The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
S25: Destroyer of Worlds

Star Wars: Catalyst.

The Death Star is one of the most iconic creations of the Star Wars universe and it's history has slowly been added to over the years with Attack of the Clones giving us an insight as to where the plans came from and Revenge of the Sith ending with a shot of it under construction. But, what took the Empire 19 years to build it's ultimate weapon? Fans now have the answer.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Scott Ryfun to talk about Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. We discuss Death Star legends, the characters, a giant lightsaber, the greater good, the rise of tyranny, Krennic, a surprise character, the Death Star Story and our ratings.

Chapters
Death Star Legends (00:03:41)
The Characters (00:08:28)
A Giant Lightsaber (00:25:05)
The "Greater Good" (00:26:28)
The Rise of Tyranny (00:33:03)
Orsen Krennic (00:37:53)
Saw Gerrera (00:41:08)
The Death Star Story (00:47:14)
A Couple Quick Things (00:55:22)
Ratings (01:00:02)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Scott Ryfun

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

Direct download: tsc-s25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am MDT

108: Magical Dr. Doolittle

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

In September of 2013 Harry Potter fans were elated to find out that author J.K. Rowling was working with Warner Brothers on a new chapter in the Harry Potter universe and would be serving as the screenwriter of this new saga set 54 years before Harry Potter was born and starting magizoologist Newt Scamander.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow No-Majs Andrea Coffman and Bethany Blanton to talk about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We discuss a new beginning, connecting the generations, just a movie, the cast, villains, us vs them, the wizarding world of the USA and our ratings.

Chapters
A New Beginning (00:03:57)
Connecting Generations (00:14:01)
Just a Movie (00:25:52)
The Cast (00:34:53)
Tina (00:45:08)
Jacob (00:51:45)
Let's Talk About Queenie (00:55:31)
Villans (01:05:56)
Us vs Them (01:16:15)
The Wizarding World of the USA (01:19:06)
Ratings (01:27:12)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Bethany Blanton

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm MDT

107: Heart of the Magic

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

By the time that July 7th, 2011 came around, the last book in the Harry Potter series had been out for four years and there was no Pottermore website, talk of a play or films for Fantastic Beasts so part 2 of The Deathly Hallows was to be the end.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Quidditch star Andrea Coffman to talk about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. We discuss the end, outright bias, love, the Snape story, wands, things not done well and done right, what the films add and ratings.

Chapters
The End (00:04:15)
The Cursed Child (00:12:24)
Outright Bias (00:14:16)
Love Conquers All (00:19:41)
The Snape Story (00:29:17)
Wands (00:36:43)
Not Done Well (00:39:27)
Things They Got Right (00:54:40)
What the Films Add (00:56:44)
A Difficult Question (01:03:55)
Ratings (01:07:20)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andrea Coffman

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

Direct download: tsc-107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

S24: The Ultimate Tool

Arrival.

In 1998 science fiction author Ted Chiang wrote a short story called “Story of Your Life” that went on to win the 1999 Sturgeon Award as well as the Nebula Award for best novella and now it has been turned into a major motion picture staring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Ken Tripp and Richard Marquez to talk about Arrival. We discuss the movies origins as a novella, the emotional impact, communication being key, perception and reality, fear of the unknown, the alien gift, cast, production and our ratings.

Chapters
Busy Fall (00:03:17)
Original Short Story (00:04:43)
Emotional Impact (00:09:01)
Communication is Key (00:16:23)
Perception and Reality (00:26:02)
Fear of the Unknown (00:34:04)
What They Give Us (00:36:47)
The Cast and Production (00:51:39)
Ratings (00:59:09)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Ken Tripp
Richard Marquez

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

Direct download: tsc-s24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am MDT

106: You’re a Wizard Stephen

Doctor Strange.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has given us many types of heroes. There are men in super suits, a boy bitten by a radioactive spider, a man irradiated by gamma rays, a being brought to life by an infinity stone, a norse god, a former Soviet super spy and a guy that’s really good with a bow, plus a girl that’s been made, in-human. Yet in all of this there has been something missing, something that’s a little esoteric and outside reality and this year Marvel fills that void with it’s newest hero.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow sorcerers Aaron Goins and Alice Baker to talk about Doctor Strange. We discuss if it’s something new, themes, missing something, the cast, villains, CGI, the score, costumes and our ratings.

Chapters
A Big Shout Out (00:02:32)
Something New (00:05:31)
Is it Really New? (00:10:02)
Themes (00:19:10)
Missing Something (00:21:17)
The Cast (00:24:08)
Mordo (00:35:55)
Rachel McAdams (00:38:56)
The Ancient One (00:43:01)
Villains (00:45:55)
CGI (00:52:50)
The Score (00:57:15)
Costumes (01:00:29)
Ratings (01:03:24)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Aaron Goins
Alice Baker

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

Direct download: tsc-106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21am MDT

105: The Anti-Witch Hunts

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

In 2007, Harry Potter fans read the last story in J.K. Rowling’s epic tale, but luckily still had the rest of the films to look forward to, but with one surprise they were not expecting, the last film would not be just one movie, but two!

