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10: They Didn't Think This Through

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. 

The middle movie of a trilogy has always been the hardest to do. It relies on the first film, has to set up the last film and try stand up on it's own. Some movies have done this really well, such as The Empire Strikes Back and The Two Towers. The Desolation of Smaug also had the distinction of being the film that had the most added to it when the duology became a trilogy. Peter Jackson clearly had his work cut out for him.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined once again by Megan Calcote of Educating Geeks to discuss the second Hobbit film. We dive into the difference in filming time Jackson had and it's effect on the look of this new trilogy, the new locations we see, Bree, Beorn's House, Mirkwood, the Woodland Realm, Laketown and Erebor. All this while talking about the new characters and themes from the film.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Megan Calcote 

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

An Interesting Thought (00:01:40)  

All New Places (00:05:15)  

Bree (00:06:44)  

Beorn and Beorn's House (00:08:50)  

Mirkwood (00:18:38)  

The Woodland Elves (00:23:02)  

Barrel Ride (00:32:31)  

The Bard and Laketown (00:38:27)  

Erebor and Smaug (00:46:07)  

Dol Guldor and Gandalf (00:57:49)  

Themes (01:03:47)  

Final Thoughts (01:07:58)  

Closing (01:12:17)  

 

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9: The Original George Lucas

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

After the monster success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy thoughts turned to making The Hobbit. After dealing with rights issues and a directorial change, Peter Jackson once again found himself in Middle Earth. 

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Megan Calcote from Educating Geeks to talk about the first film in this new Middle Earth trilogy. Together we discuss Peter Jackson being back as director, making three films out of two, additions from Tolkien's other works, things we liked and didn't from both versions of the film and the riddles in the dark.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests 

Alice Baker

Megan Calcote 

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Things First (00:02:28)  

Three Out of Two (00:09:05)  

Additions to The Hobbit (00:17:24)  

First Impressions of the First Movie (00:26:27)  

Likes and Dislikes (00:34:48)  

Extended Edition (00:43:02)  

A Whole Lotta Dwarves (00:45:33)  

Final Thoughts (00:50:11)  

And One More Thing (00:57:05)  

Closing (01:01:28)  

 

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8: Here's Your Next Dossier

James Bond

 

The British secret service agent has been thrilling audiences with his adventures and conquests for over 50 years. Ranked number three in total franchise dollars, Bond continues to be one of Hollywoods longest running series.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion and Norman Lao discuss their love these films. From favorite Bonds, to movies and girls, we dive in to what makes Bond special to us, as well as speculate about the latest film, Bond 24. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The One, the Only, James Bond (00:02:14)  

Favorite Bond (00:09:40)  

Villain's Impact  (00:30:21)  

Favorite Bond Movies (00:37:39)  

Deleting A Movie? (00:55:22)  

Favorite Bond Girls (01:00:17)  

Bond 24 (01:10:38)  

Closing (01:25:48)  

 

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7: At Least They Put A Bird On It

Mockingjay Part 1. 

Susanne Collins' Hunger Games series took the world by storm in 2008 and has continued to do so through the film adaptations. 

Host Matthew Rushing is join by Andi VanderKolk in The 602 Club to discuss the first part of the finale Mockingjay Part 1. Together they dive into the first two films, the decision to split the final book into two movies, while dissecting the themes and topical nature of the series and rounding out the discussion with the validity of female lead films. 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Hunger Games History (00:01:39)

The First Movie (00:06:07)

The Second Movie (00:13:28)

The Bombshell (00:18:09)

The Movie Itself - Mockingjay Part 1 (00:22:20)

Better Than The Book? (00:28:26)

The New Characters (00:35:05)

The Themes (00:40:08)

The Topical Nature Of The Series (00:46:15)

Female Action Heroes (00:53:30)

Closing (01:02:46)

 

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S1: Is It Up?

Fans around the world were beside themselves when they learned that George Lucas had sold Lucasfilm to Disney, who immediately announced that they were going to be continuing the Star Wars saga on the big screen. 

