The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy

Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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

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

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

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

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

Arrow Season 4.

At the end of Arrow season four, Oliver and Felicity literally road off into the sunset after he defeated Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins to start a new life together, but did it last?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing welcomes Alice Baker to talk about Arrow Season 4. We discuss our first impressions, Damien Darhk, the Green Arrow, bookending, the darkness within, the team and our ratings.

Chapters
First Impressions (00:05:10)
Damien Darhk (00:07:44)
The Green Arrow (00:15:15)
Bookending (00:17:47)
The Darkness Within (00:30:02)
The Team (00:39:43)
Ratings (01:02:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Alice Baker

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-136.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am MDT

The Spy Who Loved Me.

Bond movies always seem to have a troubled production and after The Man With the Golden Gun, the production of the next film saw it's fair share as the team of Saltzman and Broccoli dissolved in the wake of Saltzman's financial troubles, the movie had a title without a plot and finding a director was not as easy as they thought it would be.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about The Spy Who Loved Me. We pay tribute to Sir Roger Moore, discuss continuing Bond, the story, the climax, villain and henchman, a new Bond Woman, free for all and our ratings.

Chapters
Remembering Sir Roger Moore (00:03:25)
Continuing Bond (00:15:57)
The Story (00:28:18)
Climax, Villain and Henchman (00:38:04)
A New Bond Woman (00:47:50)
Free for All (01:02:37)
Ratings (01:09:43)

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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39am MDT

Wonder Woman.

The character of Wonder Woman has existed in the culture zeitgeist for over 75 years and yet it is only now, in 2017, that she has been brought to the big screen in her first solo movie.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bethany Blanton and Richard Marquez to talk about DC Comics' latest film Wonder Woman. We discuss our expectations, the heart of the movie, the characters, the villains, the God of War, listening, a time to fight and a time for love, responsibility, the movie and our ratings.

Chapters
Review Contest Winner (00:03:06)
Expectations (00:04:51)
The Heart of the Movie (00:11:32)
Etta Candy (00:26:08)
The Amazons (00:29:08)
Trevor's Three Friends (00:34:54)
The Villains (00:41:47)
The God of War (00:47:39)
Listening (00:55:31)
A Time to Fight, A Time to Love (00:59:05)
Responsibility (01:01:15)
The Movie (01:08:10)
Ratings (01:17:51)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Richard Marquez

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

Direct download: tsc-134.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am MDT

Lords of the Sith.

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the book series that had been going on since 1991 was classified "Legends" and a new series of books was begun, which were considered canon for the Star Wars saga.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Lords of the Sith. We discuss previous books and expectations, the predators, action, Sith relationship, the Free Ryloth movement, new Imperials, focus and our ratings.

Chapters
Previous Books and Expectations (00:03:34)
The Predators (00:11:27)
Action (00:27:23)
Sith Relationship (00:30:31)
Free Ryloth Movement (00:38:10)
New Imperials (00:51:42)
Focus (00:56:56)
Ratings (00:59:49)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am MDT

Guardians of the Whills.

The first film in the Star Wars Story line added some incredible new characters who helped change the galaxy forever with their daring mission to Scarif. But who were these people before and what lead them to this point? Luckily the literature is here to fill in those gaps.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Greg Rucka's book about Baze and Chirrut, Guardians of the Whills. We discuss force religions, meditations on the force, what the book adds, the force, terrorists against the Empire and our ratings.

Chapters
Force Religions (00:03:31)
Meditations on the Force (00:16:35)
What the Book Adds (00:18:40)
The Force (00:26:58)
Terrorists Against the Empire (00:30:26)
Ratings (00:38:08)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Alien: Covenant.

In 2012, director Ridley Scott gave fans their first taste of the Aliens universe with the prequel Prometheus. Even though the movie did well with the critics, the fan response was less than enthusiastic, yet Scott was undeterred from seeing his vision into the next film.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Alien: Covenant. We discuss a sequel to a prequel, creator vs creation, if it's just a horror movie, the characters, some dumb moves, Tennessee, the music, 100% gorgeous and our ratings.

Chapters
A Sequel to the Prequel (00:05:38)
Creator vs Creation (00:14:57)
Just a Horror Movie? (00:28:03)
The Characters (00:29:23)
A Little Dumb (00:41:16)
Tennessee (00:44:22)
The Music (00:47:58)
100% Gorgeous (00:51:46)
Ratings (00:53:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: tsc-132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am MDT

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season One.

The first Lego Star Wars set released in 1999 was a X-Wing, set number 7140. Since that time Lego has produced hundreds of sets for the saga as well as branched off into video games and television shows.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Aaron Goins to talk about The Freemaker Adventures Season One. We discuss Lego, finding the Freemaker Adventures, the set up, favorite character, favorite episodes and why you should be watching.

Chapters
Lego! (00:05:30)
Finding the Freemakers (00:14:52)
The Set Up (00:23:52)
Favorite Characters (00:32:54)
Favorite Episodes (00:39:21)
Why You Should Watch (00:47:50)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Aaron Goins

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-s30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

The Man with the Golden Gun.

As the production of You Only Live Twice wrapped up the Bond producers were already looking to the future and the plan was to make The Man with the Golden Gun next, as well as have Roger Moore take over the role, but as it would happen with many of the Bond films, fate had other plans.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about The Man with the Golden Gun. We discuss continuing Bond, locations, an alter ego, the solar agitator, new characters, Bond women, too much Pepper, theme and music, wrapping up with our ratings.

Chapters
Continuing Bond (00:04:09)
Locations (00:17:19)
An Alter Ego (00:27:29)
Solar Agitator (00:34:08)
New Characters (00:37:18)
Bond Women (00:46:05)
Too Much Pepper (00:59:45)
Theme and Music (01:05:18)
Ratings (01:08:24)

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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am MDT

Rebel Rising.

Franchises enable fans the opportunity to get to know characters over many movies or episodes of a television show, but Rogue One's main characters were people that would only be in one movie and then most of them would never be seen again, opening the door for the literature to in fill in the backstories.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about the new Star Wars book, Rebel Rising. We discuss the structure of the book, YA books, fighting the Empire, what the Empire's like, a tangent, a metaphor, Jyn and our ratings.

Chapters
The Structure (00:03:19)
YA Books (00:09:53)
Fighting the Empire (00:13:56)
What the Empire's Like (00:26:08)
A Tangent (00:28:13)
A Metaphor (00:30:10)
Jyn (00:34:34)
Ratings (00:50:34)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45pm MDT

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

In 2014 a group of misfits from different parts of the universe came together to save the galaxy and steal the hearts of moviegoers, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next adventure.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bethany and Riley Blanton to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We discuss being back in the galaxy, family, sister fights, god complex, new characters, the end credits, the music and our ratings.

Chapters
Back in the Galaxy (00:05:02)
Family (00:10:03)
Sister Fights (00:29:32)
God Complex (00:42:02)
End Credits (00:58:37)
The Music (01:00:30)
Ratings (01:05:52)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Riley Blanton

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-130.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm MDT

Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel began it's movie universe in 2008 with Iron Man and since that time, it had grown exponentially in the types of heroes that populated it's films, yet nothing had truly prepared fans for where James Gunn would take us next.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy. We discuss our expectations, the beginning, the setting, the character, responsibility for the universe, the dance off and ratings.

Chapters
Expectations (00:06:06)
The Beginning (00:09:54)
The Setting (00:15:00)
A Marvel Villain (00:26:20)
Chris Pratt (00:27:51)
Gamora (00:33:29)
Drax (00:42:05)
Groot and Rocket (00:44:11)
Responsibility for the Universe (00:49:49)
The Dance Off (00:55:59)
Ratings (00:59:27)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andrea Coffman

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-129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am MDT

Thrawn.

Timothy Zahn is responsible for the creation of one of Star Wars most memorable villains in the literature and now with his recent appearance in the third season of Star Wars Rebels Zahn has been given the opportunity to fill in the story that leads us to Rebels.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Thrawn. We discuss our expectations, Thrawn's character, parallels, connections, character voices, Thrawn's equal, Eli Vanto and our ratings.

Chapters
Review Contest Winners (00:02:29)
Expectations (00:05:04)
Thrawn's Character (00:07:44)
Parallels (00:30:55)
Connections (00:45:44)
Character Voices (00:50:31)
Thrawn's Equal (00:53:44)
Eli Vanto (00:59:08)
Ratings (01:06:40)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-128.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am MDT

Aliens.

For what seemed like only minutes to Ripley, turned out to be decades and luckily fans of the movie Alien did not have to wait that long to see the next chapter in her story as director James Cameron took over the helm of the second film.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing welcomes Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Aliens. We discuss theatrical or special edition, human folly, the characters, artificial limits, music issues and our ratings.

Chapters
Theatrical or Special Edition (00:03:01)
Human Folly (00:10:08)
The Characters (00:18:34)
Hicks (00:22:54)
Burke (00:26:08)
Artificial Limits (00:28:59)
Newt (00:34:14)
Bill Paxton (00:37:44)
Vasquez (00:40:42)
Music Issus, Again (00:42:22)
Ratings (00:51:48)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: tsc-127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm MDT

Thor: The Dark World.

