The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy

Leia, Princess of Alderaan.

Leia is one of the most recognized and revered characters in film, yet we still know very little about her upbringing. From the time she was whisked away by Bail Organa, adopted by he and his wife and then shows up in A New Hope, we know almost nothing (we do know just a bit more now, thanks to an appearance by the rebellious princess in Star Wars Rebels). Now thanks to The Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Claudia Gray, Leia’s transition from princess to rebel is now complete.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Rebels Christy Morris and Thomas Harper to talk about Leia, Princess of Alderaan. We discuss Christy's first Star Wars book, Leia's characterization, Leia and her parents, from princess to rebel, Kier, YA, the cost, saw, Last Jedi connections, Amilyn Holdo and our ratings.

Chapters
Christy's First Star Wars Book (00:04:31)
Leia's Characterization (00:07:24)
Leia and Her Parents (00:14:16)
From Princess to Rebel (00:21:18)
Kier (00:28:34)
YA (00:35:50)
The Cost (00:37:58)
Saw (00:47:30)
The Last Jedi Connection (00:53:19)
Amilyn Holdo (00:55:59)
Ratings (01:01:34)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Christy Morris
Thomas Harper

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-149.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am MDT

Phasma.

In the lead up to The Force Awakens, the anticipation for the new film was palpable. Fans were atwitter about everything they were seeing in the trailers, toys and through the media, including one of the most striking new characters–Captain Phasma. This chrome-plated stormtrooper had many fans asking questions about who she was, where she came from and just how awesome she would be in the movie. It’s not an overstatement to say that she was a letdown in the film as she was given nothing to do other than be thrown into a trash compacter by Chewie, Han, and Finn. Fortunately, the rehabilitation of Phasma has now begun. She’ll be back in Episode VIII, she’s starring in her own comic (where she’ll escape Starkiller Base) and her backstory has finally been revealed in the latest release from Del Rey by Delilah S. Dawson.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Jedi Master John Mills to talk about the latest Star Wars book, Phasma. We discuss our excitement, a character study, history, what about redemption, The First Order, world building, it all ties together and our ratings.

Chapters
Excitement (00:03:40)
A Character Study (00:07:56)
History (00:25:50)
What About Redemption? (00:30:31)
The First Order (00:38:19)
World Building (00:52:22)
It All Ties Together (00:57:17)
Ratings (01:13:04)

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-148.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am MDT

Dragon Con Panel.

In this very special supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing was joined on a Dragon Con panel but author Timothy Zahn and Star Wars Rebels Co-creator Henry Gilroy to talk about Thrawn. We were also joined by panelists Bruce Gibson, Kelly Hale and John Laing to dive into one of the true Star Wars legends.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Timothy Zahn
Henry Gilroy
Bruce Gibson
Kelly Hale
John Laing

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-s35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

The Defenders.

In April of 2015, Marvel, in conjunction with Netflix, released Daredevil, it's first series that was tangentially connected to the cinematic universe. It was met with rave reviews and each show they have added to Netflix has continued to build towards a team up, Avengers' style.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Daniel Proulx to talk about The Defenders. We discuss where we are when we start, bringing the team together, Elektra, The Hand, Stick is back, things that work and things that didn't, an ending and a beginning and our ratings.

Chapters
Where We Are (00:04:43)
Bringing the Team Together (00:09:03)
Elektra (00:26:01)
The Hand (00:30:33)
Stick is Back (00:42:09)
Things That Work and Things That Didn't (00:45:04)
An Ending and a Beginning (00:50:34)
Ratings (00:57:03)

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-147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:48am MDT

Dragon Con Panel: Star Wars: Legends to Canon.

On Friday September 1st, 2017, host Matthew Rushing was apart of a panel at Dragon Con on the Star Wars track with Moderator Bruce Gibson and panelists Bria LaVorgna, Aaron Goins, Alex Damon and Tom Hutchens to discuss the new canon books and comics in the saga as well as some of our favorites from the Legends line. We talk about what's working, what's not, our favorites and take questions from the audience. If you are interested in attending Dragon Con it is in downtown Atlanta every Labor Day weekend!

