The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy (general)
21: Crying Droid Tears

Star Wars Rebels Season 1.

In October of 2012 it was if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy, followed by agony, as we learned that Disney bought Lucasfilm and with that came the cancellation of The Clone Wars. Soon afterwards Disney, announced it was creating a new animated show, helmed by The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg that would chronicle the beginning of the Rebellion.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Rebels John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk Star Wars Rebels first season. We discuss our reactions to the news The Clone Wars was cancelled as well as our initial impressions of Rebels, the struggle for shows to survive in today's TV market, continuity, the Lando episode, the progression of villains, the characters, the huge ending, music, links to Luke Skywalker and our ratings.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Mills 

Tristan Riddell

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Back in 2012 (00:03:40)

Initial Feelings (00:04:35)

First Impressions of Rebels (00:15:22)

Today's TV Environment (00:24:42)

Continuity (00:30:31)

The Lando Episode (00:35:36)

Boss Up (00:45:15)

The Characters (00:54:59)

A Huge Ending (01:03:25)

The Music (01:08:49)

Proto Luke Skywalker (01:12:30)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:20:03)

Closing (01:22:02)

 

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20: We Were Fangirling

Agent Carter.

Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Solider both left us with the impression that Peggy Carter continued to be a respected member and founder of what became S.H.E.I.L.D. Yet what if the road to founder was a little rougher than was first thought?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by agents Andi VanderKolk and Norman Lao to talk about the Agent Carter mini series but before that we take time to remember Leonard Nimoy and his life. We discuss whether Agent Carter should have been Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., things we liked and didn't, the characters, the importance of a good foil for the hero, continuity, women at work after WWII and our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Remembering Leonard Nimoy (00:02:49)

Agent Carter (00:11:48

Why Was This Not S.H.E.I.L.D? (00:12:29)

Things We Liked, Things We Didn't (00:23:20)

The Characters (00:33:56)

Question About Peggy (00:35:42)

Peggy and Jarvis (00:43:13)

Chad Michael Murray as Thompson (00:45:37)

Only as Good as Your Foil (00:52:02)

One Connected Universe (00:56:23)

Women at Work After WWII (01:01:54)

Ratings (01:11:27)

Something to Add (01:15:30)

Closing (01:19:34)

 

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19: A Page-Turner of a Movie

The Rocketeer.

In 1982 a comic mini series came out that harkened back to the serial adventures from the 1930's. Dave Steven's Rocketeer became a classic for comic enthusiasts, with it's fast pace, noir feel, lush artwork, and more adult themes. Then the Walt Disney company did what it does best, it took a property and remade it in their own image.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Darren Moser and Norman Lao to talk about The Rocketeer. We discuss the comic and whether the movie is an improvement, our first experiences with the film, Joe Johnson learning from the masters on how to direct a homage to the serial, the story, the cast, the music and whether or not it still holds up. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Darren Moser

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Rocketeer (00:01:41)

A Quick Question (00:02:39)

Remembering Our First Experiences (00:06:59)

Joe Johnson Learned From the Masters (00:17:04)

The Story (00:24:08)

The Cast (00:43:36)

The Music (00:50:42)

Does it Still Hold Up? (00:58:06)

Closing (01:04:14)

 

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18: Mr. Darcy Kicks Ass

Kingsman.

In 1962 Dr. No hit the big screen and James Bond became the gold standard for spy movies. Throughout the years many films have parodied or paid homage to the spy genre Austin Powers, In Like Flint, Never Say Never Again are just a few examples. Spy movies have continued to be some of the most successful film franchises with The Bourne series as well as Bond still going strong and upcoming sequels are currently the works. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Norman Lao to talk about the latest spy movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service based loosely on Mark Miller'c comic, The Secret Service. We discuss Matthew Vaughn choosing to direct Kingsman over Days of Future Past, being back in the spy game, the idea of a sequel, the themes of the film, the cast, whether seriousness ruins spy movies, plus a few things that just didn't work. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Kingsman (00:01:55)

Good Directing Call? (00:02:24)

The Spy Game (00:06:09)

Might Not Want a Sequel (00:11:20)

Manners Maketh Man (00:16:00)

More Sequel Talk (00:29:10)

The Cast (00:32:31)

Why So Serious? (00:55:59)

Things That Didn't Work (01:06:48)

Ratings (01:17:40)

Closing (01:21:54)

 

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17: A Reincarnation of The Matrix

Jupiter Ascending.

Breaking News: Marvel has the rights to use Spider-Man in it's films and we break it down and share our thoughts on what this will mean for Spider-Man as well as the upcoming Marvel movies.

In 1999 the world of film was changed forever by a film called The Matrix. We were introduced to "bullet time" and for many, this was their first time to hear of the Wachowskis, the writers and directors. The movie left audiences cheering and eagerly anticipating more from this new powerhouse of Hollywood originality. Fast forward to 2015 and the view on them has changed; is their latest a return to the glory days or another disappointment from a once promising team?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Mike Schindler to discuss Jupiter Ascending. We talk through our first impressions from the marketing, making original sic-fi movies, the story, the conversations this film as generated, the visuals, casting, music, rounding out by ranking this in the Wachowski's body of work.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Breaking News: Spider-Man and Marvel (00:01:24)

Jupiter Ascending (00:10:58)

First Impression From Marketing (00:11:08)

Original Sci-Fi Movies (00:15:40)

The Story (00:17:46)

The Big Conversation (00:31:59)

The Visual Language (00:40:26)

Casting (00:46:47)

Music (00:51:12)

Ranking it in the Wachowski Canon (00:52:19)

Closing (00:58:44)

 

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16: There's A Comic For That

Comics.

