The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
41: Making Him Necessary

Casino Royale.

After Die Another Day, the Bond franchise found itself in an interesting place, the movie had become the highest grossing Bond movie ever, yet it had left Bond occupying a fantasy world more that the real one. The decision was made to bring Bond back to his roots and make Casino Royale, now that it's rights had finally been secured. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about Casino Royale. We discuss grounding Bond, the legitimacy of reboots and origin stories, the blonde Bond, Bond's history, a Bond-ing, when Bond strikes, feeling the Bond, Le Chiffre and our final thoughts and ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Champion

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

Craig Retrospective (00:02:25)

Grounding Bond (00:04:33)

The Blonde Bond (00:27:26)

Bond's History (00:41:48)

A Bond-ing (00:55:41)

When Bond Strikes (01:06:50)

Feeling the Bond (01:18:10)

Le Chiffre (01:28:41)

Ratings and Final Thoughts (01:31:42)

 

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40: Iron Man's Little Brother

Ant-Man.

Marvel's Ant-Man has been in development since 2006 when Edgar Wright was hired to co-write the film and direct. He worked diligently on the movie until creative differences with the Marvel executives forced him to leave his pet project in the hands of Peyton Reed.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andi VanderKolk and Michael Schindler to talk about Marvel's Ant-Man. We discuss the impressions we had going into the film with the backstage drama, it being a smaller story, whether it's fresh or formulaic, the Wasp story, actors and characters, the themes, Phase 2 and Phase 3, wrapping up with final thoughts and ratings.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andi VanderKolk

Michael Schindler

 

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

First Impressions With All the Backstage Drama (00:03:28)

A Smaller Story (00:24:06)

Fresh or Formulaic? (00:27:58)

The Wasp Story (00:39:28)

Actors and Characters (00:48:00)

Themes (00:55:13)

Phase 2 and Phase 3 (01:00:59)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:14:50)

 

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39: Friends in Low Places

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

After The Phantom Menace many fans wondered just what would happen in the upcoming Star Wars movie and with the release of the title there was massive speculation that the hallowed Clone Wars would finally be seen on the big screen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and intrepid Jedi Masters John Mills and Bruce Gibson discuss Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. We actually start the show giving our thoughts on the latest Batman V Superman trailer, then we jump into our Episode II experience, the wunderkind, Obi-Wan being like Qui-Gon, John outdoing himself, the spiral down, the love story, a vast galaxy, the dark side, questioning Dooku's truth-telling, one last question and our ratings.  

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Mills

Bruce Gibson

 

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

Batman V Superman Trailer (00:02:05)

The Episode II Experience (00:14:04)

Wunderkind (00:22:38)

Obi-Wan Like Qui-Gon (00:35:25)

John Out Does Himself (00:40:23)

The Spiral Down (00:42:16)

The Love Story (00:48:45)

A Vast Galaxy (00:59:55)

The Dark Side (01:11:33)

Why Does Dooku Tell the Truth? (01:19:03)

One More Question (01:22:17)

Ratings (01:26:46)

 

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S6: Doom of the Jedi

Star Wars: Dark Disciple.

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in the fall of 2012 it marked the end of The Clone Wars. It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in horror, yet instead of being silenced, they have only continued to speak strongly, with the hashtag #SaveTheCloneWars still a staple of Twitter to this day. Since it’s demise, Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo have worked tirelessly to find the best venue for all the displaced stories that were in development. It is no surprise that one of these untold stories has found it’s way into a novel. 

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and John Mills dive into the latest edition to the Star Wars canon Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. We discuss a little bit of the history of the book, the writing style, what happened to redemption, Windu, a canary in the coal mines, worthy Jedi, could the story have been about Obi-Wan, foreshadowing, reconciling Yoda, the Jedi Code, an Obi-Wan question and just how good the book is. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest 

John Mills

 

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

A Little History (00:03:44)

The Writing Style (00:10:50)

Whatever Happened to Redemption (00:12:52)

Windu - The Hammer (00:18:44)

Canary in the Coal Mines (00:22:07)

Worthy Jedi (00:27:17)

Could it Have Been Obi-Wan? (00:30:52)

Foreshadowing? (00:35:00)

Reconciling Yoda (00:39:25)

The Jedi Code (00:43:01)

Tapped In (00:50:17)

An Obi-Wan Question (00:57:17)

How Good This Book Is (01:03:23)

Closing (01:08:14)

 

Resources 

John’s Written Review

Matt’s Written Review

 

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38: Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Terminator

Terminator Genisys.

In 1884, James Cameron put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map and made him an international star with the original Terminator. Since then the long road to judgement day has continued with each subsequent film. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by some of the ladies of Educating Geeks, Alice Baker and Andrea Coffman to talk about Terminator Genisys. We discuss our road to judgement day, Genisys, the nostalgia train, old "friends", Arnold, the other character and actors, capability, old not obsolete, random parts, ratings, rankings and a closing deal.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Andrea Coffman

 

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

The Road to Judgement Day (00:02:02)

Genisys (00:09:11)

The Nostalgia Train (00:18:13)

Old "Friends" (00:22:03)

He's Back (00:22:07)

Kyle Reece (00:28:02)

Sarah Connor (00:31:05)

Capability (00:37:26)

John Connor (00:43:54)

Old Not Obsolete (00:49:50)

Random Parts (00:55:23)

Ratings and Rankings (01:03:23)

A Closing Deal (01:08:06)

 

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37: Those Aforementioned Abs

Arrow Season One.

