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Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End.

With the release of The Force Awakens, one of the biggest questions about the movie was, "What happened in the 30 years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?". The Aftermath series by Chuck Wendig was meant to begin that tale, but has been middling at best and now the trilogy is coming to a close.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Mark Hurliman to talk about Empire's End. We discuss our first/last impressions, dive deep into all 5 sections of the books and talk about the aftermath of these books the the state of canon, plus give out thoughts about the future of the books.

Chapters
First/Last Impressions (00:04:49)
Part I (00:10:47)
Part II (00:41:48)
Snoke's Influence (00:52:42)
Part III (00:54:22)
Part IV (01:02:47)
Part V (01:17:55)
The Aftermath (01:31:25)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Mark Hurliman

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

Direct download: tsc-122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Logan.

The X-Men franchise helped usher in a new era of superhero films yet throughout it's run the individual movies have been up and down in terms of their quality, especially in the the films focusing on the Wolverine.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Megan Calcote to talk about Hugh Jackman's last X-Men film Logan. We discuss the state of the mutant, looking in the mirror, God's mistake or human arrogance?, mutation, the characters, true grit and our ratings.

Chapters
Spoiler Warning (00:06:39)
The State of the Mutant (00:07:34)
Looking in the Mirror (00:19:37)
God's Mistake or Human Arrogance? (00:23:03)
Mutation (00:32:46)
The Characters (00:42:53)
True Grit (00:58:08)
Ratings (01:03:23)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

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

Direct download: tsc-121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am MDT

The Wolverine.

The breakout character from the first X-Men movie was clearly Wolverine and because of this he was explored in the dismal X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Even though the film did not do well with the critics or the audience, the character remained a favorite and ripe for another chance in a solo adventure.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Megan Calcote to discuss The Wolverine. We talk about using rotten tomatoes, a curse or a blessing, who is Logan, two women, the villains, action, blood and violence, the Silver Samurai, speculation and our ratings.

Chapters
Using Rotten Tomatoes (00:04:47)
A Curse or a Blessing (00:12:08)
Who is Logan (00:18:17)
Two Women (00:22:57)
Viper (00:31:11)
Shingen (00:33:59)
Too Many Villains (00:36:32)
Action Sequences (00:39:36)
Blood and Violence (00:44:31)
The Silver Samurai (00:48:33)
Thoughts About the Future (00:51:56)
Ratings (00:55:24)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

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

Direct download: tsc-120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Flash Gordon.

In 1934 Alex Raymond created a new comic strip as a rival to Buck Rogers, by 1936 it was being made into a film serial and would spawn multiple live action and animated takes on the character of Flash Gordon. Finally in 1980, after years in development hell, the big screen version was released.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion to talk about Flash Gordon. We discuss the history of the character, the movie history, the feel and milieu of the film, the cast, the music and what keeps people coming back.

Chapters
The History (00:03:26)
The Movie History (00:13:21)
The Feel, the Milieu (00:23:59)
The Cast (00:35:21)
The Music (00:42:48)
Keep Coming Back (00:49:58)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Champion

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

Direct download: tsc-119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

118: A Wilson Phillips Song

The Lego Batman Movie.

Since it's inception in 1932, Lego bricks have been captivating children around the world (and adults) with the endless hours of creative fun and as the company has expanded over recent years to include licenses from some of the most popular franchises it's only grown exponentially.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined my Michael Schindler to talk about The Lego Batman Movie. We discuss building anticipation, our first impressions, formatting character, the end, story and editing, character foundations, assembling the music and animation, our ratings, plus a bonus on John Wick: Chapter 2.

Chapters
Building Anticipation (00:03:56)
First Impressions (00:08:45)
Formatting Character (00:13:34)
The End (00:20:23)
The Story and Editing (00:30:54)
Character Foundations (00:41:33)
Assembling the Music and Animation (00:49:58)
Ratings (00:53:26)
Bonus: John Wick: Chapter 2 (00:56:13)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Michael Schindler

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

Direct download: tsc-118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

117: Wayne Lite Lime for Everyone

Powerless.

In October of 2012, The CW premiered Arrow, bringing superheroes back to television and since that time there has been a proliferation of these genre shows in the media landscape and this year DC Comics decided to dip it's toes into the sitcom pool.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Aaron Harvey to talk about the new DC Comics show Powerless. We discuss the different versions of the pilot, our first impressions, if it's for families, the characters, look and feel, losing the joy and our ratings.

