The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
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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56: Jedi Purgatory

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire.

In the summer of 1991 many Star Wars fans found a treat in their local bookstore as the story of Luke, Han and Leia was officially continued in a new book, licensed by Lucasfilm. Written by Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn, this story would become, for many fans, Episode VII and with The Force Awakens replacing the Star Wars Expanded Universe we look back at this beloved book.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Ma’tthew R’ushing is joined by Bruuce Gibson and John Mi’lls to talk about Heir to the Empire. We discuss being back at the beginning, continuing the Original Trilogy, plot points, the Jedi path, new characters, things that worked and didn’t, wrapping up with our ratings.

Host
Ma’tthew R’ushing

Guests
Bruuce Gibson
John Mi’lls

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 (00:01:20)
Back to the Beginning (00:04:16)
Continuing the Original Trilogy (00:19:59)
Plot Points (00:30:43)
The Jedi Path (00:48:45)
The New Characters (00:58:29)
Things that Worked, Things that Didn’t (01:07:22)
Ratings (01:12:08)

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55: Personal El Guapo

SPECTRE.

When one of the longest running and most revered movie franchises releases a new film it’s no question that expectations are going to be high as fans eagerly anticipate what is next for their favorite character, a Bond movie is no exception, especially with a name like SPECTRE and the possibilities it brings.

In this episode of The 602 Club host M is joined by OO agents John Champion and Norman Lao talk about SPECTRE. We discuss our first impressions, continuing Bond, it’s all connected, an interesting question, under siege, new characters, Bond in love, the one ring, theme and music, if their were too many spy movies this year, mission evaluation, rankings and listener feedback.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion
Norman Lao

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)
First Impressions (00:02:55)
Continuing Bond (00:08:02)
It’s All Connected (00:19:15)
An Interesting Question (00:27:36)
Under Siege (00:45:29)
New Characters (00:58:07)
Bond in Love (01:12:17)
The One Ring (01:24:51)
Theme and Music (01:28:46)
Too Many Spy Movies? (01:38:09)
Mission Evaluation (01:39:36)
Rankings (01:50:34)
Listener Feedback (01:56:37)

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54: Bottom of a Macallan Bottle

Skyfall.

There are few icons that find themselves still going as strongly as James Bond after being in pop culture for over 50 years. His stock skyrocketed on his 50th anniversary with the release of the 23rd film in the series. Bolstered by Sam Mendes as director, Roger Deakins as director of photography and a theme song by Adele that became a monster hit in it’s own right, Skyfall has become one of the most beloved movies in the James Bond saga.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agents John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about Skyfall. We discuss continuing Bond, the 50th anniversary, the shadows, new characters, an enemy that was once on the inside, the music and theme, wrapping up with our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion
Norman Lao

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 (00:01:01)
Continuing Bond (00:04:12)
The 50th Anniversary (00:35:57)
The Shadows (00:47:46)
New Characters (01:00:41)
An Enemy That Was Once on the Inside (01:34:48)
The Music and the Theme (01:46:21)
Ratings (01:53:49)

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S11: Committed to the Force

Star Wars: Shattered Empire.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and Jedi Master John Mills continue the Journey to The Force Awakens with Greg Rucka’s comic mini-series Shattered Empire. We discuss the literal aftermath, timing and sequencing, the Damerons, Mon Mothma, story points, #WheresLuke, things we liked, didn’t 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
Introduction (00:01:01)
Literal Aftermath (00:04:21)
Timing and Sequencing (00:20:03)
The Damerons (00:29:56)
Mon Mothma (00:36:32)
Story Points (00:42:33)
#WheresLuke (00:48:22)
Liked, Disliked and Ratings (01:01:49)

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53: A Beacon of Hope

Supergirl.

