The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
67: Marvel’s King Kong

he Incredible Hulk.

The summer of 2008 saw the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Iron Man and yet many people forget that just a few months later, Marvel released their second film in the MCU staring a new Hulk who was in no way connected to Ang Lee’s Hulk film from just five years earlier.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler to talk about Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk. We discuss the forgotten Hulk, this film’s place in the MCU, the credit story, if there is a problem with the character, the actors, an abomination of power, effects and our ratings.

Chapters
The Forgotten Hulk (00:02:22)
Doesn’t Have the Weight (00:07:46)
To Their Credit (00:10:24)
Is There a Problem (00:14:23)
Edward Norton (00:21:00)
Betty is His Lois Lane (00:28:00)
Tim Roth (00:32:01)
William Hurt as “Thunderbolt” Ross (00:34:43)
Abomination of Power (00:41:16)
The Effects Work (00:50:40)
Ratings (00:57:57)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Michael 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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

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66: Spice Trip on the Sloop John B

Dune.

Since it’s release in 1964 Dune has been considered a science fiction epic that tied for the Hugo Award in 1966 and also won the inaugural Nebula Award for best novel so it is no surprise that with the success of Star Wars that this masterpiece would make it’s way to the silver screen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Alice Baker, Megan Calcote and Norman Lao to talk about David Lynch’s Dune. We discuss the history of the future, does it makes sense to new viewers, stars galore, production, interesting themes, how we’d like to see Dune done and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Megan Calcote
Norman Lao

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Reunited and it Feels So Good (00:00:56)
History of the Future (00:03:53)
Does it Make Sense to New Viewers (00:09:56)
Stars Galore (00:23:11)
Production (00:41:15)
Interesting Themes (00:51:37)
How Would You Like to See Dune Done (00:58:47)
Ratings (01:07:52)

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65: We Could Be Heroes

Legends of Tomorrow.

In 1940 the first superhero team was formed, it was called the Justice Society of America and included The Flash, The Green Lantern, The Spectre, The Hawkman, Dr. Fate, The Hour-man, The Sandman, Atom, and Johnny Thunder. Since that time, superhero teams have been a staple of comics, film and television.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by legends Bethany Blanton and Jose Munoz to talk about the pilot episode of Legends of Tomorrow. We give a little history, talk massive team ups, the comic book feel, first impressions, influences, if anything feel flat, characters, Vandal Savage, legends or losers, look, feel and looking forward.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Jose Munoz

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
A Little History (00:03:43)
Massive Team Up (00:13:26)
Comic Book Feel (00:21:03)
First Impressions (00:26:07)
Influences (00:32:12)
Anything Fall Flat? (00:38:45)
Characters (00:43:55)
Vandal Savage (00:58:25)
Legends or Losers (01:04:18)
Look and Feel (01:11:38)
Looking Forward (01:18:40)

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64: A Trinity of Misfits

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

In 1997 a new book was released in Britain about a young boy who finds out that he is a wizard and his life changes forever. Like Harry, the literature world was turned upside down as people fell in love with the story, characters and world that J.K. Rowling created which in turn became a film in 2001.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Andrea Coffman and Tristan Riddell to talk about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We discuss if we’re Muggles or Wizards, Harry’s wondrous world, the trinity, the professors, Hagrid, Neville, some of the themes, book vs. movie, the music and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
Tristan Riddell

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:04:01)
Muggle or Wizard? (00:07:48)
Harry’s Wondrous World (00:16:33)
The Trinity (00:31:30)
The Professors (00:39:09)
Hagrid (00:51:26)
Neville (00:53:07)
The Themes (00:54:48)
Book Vs. Movie (01:04:04)
The Music (01:08:41)
Ratings (01:13:58)

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63: Burning Down the Arrow Cave

Arrow Season 3.

The second season of Arrow had taken the pieces of the first and created something special in the world of comic book television which meant that as season three approached, the expectations were higher than ever.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow vigilante Alice Baker to talk about Arrow season 3. We discuss our expectations going into the season, all the consequences and weight of decisions, the personal nature of the season, “the island”, new characters and character growth, villains, set up, pet peeves and things we liked, plus our rankings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Alice Baker

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:03:38)
Season 3 Expectations (00:05:04)
All the Consequences (00:13:14)
Weight of Decisions (00:25:15)
Most Personal (00:28:10)
“The Island” (00:31:16)
New Characters and Character Growth (00:36:09)
Villains (00:48:50)
Set Up (00:54:47)
Pet Peeves and Things We Liked (00:57:45)
Rankings (01:05:11)

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S15: Literary Filoni

Star Wars: Before the Awakening.

