The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
73: The Scrappy Doo of Scooby Doo

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie.

“It’s very much Star Wars. It’s not a, you know, South Park comedy. It’s not a baby girls show like Hannah Montana. It’s sort of the first dramatic animated show that is, um, PG-13, so it doesn’t really go on late night, it doesn’t go on Saturday afternoon, it actually doesn’t go anywhere. I don’t know what we’re gonna do with it, but we’re having a hell of a lot of… a great time making it.” George Lucas in 2007 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien talking about the new series he was developing, The Clone Wars.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bethany Blanton and Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie. We discuss our Clone Wars experience, the animation style, the Christophsis opening, the characterizations, Ahsoka’s introduction and impact, three teachers, if it’s Anakin or Ahsoka’s story, if it set the stage for The Force Awakens, the music, The Clone Wars Vs. Rebels, favorite scenes and ratings.

Chapters
The Clone Wars Movie (00:02:09)
The Clone Wars Experience (00:03:26)
The Animation Style (00:10:53)
The Christophsis Opening (00:15:48)
The Characterizations (00:24:05)
Ashoka’s Introduction (00:39:44)
Ashoka’s Impact (00:46:25)
Three Teachers (00:54:35)
Anakin or Ahsoka’s Story (00:55:32)
Does it Set the Stage for The Force Awakens (00:57:46)
The Music (01:06:33)
The Clone Wars Vs. Rebels (01:11:02)
Favorite Scenes (01:19:28)
Ratings (01:23:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Bruce Gibson


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

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72: My Three Dads

The Flash Season 1.

During Arrow season two an intrepid young forensic scientist from Central City showed up to help solve a case and in the process learn the identity of Starling City’s masked vigilante. He traveled home only to be struck by lightning and wake up in his own show.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Rogues Bruce Gibson and Norman Lao to talk about The Flash season one. We discuss the quickness of the storytelling, if Arrow helped Flash start so well, the characters brought to life, rogues and villains, father figures, subverting expectations and our ratings.

Chapters
Introducing the Flash (00:03:46)
Quite Quick (00:05:01)
Does Arrow Help Make The Flash Better? (00:14:36)
Characters Brought to Life (00:19:09)
Rogues and Villains (00:49:02)
Father Figures (00:57:16)
Subverting Expectations (01:04:29)
Ratings (01:13:07)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Norman Lao

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

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71: It’s Murder She Wrote

Agent Carter: Season 2.

Television is a brutal master and getting a season two in today’s landscape is a tough thing to do, so fans of Agent Carter were relieved when it was announced that the fledgling series would be given a second chance.

Before the episode begins we announce the winner of the Star Wars 602 Club Feed review contest!

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker to talk about Agent Carter season 2. We discuss thoughts on season 1, the show being set in Hollywood this season, the case file, more forced, putting it all on the table, feeling familiar, asking for the impossible, how to make it better, characters, if we get more and our ratings.

Chapters
Contest Winner (00:01:13)
Season One (00:03:49)
We’re Off to Hollywood (00:06:05)
The Case File (00:10:46)
More Forced (00:13:55)
Put it All on the Table (00:17:19)
Feels Very Familiar (00:22:29)
Asking for the Impossible (00:25:55)
How Could They Make it Better (00:29:07)
Characters (00:34:30)
If We Get More (00:39:57)
Ratings (00:51:34)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Alice Baker

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

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S17: Twenty Year Nostalgia Cycle

The X-Files Revival.

The X-Files became a television phenomenon during it’s nine year run between 1993 and 2002, it would spawn 2 motion pictures, Fight of the Future in 1998 and I Want to Believe in 2008 which left fans puzzled, wondering if this was to be the last they would ever see of the characters, with the truth still out there.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler to talk about The X-Files Revival. We discuss where the show left off, bringing things back, coming into The X-Files, My Struggle, Founder’s Mutation, Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster, Home Again, Babylon, My Struggle II and if we want more.

Chapters
Where We Left Off (00:02:06)
Bringing Things Back (00:08:31)
Coming Back to The X-Files (00:13:03)
My Struggle (00:20:59)
Founder’s Mutation (00:31:05)
Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster (00:34:29)
Home Again (00:41:40)
Babylon (00:45:14)
My Struggle II (00:50:30)
Do You Want More? (00:56:52)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Michael Schindler

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

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70: Broken Wand Saves the Day

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

With the massive success that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was with the general public and fans, Warner Brothers had already begun to prepare for the next film since the stars ages were always looming in the background as motivation to get the next part of the story out quickly.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Muggles Charlynn Schmiedt and Daniel Proulx to talk about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We discuss growing into the part, Harry’s kindness, growing the world, importance in the end, literal adaptation, growing the villain, Richard Harris, interesting themes, other things and ratings.

