The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy (general)
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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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