Host
Bruce Gibson

Guests
Bria LaVorgna
Matthew Rushing
Aaron Goins
Alex Damon
Tom Hutchens

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-s34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am MDT

Justice League: War.

DC Comics has been doing direct to home animated features since 1993 when it released Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (which did come out in the theaters but was meant, in the beginning, to only be for home release) which have garnered respect among many fans as fantastic renditions of the characters and comics.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about Justice League:War. We discuss introducing the League, the character and voice actors, Geoff Johns, if it's a good primer and our ratings.

Chapters
Introducing the League (00:05:14)
Jason O'Mara (00:18:00)
Alan Tudyk (00:22:16)
A Flirtation (00:25:48)
Wonder Woman (00:27:56)
Not Necessarily Liked (00:29:59)
Hal Jordan (00:32:33)
The Flash (00:36:44)
Cyborg (00:39:28)
Geoff Johns (00:44:02)
Shazam (00:47:30)
Darkseid (00:52:25)
Where it Leaves Us (00:55:32)
A Primer? (00:58:56)
Ratings (01:02:56)

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-146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm MDT

Moonraker.

1977 the film industry changed forever with the release of Star Wars and even the venerable spy series of James Bond could not escape its wake, so instead of the promised For Your Eyes Only, the producers turned to something, in space.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about Moonraker. We discuss continuing Bond, the camp king, action scenes, Drax, Jaws in love, the women, music, theme and our ratings.

Chapters
Continuing Bond (00:04:16)
The Camp King (00:14:19)
Action Scenes (00:27:05)
Drax (00:33:15)
Jaws in Love (00:39:11)
The Women (00:46:34)
Music and Theme (00:59:43)
Ratings (01:02:48)

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-145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am MDT

DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1.

In October of 2012, The CW put it's toe in the superhero waters with it's "Batman Begins" style show, Arrow, which would go on to birth The Flash in 2014 and out of a crossover between them would spin the most ambitious comic book show yet.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Christy Morris to talk about DC's Legends of Tomorrow. We discuss birthing Legends, dive deep into each one of the main characters, their arcs and give our ratings.

Chapters
Birthing Legends (00:05:49)
Rip Hunter (00:14:44)
Firestorm (00:22:32)
Ray Palmer (00:30:34)
Sara Lance (00:40:36)
Carter Hall (00:45:54)
Kendra Saunders (00:48:31)
Mick Rory (00:52:02)
Captain Cold (00:57:24)
Ratings (01:02:03)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Christy Morris

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-144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am MDT

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

In 1993, after the success of Batman: The Animated Series, Warner Brothers planned a follow up film for home release, yet late in the production, they switch gears and decided to release the film in theaters on Christmas Day which was met with critical acclaim but not enough marketing to make a dent at the box office.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about the cult classic, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. We discuss the history, the movie's length, standing alone, the cast, the past, the present, revenge, justice and vigilantism, how does it work and our ratings.

Chapters
History (00:04:17)
Movie's Length (00:07:31)
Standing Alone (00:10:59)
The Voice Cast (00:15:53)
The Past (00:25:57)
The Present (00:35:50)
Revenge, Justice and Vigilantism (00:40:18)
How Does it Work? (00:45:07)
Ratings (00:50:23)

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-s33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm MDT

The Dark Tower.

Stephen King's first book in his Dark Tower series was released back in 1982 and the latest book in the series came out in 2012 and in most of that time the film version has languished in development hell, until now.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Richard Marquez to talk about The Dark Tower. We discuss the history of the series, first impressions, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, forgotten father, the mind of a child, is revenge enough and our ratings.

Chapters
History (00:05:46)
First Impressions (00:10:52)
Idris Elba (00:21:12)
Matthew McConaughey (00:28:44)
Tom Taylor (00:34:16)
Forgotten Father (00:38:25)
The Mind of a Child (00:41:45)
Is Revenge Enough? (00:44:45)
Ratings (00:47:22)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
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-143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am MDT