fast pace, noir feel, lush artwork, and more adult themes. Then the Walt Disney company did what it does best, it took a property and remade it in their own image.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Darren Moser and Norman Lao to talk about The Rocketeer. We discuss the comic and whether the movie is an improvement, our first experiences with the film, Joe Johnson learning from the masters on how to direct a homage to the serial, the story, the cast, the music and whether or not it still holds up. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Darren Moser

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Rocketeer (00:01:41)

A Quick Question (00:02:39)

Remembering Our First Experiences (00:06:59)

Joe Johnson Learned From the Masters (00:17:04)

The Story (00:24:08)

The Cast (00:43:36)

The Music (00:50:42)

Does it Still Hold Up? (00:58:06)

Closing (01:04:14)

 

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18: Mr. Darcy Kicks Ass

Kingsman.

In 1962 Dr. No hit the big screen and James Bond became the gold standard for spy movies. Throughout the years many films have parodied or paid homage to the spy genre Austin Powers, In Like Flint, Never Say Never Again are just a few examples. Spy movies have continued to be some of the most successful film franchises with The Bourne series as well as Bond still going strong and upcoming sequels are currently the works. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Norman Lao to talk about the latest spy movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service based loosely on Mark Miller'c comic, The Secret Service. We discuss Matthew Vaughn choosing to direct Kingsman over Days of Future Past, being back in the spy game, the idea of a sequel, the themes of the film, the cast, whether seriousness ruins spy movies, plus a few things that just didn't work. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Kingsman (00:01:55)

Good Directing Call? (00:02:24)

The Spy Game (00:06:09)

Might Not Want a Sequel (00:11:20)

Manners Maketh Man (00:16:00)

More Sequel Talk (00:29:10)

The Cast (00:32:31)

Why So Serious? (00:55:59)

Things That Didn't Work (01:06:48)

Ratings (01:17:40)

Closing (01:21:54)

 

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17: A Reincarnation of The Matrix

Jupiter Ascending.

Breaking News: Marvel has the rights to use Spider-Man in it's films and we break it down and share our thoughts on what this will mean for Spider-Man as well as the upcoming Marvel movies.

In 1999 the world of film was changed forever by a film called The Matrix. We were introduced to "bullet time" and for many, this was their first time to hear of the Wachowskis, the writers and directors. The movie left audiences cheering and eagerly anticipating more from this new powerhouse of Hollywood originality. Fast forward to 2015 and the view on them has changed; is their latest a return to the glory days or another disappointment from a once promising team?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Mike Schindler to discuss Jupiter Ascending. We talk through our first impressions from the marketing, making original sic-fi movies, the story, the conversations this film as generated, the visuals, casting, music, rounding out by ranking this in the Wachowski's body of work.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Breaking News: Spider-Man and Marvel (00:01:24)

Jupiter Ascending (00:10:58)

First Impression From Marketing (00:11:08)

Original Sci-Fi Movies (00:15:40)

The Story (00:17:46)

The Big Conversation (00:31:59)

The Visual Language (00:40:26)

Casting (00:46:47)

Music (00:51:12)

Ranking it in the Wachowski Canon (00:52:19)

Closing (00:58:44)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm MST

16: There's A Comic For That

Comics.

On April 18, 1938 the world of publishing changed forever with the release of Action Comics #1 featuring the first superhero, Superman and in May of 1939 Batman was introduced to the world in Detective Comics #27. Since then, the proliferation of comics as been astounding. Leading to a world where comic book characters are everywhere, in film, on TV and ever conceivable type of merchandise. Yet many have never read the comics these icons come from. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jose Munoz and Norman Lao to talk about the medium. We discuss what lead us to pick up our first comic, what we read monthly and why, our favorites and our recommendations as well as the pros and cons to continuity. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Jose Munoz

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

This Week, Comics (00:01:31)

What Got You Into Comics? (00:02:54)

Monthly Reading (00:16:17)

Norm Has a Question (00:22:44)

Favorites and Recommendations (00:32:52)

Continuity (00:44:45)

Closing (0:55:41)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:19am MST

15: Road to Becoming the Icon

Man of Steel.

Every once in a while there is a film that arrives that ignites fandom and creates visceral polarization, Man of Steel has been one of those movies. People seem to love it or hate it, in fact it's Rotten Tomatoes score indicates that in it's 55% critical reception. As the cornerstone of the DC cinematic universe, it's an important film that has set the tone for the movies slated to arrive through the year 2020.

In this super edition of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Justice League members Daniel Proulx, Norman Lao and Will Nguyen to discuss this new take on the original superhero's beginning. We talk about Krypton, the new Superman suit, the nonlinear nature of the storytelling, Lois Lane and the military, the deaths of Jonathan Kent and Zod as well as the nature of this film as a true origins movie. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Daniel Proulx

Norman Lao

Will Nguyen

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Man of Steel (00:02:49)

Begin with Krypton (00:03:58)

The Suit (00:24:41)

Nonlinear Storytelling (00:31:47)

Casting and Soundtrack (00:54:46)

Lois and the Military (01:05:27)

The Death of Jonathan Kent (01:12:48)

Zod's Death (01:24:57)

Super Origins (01:40:40)

Ratings (01:55:49)

Closing (02:05:45)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm MST

14: The Roger Moore of Indiana Jones

Raiders of the Lost Ark.

