The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy

Canto Bight.

One of the very first glimpses fans got from The Last Jedi was a menagerie of high rollers from a brand new casino planet called Canto Bight. It featured aliens of all shapes and sizes while evoking feel of Las Vegas in the 1960s. Now as the film rapidly approaches, the last book in the “Journey to the Last Jedi” gives us a taste of what life is like on this “paradise”.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Christy Morris to talk about the latest Star Wars book, Canto Bight. We discuss our excitement for The Last Jedi, the book's setup, Rules of the Game, The Wine in the Dreams, Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing, The Ride, ratings and should you read it.

Chapters
The Last Jedi Excitement (00:03:52)
The Book's Setup (00:05:34)
Rules of the Game (00:18:31)
The Wine in the Dreams (00:27:05)
Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing (00:38:29)
The Ride (00:44:55)
Rating (00:54:24)
Should You Read It? (00:55:46)

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-161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am MST

The Adventures of Tintin.

The Tintin comic was created by in 1929 by Belgian artist Georges Remi who wrote under the name Hergé, the cast of characters captured the hearts of millions around the world and continues to do so as each subsequent generation finds them anew.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Nic Anastassiou to talk about The Adventures of Tintin: The Curse of the Unicorn. We discuss the history of Tintin, Spielberg's history, bringing in Peter Jackson, Nic's history, bringing the story together, filming, Spielberg's sensibilities, the plot, the casting, a theme, Williams' soundtrack and our ratings.

Chapters
The History of Tintin (00:06:07)
Spielberg's History (00:16:02)
Bring in Peter Jackson (00:19:57)
Filming (00:38:39)
Spielberg's Sensibilities (00:47:05)
The Plot (00:52:04)
The Casting (00:55:59)
A Theme (01:00:32)
Williams' Soundtrack (01:04:21)
Ratings (01:11:38)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Nic Anastassiou

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-160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am MST

A View to a Kill.

It's the end of an era as Roger Moore let's the producers of the James Bond series that he will hang up the PPK after his seventh appearance as the debonair agent. He's brought the character to new heights and lows in his time and looks to go out on top.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about A View to a Kill. We discuss continuing Bond, the story, help for Bond, the villain, Grace Jones, a Bond angel, the score and theme, wrapping up with our ratings.

Chapters
Continuing Bond (00:07:40)
The Story (00:18:08)
Help for Bond (00:27:51)
The Villain (00:36:09)
Grace Jones (00:41:19)
Bond Angel (00:44:39)
Score and Theme (00:50:50)
Ratings (00:55:27)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion
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-159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Justice League.

In 2013 Zack Snyder, DC Comics and Warner Brothers started a journey to bring the characters of the comics to screen in a way they had not been seen before. Backed by Christopher Nolan as an executive producer, they began with Man of Steel. Superman’s origin was retold for the first time since 1978, asking the question, “What would it actually be like to actually have this being on our world?”. The saga continued with Batman v Superman, introducing us to a Batman on the edge becoming the villain and an appearance by the enigma known as Wonder Woman. In the end they save the world but lose one of their own. Although Snyder did not direct Wonder Woman, he helped write the story which bookends in the present, to tie into the culmination of all this set up in Justice League.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is going by League members Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about the latest DC Comics film, Justice League. We discuss going in, connection the dots, so much going on, going back to Themyscira and on to Atlantis, the audience, Batman, Wonder Woman, resurrection, the new characters, Steppenwolf, darkness and light, action, music, end credits and our ratings.

Chapters
Going All In (00:05:01)
Connecting the Dots (00:08:12)
So Much Going On (00:12:30)
Back to Themyscira and on to Atlantis (00:23:34)
The Audience (00:35:24)
Batman (00:40:55)
Wonder Woman (00:47:23)
J.K. Simmons (00:51:56)
Resurrection (00:52:56)
Superman Returns (00:59:03)
Flash (01:08:22)
The Aquaman (01:12:34)
Cyborg (01:15:40)
Steppenwolf (01:20:25)
Darkness and Light (01:25:55)
Action Scenes (01:28:08)
The Music (01:28:08)
End Credit Sequences (01:42:50)
Ratings (01:45:28)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
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-158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Stranger Things 2.

It has been a year since the events of the last season and a lot has changed in Hawkins, Indiana as the boys are growing up, facing new challenges and a few their not expecting, girls, rivalry and the return of the Upside-down.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman and Christy Morris to talk about Stranger Things 2. We discuss our first impressions, home, Eleven's journey, friendship, Billy, teenage angst, Hopper, Paul Reiser, what about Bob and our ratings.