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow wizard on the run Andrea Coffman to talk about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. We discuss it being broken up, things we missed, the Malfoys, Ministry narratives, the feels, a road war film, doubt and fear, deaths and ratings.

Chapters
Breaking it Up (00:03:10)
Things We Missed (00:06:17)
The Malfoys (00:22:00)
Ministry Narratives (00:26:44)
The Feels (00:34:17)
A Road War Film (00:42:10)
Doubt and Fear (00:46:21)
Dobby’s Death (00:54:30)
Last Thing (00:57:31)
Ratings (01:00:50)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andrea Coffman

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

104: Travel by Spy Slide

You Only Live Twice.

As the James Bond franchise moved into it’s fifth film there was a lot of upheaval as to which story to make next as well as the bombshell that this would be Sean Connery’s last film as the iconic character. How would this effect the final product?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is once again joined by agent John Champion to talk about You Only Live Twice. We discuss the behind the scenes before shooting, the space race, the fantastic Mr. Writer, filming, Blofeld, the women, Japan, cultural appropriation and our ratings.

Chapters
What’s Next (00:04:06)
Connery’s Bombshell (00:13:09)
The Space Race (00:20:24)
The Fantastic Mr. Writer (00:26:24)
Filming (00:31:13)
Blofeld (00:42:12)
The Women (00:47:39)
Japan (00:52:49)
Cultural Appropriation (01:06:17)
Ratings (01:11:09)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Champion

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

S23: Off the Chain Special

Ahsoka.

In 2008 Star Wars fans were introduced to a brand new character that no one expected, Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, Ahsoka. She immediately polarized the fan community and it took years for some people to warm up to her. Fast forward to March 7th, 2014 where she walked away from the Jedi order in the last broadcast episode of The Clone Wars, breaking fans hearts but also relieving them as they knew Ahsoka lived. Now, with her fate in the balance once again, fans can’t get enough Ahsoka and hey’ve got a new book to keep us satiated.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about the new Star Wars book, Ahsoka. We first discuss the Lando casting, our expectations coming into the book, the end of Ahsoka’s world, interludes, becoming something else, the Imperial way, stormtroopers of clones, kyber crystals, Inquisitors, a failing order and our ratings.

Chapters
A New Lando (00:03:26)
Ahsoka Expectations (00:06:59)
The End of the Galaxy as She Knew it (00:11:34)
Interludes (00:19:00)
Had to be Told (00:25:11)
Becoming Something Else (00:33:45)
The Imperial Way (00:37:50)
Stormtroopers or Clones (00:47:39)
Kyber Crystals (00:50:06)
A Misstep? (00:58:39)
The Inquisitors (01:02:13)
The Failing Order (01:10:06)
Ratings (01:16:11)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

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

Direct download: tsc-s23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm MDT

103: Middle Earth Alamo

The Two Towers.

The Fellowship of the Ring was a runaway success at the box office in the winter of 2001 with people repeatedly returning to the theater to experience the three hour epic which meant that by the very next year, the audience was on the edge of their seat with anticipation for the trilogy to continue.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow hobbit Megan Calcote to talk about The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. We discuss the opening, Rohan, the Ents, new character, Faramir’s character, Gollum, wisdom in war, the music and ratings.

Chapters
The Opening (00:04:13)
Rohan (00:09:48)
Helm’s Deep (00:14:50)
The Ents (00:22:53)
New Characters (00:28:15)
Faramir’s Character (00:37:18)
Gollum (00:44:34)
Wisdom in War (00:52:30)
The Music (00:59:04)
Ratings (01:00:13)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

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

Direct download: tsc-103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

S22: Cage Match

Luke Cage.

In last year’s Jessica Jones, Marvel fans got their first taste of Luke Cage and it turned out to be the perfect way to set the stage for the latest show in the Netflix Marvel series.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Michael Morris to talk about Luke Cage. We discuss manhood, villains, why superheroes are so dumb, narratives, Misty, Luke and Claire plus our ratings and rankings.

Chapters
Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem (00:04:29)
Manhood (00:09:09)
Villains (00:22:29)
Why Superheroes are so Dumb? (00:31:42)
Narratives and Media (00:34:35)
Misty (00:38:29)
Luke and Claire (00:42:33)
A Mistake (00:44:46)
Luke Himself (00:46:28)
Ratings (00:48:09)
Netflix Marvel Rankings (00:52:22)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Michael Morris

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

Direct download: tsc-s22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am MDT