For all the success that Marvel had in "Phase One" of their superhero universe, they still knew that the biggest risk was going to be Thor, in fact this was the one character who's sequel was going to be contingent on their first outings performance. Thor performed well enough with the critics and fans meaning that a second film would be in the cards for Marvel.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Asgardian warriors Daniel Proulx and Richard Marquez to talk about Thor: The Dark World. We discuss the behind the scenes, going for epic, the characters, a dark bore, action scenes, the ending, a rewrite, ratings, end credit and the Ragnarok trailer.

Chapters
Behind the Scenes (00:05:46)
Going for Epic (00:10:38)
The Character of Thor (00:18:52)
Jane (00:31:14)
Narrative Shortcuts (00:34:02)
Band of Friends and Frigga (00:40:33)
A Dark Bore (00:42:28)
Action Scenes (00:45:31)
The Ending (00:49:27)
A Rewrite (00:53:08)
Ratings (01:01:07)
End Credits Scene (01:03:41)
Breaking News! (01:08:17)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Daniel Proulx
Richard Marquez

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

Direct download: tsc-126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space.

The new canon books of Star Wars have seen some great new stories in the universe and surprisingly, some of the best in the new canon have been from books aimed at the youngest fans of the saga.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Scott Ryfun to talk about the first three entries in the Adventures in Wild Space series. We discuss the set up, The Escape, The Snare, The Nest, what's coming in the rest of the series and our ratings.

Chapters
The Set Up (00:03:27)
The Escape (00:08:18)
The Snare (00:21:12)
The Nest (00:27:34)
The Rest of the Series (00:40:13)
Ratings (00:41:14)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Scott Ryfun

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-s28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Ghost in the Shell.

This story first found life as a manga that was written and drawn by Masamune Shirow starting in 1989. It later found life as an anime film that was directed by Mamoru Oshii and became a cult classic and now the newest iteration of the story is out on the big screen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler and Richard Marquez to talk about Ghost in the Shell. We discuss compare and contrast, technological terror, the nature of humanity, personhood, fantasy/dreams/reality/memories, corporations and governments, the cast, favorite action scenes and ratings.

Chapters
Compare and Contrast (00:04:27)
Technological Terror (00:18:28)
The Nature of Humanity (00:22:47)
Personhood (00:31:53)
Fantasy, Dreams, Memories and Reality (00:41:11)
Corporations and Governments (00:55:06)
The Cast (00:57:09)
Favorite Actions Scenes (01:01:34)
Ratings (01:06:50)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Michael Schindler
Richard Marquez

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

Direct download: tsc-125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Iron Fist.

Marvel's Netflix series have seen quite a bit of success beginning with Daredevil, then leading into Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, but before we get to The Defenders there is one more stop they had to make in K'un-Lun to pick up a wayward kung fu master.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Daniel Proulx to talk about Iron Fist. We discuss our first impressions, the characters, plot and premise, fight scenes, the music, The Defenders and our ratings.

Chapters
First Impressions (00:03:01)
Danny Rand/Finn Jones (00:12:33)
Colleen Wing (00:24:59)
The Meachum Kids (00:28:59)
Davos (00:36:55)
Bakuto (00:39:02)
Claire Temple (00:39:56)
David Wenham (00:42:46)
Plot and Premise (00:46:07)
Fight Scenes (00:53:48)
The Music (01:00:20)
The Defenders (01:03:19)
Ratings (01:08:36)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Daniel Proulx

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

Direct download: tsc-s27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Live and Let Die.

Sean Connery was done with Bond and there was a push by the studio have the next actor be an American, while the producers pushed back, saying that Bond was British and would stay that way. So who would become the next iteration of this character and what would be his place in this every changing world which we live in, would have to be figured out quickly to keep the franchise alive.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about Live and Let Die. We discuss continuing Bond, Moore's first outing, sticking out, a new direction, a topical villain, Bond women, J.W. Pepper and the bayou, theme, music and our ratings.

Chapters
Continuing Bond (00:05:06)
Moore's First Outing (00:10:54)
Sticking Out (00:20:24)
New Direction (00:23:14)
A Topical Villain (00:29:15)
Bond Women (00:33:39)
J.W. Pepper and the Bayou (00:47:15)
Theme and Music (00:53:12)
Ratings (00:57:28)

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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am MDT

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3.

The end of Rebels season two was an emotional time for fans of Star Wars as the confrontation between master and apprentice finally happened leaving Vader scared and Ahsoka disappearing further into the Sith temple. It set the expectations for season three astronomically high.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Master John Mills to talk about Star Wars Rebels season three. We discuss Thrawn, Ezra/Maul/darkside, Twin Suns, The Chosen One, Bendu, Rebel and Mandalorian connections, Whitta's episodes, hope and our ratings.

Chapters
Thrawn (00:05:18)
Ezra, the Darkside and Maul (00:17:09)
Twin Suns (00:33:15)
The Chosen One (00:47:36)
Bendu (00:51:05)
Rebel Connections (00:59:20)
Mandalorian Connections (01:05:13)
Whitta's Episodes (01:09:11)
Hope (01:12:45)
Ratings (01:17:06)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

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

Direct download: tsc-s26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am MDT

Alien.

The end of the 70s saw an explosion of influential movies that changed the landscape of film forever. Of course Star Wars redefined everything by becoming the first blockbuster, but two years later Star Trek: The Motion Picture would arrive as well as Ridley Scott's own foray into space.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala and Amy Nelson to talk about Alien. We discuss Alien history, the cast and characters, space truckers, cogs in a wheel, illusions, Alien notes and our ratings.

Chapters
Alien History (00:03:52)
The Cast and Characters (00:14:35)
Space Truckers (00:22:47)
Cogs in a Wheel (00:29:21)
Illusions (00:38:44)
Alien Notes (00:44:27)
Ratings (00:50:14)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala
Amy Nelson

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-123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am MDT

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
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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

112: Rogue Hope

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” These words are the first thing that anyone ever saw of Star Wars as the film opened in 1977 and now director Gareth Edwards has brought them to life.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by former Rebels John Mills, Bruce Gibson and Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We discuss our preparation for the movie, first impression, comparisons, character, the Rebellion, Vader, some surprises, music and so much more!

Chapters
Coming in and First Impressions (00:03:59)
Comparisons (00:20:31)
Characters (00:34:16)
Mon Mothama, Bail and the Rebellion (01:21:32)
Vader (01:27:01)
Leia and Tarkin (01:35:10)
Weaving the Tapestry (01:44:46)
The Power of Hope and Sacrifice (01:56:44)
Faith in the Force (02:01:30)
The Music (02:06:14)
New Stuff (02:10:42)
Ratings (02:18:12)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills
Bruce Gibson
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53am MDT

111: Dude in a Tin Can

Iron Man 3.

Tony Stark had been though a lot, he'd been captured in Afghanistan, almost died when his parter in business tried to have him killed, created a super suit, declared himself Iron Man, had to work though daddy issues to save his life and then flew a nuke into a wormhole to save the world.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Ken Tripp and Richard Marquez to talk about Iron Man 3. We discuss the ghosts that haunt Tony, demons he made, Pepper, a complete arc, out of the suit, the Mandarin, obsession, music, effects and our ratings.

Chapters
Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present (00:03:46)
Demons of Our Own Making (00:08:30)
Pepper in thee Story (00:14:45)
Complete Arc (00:20:02)
Out of the Suit (00:22:47)
The Mandarin (00:29:31)
Obsession (00:40:18)
Music (00:43:47)
The Effects Work (00:47:21)
Ratings (00:49:53)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Ken Tripp
Richard Marquez

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32am MDT

110: Middle Earth Victory Tour

The Return of the King.

By the time December 2003 rolled around, The Lord of the Rings had become a world wide phenomenon all over again and the last film in the series would blow everyone away, including the critics, as well as sweeping the Oscars where it holds the record for highest Academy Awards wins with Titanic and Ben-Hur.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Megan Calcote to talk about The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. We discuss the beginning of the film, Saruman's end, the new places we visit, Denethor, Faramir, battling the Witch King, the influence of hobbits and so much more.

Chapters
The Smeagol Story (00:04:38)
Saruman's End (00:08:36)
Simplification and Humor (00:11:44)
Paths of the Dead (00:17:08)
Minas Tirith (00:26:47)
Denethor (00:28:41)
Faramir (00:30:52)
The Houses of Healing (00:33:37)
Battle with the Witch King (00:35:42)
The Influence of Hobbits (00:41:14)
Friendship (00:47:10)
Shelob and Mordor (00:48:59)
The End (00:54:20)
One Eye and the Impact of War (00:56:56)
Ratings (01:04:03)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

109: The Ultimate Bond Experience

On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Sean Connery shocked the world and the Bond producers when he announced that You Only Live Twice would be his last film in the franchise which left the team struggling to figure out what the next story would be as well as who would play the icon, James Bond.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow 00 John Champion to talk about On Her Majesty's Secret Service. We discuss a new Bond, the director, Telly Savalas, the story, Tracy, the romance, Draco, the book, some final things and ratings.