On April 18, 1938 the world of publishing changed forever with the release of Action Comics #1 featuring the first superhero, Superman and in May of 1939 Batman was introduced to the world in Detective Comics #27. Since then, the proliferation of comics as been astounding. Leading to a world where comic book characters are everywhere, in film, on TV and ever conceivable type of merchandise. Yet many have never read the comics these icons come from. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jose Munoz and Norman Lao to talk about the medium. We discuss what lead us to pick up our first comic, what we read monthly and why, our favorites and our recommendations as well as the pros and cons to continuity. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Jose Munoz

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

This Week, Comics (00:01:31)

What Got You Into Comics? (00:02:54)

Monthly Reading (00:16:17)

Norm Has a Question (00:22:44)

Favorites and Recommendations (00:32:52)

Continuity (00:44:45)

Closing (0:55:41)

 

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15: Road to Becoming the Icon

Man of Steel.

Every once in a while there is a film that arrives that ignites fandom and creates visceral polarization, Man of Steel has been one of those movies. People seem to love it or hate it, in fact it's Rotten Tomatoes score indicates that in it's 55% critical reception. As the cornerstone of the DC cinematic universe, it's an important film that has set the tone for the movies slated to arrive through the year 2020.

In this super edition of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Justice League members Daniel Proulx, Norman Lao and Will Nguyen to discuss this new take on the original superhero's beginning. We talk about Krypton, the new Superman suit, the nonlinear nature of the storytelling, Lois Lane and the military, the deaths of Jonathan Kent and Zod as well as the nature of this film as a true origins movie. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Daniel Proulx

Norman Lao

Will Nguyen

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Man of Steel (00:02:49)

Begin with Krypton (00:03:58)

The Suit (00:24:41)

Nonlinear Storytelling (00:31:47)

Casting and Soundtrack (00:54:46)

Lois and the Military (01:05:27)

The Death of Jonathan Kent (01:12:48)

Zod's Death (01:24:57)

Super Origins (01:40:40)

Ratings (01:55:49)

Closing (02:05:45)

 

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14: The Roger Moore of Indiana Jones

Raiders of the Lost Ark.

As George Lucas vacationed in Hawaii after finishing the original Star Wars, he is joined by Steven Spielberg. Spielberg mentioned that he wants to direct a Bond movie and George tells him he has something better; Indiana Smith. Steven would go on to direct and fortuitously convince George to change the name to Indiana Jones. The rest, as they say, is cinema history.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about the original Indy adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark. We discuss if Indy had been played by Tom Selleck, our memories associated with seeing the film for the first time and what kept us coming back for more, the basis for the series, what we love and what still bugs us about the film, the soundtrack, Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, plus the question, "Does it hold up for today's audience?". 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Champion 

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Back In Time (00:01:49)

What If Indy Had A Stache (00:02:37)

Memories (00:18:40)

New Adventure Serials (00:27:39)

The Adventure (00:42:48)

Johnny Williams (00:59:10)

Karen Allen As Marion (01:11:58)

Does It Hold Up? (01:20:20)

Final Thoughts (01:33:05)

Closing (01:38:55)

 

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13: Princess Bride Status

Galaxy Quest.

1999 saw the release of three films aimed at sci-fi fandom and more specifically, Star Trek - Free Enterprise, Trekkies and Galaxy Quest. Galaxy Quest seemed to hit that sweet spot for many fans and at Star Trek Las Vegas it's ranked as a Star Trek Movie.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Norman Lao and Andi VanderKolk to talk about Galaxy Quest. We ask the question of whether it should be considered a Star Trek film, our reactions to the movie then and now, themes, crew dynamics, what works, as well as what doesn't, if the movie would have been better if it had been rated R and if there should be a sequel.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Party Like It's 1999 (00:01:57)

Is it a Star Trek Movie? (00:02:57)

First Impressions, Again (00:05:46)

Crew Dynamics (00:18:04)

Digging in Deeper (00:29:49)

Rated R? (00:48:02)

Where's the Sequel? (00:55:15)

Final Thoughts (00:59:12)

Closing (01:03:28)

 

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12: It's a Wonderful Life Doctor

It's a Wonderful Life Doctor.

Every year geeks gather around their television sets to see what will happen to The Doctor and his companion at the holidays. The Christmas special usually combines elements of well know stories of the season with a sic-fi twist and this year was no different

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi VanderKolk to talk about Last Christmas, the 2014 holiday special. We discuss the things we liked about the episode, things we didn't as well as the themes, then reach back to look at season 8 as a whole and what we hope to see in the upcoming season 9 which will again star Peter Capaldi and Jenna Louise Coleman.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest 

Andi VanderKolk

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Doctor Who Christmas Specials (00:01:42)

Last Christmas First Impressions (00:05:54)

Lying to Each Other (00:10:47)

Genres Collide (00:13:19)

Nick Frost as Santa (00:15:59)

A Dream to Save Us (00:19:25)

Other Things (00:23:29)

Clara's Growth (00:28:26)

Season 8 as a Whole (00:31:27)

Final Thoughts and The Mistress (00:41:18)

Closing (00:46:20)

 

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