The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
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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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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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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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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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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