Chapters
A New Bond (00:04:14)
The Director (00:24:48)
Telly Savalas (00:29:55)
The Story (00:36:11)
About Tracy (00:40:48)
The Romance (00:47:43)
Draco (00:53:40)
Same as the Book (00:55:11)
Couple of Interesting Things (00:58:19)
Ratings (01:03:57)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Champion

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

S25: Destroyer of Worlds

Star Wars: Catalyst.

The Death Star is one of the most iconic creations of the Star Wars universe and it's history has slowly been added to over the years with Attack of the Clones giving us an insight as to where the plans came from and Revenge of the Sith ending with a shot of it under construction. But, what took the Empire 19 years to build it's ultimate weapon? Fans now have the answer.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Scott Ryfun to talk about Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. We discuss Death Star legends, the characters, a giant lightsaber, the greater good, the rise of tyranny, Krennic, a surprise character, the Death Star Story and our ratings.

Chapters
Death Star Legends (00:03:41)
The Characters (00:08:28)
A Giant Lightsaber (00:25:05)
The "Greater Good" (00:26:28)
The Rise of Tyranny (00:33:03)
Orsen Krennic (00:37:53)
Saw Gerrera (00:41:08)
The Death Star Story (00:47:14)
A Couple Quick Things (00:55:22)
Ratings (01:00:02)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Scott Ryfun

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am MDT

108: Magical Dr. Doolittle

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

In September of 2013 Harry Potter fans were elated to find out that author J.K. Rowling was working with Warner Brothers on a new chapter in the Harry Potter universe and would be serving as the screenwriter of this new saga set 54 years before Harry Potter was born and starting magizoologist Newt Scamander.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow No-Majs Andrea Coffman and Bethany Blanton to talk about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We discuss a new beginning, connecting the generations, just a movie, the cast, villains, us vs them, the wizarding world of the USA and our ratings.

Chapters
A New Beginning (00:03:57)
Connecting Generations (00:14:01)
Just a Movie (00:25:52)
The Cast (00:34:53)
Tina (00:45:08)
Jacob (00:51:45)
Let's Talk About Queenie (00:55:31)
Villans (01:05:56)
Us vs Them (01:16:15)
The Wizarding World of the USA (01:19:06)
Ratings (01:27:12)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Bethany Blanton

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-108.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm MDT

107: Heart of the Magic

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

By the time that July 7th, 2011 came around, the last book in the Harry Potter series had been out for four years and there was no Pottermore website, talk of a play or films for Fantastic Beasts so part 2 of The Deathly Hallows was to be the end.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Quidditch star Andrea Coffman to talk about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. We discuss the end, outright bias, love, the Snape story, wands, things not done well and done right, what the films add and ratings.

Chapters
The End (00:04:15)
The Cursed Child (00:12:24)
Outright Bias (00:14:16)
Love Conquers All (00:19:41)
The Snape Story (00:29:17)
Wands (00:36:43)
Not Done Well (00:39:27)
Things They Got Right (00:54:40)
What the Films Add (00:56:44)
A Difficult Question (01:03:55)
Ratings (01:07:20)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andrea Coffman

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

S24: The Ultimate Tool

Arrival.

In 1998 science fiction author Ted Chiang wrote a short story called “Story of Your Life” that went on to win the 1999 Sturgeon Award as well as the Nebula Award for best novella and now it has been turned into a major motion picture staring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Ken Tripp and Richard Marquez to talk about Arrival. We discuss the movies origins as a novella, the emotional impact, communication being key, perception and reality, fear of the unknown, the alien gift, cast, production and our ratings.

Chapters
Busy Fall (00:03:17)
Original Short Story (00:04:43)
Emotional Impact (00:09:01)
Communication is Key (00:16:23)
Perception and Reality (00:26:02)
Fear of the Unknown (00:34:04)
What They Give Us (00:36:47)
The Cast and Production (00:51:39)
Ratings (00:59:09)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Ken Tripp
Richard Marquez

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am MDT

106: You’re a Wizard Stephen

Doctor Strange.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us many types of heroes. There are men in super suits, a boy bitten by a radioactive spider, a man irradiated by gamma rays, a being brought to life by an infinity stone, a norse god, a former Soviet super spy and a guy that’s really good with a bow, plus a girl that’s been made, in-human. Yet in all of this there has been something missing, something that’s a little esoteric and outside reality and this year Marvel fills that void with it’s newest hero.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow sorcerers Aaron Goins and Alice Baker to talk about Doctor Strange. We discuss if it’s something new, themes, missing something, the cast, villains, CGI, the score, costumes and our ratings.

Chapters
A Big Shout Out (00:02:32)
Something New (00:05:31)
Is it Really New? (00:10:02)
Themes (00:19:10)
Missing Something (00:21:17)
The Cast (00:24:08)
Mordo (00:35:55)
Rachel McAdams (00:38:56)
The Ancient One (00:43:01)
Villains (00:45:55)
CGI (00:52:50)
The Score (00:57:15)
Costumes (01:00:29)
Ratings (01:03:24)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Aaron Goins
Alice Baker

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21am MDT

105: The Anti-Witch Hunts

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

In 2007, Harry Potter fans read the last story in J.K. Rowling’s epic tale, but luckily still had the rest of the films to look forward to, but with one surprise they were not expecting, the last film would not be just one movie, but two!

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow wizard on the run Andrea Coffman to talk about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. We discuss it being broken up, things we missed, the Malfoys, Ministry narratives, the feels, a road war film, doubt and fear, deaths and ratings.

Chapters
Breaking it Up (00:03:10)
Things We Missed (00:06:17)
The Malfoys (00:22:00)
Ministry Narratives (00:26:44)
The Feels (00:34:17)
A Road War Film (00:42:10)
Doubt and Fear (00:46:21)
Dobby’s Death (00:54:30)
Last Thing (00:57:31)
Ratings (01:00:50)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andrea Coffman

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

104: Travel by Spy Slide

You Only Live Twice.

As the James Bond franchise moved into it’s fifth film there was a lot of upheaval as to which story to make next as well as the bombshell that this would be Sean Connery’s last film as the iconic character. How would this effect the final product?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is once again joined by agent John Champion to talk about You Only Live Twice. We discuss the behind the scenes before shooting, the space race, the fantastic Mr. Writer, filming, Blofeld, the women, Japan, cultural appropriation and our ratings.

Chapters
What’s Next (00:04:06)
Connery’s Bombshell (00:13:09)
The Space Race (00:20:24)
The Fantastic Mr. Writer (00:26:24)
Filming (00:31:13)
Blofeld (00:42:12)
The Women (00:47:39)
Japan (00:52:49)
Cultural Appropriation (01:06:17)
Ratings (01:11:09)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Champion

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

S23: Off the Chain Special

Ahsoka.

In 2008 Star Wars fans were introduced to a brand new character that no one expected, Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, Ahsoka. She immediately polarized the fan community and it took years for some people to warm up to her. Fast forward to March 7th, 2014 where she walked away from the Jedi order in the last broadcast episode of The Clone Wars, breaking fans hearts but also relieving them as they knew Ahsoka lived. Now, with her fate in the balance once again, fans can’t get enough Ahsoka and hey’ve got a new book to keep us satiated.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about the new Star Wars book, Ahsoka. We first discuss the Lando casting, our expectations coming into the book, the end of Ahsoka’s world, interludes, becoming something else, the Imperial way, stormtroopers of clones, kyber crystals, Inquisitors, a failing order and our ratings.

Chapters
A New Lando (00:03:26)
Ahsoka Expectations (00:06:59)
The End of the Galaxy as She Knew it (00:11:34)
Interludes (00:19:00)
Had to be Told (00:25:11)
Becoming Something Else (00:33:45)
The Imperial Way (00:37:50)
Stormtroopers or Clones (00:47:39)
Kyber Crystals (00:50:06)
A Misstep? (00:58:39)
The Inquisitors (01:02:13)
The Failing Order (01:10:06)
Ratings (01:16:11)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm MDT

103: Middle Earth Alamo

The Two Towers.

The Fellowship of the Ring was a runaway success at the box office in the winter of 2001 with people repeatedly returning to the theater to experience the three hour epic which meant that by the very next year, the audience was on the edge of their seat with anticipation for the trilogy to continue.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow hobbit Megan Calcote to talk about The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. We discuss the opening, Rohan, the Ents, new character, Faramir’s character, Gollum, wisdom in war, the music and ratings.

Chapters
The Opening (00:04:13)
Rohan (00:09:48)
Helm’s Deep (00:14:50)
The Ents (00:22:53)
New Characters (00:28:15)
Faramir’s Character (00:37:18)
Gollum (00:44:34)
Wisdom in War (00:52:30)
The Music (00:59:04)
Ratings (01:00:13)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

S22: Cage Match

Luke Cage.

In last year’s Jessica Jones, Marvel fans got their first taste of Luke Cage and it turned out to be the perfect way to set the stage for the latest show in the Netflix Marvel series.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Michael Morris to talk about Luke Cage. We discuss manhood, villains, why superheroes are so dumb, narratives, Misty, Luke and Claire plus our ratings and rankings.

Chapters
Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem (00:04:29)
Manhood (00:09:09)
Villains (00:22:29)
Why Superheroes are so Dumb? (00:31:42)
Narratives and Media (00:34:35)
Misty (00:38:29)
Luke and Claire (00:42:33)
A Mistake (00:44:46)
Luke Himself (00:46:28)
Ratings (00:48:09)
Netflix Marvel Rankings (00:52:22)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Michael Morris

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am MDT

102: Batman Reborn

The Dark Knight Rises.