Chapters
At the Leaky Cauldron (00:03:08)
Growing Into the Part (00:06:12)
Harry’s Kindness (00:13:46)
Growing the World (00:20:30)
Important By the End (00:28:54)
Literal Adaptation (00:33:45)
Growing the Villain (00:38:50)
Richard Harris (00:44:19)
Interesting Themes (00:48:48)
Other Things (01:01:35)
Ratings (01:11:05)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Charlynn Schmiedt
Daniel Proulx

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

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S16: Band of Beings

Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company.

In the lead up to The Force Awakens the marketing for Star Wars was coming quickly with toys, books and video games. The newest version of Battlefront was released for the next generation consoles and lost in all the hype was a tie-in-book for the game.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel grunts Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Battlefront: Twilight Company. We discuss another Star Wars movie, gritty, dark and real, why we fight, more satisfaction, nothing better to do, Vader, the evil Empire, heroes on both sides and our ratings.

Chapters
Another Star Wars Movie (00:03:29)
Gritty, Dark and Real (00:05:05)
Why We Fight (00:15:58)
More Satisfying (00:23:35)
Nothing Better to Do (00:28:41)
Down Right Scary (00:31:29)
Evil Empire (00:36:17)
Heroes on Both Sides (00:43:44)
Ratings (00:55:49)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

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

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69: One Big Suit of Hubris

Iron Man 2.

After the success of Iron Man and the lackluster performance of The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Studios went back to the drawing board to figure out their next moves in rolling out their connected universe leading them back to the character of Iron Man to help launch the larger MCU.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by the other members of the Marvel Posse Andi VanderKolk and Daniel Proulx to talk about Iron Man 2. We discuss the second time around, the legacy of fathers, Tony’s growth, new characters, the politics of safety and our ratings.

Chapters
Marvel Posse is Back (00:02:19)
The Second Time Around (00:03:20)
The Legacy of Fathers (00:16:23)
Tony’s Growth (00:24:38)
New Characters (00:35:45)
The Politics of Safety (00:58:25)
Ratings (01:02:44)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andi VanderKolk
Daniel Proulx

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

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68: In the Kiddie Pool

Deadpool.

After the disastrous X-Men Origins: Wolverine the idea of a Deadpool film languished in development hell for years and now because of the dedication of Ryan Reynolds, Fox has released the rated R film that so many fans wanted.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Daniel Proulx to talk about Deadpool. We discuss a different kind of “superhero”, being in a connected universe, is this really new, the cast, no fourth wall, things that work, things that didn’t and our ratings.

Chapters
A Lot of Fun (00:01:00)
A Different Kind of “Superhero” (00:02:38)
Connected Universe (00:05:50)
Is This Really New? (00:10:55)
The Cast (00:22:53)
No Fourth Wall (00:34:24)
Things That Worked, Things That Didn’t (00:41:10)
Ratings (00:45:34)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Daniel Proulx

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

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67: Marvel’s King Kong

he Incredible Hulk.

The summer of 2008 saw the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Iron Man and yet many people forget that just a few months later, Marvel released their second film in the MCU staring a new Hulk who was in no way connected to Ang Lee’s Hulk film from just five years earlier.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler to talk about Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk. We discuss the forgotten Hulk, this film’s place in the MCU, the credit story, if there is a problem with the character, the actors, an abomination of power, effects and our ratings.

Chapters
The Forgotten Hulk (00:02:22)
Doesn’t Have the Weight (00:07:46)
To Their Credit (00:10:24)
Is There a Problem (00:14:23)
Edward Norton (00:21:00)
Betty is His Lois Lane (00:28:00)
Tim Roth (00:32:01)
William Hurt as “Thunderbolt” Ross (00:34:43)
Abomination of Power (00:41:16)
The Effects Work (00:50:40)
Ratings (00:57:57)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Michael 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)

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66: Spice Trip on the Sloop John B

Dune.

Since it’s release in 1964 Dune has been considered a science fiction epic that tied for the Hugo Award in 1966 and also won the inaugural Nebula Award for best novel so it is no surprise that with the success of Star Wars that this masterpiece would make it’s way to the silver screen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker, Megan Calcote and Norman Lao to talk about David Lynch’s Dune. We discuss the history of the future, does it makes sense to new viewers, stars galore, production, interesting themes, how we’d like to see Dune done and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Megan Calcote
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
Reunited and it Feels So Good (00:00:56)
History of the Future (00:03:53)
Does it Make Sense to New Viewers (00:09:56)
Stars Galore (00:23:11)
Production (00:41:15)
Interesting Themes (00:51:37)
How Would You Like to See Dune Done (00:58:47)
Ratings (01:07:52)

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