The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
S9: Imperial Hunger Games

Star Wars: Lost Stars.

The story of Star Wars is usually told from the perspective of the heroes and that has left many questions for fans as to why someone would willingly join the Empire or what was the populace response to the the changing of the guard from Republic to Empire and finally many of those answers are coming to light though the new canon novels.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel Scum Bruce Gibson, John Mills and Mike Schindler to talk Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars. We discuss our first impressions, the Imperial point of view, the character, the canon, comparisons, wrapping up with our final thoughts and ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills
Mike 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)

Chapters
The Panel (00:02:47)
Lost Stars (00:04:16)
Imperial Impressions (00:05:19)
Imperial Point of View (00:14:04)
Imperial Characters (00:35:07)
Imperial Canon (00:52:43)
Imperial Comparisons (01:04:05)
Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:10:29)

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48: Instagramming Villains

Quantum of Solace.

Just hours before the the start of Writers Guild of America Strike on November 7th, 2007, Paul Haggis finished the script for the new James Bond movie. Unfortunately the strike would keep him from being able to polish the script, a task that would fall to actor Daniel Craig and director Marc Forster during filming.

In this episode of The 602 Club Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion to talk about Quantum of Solace. We discuss Bond vs the writers, it being a sequel, growing Bond, heroes and villains being all mixed up, the villain and Quantum, things we liked and didn’t, watching the movie now, ratings, the song and our final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion

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 (00:02:44)
Bond Vs the Writers (00:04:43)
First Direct Sequel (00:12:59)
Growing Bond (00:22:50)
Heroes and Villains All Mixed Up (00:35:41)
The Villain (00:40:23)
Things We Liked and Things We Didn’t (00:48:01)
Watching Quantum Now (01:04:56)
Ratings (01:14:05)
The Song and Final Thoughts (01:17:46)

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47: We’ll Always Have Endor

Star Wars Aftermath.

As Return of the Jedi faded from theaters in late 1983, Star Wars fans entered what would become known as the “Dark Times”. Toys began disappearing from the shelves and slowly Star Wars faded into the cultural zeitgeist. Before faint whispers about Special Editions and Prequels, Heir to the Empire awakened a hunger for Star Wars that had been just under the geek surface for years. It was the first book to be licensed by Lucasfilm to continue the story after Return of the Jedi. Bringing back Luke, Leia and Han as well as introducing us to Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Talon Karrde and a plethora of others who would become staples of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Timothy Zahn cemented himself as the second coming of George Lucas for fans. The SWEU flourished with varied success over the 23 years it ran, ending when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that the EU would be reorganized in the Legends line and a new official run of canon books and comics would be forthcoming.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by intrepid Rebels Bruce Gibson, Darren Moser and John Mills to talk about Star Wars Aftermath. We discuss the old SWEU and the the new canon, a new hope, characters, small cameos, things we liked, ask a question, the Amazon issue and wrap up with ratings and final thoughts. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Bruce Gibson

Darren Moser

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction (00:01:21)

Old History, New Canon (00:05:04)

A New Hope (00:18:43)

Characters (00:36:55)

Small Cameos (01:03:08)

Things We Liked (01:07:54)

A Question (01:16:00)

The Amazon Issue (01:21:31)

Ratings and Final Thoughts (01:28:20)

 

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S8: How to Add to Canon

The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club Jedi Masters Matthew Rushing and John Mills dive into some of the new Star Wars books released on Force Friday. We talk about Weapon of the Jedi about Luke, Moving Target which is Leia’s story and Smuggler’s Run that is a Han and Chewie adventure. While each one of these books takes place in the Original Trilogy era they each include clues to the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. As we dissect each book we look for the clues as well as consider how each story adds to the canon knowledge of Luke, Leia and Han, ending with our final thoughts and ratings.    

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

John Mills

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Weapon of the Jedi - Luke (00:03:42)

Moving Target - Leia (00:33:32)

Smuggler’s Run - Han and Chewie (00:58:42)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:21:41)

 

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46: His Sophie’s Choice

Arrow: Season 2.

As season 2 of Arrow approached fans wondered how the series would top itself after a truly remarkable first season that had left viewers on the edge of their seats as Oliver Queen walked the tightrope of vigilante and hero.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Suicide Squad members Alice Baker and Daniel Proulx to talk about Arrow: Season 2. We discuss our initial thoughts, coming back to Oliver, a new villain, new characters, The Flash, consequences, is it dark or just serious, spin offs and our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Daniel Proulx 

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

New Season, New Thoughts (00:05:00)

Coming Back to Oliver (00:10:46)

New Villain, Old Friend (00:18:03)

New Characters (00:27:47)

The Flash (00:44:10)

Consequences (00:50:59)

Dark or Just Serious? (00:59:11)