When The Dark Knight was released in 2008 it was heralded as the crowning achievement in superhero cinema and would go on to have Heath Ledger win an Oscar posthumously for his portrayal of the Joker. All of the success and accolades meant that the finale for the trilogy had a lot of pressure on it to be the Batman film fans deserved.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk about The Dark Knight Rises. We discuss the opening, the Dent/Rachel deception, the Howard Hughes era, reactions, the Joker and his antithesis, Catwoman, Blake, relevancy, the end and ratings.

Chapters
The Opening (00:04:24)
The Dent/Rachel Deception (00:14:47)
The Truth About the Truth (00:35:06)
Howard Hughes Era (00:37:30)
Reactions (00:41:37)
War Time and Peace Time (00:59:16)
The Joker (01:01:24)
The Antithesis (01:07:00)
Catwoman (01:12:37)
Blake (01:18:42)
Still Relevant (01:24:58)
The End (01:29:25)
Ratings (01:37:25)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills
Tristan Riddell

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

101: Risk Taking Lothario

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

In the fall of 2009, Harry Potter fans had devoured the last book of the series two years previously and all they had left to look forward to were the last three films since the last book was to be broken into two movies.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Auror Megan Calcote to talk about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. We discuss the opening of the movie, the changes from the book, Slughorn, love in the air, Draco’s trial, Harry’s care for his friends and our ratings.

Chapters
Cold Open (00:05:02)
Not Defined by a Man (00:10:19)
Back a Little Bit (00:12:06)
Changes (00:14:03)
Battle and Death (00:19:46)
The Half-Blood Prince (00:27:26)
Alan Rickman (00:31:42)
Slughorn (00:32:56)
Love is in the Air (00:37:33)
Harry Himself (00:41:35)
The Trial of Draco Malfoy (00:42:32)
Takes Care of His Friends (00:47:43)
Felix Felicis (00:49:43)
Effects Work (00:51:05)
Ratings (00:54:41)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am MDT

100: The Rudy Giuliani of Gotham

The Dark Knight.

Christopher Nolan’s redefinition of comic book movies did not stop with Batman Begins, so when the studio asked him to continue the series, he, David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan began mining Batman comics such as The Long Halloween and The Killing Joke for inspiration and continue to elevate the genre.

In this 100th episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing welcomes John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk about The Dark Knight. We discuss raising the stakes, contemporary themes, the truth, the joker, new Bat toys and our ratings.

Chapters
Made it to 100 (00:02:23)
Raising the Stakes (00:06:17)
Escalation (00:16:48)
Contemporary Themes (00:21:36)
Rules Vs. No Rules (00:24:59)
All the Same (00:27:13)
The Empire Strikes Back of the Series (00:35:23)
The Truth (00:38:41)
The Way the World Works and Personal Responsibility (00:52:07)
The Joker (00:56:56)
A New Rachel (01:04:03)
New Bat Toys (01:05:33)
Talking Like Batman (01:17:54)
Ratings (01:20:24)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills
Tristan Riddell

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-100.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:48am MDT

S21: Man in the Holocron

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Premiere.

The season two finale of Star Wars Rebels completely changed the landscape of the show, as Ahsoka finally confronted Vader and viewers were left with the mystery of exactly what when down at the Sith temple. Plus Kanan was blinded by Maul and Ezra came into possession of a Sith holocron.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and William Devereux to talk about the premiere of Star Wars Rebels season three. We discuss coming into season three, Kanan and the Bendu, Ezra’s Journey, retreating, Thrawn, a sense of purpose and ratings.

Chapters
Coming Into Season 3 (00:04:52)
Kanan and The Bendu (00:12:10)
Ezra’s Journey (00:22:06)
Retreating (00:32:37)
Thrawn (00:34:28)
One Quick Thing (00:38:35)
Grand Sense of Purpose (00:40:19)
Ratings (00:44:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
William Devereux

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am MDT

99: An Overindulgence of Bond

Thunderball.

In 1958 author Ian Fleming becomes enamored with the idea of a Bond film and though the connection of his friend Ivar Bryce, meets Kevin McClory who along with script writer Jack Whittingham work on a story. Fleming becomes bored with the process and writes Thunderball, based in part on the script leading to a legal suit that keeps Thunderball from becoming the first Bond movie and instead becomes the fourth when the issue is finally resolved out of court in 1963.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agent John Champion to talk about the James Bond adventure Thunderball. We discuss Bond history, bigger, better and tired, Bond needs a holiday, a devious plot, worthy villains, women of substance and more.

Chapters
Bond History (00:04:54)
What if Thunderball Had Been First? (00:08:34)
Jumping Ahead (00:13:39)
Bigger, Better and Tired? (00:18:10)
Bond Needs a Holiday (00:27:06)
A Devious Plot (00:31:03)
Other Things at Work (00:36:05)
Worthy Villains (00:39:43)
Women of Substance (00:45:57)
Music and Production (00:56:45)
Ratings (01:06:34)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Champion

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-099.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:24am MDT

98: Lost History

The Fellowship of the Ring.

It can be argued that the one of the most popular and important books of the last century was Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bringing such a book to the screen was a monumental feat that fell into the hands of someone many thought at the time as most unlikely, a man by the name of Peter Jackson.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by shield maidens Bethany Blanton and Megan Calcote to talk about Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. We discuss our journey to Middle Earth as well as Peter Jackson’s, the extended editions, the design of Middle Earth, the cast, the women, good and evil, the music and our ratings.

Chapters
Journey to Middle Earth (00:05:59)
Peter Jackson’s Journey to Middle Earth (00:13:54)
Extended Editions (00:15:53)
Designing Middle Earth (00:19:57)
Diving Into Middle Earth (00:26:36)
Isengard (00:35:31)
Creature Design (00:39:01)
Casting Middle Earth (00:41:44)
The Women of Middle Earth (00:54:59)
Good and Evil in Middle Earth (01:02:18)
The Music of Middle Earth (01:09:50)
Ratings (01:15:18)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Megan Calcote

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-098.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:29am MDT

97: Batman for Real

Batman Begins.

Batman is one of the most iconic characters in all of comics and has endured for over 75 years spawning merchandise, cartoons, television shows and films, so in early 2003 as Christopher Nolan and David Goyer began working on a new iteration, the stakes were high.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk about Batman Begins. We discuss beginning again, the Nolan influence, the cast, themes, music, Gotham, the suit and our ratings.

Chapters
Beginning Again (00:04:11)
The Nolan Influence (00:11:25)
The Cast (00:27:23)
Michael Caine (00:34:55)
Father Figures (00:39:03)
The Fight for Bruce’s Soul (00:43:03)
Too Many Characters? (00:46:36)
Justice, Fear and Mercy (00:51:28)
The Music (00:57:14)
Gotham (00:59:14)
The Suit (01:07:39)
Ratings (01:12:45)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills
Tristan Riddell

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-097.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

96: She’s a Witch

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

As the fifth year of Harry Potter’s education begins at Hogwarts, the world has changed. Voldemort has returned and yet the rest of the wizarding world is actively denying the truth and calling Harry a liar. On top of all this, he’s not heard from his friends all summer or his strongest ally Dumbledore which has left him feeling utterly alone.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Muggles Andrea Coffman and Megan Calcote to talk about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We discuss the aftermath, propaganda and politics, Dumbledore, new characters, new director and composer, wizard battles, love, the lost prophecy and ratings.

Chapters
Our Houses (00:03:27)
The Aftermath (00:04:53)
Propaganda, Narratives and Fear (00:16:30)
Dumbledore (00:24:16)
New Characters (00:29:14)
New Director and Composer (00:41:00)
The Only One He Ever Feared (00:53:34)
Love (00:53:34)
The Lost Prophecy (00:56:06)
Ratings (01:05:08)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Megan Calcote

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-096.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm MDT

Goldfinger.

In 1964 Bond producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman want capitalize on the success of From Russia With Love and decide that the next Bond adventure needs to be bigger and better than before. So they invest three million dollars into the next movie, marketing heavily before it’s even finished filming and their gamble creates a phenomenon that launchs James Bond into the pop culture stratosphere.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow 00 agent John Champion to talk about Goldfinger. We discuss the phenomenon of the film, it’s marketing, a new director, villains, gadgets, women and our ratings.

Chapters
A Favorite Moment (00:01:55)
A Monumental Film (00:03:34)
Biggest Bond Yet (00:12:37)
The Marketing (00:18:54)
Another Key Change (00:22:55)
The Man With the Midas Touch (00:34:25)
The Gadgets (00:45:02)
Odd Job (00:51:55)
The Golf Scene (00:56:43)
Shirley Eaton (00:58:54)
Dink (01:01:53)
A Mistake (01:03:32)
Honor Blackman (01:04:21)
Ratings (01:12:03)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Champion

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-095.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10pm MDT

94: Kashyyyk Creek

Star Wars: Life Debt.

