The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
84: C-3PO Burlesque Show

Star Wars: Clone Wars.

In 2003, as Star Wars fans eagerly anticipated the last film in the saga, a surprise arrived on Cartoon Network, Clone Wars, a micro series of 20 episodes that gave a taste of what the war was like. With the success of the first 20, Lucas asked for 5 more episodes which would be longer and tell the story of the crawl from Episode III.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: Clone Wars. We discuss our Clone Wars experience, volume one, if it’s still fun, volume two, leading up to Episode III, voices, being over-written and doing yourself a favor.

Chapters
Something Fun to Do (00:03:10)
Clone Wars Experience (00:04:35)
Volume One (00:16:52)
Still Fun? (00:25:21)
Volume Two (00:28:42)
Leading Up to Episode III (00:39:27)
Voices (00:42:18)
Over-Written (00:47:14)
Do Yourself a Favor (00:52:47)

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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83: Yes to the Mystique

X-Men: Apocalypse.

In the summer of 2000, Bryan Singer changed the landscape of superhero films with his first X-Men by having a movie that took it’s story, characters and world much more seriously than had previously been seen in a comic book movie. Fast forward sixteen years later and Singer and company are back with their latest in the X-franchise.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow X-Men Suzanne Williamson to talk about X-Men: Apocalypse. We discuss the X-franchise, new mutants, Quicksilver, rounding out the trilogy, a blessing or a curse, hero?, our ratings and a quick side note.

Chapters
A Dragon’s Age (00:02:31)
The X-Franchise (00:03:26)
New Mutants (00:08:35)
Quicksilver (00:21:05)
Rounding Out the Trilogy (00:22:47)
A Blessing or a Curse (00:30:17)
Hero? (00:37:37)
Ratings (00:44:22)
Side Note (00:47:19)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Suzanne Williamson

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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82: Lupin on the Loose

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

As Harry Potter fans impatiently waited for the fifth book in the series to be released, Hollywood was making the interim between installments bearable by releasing the third movie in the franchise.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Hogwarts students Andrea Coffman and Tristan Riddell to talk about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We discuss a new director and direction, character focus, fully forming, new characters, creatures and wizarding world things, book vs. movie, the score and our ratings.

Chapters
New Director and Direction (00:04:11)
Character Focus (00:18:51)
Fully Forming (00:28:26)
New Characters (00:39:15)
Creatures and Wizarding World Things (00:49:33)
Book vs. Movie (01:00:36)
Score (01:07:07)
Ratings (01:10:19)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Tristan Riddell

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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81: Revisionist History

Star Wars: Bloodline.

The expanded universe of Star Wars has always helped to fill in the gaps and answer the questions fans had and the new line is no exception. With the release of The Force Awakens, fans have been clamoring to know what happened in the 30 year period between Return of the Jedi and the beginning of the new trilogy.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Resistance members Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray. We discuss the heir to the Empire, being in Vader’s shadow, world-building, romanticizing the past, new characters, the rise of the First Order and our ratings.

Chapters
Heir to the Empire (00:03:46)
In Vader’s Shadow (00:11:26)
World-Building (00:29:02)
Romanticizing the Past (00:48:45)
New Characters (01:03:58)
The Rise of the First Order (01:11:39)
Ratings (01:15:37)

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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80: The Right to Choose

Captain America: Civil War.

The character of Steve Rogers has been on one of the most intense journey’s of any of the Marvel heroes. He’s gone from a scrawny man with a hero’s heart, to super soldier hero, to man out of time, to leader of the Avengers, all to come up against his greatest challenge, a world at odds with his worldview.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Avengers Megan Calcote, plus Bethany and Riley Blanton to talk about Captain America: Civil War. We discuss choosing side, team Iron Man, team Cap, team Ross, revenge, new heroes, hero against hero, the fight in Siberia, a few last things, a quick rundown and ratings.

Chapters
Choosing Sides (00:03:37)
Team Iron Man (00:05:23)
Team Cap (00:15:37)
Team Ross (00:28:46)
Revenge (00:31:09)
New Heroes (00:42:55)
Hero Against Hero (00:53:20)
The Fight in Siberia (01:02:24)
A Couple Last Things (01:06:07)
A Quick Rundown (01:11:46)
Ratings (01:13:28)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Megan Calcote
Riley Blanton

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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79: Moral Malaise

Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

When Steve Rogers awoke from his long winter’s stay in the ice he found himself in completely different world, that had undergone massive changes, politically and morally, yet found that the world just might need a little “old fashioned” values to help save it. After the events of Avengers, Steve finds himself living the life of a soldier again, this time for S.H.E.I.L.D. and comes to find that unfortunately not everything is quite as it seems.

In this episode host Matthew Rushing is joined by Avenger Bethany Blanton to talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We discuss our favorite Marvel heroes, continuing Cap’s modern education, an insidious villain, becoming a leader. the Winter Soldier, tearing it all down, the film’s uniqueness, new characters and our ratings.

