The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy

Dragon Con Panel: Star Wars: Legends to Canon.

On Friday September 1st, 2017, host Matthew Rushing was apart of a panel at Dragon Con on the Star Wars track with Moderator Bruce Gibson and panelists Bria LaVorgna, Aaron Goins, Alex Damon and Tom Hutchens to discuss the new canon books and comics in the saga as well as some of our favorites from the Legends line. We talk about what's working, what's not, our favorites and take questions from the audience. If you are interested in attending Dragon Con it is in downtown Atlanta every Labor Day weekend!

Host
Bruce Gibson

Guests
Bria LaVorgna
Matthew Rushing
Aaron Goins
Alex Damon
Tom Hutchens

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am MST

Justice League: War.

DC Comics has been doing direct to home animated features since 1993 when it released Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (which did come out in the theaters but was meant, in the beginning, to only be for home release) which have garnered respect among many fans as fantastic renditions of the characters and comics.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about Justice League:War. We discuss introducing the League, the character and voice actors, Geoff Johns, if it's a good primer and our ratings.

Chapters
Introducing the League (00:05:14)
Jason O'Mara (00:18:00)
Alan Tudyk (00:22:16)
A Flirtation (00:25:48)
Wonder Woman (00:27:56)
Not Necessarily Liked (00:29:59)
Hal Jordan (00:32:33)
The Flash (00:36:44)
Cyborg (00:39:28)
Geoff Johns (00:44:02)
Shazam (00:47:30)
Darkseid (00:52:25)
Where it Leaves Us (00:55:32)
A Primer? (00:58:56)
Ratings (01:02:56)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-146.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21pm MST

Moonraker.

1977 the film industry changed forever with the release of Star Wars and even the venerable spy series of James Bond could not escape its wake, so instead of the promised For Your Eyes Only, the producers turned to something, in space.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about Moonraker. We discuss continuing Bond, the camp king, action scenes, Drax, Jaws in love, the women, music, theme and our ratings.

Chapters
Continuing Bond (00:04:16)
The Camp King (00:14:19)
Action Scenes (00:27:05)
Drax (00:33:15)
Jaws in Love (00:39:11)
The Women (00:46:34)
Music and Theme (00:59:43)
Ratings (01:02:48)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Christy Morris
John Champion

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am MST

DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 1.

In October of 2012, The CW put it's toe in the superhero waters with it's "Batman Begins" style show, Arrow, which would go on to birth The Flash in 2014 and out of a crossover between them would spin the most ambitious comic book show yet.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Christy Morris to talk about DC's Legends of Tomorrow. We discuss birthing Legends, dive deep into each one of the main characters, their arcs and give our ratings.

Chapters
Birthing Legends (00:05:49)
Rip Hunter (00:14:44)
Firestorm (00:22:32)
Ray Palmer (00:30:34)
Sara Lance (00:40:36)
Carter Hall (00:45:54)
Kendra Saunders (00:48:31)
Mick Rory (00:52:02)
Captain Cold (00:57:24)
Ratings (01:02:03)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Christy Morris

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-144.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am MST

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

In 1993, after the success of Batman: The Animated Series, Warner Brothers planned a follow up film for home release, yet late in the production, they switch gears and decided to release the film in theaters on Christmas Day which was met with critical acclaim but not enough marketing to make a dent at the box office.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about the cult classic, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. We discuss the history, the movie's length, standing alone, the cast, the past, the present, revenge, justice and vigilantism, how does it work and our ratings.

Chapters
History (00:04:17)
Movie's Length (00:07:31)
Standing Alone (00:10:59)
The Voice Cast (00:15:53)
The Past (00:25:57)
The Present (00:35:50)
Revenge, Justice and Vigilantism (00:40:18)
How Does it Work? (00:45:07)
Ratings (00:50:23)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm MST

The Dark Tower.

Stephen King's first book in his Dark Tower series was released back in 1982 and the latest book in the series came out in 2012 and in most of that time the film version has languished in development hell, until now.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Richard Marquez to talk about The Dark Tower. We discuss the history of the series, first impressions, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, forgotten father, the mind of a child, is revenge enough and our ratings.

Chapters
History (00:05:46)
First Impressions (00:10:52)
Idris Elba (00:21:12)
Matthew McConaughey (00:28:44)
Tom Taylor (00:34:16)
Forgotten Father (00:38:25)
The Mind of a Child (00:41:45)
Is Revenge Enough? (00:44:45)
Ratings (00:47:22)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Richard Marquez

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am MST

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad.

In the aftermath of Scarif and the destruction of the indestructible Death Star, the Empire finds itself vulnerable for the first time in twenty years. Its time to get serious about the treat of the Rebellion and destroy what is left of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. For this task, the Empire forms a new group who will work on the outside, an elite team who will suss out the Imperial traitors, infiltrate Rebel and Partisan groups to find out where the leaks are coming from and bring them to justice.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Michael Morris to talk about Christie Golden's latest Star Wars book, Inferno Squad. We discuss expectations, the setup, moral ambiguity, truth, hope and hate, betrayal, Inferno Squad, the Dreamers, a metaphor, focus and our ratings.

Chapters
Expectations (00:03:20)
The Story Setup (00:06:50)
Moral Ambiguity (00:13:57)
Truth, Hope and Hate (00:25:24)
Betrayal (00:28:32)
Inferno Squad (00:35:33)
The Dreamers (00:44:09)
A Metaphor (00:49:04)
Focus (00:53:01)
Ratings (00:54:46)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Michael Morris

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

In 1997, Luc Besson released his film The Fifth Element which became a sci-fi for many. During the making of that film, he'd hired the Valerian comic artist Jean-Claude Mézières, who asked him why he was not just adapting the Valerian comic instead.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker and Mike Schindler to talk about Besson's adaptation of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. We discuss our experiences and expectations, the imagination station, the cast, the story and our ratings.

Chapters
Experience and Expectations (00:04:56)
Imagination Station (00:11:33)
The Cast (00:25:59)
The Story (00:45:55)
Ratings (00:56:48)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Michael Schindler

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MST

Dunkirk.

Christopher Nolan has cemented himself as one of the foremost filmmakers with movies like Memento, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception and Interstellar, so when he has a new project, he's created quite a reputation that he has to live up to.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Lee Hutchison and John Mills to talk about the latest Nolan, Dunkirk. We discuss, the format, the structure, courage, survival, citizen soldiers, sound, picture and our ratings.

Chapters
Format (00:06:03)
Structure (00:16:11)
Courage (00:34:48)
Survival (00:48:52)
Citizen Soldiers (00:53:06)
Sound and Picture (00:58:42)
Ratings (01:03:56)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Lee Hutchison
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am MST

War for the Planet of the Apes.

Continuing a franchise is one of the hardest things to do in Hollywood, it's not hard in the sense that it doesn't happen very often, because it does, it's hard in the sense of making the film feel like it has a reason for existing other than making money and truly feels worthy of what's come before.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about War for the Planet of the Apes. We discuss from the rise of the dawn comes war, mercy, the unwanted, mercy part two, history learnin', Woody and Bad Ape, the effects, the score and our ratings.

Chapters
From the Rise of the Dawn Comes War (00:04:56)
Mercy (00:15:35)
The Unwanted (00:30:43)
Mercy Part Two (00:41:12)
History Learnin' (00:43:31)
Woody and Bad Ape (00:52:00)
The Effects (00:54:48)
The Score (01:00:02)
The Trilogy and Ratings (01:03:03)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am MST