In the fall of 2015, Star Wars fans eagerly awaited the next film in the legendary saga and to satiate their appetite, they were given a toy and book release known as Force Friday. Among the books released, one had fans chomping at the bit to devour, Aftermath, yet sadly, the book did not live up to many people’s expectations, leaving them hoping that book two in the planned trilogy would be better.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by feel scoundrels Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Life Debt. We discuss our thoughts coming into this one, the Empire in chaos, the story, characters old and new the final mystery, ratings and the Rogue One trailer.

Chapters
Back in Time (00:03:36)
Empire in Chaos (00:09:03)
The Story (00:20:48)
The Old Characters (00:33:17)
Mon Mothma (00:37:03)
Mosaic Crew (00:43:18)
The Final Mystery (00:53:25)
Ratings (00:57:39)
Rogue One Trailer (01:04:22)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-094.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

93: Comic-Booking it Up

Suicide Squad.

With the DC Comic movie universe being started in Man of Steel and then continued in Batman v Superman, the third film would be something a bit different as it would not focus on heroes but the villains and finally bring to the screen some of the worst heroes ever.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by the villainous Tristan Riddell to talk about Suicide Squad. We discuss our head space coming into the movie, the cameos, the connective tissue, the characters, themes production and ratings, plus announce the winner for our iTunes review contest!

Chapters
A Couple DC Housekeeping Questions (00:02:35)
Not Really Heroes (00:08:53)
How it Connected (00:16:14)
Batman (00:22:20)
Connective Tissue (00:24:58)
A Motley Crew (00:27:01)
The Joker & Harley Quinn (00:27:11)
Viola Davis (00:35:47)
A Side Note (00:38:57)
Can’t Blame Jai Courtney (00:46:09)
Shades of Badness (00:49:23)
Leverage and Blackmail Against Friendship (00:56:09)
Production (00:58:30)
The Ending (01:04:32)
The Man His Due (01:07:01)
Ratings (01:10:38)
Contest Winner (01:17:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Tristan Riddell

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-093.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38am MDT

92: Out of Mothballs

Jason Bourne.

In 2002, Doug Liman and Matt Damon brought Robert Ludlum’s spy thriller, The Bourne Identity to the silver screen and every few years after that, a successive story in Ludlum’s trilogy would find it’s way to theaters. Starting in 2012, the movie team ran out of Ludlum’s books and have been crafting new stories ever since.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow spy Alice Baker to talk about Jason Bourne. We discuss the previous movies, being re-Bourne, revenge destruction, the character of Bourne, privacy vs security, Nicky, new players, production and our ratings.

Chapters
Remembering Identities (00:03:22)
Re-Bourne (00:09:44)
Revenge Destruction (00:18:48)
The Character of Jason Bourne (00:23:27)
Privacy vs Security (00:27:55)
Nicky (00:35:12)
New Players (00:40:44)
Comparing to Bond (00:43:16)
Production (00:47:16)
Ratings (00:49:21)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Alice Baker

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-092.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am MDT

91: Don’t Explain the Pants

The Avengers.

When Marvel released Iron Man in 2008 it started on an epic experiment of bringing a comic book universe to life, in which each film would build on a common story but also tell it’s own story culminating in a conclusion film for the different phases of the storyline.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by S.H.I.E.L.D Agents Alice Baker and Daniel Proulx to talk about Marvel’s The Avengers. We discuss ending Phase One, the center, goodness and badness, secrets have secrets, villains and philosophy, music, action, Hulk’s Pants and our ratings.

Chapters
Finally Reached Avengers (00:03:25)
Phase One Ends (00:04:45)
The First (00:14:27)
The Center (00:19:55)
Goodness and Badness Levels (00:27:57)
Secrets Have Secrets (00:33:21)
Loki as Villain (00:39:38)
Meant to be Ruled (00:42:49)
Music, Action, Hulk’s Pants (00:47:48)
Ratings (00:59:08)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Daniel Proulx

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-091.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

90: Awkward Stage Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

In the summer of 2000 J.K. Rowling delighted her fans by releasing the longest book in the Harry Potter series to date, which meant as the films reached the fourth installment, a lot of choices had to be made as to what they could leave out and still tell the story well.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Muggle Megan Calcote to talk about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We discuss being back at Hogwarts, new character, a bigger world, the looming threat, old magic vs. brute strength, the music and our ratings.

Chapters
Harry Potter World (00:03:12)
Back at Hogwarts (00:07:32)
New Characters (00:15:32)
A Bigger World (00:36:02)
The Looming Threat (00:47:36)
Voldemort (00:49:52)
Old Magic vs. Brute Strength (00:56:07)
The Music (00:59:33)
Ratings (01:02:57)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

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

Direct download: tsc-090.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm MDT

89: Indelible Mark

Superman.

There are very few things that remain popular for 75 years, that are able to worm their way into the zeitgeist of the entire world so that no matter where you are there will be two things someone there will know, the symbol of the cross and the shield of the House of El.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about the first superhero, Superman. We discuss what keeps us coming back, his endurance, different interpretations, what the truest expression of him is, nature vs. nurture, public and personal personas, reinvention rejection, if he’s been explored enough and some comic recommendations.

Chapters
It’s Superman (00:03:41)
What Keeps Us Coming Back (00:04:52)
That is Superman (00:07:42)
Endurace (00:10:56)
Different Interpretations (00:14:58)
What is the Truest Expression (00:22:26)
Nature vs. Nurture (00:33:03)
Public and Personal Persona (00:37:17)
Reinvention Rejection (00:41:45)
Explored Enough (00:46:07)
Comic Recommendations (01:00:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

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

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88: The Sword in the Stone

The Last Starfighter.

The 1980s saw a boom in films that would go on to become cult classics with The Princess Bride, Highlander, Spaceballs and so many others capturing hearts when they came out, but more importantly finding an audience in the new home release market.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Starfighter Norman Lao to talk about cult classic The Last Starfighter. We discuss something old and something new, a familiar story, the cast, the effects, the soundtrack, does it hold up and our ratings.

Chapters
iTunes Contest and Review Thanks (00:01:55)
Something Old, Something New (00:04:09)
A Familiar Story (00:12:51)
The Cast (00:26:56)
The Effects (00:47:51)
The Soundtrack (00:55:23)
Does it Hold Up and Ratings (00:59:59)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Norman Lao

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

Direct download: tsc-088.mp3
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87: The Search For More Money

Independence Day: Resurgence.

Following the massive success of the original Independence Day many people assumed that a sequel would be forthcoming quickly. The filmmakers worked for years trying to make the story work but could not find the right way to continue, leaving the film languishing in development hell for years, until Emmerich came upon a thought that lead him to beginning planning two more films to create a trilogy.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler and Richard Marquez to talk about Independence Day: Resurgence. We discuss before Resurgence, why add a sequel, the story, the cast, a soft reboot, to sequel or not to sequel, effects and our ratings.

Chapters
Review Thanks and Contest (00:01:54)
Before Resurgence (00:03:17)
Why Add a Sequel (00:10:26)
The Story (00:14:10)
The Cast (00:32:18)
A Soft Reboot (00:42:09)
To Sequel or Not to Sequel (00:44:14)
Effects (00:46:47)
Ratings (00:55:01)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Michael Schindler
Richard Marquez

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

Direct download: tsc-087.mp3
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S20: Rebirth

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition.

Very few movies have been as polarizing as Batman v Superman with the fans and the critics, in fact as it came out in theaters, word reached the internet that there would be an extended cut of the film released on blu ray and digital, which Zack Snyder had really wanted as the theatrical cut, but was forced to trim.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition. We discuss first impressions, a good question, where it is better, do we feel the three hours?, Wonder Woman, little things and ratings.

Chapters
An Interesting Time (00:03:16)
First Impressions (00:04:10)
Good Question (00:06:24)
Where is it Better (00:14:11)
Feel the Three Hours (00:35:14)
Wonder Woman (00:40:00)
Little Things (00:43:19)
Ratings (00:44:20)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: tsc-s20.mp3
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86: Classified Wi-Fi

Independence Day.

Every so often a movie comes out that takes the world by surprise at just how big it becomes. Star Wars did this in 1977 and recently and recently it happened with Jurassic World, but in the summer of 1996 it happened again with a movie no one could have predicted.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler and Richard Marquez to talk about Independence Day (ID4). We discuss our recollection of 1996, bringing back the disaster film, the cast, impressive effects, if it holds up and our ratings.

Chapters
ID4 (00:02:44)
Remembering 1996 (00:04:41)
Bringing Back Disaster (00:14:55)
The Cast (00:28:29)
Impressive Effects (00:43:18)
Does it Hold Up? (00:51:16)
Ratings (01:00:51)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Michael Schindler
Richard Marquez

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

Direct download: tsc-086.mp3
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85: Bond is the Pawn

From Russia With Love.

After the success of Dr. No the producers immediately began planning their next film in the Bond saga and landed on From Russia With love, which coincidently had just been named one of John F. Kennedy’s favorite books in an interview with Life magazine. What could go wrong?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agent John Champion to talk about From Russia With Love. We discuss continuing Bond, changes from the book, women and villains, a troubled shoot, heightened realism, behind the scenes heroes, great moments and our ratings.