For ten years Smallville told us the story of Clark Kent and how he became Superman, setting the stage for how to do a modern comic book television show. As it wrapped up the question of what would follow was answered when Arrow burst on to the scene in the fall of 2012. 

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Daniel Proulx to talk about the first season of Arrow. We remember the beginning, it being two shows in one, the characters and actors, strong female characters, a quick aside, the first season arc, shipping, our final thoughts and ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Alice Baker

Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Remembering the Beginning (00:03:00)

Two Shows in One (00:12:07)

Characters and Actors (00:23:08)

Stephen Amell (00:23:59)

The Trinity (00:29:22)

Borg Queen (00:30:55)

John Barrowman (00:33:38)

Manu Bennett (00:35:58)

Strong Female Characters (00:36:55)

Thea and Laurel (00:37:59)

Colton Haynes (00:44:49)

A Quick Aside (00:45:56)

Paul Blackthorne and Colin Donnell (00:53:20)

First Season Arc (00:55:55)

Shipping (01:00:35)

Final Thoughts and Ratings (01:07:28)

Closing (01:13:40)

 

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S5: Holy Shiitake Mushrooms!

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Premiere.

Disney has given Star Wars fans a Summer surprise by airing the premiere for season 2 of Star Wars Rebels before if comes back for the rest of the season in the Fall.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow rebel John Mills to break down Star Wars Rebels season 2 premiere. We discuss our first reactions, the weight of Vader, an Inquisitor question, what the heck happened to Darth Maul, being in an Empire Strikes Backs state of mind, Lando, the apprentice lives, bringing Obi-Wan in, who survives, more character discussions, Ezra, the music in the show and our final thoughts.

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

John Mills

 

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

Season 2 Premiere (00:02:41)

The Weight of Vader (00:10:02)

Inquisitor Question (00:20:33)

What the Heck Happened to Darth Maul (00:25:46)

Empire Strikes Back State of Mind (00:27:42)

Lando Shows Up (00:33:09)

The Apprentice Lives (00:35:07)

Bringing in Obi-Wan (00:40:07)

Who Survives? (00:44:18)

The Other Characters (00:46:47)

Ezra (00:50:59)

Music in the Episode (00:55:13)

Final Thoughts (01:02:30)

Closing (01:05:47)

 

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36: House of Cards in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

In 1999, the dark times for Star Wars fans came to an end. George Lucas, inspired but the work of Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park decided that technology had caught up to his vision for the Prequels. When the movie was released the reaction of the public was varied to say the least.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson, John Mills and Michael Schindler to talk about The Phantom Menace. We look back at our Episode I experience, going backward in the timeline, new and old, Qui-Gon, Ewan McGregor, Yoda, symbiosis, music, production and our final thoughts. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Bruce Gibson

John Mills

Michael Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C. Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Episode I Experience (00:04:14)

Going Backwards (00:14:05)

New and Old (00:31:07)

Qui-Gon (00:40:05)

Ewan McGregor (00:47:58)

Yoda (00:49:32)

Symbiosis (00:54:56)

Music and Production (01:06:11)

Final Thoughts (01:15:04)

Closing (01:22:40)

 

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35: Chris Pratt Barrel-Rolls

Jurassic World.

Over 20 years ago the original Jurassic Park became this highest grossing movie of the year and was followed by two sequels, generally considered mediocre. Yet 14 years after the release of Jurassic Park III, the park is open once again, but can it recapture the magic of the original?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman and Daniel Proulx to talk about Jurassic World. We discuss our first impressions, where the movie lost Daniel, continuing the themes of the original, caring about the finale, running in high heals, selling out, unchecked scientific research, being our own worse enemy, philosophies of science, Owen, music, other tidbits, breaking the bank and our ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Andrea Coffman

Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

First Impressions (00:02:26)

Where it Lost Daniel (00:06:02)

Continuing the Themes (00:14:20)

Caring About the Finale (00:18:30)

High Heels Running (00:24:20)

Selling Out (00:34:20)

Unchecked Scientific Research (00:40:02)

Own Worst Enemy (00:41:57)

Philosophies in Science (00:43:28)

Owen (00:48:16)

Music (00:50:14)

Other Tidbits (00:54:36)

Breaking the Bank (01:04:52)

Ratings (01:13:17)

Closing (01:18:15)

 

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34: Colossal Rex

The Lost World/Jurassic Park III.

After the original Jurassic Park dominated 1993 to become that year's highest grossing film it was inevitable that there would be sequels. It took 4 years for Steven Spielberg to return the dinosaurs to the screen in The Lost World and another 4 before Joe Johnston would fulfill his wish to direct Jurassic Park III.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills, Megan Calcote and Mike Schindler to talk about the Jurassic Park sequels. We jump right in with The Lost World, the ways it succeeds, getting lost in translation, Malcolm as the lead, if the third time is the charm, does anything work in III, dino droppings, wrapping up with final thoughts, rankings and ratings. 

 

Host

Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

John Mills

Megan Calcote 

Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Matthew Rushing

Richard Marquez

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and C Bryan Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

We've Back on the Island Again, at Least it's a Different (00:02:18)

Ways it Succeeds (00:09:45)

Lost in Translation (00:21:03)

Malcolm as the Lead (00:36:49)

JPIII: Third Time the Charm? (00:43:01)

Does Anything Work? (00:46:30)

Dino Droppings (00:50:57)

Final Thoughts, Rankings and Ratings (01:04:37)

Closing (01:08:53)

 

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