Chapters
Favorite Marvel Heroes (00:03:46)
Continuing Cap’s Modern Education (00:08:59)
Insidious Villain (00:20:29)
Becoming the Leader (00:30:31)
The Winter Soldier (00:36:51)
Tearing it All Down (00:41:57)
A Unique Film (00:47:04)
New Characters (00:49:42)
Ratings (00:58:51)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Bethany Blanton

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 (Associ

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78: The Virtue Inside

Captain America: The First Avenger.

Marvel began it’s road by securing the money to create it’s studio in 2005 and then started the process of figuring out which film would be first. Originally Captain America was to be the one kicking things off, but when Jon Favreau was approached as director, he chose to make Iron Man instead, leaving the Captain out in the cold until Joe Johnston was brought on board to bring his origin to life.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Howling Commando Bruce Gibson to talk about Captain America: The First Avenger. We discuss our familiarity with Marvel, something a little different, character matters, the cast, the villain, the director, skinny Steve, the music, a few last things and our ratings.

Chapters
Continue With Marvel (00:03:24)
Familiarity With Marvel (00:04:15)
A Little Bit Different (00:06:31)
Character Matters (00:15:48)
The Cast (00:24:21)
The Villain (00:41:19)
The Director (00:44:32)
Skinny Steve (00:47:29)
The Music (00:50:07)
A Few Last Things (00:52:12)
Ratings (00:54:22)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
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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77: The Original Don Draper

Dr. No.

In 1952 Ian Flemming informed his friend that he intended to write the spy novel to end all spy novels so that by 1962 there were already ten adventures of James Bond for producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli to choose from for the first film, in their hopes to kick off a Bond franchise.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by super spy John Champion to talk about Dr. No. We discuss the 60s spy genre, bringing Bond to the silver scree, the director, casting Bond, a wonderful cast of characters, Moneypenny, M, Dr. No, Felix Leiter, Honey Rider, setting up the formula and our ratings.

Chapters
The 60s Spy Genre (00:04:16)
Bringing Bond to the Silver Screen (00:14:30)
The Director (00:18:38)
Casting Bond (00:23:40)
A Wonderful Cast of Characters (00:38:35)
MoneyPenny (00:43:36)
M (00:45:46)
Dr. No (00:47:51)
Felix Leiter (00:53:13)
Honey Rider (00:56:30)
Setting Up the Formula (01:02:29)
Ratings (01:15:19)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Champion

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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76: Stepping Out of Daredevil’s Shadow

Daredevil: Season 2.

It only took a few days after the first season of Daredevil dropped on Netflix for fans to ask the question of when season 2 would be available as the show struck a cord with it’s audience, telling a darker story and redeeming the character from his last outing onscreen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Defenders Daniel Proulx and Will Ngyuen to talk about Daredevil season 2. We discuss Matt, issues with the season, lacking good villains, Foggy, the biggest hero of the season, Claire, The Punisher, jam packed season, Elektra and our ratings.

Chapters
Two Guys and a Girl are Back (00:04:13)
We’ll Start With Matt (00:04:38)
Issues With the Season (00:13:38)
Lacking Good Villains (00:26:22)
Foggy (00:29:25)
The Biggest Hero of the Season (00:34:10)
Claire (00:39:48)
The Punisher (00:41:24)
Jam Packed (00:47:46)
Elektra (00:56:29)
Ratings (01:04:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Daniel Proulx
Will Ngyuen

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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S19: Give Us the Mythology

Star Wars Rebels Season 2.

The last few moments of Star Wars Rebels season 1 left us in awe as a beloved character descended the ladder of the Ghost and we were rewarded with the return of Ahsoka Tano.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Jedi Masters John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk about season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. To start we discuss the Rogue One trailer, then entering season 2, getting Rex back, Blood Sisters, Wings of the Master, Stealth Strike, Future of the Force, Legacy, A Princess on Lothal, Legends of the Lasat, The Protector of Concord Dawn, frustration, helicopter lightsabers, Ahsoka and Vader, Ahsoka’s end, having Maul back, hopes for season 3 and our ratings.

Chapters
Rogue One Trailer (00:02:18)
Season 2 of Rebels (00:13:39)
Entering Season 2 (00:15:38)
Getting Rex Back (00:20:00)
Blood Sisters (00:25:45)
Wings of the Master (00:28:24)
Stealth Strike (00:30:34)
The Future of the Force (00:32:01)
Legacy (00:36:05)
A Princess on Lothal (00:37:03)
Legends of the Lasat (00:40:46)
The Protector of Concord Dawn (00:44:41)
So Frustrating (00:47:33)
Helicopter Lightsabers (00:49:08)
Ashoka and the Vader (00:51:11)
Ashoka’s End (01:00:01)
Having Maul Back (01:04:32)
Hopes for Season 3 (01:07:50)
Ratings (01:15:14)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills
Tristan Riddell

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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