Chapters
Live from Goldeneye (00:02:05)
Continuing Bond (00:04:40)
Changes from the Book (00:16:49)
Women and Villains (00:20:30)
A Troubled Shoot (00:42:47)
Heightened Realism (00:47:53)
Behind the Scenes Heroes (00:55:14)
Great Moments (00:57:53)
Ratings (01:05:30)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Champion

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

Direct download: tsc-085.mp3
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84: C-3PO Burlesque Show

Star Wars: Clone Wars.

In 2003, as Star Wars fans eagerly anticipated the last film in the saga, a surprise arrived on Cartoon Network, Clone Wars, a micro series of 20 episodes that gave a taste of what the war was like. With the success of the first 20, Lucas asked for 5 more episodes which would be longer and tell the story of the crawl from Episode III.

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: Clone Wars. We discuss our Clone Wars experience, volume one, if it’s still fun, volume two, leading up to Episode III, voices, being over-written and doing yourself a favor.

Chapters
Something Fun to Do (00:03:10)
Clone Wars Experience (00:04:35)
Volume One (00:16:52)
Still Fun? (00:25:21)
Volume Two (00:28:42)
Leading Up to Episode III (00:39:27)
Voices (00:42:18)
Over-Written (00:47:14)
Do Yourself a Favor (00:52:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

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

Direct download: tsc-084.mp3
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83: Yes to the Mystique

X-Men: Apocalypse.

In the summer of 2000, Bryan Singer changed the landscape of superhero films with his first X-Men by having a movie that took it’s story, characters and world much more seriously than had previously been seen in a comic book movie. Fast forward sixteen years later and Singer and company are back with their latest in the X-franchise.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow X-Men Suzanne Williamson to talk about X-Men: Apocalypse. We discuss the X-franchise, new mutants, Quicksilver, rounding out the trilogy, a blessing or a curse, hero?, our ratings and a quick side note.

Chapters
A Dragon’s Age (00:02:31)
The X-Franchise (00:03:26)
New Mutants (00:08:35)
Quicksilver (00:21:05)
Rounding Out the Trilogy (00:22:47)
A Blessing or a Curse (00:30:17)
Hero? (00:37:37)
Ratings (00:44:22)
Side Note (00:47:19)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Suzanne Williamson

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

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82: Lupin on the Loose

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

As Harry Potter fans impatiently waited for the fifth book in the series to be released, Hollywood was making the interim between installments bearable by releasing the third movie in the franchise.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Hogwarts students Andrea Coffman and Tristan Riddell to talk about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We discuss a new director and direction, character focus, fully forming, new characters, creatures and wizarding world things, book vs. movie, the score and our ratings.

Chapters
New Director and Direction (00:04:11)
Character Focus (00:18:51)
Fully Forming (00:28:26)
New Characters (00:39:15)
Creatures and Wizarding World Things (00:49:33)
Book vs. Movie (01:00:36)
Score (01:07:07)
Ratings (01:10:19)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Tristan Riddell

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

Direct download: tsc-082.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MDT

81: Revisionist History

Star Wars: Bloodline.

The expanded universe of Star Wars has always helped to fill in the gaps and answer the questions fans had and the new line is no exception. With the release of The Force Awakens, fans have been clamoring to know what happened in the 30 year period between Return of the Jedi and the beginning of the new trilogy.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Resistance members Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray. We discuss the heir to the Empire, being in Vader’s shadow, world-building, romanticizing the past, new characters, the rise of the First Order and our ratings.

Chapters
Heir to the Empire (00:03:46)
In Vader’s Shadow (00:11:26)
World-Building (00:29:02)
Romanticizing the Past (00:48:45)
New Characters (01:03:58)
The Rise of the First Order (01:11:39)
Ratings (01:15:37)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

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

Direct download: tsc-081.mp3
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80: The Right to Choose

Captain America: Civil War.

The character of Steve Rogers has been on one of the most intense journey’s of any of the Marvel heroes. He’s gone from a scrawny man with a hero’s heart, to super soldier hero, to man out of time, to leader of the Avengers, all to come up against his greatest challenge, a world at odds with his worldview.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Avengers Megan Calcote, plus Bethany and Riley Blanton to talk about Captain America: Civil War. We discuss choosing side, team Iron Man, team Cap, team Ross, revenge, new heroes, hero against hero, the fight in Siberia, a few last things, a quick rundown and ratings.

Chapters
Choosing Sides (00:03:37)
Team Iron Man (00:05:23)
Team Cap (00:15:37)
Team Ross (00:28:46)
Revenge (00:31:09)
New Heroes (00:42:55)
Hero Against Hero (00:53:20)
The Fight in Siberia (01:02:24)
A Couple Last Things (01:06:07)
A Quick Rundown (01:11:46)
Ratings (01:13:28)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Megan Calcote
Riley Blanton

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

Direct download: tsc-080.mp3
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79: Moral Malaise

Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

When Steve Rogers awoke from his long winter’s stay in the ice he found himself in completely different world, that had undergone massive changes, politically and morally, yet found that the world just might need a little “old fashioned” values to help save it. After the events of Avengers, Steve finds himself living the life of a soldier again, this time for S.H.E.I.L.D. and comes to find that unfortunately not everything is quite as it seems.

In this episode host Matthew Rushing is joined by Avenger Bethany Blanton to talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We discuss our favorite Marvel heroes, continuing Cap’s modern education, an insidious villain, becoming a leader. the Winter Soldier, tearing it all down, the film’s uniqueness, new characters and our ratings.

Chapters
Favorite Marvel Heroes (00:03:46)
Continuing Cap’s Modern Education (00:08:59)
Insidious Villain (00:20:29)
Becoming the Leader (00:30:31)
The Winter Soldier (00:36:51)
Tearing it All Down (00:41:57)
A Unique Film (00:47:04)
New Characters (00:49:42)
Ratings (00:58:51)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Bethany Blanton

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associ

Direct download: tsc-079.mp3
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78: The Virtue Inside

Captain America: The First Avenger.

Marvel began it’s road by securing the money to create it’s studio in 2005 and then started the process of figuring out which film would be first. Originally Captain America was to be the one kicking things off, but when Jon Favreau was approached as director, he chose to make Iron Man instead, leaving the Captain out in the cold until Joe Johnston was brought on board to bring his origin to life.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Howling Commando Bruce Gibson to talk about Captain America: The First Avenger. We discuss our familiarity with Marvel, something a little different, character matters, the cast, the villain, the director, skinny Steve, the music, a few last things and our ratings.

Chapters
Continue With Marvel (00:03:24)
Familiarity With Marvel (00:04:15)
A Little Bit Different (00:06:31)
Character Matters (00:15:48)
The Cast (00:24:21)
The Villain (00:41:19)
The Director (00:44:32)
Skinny Steve (00:47:29)
The Music (00:50:07)
A Few Last Things (00:52:12)
Ratings (00:54:22)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson

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

Direct download: tsc-078.mp3
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77: The Original Don Draper

Dr. No.

In 1952 Ian Flemming informed his friend that he intended to write the spy novel to end all spy novels so that by 1962 there were already ten adventures of James Bond for producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli to choose from for the first film, in their hopes to kick off a Bond franchise.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by super spy John Champion to talk about Dr. No. We discuss the 60s spy genre, bringing Bond to the silver scree, the director, casting Bond, a wonderful cast of characters, Moneypenny, M, Dr. No, Felix Leiter, Honey Rider, setting up the formula and our ratings.

Chapters
The 60s Spy Genre (00:04:16)
Bringing Bond to the Silver Screen (00:14:30)
The Director (00:18:38)
Casting Bond (00:23:40)
A Wonderful Cast of Characters (00:38:35)
MoneyPenny (00:43:36)
M (00:45:46)
Dr. No (00:47:51)
Felix Leiter (00:53:13)
Honey Rider (00:56:30)
Setting Up the Formula (01:02:29)
Ratings (01:15:19)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion

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

Direct download: tsc-077.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10pm MDT

76: Stepping Out of Daredevil’s Shadow

Daredevil: Season 2.

It only took a few days after the first season of Daredevil dropped on Netflix for fans to ask the question of when season 2 would be available as the show struck a cord with it’s audience, telling a darker story and redeeming the character from his last outing onscreen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Defenders Daniel Proulx and Will Ngyuen to talk about Daredevil season 2. We discuss Matt, issues with the season, lacking good villains, Foggy, the biggest hero of the season, Claire, The Punisher, jam packed season, Elektra and our ratings.

Chapters
Two Guys and a Girl are Back (00:04:13)
We’ll Start With Matt (00:04:38)
Issues With the Season (00:13:38)
Lacking Good Villains (00:26:22)
Foggy (00:29:25)
The Biggest Hero of the Season (00:34:10)
Claire (00:39:48)
The Punisher (00:41:24)
Jam Packed (00:47:46)
Elektra (00:56:29)
Ratings (01:04:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Daniel Proulx
Will Ngyuen

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

Direct download: tsc-076.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

S19: Give Us the Mythology

Star Wars Rebels Season 2.