There has been a huge outcry in fan communities for more female characters and specifically for female superhero properties to be given their own movies and television shows, so fans rejoiced when CBS announced that they would commit to a Supergirl series from the creators of The Flash and Arrow.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bethany Blanton and Norman Lao to talk about the pilot of Supergirl. We discuss our first impressions, putting the “girl” in Supergirl, the super friends, the villains, further thoughts and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Norman Lao

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 (00:01:07)
First Impressions (00:04:01)
Putting the “Girl” in Supergirl (00:19:52)
Super Friends (00:36:22)
The Villains (01:18:39)
Free Time (01:27:16)
Ratings (01:35:31)

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S10: So Many Things

Scott Gilbert.

Podcasting is nothing without the listeners and in this special supplemental of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and Bruce Gibson welcome iTunes review contest winner Scott Gilbert to the bar. We discuss how he found Trek.fm, what got him into fandom, Star Trek books, other fandoms, recent films, talk a little Flash, Smallville, Superman, comic book movies, franchising, other genres, his five favorite video games and some final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Scott Gilbert

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
Finding Trek.fm (00:02:20)
Entry Point for Fandom (00:05:47)
Star Trek Books (00:11:48)
Other Fandoms (00:18:19)
Recent Films (00:21:29)
Talk a Little Flash (00:27:27)
Smallville (00:30:48)
Superman (00:33:26)
Comic Book Movies (00:40:18)
Franchising (00:46:47)
Other Genres (00:50:29)
Five Favorite Video Games (00:57:58)
Final Thoughts (01:00:28)

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52: Midichlorian Hot Tub

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

After the success of Star Wars, the sequel became one of the most highly anticipated films of all time, giving George Lucas and his team a high bar of audience expectation that would continue for every subsequent film in the saga. What they gave us became know as one of the best sequels of all time and what many consider to be the finest movie in the Star Wars series to date.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. We start off discussing the last poster and trailer for The Force Awakens, our Episode V experiences, better sequels, the score, characters that’ve grown, the heir to the Jedi, a couple quick things, watching order 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)

Chapters
Introduction (00:02:14)
The Force Awakens Poster (00:05:25)
The Last Trailer (00:11:29)
Episode V Experience (00:21:40)
Better Sequels (00:29:44)
The Score (00:45:04)
Characters Have Grown (00:51:28)
Heir to the Jedi (01:13:54)
Quick Things (01:30:00)
Watching Order (01:35:29)
Ratings (01:46:12)


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51: I’m a Hughie

Pan.

There have been numerous adaptations of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan since his original play in 1904 and novel in 1911. From silent film, to animation, to live action with a real boy, the story of Peter has captivated and enthralled people for generations. Now, Joe Wright, director of Pride & Prejudice as well as Atonement has joined with producer Greg Berlanti to bring us the prequel to Peter Pan, a time when Pan learns who he is and Hook is a friend.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by lost girls Alice Baker and Megan Calcote to talk about Pan. We discuss Peter Pan history, this being a prequel, the plot, iconic characters, themes, things we liked and didn’t and our final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Megan Calcote

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)

Chapters
Introductions (00:01:20)
Peter Pan History (00:03:58)
A Prequel (00:10:43)
The Plot (00:18:48)
Iconic Characters (00:28:28)
Themes (00:46:55)
Things We Liked and Didn’t (00:56:07)
Final Thoughts (01:03:13)

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50: MMMBop is My Jam

The Martian.

The story of the book The Martian is as outlandish as the tale inside. When Andy Weir’s book was rejected from publishers, he began publishing one chapter at a time on his website, then created a Kindle version that skyrocketed to the best-seller’s list in sci-fi, leading to the rights being sold to Crown in 2013 where the book debuted at the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller list and has now been made into a major motion picture.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman and Darren Moser to talk about the film, The Martian. We discuss the book, moving from page to screen, the movie, the characters, better together and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Darren Moser

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)

Chapters
Contest Winner! (00:00:10)
Introduction (00:12:12)
The Book (00:15:00)
Page to Screen (00:29:58)
The Movie (00:36:34)
The Characters (00:47:51)
Better Together (00:59:14)
Ratings (01:14:18)

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