The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
S15: Literary Filoni

Star Wars: Before the Awakening.

The Force Awakens left fans with many questions as they walked out of the theater. How did the galaxy end up like this? Who are these different factions? Why is there a Republic and a Resistance? These questions and so many more have been swirling around fandom ever since December 17th, 2015 and in the era of “it’s all connected” the ancillary materials have become even more important.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and newly awakened John Mills talk about Greg Rucka’s Before the Awakening. We discuss if the book should have come out before the movie, if it would have effected our movie viewing, Finn, Rey, Poe and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:05)
Before the Awakening (00:03:20)
Should This Have Come Out Before the Movie? (00:04:24)
Effected Our Enjoyment of TFA? (00:13:58)
Finn (00:21:03)
Rey (00:33:46)
Poe (00:45:38)
Ratings (01:11:28)

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62: He’s Got a Blank Space Baby

Doctor Who: Season 9.

Doctor Who continues to be one of the most loved and longest running shows on television and as it moved into the ninth season of the reboot there were a few things fans knew, it was to be Jenna Coleman’s last season and Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones was to guest star.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Whovian Andi Vanderkolk to talk about Doctor Who Season 9. We discuss our expectations, a main theme, first impressions, episodes, story and character, coming back around, predicting the doctor, Ashildr/Me, Clara, The Christmas Special and final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andi VanderKolk

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:58)
Season 9 Expectations (00:03:07)
A Main Theme? (00:04:48)
First Impressions (00:10:00)
Episodes (00:12:28)
Story and Character (00:22:07)
Coming Back Around (00:29:11)
Predicting the Doctor (00:36:39)
Ashildr/Lady Me/Me (00:39:52)
Clara (00:44:32)
The Christmas Special (00:56:23)
Final Thoughts (01:09:51)

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61: Faster, More Intense

Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

December 17th, 2015 will be a day long remembered, it has seen the end of one era of Star Wars and the dawn of the next. With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney came the promise of new films in the Skywalker saga and that promise has reached it’s fulfillment in Episode VII.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by newly awakened Jedi Bruce Gibson, Darren Moser and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We discuss our Episode VII experiences, the new characters, old characters, Han’s death, abandonment, the villains, the history of a long time ago, what about R2?, humor, one quick thing, music and design, wrapping up with final thoughts and ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Darren Moser
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:17)
Episode VII Experiences (00:04:20)
New Characters (00:18:09)
Poe (00:18:27)
FN-2187 (00:27:07)
BB-8 (00:36:41)
Maz Kanata (00:44:53)
Rey (00:52:07)
Han Solo (01:03:23)
Han’s Death (01:14:38)
Leia (01:21:06)
Coda Luke (01:24:35)
Abandonment (01:28:53)
The Villains (01:35:40)
Phasma (01:35:52)
Snoke (01:40:09)
Hux (01:42:54)
Kylo Ren (01:47:10)
The First Order (01:52:01)
History of a Long Time Ago (01:57:56)
What About R2? (02:10:38)
Humor (02:18:39)
One Thing (02:26:44)
Music and Design (02:28:46)
Final Thoughts and Ratings (02:38:57)

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60: Literary Wars

Star Wars: The Last Command.

Wrapping up a trilogy in film or in literature is a difficult task as you try to do justice to all the conflicts and character arcs that you’ve created and it’s what faced Timothy Zahn as he brought his Thrawn series to a close.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by smugglers Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about The Last Command. We discuss, the end, impressions now, the smuggler’s alliance, the assault on Coruscant, the cover issue, the mountain takedown, the epilogue, with great power, universe building and our ratings and rankings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
The End (00:02:09)
Impressions Now (00:03:38)
Thrawn as a Villain (00:14:45)
Smuggler’s Alliance (00:26:56)
The Assault on Coruscant (00:37:29)
Cover Issue (00:41:35)
The Mountain Takedown (00:44:35)
Small Scene (00:55:03)
With Great Power Comes Blah Blah Blah (01:00:45)
Universe Building (01:06:46)
Ratings and Rankings (01:21:25)

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S14: Slumber Party at Maz Kanata’s

Star Wars Aliens: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The expanded universe of Star Wars has always been a place where a fan could find the back stories of almost every character on screen with books like Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales of the Bounty Hunters filling in the histories of the most obscure people and aliens from the Star Wars films.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about all four books in the Star Wars Aliens: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away series. We discuss the journey to The Force Awakens, The Face of Evil, All Creatures Great and Small, High Noon on Jakku, The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku and our final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
The Journey to The Force Awakens (00:01:28)
Four Books (00:02:31)
The Face of Evil (00:04:00)
All Creatures Great and Small (00:10:49)
High Noon on Jakku (00:18:40)
The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku (00:27:12)
Final Thoughts (00:37:07)

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59: Spark of Rebellion in Vader

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

1983 would see the end of the Star Wars saga from a story point of view and it would be further cemented in the Special Edition and blu-ray release as Lucas seemed to put a big bow on the Rebel’s victory with galaxy-wide celebrations because of the Empire’s defeat, but as we all know the story is about to continue.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel pilots Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Return of the Jedi. We discuss our Episode VI experiences, Luke’s new lightsaber, tale of two halves, Luke loosing a step, going out like a punk, Jabba and Jedi, Luke’s plan, a question for two dads, the journey of Luke, the journey of Anakin, who’re you gonna call and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:57)
The Force Awakens Soon (00:05:26)
Episode VI Experience (00:07:56)
Luke’s New Lightsaber (00:13:00)
Tale of Two Halves (00:23:36)
Luke Looses a Step (00:34:05)
Going Out Like a Punk (00:42:19)
Jabba and Jedi (00:44:13)
Really Luke’s Plan? (00:47:41)
Question for Two Dads (00:50:08)
The Journey of Luke (00:58:02)
The Journey of Anakin (01:14:54)
Who’re You Gonna Call? (01:24:04)
Ratings (01:29:49)

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S13: Life is Not a Safe Zone

Jessica Jones.

In the spring of 2013, Marvel announced that it would be doing live actions series of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage on Netflix with each series playing it’s part in setting up the characters for a miniseries based on the Defenders.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi VanderKolk, Daniel Proulx and Michael Schindler to talk about Jessica Jones. We start off by discussing the new trailer for Batman V Superman then move to Jessica Jones history, the characters and actors, Luke Cage, Daredevil?, Trish Walker, Malcolm, Jeri Hogarth, David Tennant - Best MCU villain?, pacing, PTSD, total depravity, parenting and responsibility, wrapping up with our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andi VanderKolk
Daniel Proulx
Micheal Schindler

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:06)
Batman V Superman Trailer (00:02:16)
Jessica Jones History (00:10:41)
The Characters and Actors (00:15:09)
Luke Cage (00:24:27)
Daredevil? (00:27:06)
Trish Walker (00:32:06)
Malcolm (00:42:18)
Jeri Hogarth (00:44:05)
David Tennant - Best MSC Villain? (00:50:31)
Pacing and the End (01:06:28)
PTSD (01:17:10)
Total Depravity, Parenting and Responsibility (01:22:57)
Ratings (01:33:11)

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58: Jedi Arkham

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising.

After the success of Heir to the Empire, June of 1992 could not come fast enough for fans to see what would happen next in the Star Wars Saga.

In this episode of The 602 Club we continue our look back at The Thrawn Trilogy as host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Dark Force Rising. We discuss if the story feels fluid or crowded, Jedi training, Leia and the Noghri, Han and Lando, Senator Garm Bel Iblis, the big reveal, retconning clones, connection to the Prequels, Mara Jade and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Jedi Strike Team Assembled (00:00:59)
Fluid or Crowded (00:03:39)
Jedi Training (00:15:51)
Leia and the Noghri (00:32:28)
Han and Lando (00:40:33)
Senator Garm Bel Iblis (00:44:51)
The Big Reveal (00:53:02)
Retcon the Clones (00:57:01)
Connection to the Prequels (01:00:43)
Mara Jade (01:03:29)
Ratings (01:10:31)

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S12: Catwoman as a Bounty Hunter

In June of 2015 Vanity Fair gave Star Wars fans an exclusive first look at pictures from The Force Awakens by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, one of these pictures was a massive two page spread with many of the new aliens from a pirate stronghold known as Maz Kanata’s castle, as the books take fans on the Journey to The Force Awakens we get our first story about one of these mystery characters.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about The Perfect Weapon. We discuss the feel of the book, the story, a question, more of the story, if Kylo Ren makes a cameo, more about the characters and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Journey to The Force Awakens (00:02:31)
The Feeling (00:03:48)
The Story (00:08:00)
A Question (00:17:53)
Back to the Story (00:20:58)
Was That Kylo Ren? (00:22:15)
More About the Characters (00:27:50)
Ratings (00:38:13)

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57: Feel the Melancholy

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

In 2008 The Hunger Games took the literary world by force, as a new franchise captured the imaginations of all who read it, cementing that it would find it’s way to the silver screen and now the final film in the series is here.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by victor Andi VanderKolk to talk about Mockingjay Part 2. We discuss the splitting the end, why and how we fight, movie vs book, PTSD, the Peeta-Gale-Katniss dynamic wrapping up with our ratings and rankings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andi VanderKolk

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Would We Call This Fun? (00:00:53)
The End Has Come (00:02:51)
Why and How We Fight (00:11:40)
Movie vs. Book (00:25:01)
PTSD (00:33:23)
Peeta-Gale-Katniss Dynamic (00:48:50)
Ratings and Rankings (00:55:35)

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