The last few moments of Star Wars Rebels season 1 left us in awe as a beloved character descended the ladder of the Ghost and we were rewarded with the return of Ahsoka Tano.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Jedi Masters John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk about season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. To start we discuss the Rogue One trailer, then entering season 2, getting Rex back, Blood Sisters, Wings of the Master, Stealth Strike, Future of the Force, Legacy, A Princess on Lothal, Legends of the Lasat, The Protector of Concord Dawn, frustration, helicopter lightsabers, Ahsoka and Vader, Ahsoka’s end, having Maul back, hopes for season 3 and our ratings.

Chapters
Rogue One Trailer (00:02:18)
Season 2 of Rebels (00:13:39)
Entering Season 2 (00:15:38)
Getting Rex Back (00:20:00)
Blood Sisters (00:25:45)
Wings of the Master (00:28:24)
Stealth Strike (00:30:34)
The Future of the Force (00:32:01)
Legacy (00:36:05)
A Princess on Lothal (00:37:03)
Legends of the Lasat (00:40:46)
The Protector of Concord Dawn (00:44:41)
So Frustrating (00:47:33)
Helicopter Lightsabers (00:49:08)
Ashoka and the Vader (00:51:11)
Ashoka’s End (01:00:01)
Having Maul Back (01:04:32)
Hopes for Season 3 (01:07:50)
Ratings (01:15:14)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills
Tristan Riddell

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

Direct download: tsc-s19.mp3
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75: Asgardian Entitlement

Thor.

After The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 it was time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to stretch itself and bring in something mythical, the Norse god of thunder Thor, as well as truly begin the ramp-up to the coming Avengers movie.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman and Andi VanderKolk to talk about Marvel’s Thor. We discuss the tale of the hammer, the cast and story, Thor, Jane, Oden and Frigga, Idris Elba, the Thor-tourage, slowing it down, a whole new world, the MCU connection and our ratings.

Chapters
The Not So Dark World (00:01:08)
Tale of the Hammer (00:03:47)
The Cast and Story (00:09:53)
Thor (00:10:21)
Jane (00:17:55)
Oden and Frigga (00:29:59)
Idris Elba (00:31:45)
The Thor-tourage (00:33:30)
A Whole New World (00:43:46)
The MCU Connections (00:49:56)
Ratings (00:56:06)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Andi VanderKolk

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

Direct download: tsc-075.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

S18: Gap for Villains

Supergirl/Flash Crossover.

As soon as Supergirl was announced fans had many questions, would it be in the same universe with the Flash and Arrow and would it crossover with those shows were two of the biggest. The producers were open to the idea of a crossover which led the studios to finally giving their approval allowing Flash to visit National City for the first time.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by the World’s Finest Norman Lao to talk about the Supergirl/Flash crossover. We discuss crossing over, the Barry/Kara dynamic, light and dark, the tables turn, the blackboard moment, the villains, the superhero dynamic and the crossover impact.

Chapters
Listener Idea (00:01:53)
Crossing Over (00:04:24)
Barry Kara Dynamic (00:09:22)
Light and Dark (00:19:45)
The Tables Turn (00:23:04)
The Blackboard Moment (00:26:34)
The Villains (00:29:17)
Superhero Dynamic (00:39:12)
Crossover Impact (00:43:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Norman Lao

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

Direct download: tsc-s18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

74: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Comic fans have been having the argument for over 70 years about who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman. At the end of Man of Steel the production team was looking for the next challenge that Superman would face and in that conversation the idea was thrown out that it should be Batman. Thus was born the genesis of Batman v Superman, Zach Snyder’s newest film in the DC cinematic universe.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Justice League members Norman Lao and Tristan Riddell to talk about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We discuss after Man of Steel, the Wayne’s death, the players on the board, the new Bruce Wayne and Batman, becoming the villain, Superman, living out Jor-El’s words, if Lois is just a damsel, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, The Justice League, Jeremy Irons, fight night, Martha, Doomsday, music, look and our ratings.

Chapters
Some Great Heroes (00:02:14)
After Man of Steel (00:04:52)
The Wayne’s Death (00:15:00)
The Players on the Board (00:21:53)
Bruce Wayne/Batman (00:22:45)
Becoming the Villain (00:35:25)
Superman (00:43:25)
Living out Jor-El’s Words (00:51:36)
Just the Damsel? (00:53:05)
Lex Luthor (01:00:53)
Wonder Woman (01:06:28)
The Justice League (01:12:04)
Jeremy Irons (01:15:33)
Fight Night (01:19:36)
Martha (01:27:01)
Doomsday (01:42:46)
Music and Look (01:51:54)
Ratings (01:54:21)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Norman Lao
Tristan Riddell

Matthew’s Written Review

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

Direct download: tsc-074.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46am MDT

73: The Scrappy Doo of Scooby Doo

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie.

“It’s very much Star Wars. It’s not a, you know, South Park comedy. It’s not a baby girls show like Hannah Montana. It’s sort of the first dramatic animated show that is, um, PG-13, so it doesn’t really go on late night, it doesn’t go on Saturday afternoon, it actually doesn’t go anywhere. I don’t know what we’re gonna do with it, but we’re having a hell of a lot of… a great time making it.” George Lucas in 2007 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien talking about the new series he was developing, The Clone Wars.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bethany Blanton and Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie. We discuss our Clone Wars experience, the animation style, the Christophsis opening, the characterizations, Ahsoka’s introduction and impact, three teachers, if it’s Anakin or Ahsoka’s story, if it set the stage for The Force Awakens, the music, The Clone Wars Vs. Rebels, favorite scenes and ratings.

Chapters
The Clone Wars Movie (00:02:09)
The Clone Wars Experience (00:03:26)
The Animation Style (00:10:53)
The Christophsis Opening (00:15:48)
The Characterizations (00:24:05)
Ashoka’s Introduction (00:39:44)
Ashoka’s Impact (00:46:25)
Three Teachers (00:54:35)
Anakin or Ahsoka’s Story (00:55:32)
Does it Set the Stage for The Force Awakens (00:57:46)
The Music (01:06:33)
The Clone Wars Vs. Rebels (01:11:02)
Favorite Scenes (01:19:28)
Ratings (01:23:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Bruce Gibson


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

Direct download: tsc-073.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

72: My Three Dads

The Flash Season 1.

During Arrow season two an intrepid young forensic scientist from Central City showed up to help solve a case and in the process learn the identity of Starling City’s masked vigilante. He traveled home only to be struck by lightning and wake up in his own show.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Rogues Bruce Gibson and Norman Lao to talk about The Flash season one. We discuss the quickness of the storytelling, if Arrow helped Flash start so well, the characters brought to life, rogues and villains, father figures, subverting expectations and our ratings.

Chapters
Introducing the Flash (00:03:46)
Quite Quick (00:05:01)
Does Arrow Help Make The Flash Better? (00:14:36)
Characters Brought to Life (00:19:09)
Rogues and Villains (00:49:02)
Father Figures (00:57:16)
Subverting Expectations (01:04:29)
Ratings (01:13:07)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Norman Lao

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

Direct download: tsc-072.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

71: It’s Murder She Wrote

Agent Carter: Season 2.

Television is a brutal master and getting a season two in today’s landscape is a tough thing to do, so fans of Agent Carter were relieved when it was announced that the fledgling series would be given a second chance.

Before the episode begins we announce the winner of the Star Wars 602 Club Feed review contest!

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker to talk about Agent Carter season 2. We discuss thoughts on season 1, the show being set in Hollywood this season, the case file, more forced, putting it all on the table, feeling familiar, asking for the impossible, how to make it better, characters, if we get more and our ratings.

Chapters
Contest Winner (00:01:13)
Season One (00:03:49)
We’re Off to Hollywood (00:06:05)
The Case File (00:10:46)
More Forced (00:13:55)
Put it All on the Table (00:17:19)
Feels Very Familiar (00:22:29)
Asking for the Impossible (00:25:55)
How Could They Make it Better (00:29:07)
Characters (00:34:30)
If We Get More (00:39:57)
Ratings (00:51:34)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Alice Baker

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

Direct download: tsc-071.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

S17: Twenty Year Nostalgia Cycle

The X-Files Revival.

The X-Files became a television phenomenon during it’s nine year run between 1993 and 2002, it would spawn 2 motion pictures, Fight of the Future in 1998 and I Want to Believe in 2008 which left fans puzzled, wondering if this was to be the last they would ever see of the characters, with the truth still out there.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler to talk about The X-Files Revival. We discuss where the show left off, bringing things back, coming into The X-Files, My Struggle, Founder’s Mutation, Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster, Home Again, Babylon, My Struggle II and if we want more.

Chapters
Where We Left Off (00:02:06)
Bringing Things Back (00:08:31)
Coming Back to The X-Files (00:13:03)
My Struggle (00:20:59)
Founder’s Mutation (00:31:05)
Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster (00:34:29)
Home Again (00:41:40)
Babylon (00:45:14)
My Struggle II (00:50:30)
Do You Want More? (00:56:52)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Michael Schindler

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

Direct download: tsc-s17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

70: Broken Wand Saves the Day

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

With the massive success that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was with the general public and fans, Warner Brothers had already begun to prepare for the next film since the stars ages were always looming in the background as motivation to get the next part of the story out quickly.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Muggles Charlynn Schmiedt and Daniel Proulx to talk about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We discuss growing into the part, Harry’s kindness, growing the world, importance in the end, literal adaptation, growing the villain, Richard Harris, interesting themes, other things and ratings.