Chapters
Charm City Train Ride (00:03:16)
First Impressions (00:09:48)
For Families? (00:13:26)
The Characters (00:16:57)
The Look and Feel (00:26:27)
Losing the Joy (00:29:16)
Ratings (00:33:30)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Aaron Harvey

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

Direct download: tsc-117.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

116: Bond's Bad Mix Tape

Diamonds are Forever.

As the James Bond creators came together after On Her Majesty's Secret Service, they had a lot to figure out, who would be the next Bond with George Lazenby not returning and just as importantly what was the upcoming adventure for Bond to be?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about Diamonds are Forever. We discuss Christy's history with Bond, continuing the character, Americanization, does it work, theme and music, Blofeld, henchmen, Bond women, the setting and our ratings.

Chapters
Christy's Bond Story (00:03:39)
Continuing Bond (00:06:24)
Americanization (00:13:26)
Does it Work (00:17:11)
Theme and Music (00:26:00)
Blofeld's Back (00:30:11)
Interesting Henchmen (00:35:29)
Bond Vehicles (00:39:48)
Bond Women (00:41:32)
Tiffany Case (00:46:14)
Plenty O'Toole (00:51:33)
The Setting (00:54:36)
Ratings (01:02:07)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Christy Morris
John Champion

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

Direct download: tsc-116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

115: Hope in Action

Supergirl Season One.

In 2015, as Arrow entered it's fourth season and Flash entered it's second season, the "Berlanti-verse" branched out to a completely new network with it's most ambitious show yet.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by heroes Bruce Gibson and Norman Lao to talk about Supergirl season one. We discuss our original and rewatch impressions, if it should have been on The CW, the characters, stronger together, fantasies, a greater weapon, connections and our ratings.

Chapters
Our Impressions (00:05:33)
Should it Have Been on The CW (00:12:02)
The Characters (00:22:00)
James Olsen (00:27:22)
Alex Danvers (00:31:16)
Winn (00:35:16)
David Harewood (00:38:52)
Cat Grant (00:41:25)
Maxwell Lord (00:45:23)
Laura Benanti (00:50:06)
Stronger Together (00:53:29)
Fantasies (00:58:42)
A Greater Weapon (01:05:40)
Connections (01:10:58)
Ratings (01:17:00)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Norman Lao

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

Direct download: tsc-115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

114: Turning Up the Heat

Star Wars: A New Dawn.

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and acquired the rights to Star Wars a lot of things happened very quickly: The Clone Wars was canceled, the Expanded Universe was canceled and in their places we would get a new animated show, Star Wars Rebels as well as a new literature line that would be fully canon. As it happened, the first book in the new canon would be the lead in to Rebels, taking place six years before the events of the series.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow rebels Aaron Goins and Bruce Gibson to talk about A New Dawn. We discuss legends, a new canon, an introduction, the relationship question, Jedi relationships, proto-rebels, big Empire watching, bad businessmen, Imperials, they who must not be named and ratings.

Chapters
Legends (00:03:25)
A New Canon (00:05:59)
An Introduction (00:13:54)
Relationship Question (00:20:57)
Hera (00:24:29)
Kanan (00:28:38)
Jedi Relationships (00:33:27)
Skelly (00:38:58)
Zaluna (00:42:22)
Every Move You Make (00:46:12)
Businessmen Run Amuck (00:51:31)
Imperial Power Games (00:56:56)
They Who Must Not Be Named (01:01:45)
Ratings (01:05:52)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Aaron Goins
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: tsc-114.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

113: Intergalactic Titanic

Passengers.

Original scifi movies are few and far between Hollywood these days, it's not every year that an Interstellar comes out and 2016 had one original scifi movie Arrival with the hope of another during the holiday season starring megastars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Christy Morris and Richard Marquez to talk about Passengers. We discuss our expectations, the story, giving it all up, utopia, ship design, the characters, what we would do, chemistry and our ratings.

Chapters
Expectations (00:04:40)
The Story (00:07:41)
Give it Up (00:11:51)
Utopia (00:16:20)
Ship Design (00:19:09)
Chris Pratt (00:24:47)
What Would You Do? (00:26:50)
Jennifer Lawrence (00:35:14)
Chemistry (00:39:04)
Arthur (00:42:11)
Die in Five Minutes (00:43:09)
Time and Place (00:44:49)
Ratings (00:48:35)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Christy Morris
Richard Marquez

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

Direct download: tsc-113.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT