The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy (general)

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

Blade Runner.

The late Seventies and early Eighties saw a proliferation of auteur driven science fiction movies that studios didn't know quite what to do with, filmmakers like George Lucas and Ridley Scott are prime examples of directors who's films hit cinemas that they were not happy with.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Michael Schindler to talk about Blade Runner: Final Cut. We discuss which version, our experiences, act of creation, what makes us human, show don't tell, is he a replicant, visual direction, the music and our ratings.

Chapters
Which Version (00:06:13)
Experiences (00:11:22)
Act of Creation (00:17:24)
What Makes Us Human (00:22:27)
Show Don't Tell (00:27:55)
Is He a Replicant (00:29:14)
Visual Direction (00:35:55)
The Cast (00:46:21)
The Music (00:53:17)
Ratings (00:55:51)

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-151.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am MST

For Your Eyes Only.

James Bond had done just about everything by the time the producers were looking to create his next adventure and instead of trying to outdo Moonraker, they decided that is is time to firmly plant Bond's feet back on the ground.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about For Your Eyes Only. We discuss continuing Bond, the graveside and Blofeld, the director, Bibi, Cassandra Harris, Melina, a scoundrel, the villain, a free for all and our ratings.

Chapters
Continuing Bond (00:04:24)
The Director (00:14:32)
Bibi (00:35:23)
Cassandra Harris (00:40:46)
Melina (00:44:29)
A Scoundrel (00:51:40)
The Villain (00:56:40)
A Free For All (01:01:59)
Ratings (01:08:10)

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-150.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MST

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 MST