Chapters
At the Leaky Cauldron (00:03:08)
Growing Into the Part (00:06:12)
Harry’s Kindness (00:13:46)
Growing the World (00:20:30)
Important By the End (00:28:54)
Literal Adaptation (00:33:45)
Growing the Villain (00:38:50)
Richard Harris (00:44:19)
Interesting Themes (00:48:48)
Other Things (01:01:35)
Ratings (01:11:05)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Charlynn Schmiedt
Daniel Proulx

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

Direct download: tsc-070.mp3
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S16: Band of Beings

Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company.

In the lead up to The Force Awakens the marketing for Star Wars was coming quickly with toys, books and video games. The newest version of Battlefront was released for the next generation consoles and lost in all the hype was a tie-in-book for the game.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel grunts Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Battlefront: Twilight Company. We discuss another Star Wars movie, gritty, dark and real, why we fight, more satisfaction, nothing better to do, Vader, the evil Empire, heroes on both sides and our ratings.

Chapters
Another Star Wars Movie (00:03:29)
Gritty, Dark and Real (00:05:05)
Why We Fight (00:15:58)
More Satisfying (00:23:35)
Nothing Better to Do (00:28:41)
Down Right Scary (00:31:29)
Evil Empire (00:36:17)
Heroes on Both Sides (00:43:44)
Ratings (00:55:49)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

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

Direct download: tsc-s16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

69: One Big Suit of Hubris

Iron Man 2.

After the success of Iron Man and the lackluster performance of The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Studios went back to the drawing board to figure out their next moves in rolling out their connected universe leading them back to the character of Iron Man to help launch the larger MCU.

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 Iron Man 2. We discuss the second time around, the legacy of fathers, Tony’s growth, new characters, the politics of safety and our ratings.

Chapters
Marvel Posse is Back (00:02:19)
The Second Time Around (00:03:20)
The Legacy of Fathers (00:16:23)
Tony’s Growth (00:24:38)
New Characters (00:35:45)
The Politics of Safety (00:58:25)
Ratings (01:02:44)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andi VanderKolk
Daniel Proulx

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

Direct download: tsc-069.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

68: In the Kiddie Pool

Deadpool.

After the disastrous X-Men Origins: Wolverine the idea of a Deadpool film languished in development hell for years and now because of the dedication of Ryan Reynolds, Fox has released the rated R film that so many fans wanted.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Daniel Proulx to talk about Deadpool. We discuss a different kind of “superhero”, being in a connected universe, is this really new, the cast, no fourth wall, things that work, things that didn’t and our ratings.

Chapters
A Lot of Fun (00:01:00)
A Different Kind of “Superhero” (00:02:38)
Connected Universe (00:05:50)
Is This Really New? (00:10:55)
The Cast (00:22:53)
No Fourth Wall (00:34:24)
Things That Worked, Things That Didn’t (00:41:10)
Ratings (00:45:34)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Daniel Proulx

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

Direct download: tsc-068.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

67: Marvel’s King Kong

he Incredible Hulk.

The summer of 2008 saw the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Iron Man and yet many people forget that just a few months later, Marvel released their second film in the MCU staring a new Hulk who was in no way connected to Ang Lee’s Hulk film from just five years earlier.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler to talk about Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk. We discuss the forgotten Hulk, this film’s place in the MCU, the credit story, if there is a problem with the character, the actors, an abomination of power, effects and our ratings.

Chapters
The Forgotten Hulk (00:02:22)
Doesn’t Have the Weight (00:07:46)
To Their Credit (00:10:24)
Is There a Problem (00:14:23)
Edward Norton (00:21:00)
Betty is His Lois Lane (00:28:00)
Tim Roth (00:32:01)
William Hurt as “Thunderbolt” Ross (00:34:43)
Abomination of Power (00:41:16)
The Effects Work (00:50:40)
Ratings (00:57:57)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Michael 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)

Direct download: tsc-067.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

66: Spice Trip on the Sloop John B

Dune.

Since it’s release in 1964 Dune has been considered a science fiction epic that tied for the Hugo Award in 1966 and also won the inaugural Nebula Award for best novel so it is no surprise that with the success of Star Wars that this masterpiece would make it’s way to the silver screen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker, Megan Calcote and Norman Lao to talk about David Lynch’s Dune. We discuss the history of the future, does it makes sense to new viewers, stars galore, production, interesting themes, how we’d like to see Dune done and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Megan Calcote
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
Reunited and it Feels So Good (00:00:56)
History of the Future (00:03:53)
Does it Make Sense to New Viewers (00:09:56)
Stars Galore (00:23:11)
Production (00:41:15)
Interesting Themes (00:51:37)
How Would You Like to See Dune Done (00:58:47)
Ratings (01:07:52)

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65: We Could Be Heroes

Legends of Tomorrow.

In 1940 the first superhero team was formed, it was called the Justice Society of America and included The Flash, The Green Lantern, The Spectre, The Hawkman, Dr. Fate, The Hour-man, The Sandman, Atom, and Johnny Thunder. Since that time, superhero teams have been a staple of comics, film and television.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by legends Bethany Blanton and Jose Munoz to talk about the pilot episode of Legends of Tomorrow. We give a little history, talk massive team ups, the comic book feel, first impressions, influences, if anything feel flat, characters, Vandal Savage, legends or losers, look, feel and looking forward.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Jose Munoz

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
A Little History (00:03:43)
Massive Team Up (00:13:26)
Comic Book Feel (00:21:03)
First Impressions (00:26:07)
Influences (00:32:12)
Anything Fall Flat? (00:38:45)
Characters (00:43:55)
Vandal Savage (00:58:25)
Legends or Losers (01:04:18)
Look and Feel (01:11:38)
Looking Forward (01:18:40)

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64: A Trinity of Misfits

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

In 1997 a new book was released in Britain about a young boy who finds out that he is a wizard and his life changes forever. Like Harry, the literature world was turned upside down as people fell in love with the story, characters and world that J.K. Rowling created which in turn became a film in 2001.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman and Tristan Riddell to talk about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We discuss if we’re Muggles or Wizards, Harry’s wondrous world, the trinity, the professors, Hagrid, Neville, some of the themes, book vs. movie, the music and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Tristan Riddell

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 (00:04:01)
Muggle or Wizard? (00:07:48)
Harry’s Wondrous World (00:16:33)
The Trinity (00:31:30)
The Professors (00:39:09)
Hagrid (00:51:26)
Neville (00:53:07)
The Themes (00:54:48)
Book Vs. Movie (01:04:04)
The Music (01:08:41)
Ratings (01:13:58)

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63: Burning Down the Arrow Cave

Arrow Season 3.

The second season of Arrow had taken the pieces of the first and created something special in the world of comic book television which meant that as season three approached, the expectations were higher than ever.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow vigilante Alice Baker to talk about Arrow season 3. We discuss our expectations going into the season, all the consequences and weight of decisions, the personal nature of the season, “the island”, new characters and character growth, villains, set up, pet peeves and things we liked, plus our rankings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Alice Baker

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 (00:03:38)
Season 3 Expectations (00:05:04)
All the Consequences (00:13:14)
Weight of Decisions (00:25:15)
Most Personal (00:28:10)
“The Island” (00:31:16)
New Characters and Character Growth (00:36:09)
Villains (00:48:50)
Set Up (00:54:47)
Pet Peeves and Things We Liked (00:57:45)
Rankings (01:05:11)

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S15: Literary Filoni

Star Wars: Before the Awakening.

The Force Awakens left fans with many questions as they walked out of the theater. How did the galaxy end up like this? Who are these different factions? Why is there a Republic and a Resistance? These questions and so many more have been swirling around fandom ever since December 17th, 2015 and in the era of “it’s all connected” the ancillary materials have become even more important.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and newly awakened John Mills talk about Greg Rucka’s Before the Awakening. We discuss if the book should have come out before the movie, if it would have effected our movie viewing, Finn, Rey, Poe and our ratings.

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
Introduction (00:01:05)
Before the Awakening (00:03:20)
Should This Have Come Out Before the Movie? (00:04:24)
Effected Our Enjoyment of TFA? (00:13:58)
Finn (00:21:03)
Rey (00:33:46)
Poe (00:45:38)
Ratings (01:11:28)

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62: He’s Got a Blank Space Baby

Doctor Who: Season 9.

Doctor Who continues to be one of the most loved and longest running shows on television and as it moved into the ninth season of the reboot there were a few things fans knew, it was to be Jenna Coleman’s last season and Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones was to guest star.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Whovian Andi Vanderkolk to talk about Doctor Who Season 9. We discuss our expectations, a main theme, first impressions, episodes, story and character, coming back around, predicting the doctor, Ashildr/Me, Clara, The Christmas Special and final thoughts.

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
Introduction (00:00:58)
Season 9 Expectations (00:03:07)
A Main Theme? (00:04:48)
First Impressions (00:10:00)
Episodes (00:12:28)
Story and Character (00:22:07)
Coming Back Around (00:29:11)
Predicting the Doctor (00:36:39)
Ashildr/Lady Me/Me (00:39:52)
Clara (00:44:32)
The Christmas Special (00:56:23)
Final Thoughts (01:09:51)

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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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