As George Lucas vacationed in Hawaii after finishing the original Star Wars, he is joined by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg mentioned that he wants to direct a Bond movie and George tells him he has something better; Indiana Smith. Steven would go on to direct and fortuitously convince George to change the name to Indiana Jones. The rest, as they say, is cinema history.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about the original Indy adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark. We discuss if Indy had been played by Tom Selleck, our memories associated with seeing the film for the first time and what kept us coming back for more, the basis for the series, what we love and what still bugs us about the film, the soundtrack, Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, plus the question, "Does it hold up for today's audience?". 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Champion 

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Back In Time (00:01:49)

What If Indy Had A Stache (00:02:37)

Memories (00:18:40)

New Adventure Serials (00:27:39)

The Adventure (00:42:48)

Johnny Williams (00:59:10)

Karen Allen As Marion (01:11:58)

Does It Hold Up? (01:20:20)

Final Thoughts (01:33:05)

Closing (01:38:55)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:50pm MST

13: Princess Bride Status

Galaxy Quest.

1999 saw the release of three films aimed at sci-fi fandom and more specifically, Star Trek - Free Enterprise, Trekkies and Galaxy Quest. Galaxy Quest seemed to hit that sweet spot for many fans and at Star Trek Las Vegas it's ranked as a Star Trek Movie.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Norman Lao and Andi VanderKolk to talk about Galaxy Quest. We ask the question of whether it should be considered a Star Trek film, our reactions to the movie then and now, themes, crew dynamics, what works, as well as what doesn't, if the movie would have been better if it had been rated R and if there should be a sequel.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Party Like It's 1999 (00:01:57)

Is it a Star Trek Movie? (00:02:57)

First Impressions, Again (00:05:46)

Crew Dynamics (00:18:04)

Digging in Deeper (00:29:49)

Rated R? (00:48:02)

Where's the Sequel? (00:55:15)

Final Thoughts (00:59:12)

Closing (01:03:28)

 

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12: It's a Wonderful Life Doctor

It's a Wonderful Life Doctor.

Every year geeks gather around their television sets to see what will happen to The Doctor and his companion at the holidays. The Christmas special usually combines elements of well know stories of the season with a sic-fi twist and this year was no different

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi VanderKolk to talk about Last Christmas, the 2014 holiday special. We discuss the things we liked about the episode, things we didn't as well as the themes, then reach back to look at season 8 as a whole and what we hope to see in the upcoming season 9 which will again star Peter Capaldi and Jenna Louise Coleman.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest 

Andi VanderKolk

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Doctor Who Christmas Specials (00:01:42)

Last Christmas First Impressions (00:05:54)

Lying to Each Other (00:10:47)

Genres Collide (00:13:19)

Nick Frost as Santa (00:15:59)

A Dream to Save Us (00:19:25)

Other Things (00:23:29)

Clara's Growth (00:28:26)

Season 8 as a Whole (00:31:27)

Final Thoughts and The Mistress (00:41:18)

Closing (00:46:20)

 

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11: A Badass Battle Ram

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Peter Jackson has been thinking about and working in Middle Earth since 1995 and finally, at the close of 2014 the defining chapter is here. From it's beginnings as  two films and a companion piece, all the way to a trilogy of Hobbit films, the process has been anything but smooth. Finally the two trilogies are now complete and so ends the adventures in Jackson's Middle Earth.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined once again by Alice Baker and Megan Calcote from Educating Geeks as well as Norman Lao to talk though this final Hobbit film. We discuss everything from the 48fps, to the different battles to the themes, even getting a little personal in the analysis. Will you follow us, one last time?

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Megan Calcote

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

One Last Time (00:02:48)  

48fps (00:06:43)  

Last Time... In Middle Earth (00:12:21)  

Dol Guldor Battle (00:22:23)  

Between the Battles (00:36:43)  

The Madness of Thorin (00:37:49)  

Badmouthing Gandalf (00:47:55)  

Bilbo Saves the Day (00:50:23)  

The Battle of the Five Armies (00:51:29)  

Dwarves in War (00:54:01)  

Thorin, Come to Your Senses (00:59:36)  

The Ravenhill Battles (01:11:53)  

Fili and Kili (01:13:29)  

Thorin and Azog (01:22:11)  

Further Thoughts (01:26:10)  

Thorin and Bilbo Say Goodbye (01:30:11)  

Other Themes (01:33:02)  

There and Back Again (01:44:04)  

Closing (01:50:54)  

 

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