Chapters
First Impressions (00:04:08)
Home (00:10:33)
Eleven's Journey (00:24:43)
Friendship (00:36:26)
Billy (00:42:14)
Teenage Angst (00:51:19)
Hopper (01:06:23)
Paul Reiser (01:12:54)
What About Bob (01:17:13)
Ratings (01:21:10)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
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-157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm MST

Thor: Ragnarok.

It's been nine years since the first Marvel movie Iron Man kicked off the MCU and since that time the studio has released seventeen movies. One series has struggled more than the others so, as it came time for the third Thor movie, a new director was brought in to shake up the status quo.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Lee Hutchison to talk about Thor: Ragnarok. We discuss coming into the film, two different tales, taking it seriously, the Goddess of Death, new character, Loki, Dr. Strange's cameo, the Hulk, the score, a retcon and ratings.

Chapters
Coming into Ragnarok (00:06:54)
Tale of Two Different Planets (00:15:46)
Taking it Seriously (00:22:08)
Dispatching the Merry Band (00:31:31)
The Goddess of Death (00:36:08)
Jeff Goldblum (00:42:38)
Valkyrie (00:44:38)
Karl Urban (00:48:57)
Korg (00:51:17)
Loki (00:54:21)
Dr. Strange Cameo (00:57:31)
The Hulk (01:00:35)
The Score (01:05:12)
A Retcon (01:07:51)
Ratings (01:09:42)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Lee Hutchison

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-156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am MST

Octopussy.

In 1983 the James Bond would face something that he never had before, himself. This fateful year would see Kevin McClory finally make his version of Thunderball in Never Say Never Again with none other than pervious Bond, Sean Connery.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is once again joined by 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about Octopussy. We discuss some listener emails first, continuing Bond, a thought experiment, making it up, new location, villains, Bond women, theme, music and our ratings.

Chapters
Emails (00:05:03)
Continuing Bond (00:05:56)
A Thought Experiment (00:11:12)
Making it Up (00:17:31)
A New Location (00:23:50)
Cold War Villains (00:34:29)
The Bond Women (00:43:01)
Monneypenny's Assistant (00:51:40)
Theme and Music (00:56:51)
Ratings (01:02:37)

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-155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am MST

Stranger Things.

Streaming has revolutionized how we watch shows, with binging finding it's way into the vernacular, Netflix has been at the forefront of this change, especially in the fall of 2016 as they released a show that quickly became a pop culture phenomenon.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Christy Morris to celebrate the show's third anniversary by talking about Stranger Things. We discuss finding the show, the story and the 80s, the other side, the kids, Eleven's origin, the teens, the adults, absent fathers, the rift and our ratings.

Chapters
Finding Stranger Things (00:05:19)
The Story and the 80s (00:08:44)
The Other Side (00:15:06)
The Kids (00:22:02)
Eleven's Origin (00:30:59)
The Teens (00:35:25)
The Adults (00:44:10)
Absent Fathers (00:57:01)
The Rift (00:59:42)
Ratings (01:00:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
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-154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MST

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

There's been a wave of nostalgia that has hit hard in the early 21st century, which has seen the revival of so many television and movie franchise come roaring back with varied levels of success. At the forefront of that wave were George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We discuss our first impressions, the setting, monkey armies, things coming back, self indulgence, Marion, Shia, the movie, things you shouldn't know, other characters and things, plus our ratings.

Chapters
A Much Maligned Film (00:06:24)
First Impressions (00:07:31)
Coming Back to Indy (00:12:01)
The Setting (00:16:00)
The Monkey Army (00:23:07)
Things Coming Back (00:25:25)
Self Indulgence (00:28:16)
Serious Humor (00:31:44)
Bringing Marion Back (00:33:59)
Shia (00:36:07)
It's A Good Movie (00:39:06)
Things You Shouldn't Know (00:48:31)
Spalko (00:56:12)
Mac (01:00:23)
John Hurt (01:02:47)
Ants (01:04:46)
Other Things (01:06:15)
Ratings (01:09:01)

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-153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am MST

Blade Runner 2049.

Very few franchises find life after 35 years, but the early 21st century seems to be full of nostalgia and it's given filmmakers like Ridley Scott the opportunity to tell new stories (or pass them on to others to tell) in the universes they created so long ago.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Blade Runners Alice Baker and Michael Schindler to talk about Blade Runner 2049. We discuss continuing Blade Runner, ambiguity, replicants in everyday life, succession, sequel opportunities, love, a marrow, artificial everything, the cast, production and ratings.

Chapters
Continuing Blade Runner (00:03:55)
Ambiguity (00:06:02)
Replicants in Everyday Life (00:09:37)
Successor (00:14:06)
A Love Story? (00:26:11)
A Mirror (00:31:04)
Artificial (00:37:42)
Two Sides (00:45:00)
The Cast (00:48:15)
K's History (00:55:49)
Production and Sound Design (00:58:36)
Ratings (01:04:07)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-152.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm MST