The Force Awakens left fans with many questions as they walked out of the theater. How did the galaxy end up like this? Who are these different factions? Why is there a Republic and a Resistance? These questions and so many more have been swirling around fandom ever since December 17th, 2015 and in the era of “it’s all connected” the ancillary materials have become even more important.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and newly awakened John Mills talk about Greg Rucka’s Before the Awakening. We discuss if the book should have come out before the movie, if it would have effected our movie viewing, Finn, Rey, Poe and our ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:05)
Before the Awakening (00:03:20)
Should This Have Come Out Before the Movie? (00:04:24)
Effected Our Enjoyment of TFA? (00:13:58)
Finn (00:21:03)
Rey (00:33:46)
Poe (00:45:38)
Ratings (01:11:28)

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62: He’s Got a Blank Space Baby

Doctor Who: Season 9.

Doctor Who continues to be one of the most loved and longest running shows on television and as it moved into the ninth season of the reboot there were a few things fans knew, it was to be Jenna Coleman’s last season and Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones was to guest star.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Whovian Andi Vanderkolk to talk about Doctor Who Season 9. We discuss our expectations, a main theme, first impressions, episodes, story and character, coming back around, predicting the doctor, Ashildr/Me, Clara, The Christmas Special and final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Andi VanderKolk

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:00:58)
Season 9 Expectations (00:03:07)
A Main Theme? (00:04:48)
First Impressions (00:10:00)
Episodes (00:12:28)
Story and Character (00:22:07)
Coming Back Around (00:29:11)
Predicting the Doctor (00:36:39)
Ashildr/Lady Me/Me (00:39:52)
Clara (00:44:32)
The Christmas Special (00:56:23)
Final Thoughts (01:09:51)

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61: Faster, More Intense

Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

December 17th, 2015 will be a day long remembered, it has seen the end of one era of Star Wars and the dawn of the next. With the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney came the promise of new films in the Skywalker saga and that promise has reached it’s fulfillment in Episode VII.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by newly awakened Jedi Bruce Gibson, Darren Moser and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We discuss our Episode VII experiences, the new characters, old characters, Han’s death, abandonment, the villains, the history of a long time ago, what about R2?, humor, one quick thing, music and design, wrapping up with final thoughts and ratings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Darren Moser
John Mills

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
Introduction (00:01:17)
Episode VII Experiences (00:04:20)
New Characters (00:18:09)
Poe (00:18:27)
FN-2187 (00:27:07)
BB-8 (00:36:41)
Maz Kanata (00:44:53)
Rey (00:52:07)
Han Solo (01:03:23)
Han’s Death (01:14:38)
Leia (01:21:06)
Coda Luke (01:24:35)
Abandonment (01:28:53)
The Villains (01:35:40)
Phasma (01:35:52)
Snoke (01:40:09)
Hux (01:42:54)
Kylo Ren (01:47:10)
The First Order (01:52:01)
History of a Long Time Ago (01:57:56)
What About R2? (02:10:38)
Humor (02:18:39)
One Thing (02:26:44)
Music and Design (02:28:46)
Final Thoughts and Ratings (02:38:57)

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60: Literary Wars

Star Wars: The Last Command.

Wrapping up a trilogy in film or in literature is a difficult task as you try to do justice to all the conflicts and character arcs that you’ve created and it’s what faced Timothy Zahn as he brought his Thrawn series to a close.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by smugglers Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about The Last Command. We discuss, the end, impressions now, the smuggler’s alliance, the assault on Coruscant, the cover issue, the mountain takedown, the epilogue, with great power, universe building and our ratings and rankings.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
John Mills

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
The End (00:02:09)
Impressions Now (00:03:38)
Thrawn as a Villain (00:14:45)
Smuggler’s Alliance (00:26:56)
The Assault on Coruscant (00:37:29)
Cover Issue (00:41:35)
The Mountain Takedown (00:44:35)
Small Scene (00:55:03)
With Great Power Comes Blah Blah Blah (01:00:45)
Universe Building (01:06:46)
Ratings and Rankings (01:21:25)

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S14: Slumber Party at Maz Kanata’s

Star Wars Aliens: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The expanded universe of Star Wars has always been a place where a fan could find the back stories of almost every character on screen with books like Tales from Jabba’s Palace, Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales of the Bounty Hunters filling in the histories of the most obscure people and aliens from the Star Wars films.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about all four books in the Star Wars Aliens: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away series. We discuss the journey to The Force Awakens, The Face of Evil, All Creatures Great and Small, High Noon on Jakku, The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku and our final thoughts.

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

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) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Chapters
The Journey to The Force Awakens (00:01:28)
Four Books (00:02:31)
The Face of Evil (00:04:00)
All Creatures Great and Small (00:10:49)
High Noon on Jakku (00:18:40)
The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku (00:27:12)
Final Thoughts (00:37:07)

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