Now the first look at the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens is here and with it the speculation wars have begun. In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills, Will Nguyen and Daniel Proulx to dissect 88 seconds of Star Wars. Together they discuss the things they like, things they don't, speculate on the story and how they feel about the film now. 

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills, Will Nguyen and Daniel Proulx

Editor and Producer
Matthew Rushing
 
Associate Producers
Norman C. Lao

Chapters
Star Wars Histories (00:03:03)
A Brand New Trailer (00:08:00)
Likes (00:19:20)
Dislikes (00:29:42)
Searching Our Feelings (00:40:32)
Closing (00:53:06)

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6: Ken Burns' Film From the Future

Interstellar.

Visionary director Christopher Nolan burst on to the screen with Memento and since then has continued to intrigue and provoke though in audiences with films like Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy.

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Darren Moser and Norman C. Lao to discuss the release of Interstellar. From their first impressions, to characters, robots, and ship designs, they try not to get lost in the fifth dimension all while trying to keep the show under the running time of the movie.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Darren Moser and Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Interstellar: First Impressions (00:01:30)

Plot and Themes (00:10:09)

It Get's Timey Whimey (00:20:10)

Characters (00:41:47)

Best Robots Ever? (00:56:57)

Ship Designs (01:04:35)

The Score (01:14:45)

Final Thoughts (01:27:37)

Closing (01:33:20)

 

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5: All My Skyes

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In 2008, Iron Man came sauntering on to our movie screens and the Marvel cinematic universe was born. Flash forward to the fall of 2013 and Marvel's *Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.* hit television screens promising big-time Marvel action in your living room each week.

In this episode of *The 602 Club*, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Darren Moser and Norman Lao to talk about Marvel and *Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D*. Together we discuss the continuity the show shares with the films and the problems that causes, as well as the benefits. Darren shows the world why the panel should be writing for television as they dig into the characters and, lastly, we wonder if Agent Carter should have been on the show all along. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Norman C. Lao and Darren Moser

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Continuity  (00:01:55)

Darren's Brilliant Idea (00:22:27)

Marvel's TV Rule and Characters (00:25:54)

Agent Carter (00:54:24)

Final Thoughts (01:05:21)

Closing (01:10:50)

 

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4: Prototypical Con Man

Constantine.

The shadowy figure of John Constantine fully revealed himself to comic readers in June of 1985. His Hellblazer comic went on to be the longest running Vertigo comic ever, and now he has come to the small screen on NBC's new fall show Constantine.

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jose Munoz of The Zero Room podcast as well as Norman Lao to talk about Constantine. They dive into the history of the character, first impressions of the show, and where it hits the mark, while mentioning the things that might still need some tweaking.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Norman C. Lao and Jose Munoz

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

The History of Constantine (2:37)

A Universe All His Own (16:50)

Constantine's TV: First Impressions (25:34)

The DC Essence (34:55)

Television Potential (40:08)

Expectations (50:18)

Closing and Feedback (1:02:20)

 

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3: Batman Babies

Gotham and The Flash.

DC Comics has taken over the TV landscape. Autumn 2014 has brought us two new series: Gotham on FOX and The Flash on the CW. It seems that the world cannot get enough live-action comics, and the networks and producers are happy to oblige. But now that we've turned our screens on, what do we think about the product?  

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Norman Lao, Jamie Sanchez, and Daniel Proulx to talk about Gotham and The Flash, the characters, first impressions, criticisms, and delights. Plus, we also delve into the big DC cinematic universe announcement.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Norman C. Lao, Daniel Proulx, and Jaime Sanchez


Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing


Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

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2: Who Knew?

Doctor Who.

On November 23, 1963 the BBC aired the first episode of Doctor Who; a show about a time traveler from the planet Gallifrey who, along with his companions, works to save the galaxy from various foes and right injustice. On Christmas Day, 2013, Peter Capaldi became the 12th Doctor (or the 13th, from a certain point of view) making this the longest running sci-fi show ever.

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing and his guests Andi VanderKolk and Norman Lao discuss this British sci-fi institution, their favorite Doctors and companions, as well as their thoughts about Series Eight and Capaldi.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk and Norman C. Lao


Editor and Producer

Mike Schindler


Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

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