Spin Off (01:01:40)

Ratings (01:09:09)

 

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45: More Than a Feeling

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

As May 19th 2005 approached, Star Wars fans eagerly awaited what was believed to be the last film in the Saga. The end had come and the only question was whether it coould satisfy the imaginations of a generation. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Revenge of the Sith. We discuss our Episode III experiences, the end, personal themes, the fall of Anakin and the Republic, speculation about Episode VII, in light of The Clone Wars, Mustafar scene, missing scenes and our ratings.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction (00:03:38)

The Episode III Experience (00:05:08)

The End? (00:12:32)

Personal Themes (00:30:10)

The Fall of Anakin Skywalker (00:36:28)

The Fall of The Republic (00:48:02)

Speculation About Episode VII (00:53:21)

In Light of The Clone Wars (00:59:27)

Mustafar Scene (01:05:56)

Missing Scenes (01:17:30)

Ratings (01:30:42)

 

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Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction (00:03:38)

The Episode III Experience (00:05:08)

The End? (00:12:32)

Personal Themes (00:30:10)

The Fall of Anakin Skywalker (00:36:28)

The Fall of The Republic (00:48:02)

Speculation About Episode VII (00:53:21)

In Light of The Clone Wars (00:59:27)

Mustafar Scene (01:05:56)

Missing Scenes (01:17:30)

Ratings (01:30:42)

 

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44: West Side Story for Spies

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 

The original television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ran for four seasons from 1964 to 1968 and was conceived of as James Bond on TV. It found a loyal following of fans and because of this had been in development for a feature film for over 20 years, finally finding it’s way to the silver screen in 2015. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by super spies Alice Baker, John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. We discuss the history of the show and development of the movie, the spy, period spies today, coming together and give our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker 

John Champion 

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (00:02:31)

Mission History (00:04:26)

The Spies (00:16:33)

Period Spies Today (00:32:53)

Coming Together (00:52:38)

Ratings (01:07:10)

 

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43: Crash Test Dummy + Terminator = Dr. Doom

Fantastic Four.

The Fantastic Four has had a rough time of it in the cinema. The first movie was released in 2005 and was met with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27% and when The Silver Surfer was released in 2007 the reviews came in at 37%. Fast forward to 2015 and Fox has successfully handled the X-Men franchise and looked again to try it’s hand at Marvel’s first family.

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 Fantastic Four. We discuss the previous films, why so serious, the good, what went wrong, the story, the effects and production and wrap up with our ratings.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderVolk

Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Fantastic Four? (00:02:27)  

Why So Serious? (00:10:13)  

The Good? (00:18:17)  

What Went Wrong? (00:32:09)  

Story? (00:44:46)  

Effects Have to be Good, Right? (00:57:07)  

Ratings (01:03:21)  

 

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S7: The Still Small Voice

 

Christie Golden: Dark Disciple.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and John Mills welcome author Christie Golden to talk about her book Star Wars: Dark Disciple. We discuss her Star Wars story, favorite characters, researching The Clone Wars, things that stood out to her, Obi-Wan, Yoda and the Council, a moral quagmire, personal arcs, favorite and hardest things to write, Vos, the writing process, love and death, eras to write and where to find Christie online. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Mills 

Christie Golden

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

C Bryan Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro (00:00:29)  

Dark Disciple Author (00:04:13)  

Christie’s Star Wars Story (00:05:13)  

Favorite Characters (00:07:54)  

Researching The Clone Wars (00:09:56)  

Things That Stood Out (00:15:01)  

Obi-Wan, Yoda and The Council (00:18:55)  

Moral Quagmire (00:22:32)  

Personal Arcs (00:29:20)  

Favorite Things, Hardest Things (00:33:06)  

The Dude Abides (00:36:20)  

The Writing Process (00:38:42)  

Love and Death (00:42:04)  

Eras to Write (00:46:40)  

Christie Online and Upcoming Work (00:48:00)  

 

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42: Not the Jim Carrey Mask

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

In 1996 Mission Impossible became the third highest grossing movie of the year which insured that there would be more impossible missions. Parts II, III and IV have all up the ante and continued to actually improve on the last. Can the fifth movie in the franchise continue that trend?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing covertly meets with agents Bruce Gibson and Norman Lao to discuss Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. We talk about the theme music, the previous missions, the new mission, new friends and enemies, rogue intelligence, the stunts, future mission and wrap up with ratings and rankings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests 

Bruce Gibson 

Norman Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Something New in Theaters? (00:05:01)

The Theme Music (00:05:20)

Mission History (00:07:04)

The New Mission (00:24:25)

New Friends, New Enemies (00:41:05)

Rogue Intelligence (00:48:29)

The Stunts (00:58:39)

Future Missions (01:03:08)

Ratings and Rankings (01:08:29)

 

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