The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
97: Batman for Real

Batman Begins.

Batman is one of the most iconic characters in all of comics and has endured for over 75 years spawning merchandise, cartoons, television shows and films, so in early 2003 as Christopher Nolan and David Goyer began working on a new iteration, the stakes were high.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk about Batman Begins. We discuss beginning again, the Nolan influence, the cast, themes, music, Gotham, the suit and our ratings.

Chapters
Beginning Again (00:04:11)
The Nolan Influence (00:11:25)
The Cast (00:27:23)
Michael Caine (00:34:55)
Father Figures (00:39:03)
The Fight for Bruce’s Soul (00:43:03)
Too Many Characters? (00:46:36)
Justice, Fear and Mercy (00:51:28)
The Music (00:57:14)
Gotham (00:59:14)
The Suit (01:07:39)
Ratings (01:12:45)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills
Tristan Riddell

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-097.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

96: She’s a Witch

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

As the fifth year of Harry Potter’s education begins at Hogwarts, the world has changed. Voldemort has returned and yet the rest of the wizarding world is actively denying the truth and calling Harry a liar. On top of all this, he’s not heard from his friends all summer or his strongest ally Dumbledore which has left him feeling utterly alone.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Muggles Andrea Coffman and Megan Calcote to talk about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We discuss the aftermath, propaganda and politics, Dumbledore, new characters, new director and composer, wizard battles, love, the lost prophecy and ratings.

Chapters
Our Houses (00:03:27)
The Aftermath (00:04:53)
Propaganda, Narratives and Fear (00:16:30)
Dumbledore (00:24:16)
New Characters (00:29:14)
New Director and Composer (00:41:00)
The Only One He Ever Feared (00:53:34)
Love (00:53:34)
The Lost Prophecy (00:56:06)
Ratings (01:05:08)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
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-096.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm MDT

Goldfinger.

In 1964 Bond producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman want capitalize on the success of From Russia With Love and decide that the next Bond adventure needs to be bigger and better than before. So they invest three million dollars into the next movie, marketing heavily before it’s even finished filming and their gamble creates a phenomenon that launchs James Bond into the pop culture stratosphere.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow 00 agent John Champion to talk about Goldfinger. We discuss the phenomenon of the film, it’s marketing, a new director, villains, gadgets, women and our ratings.

Chapters
A Favorite Moment (00:01:55)
A Monumental Film (00:03:34)
Biggest Bond Yet (00:12:37)
The Marketing (00:18:54)
Another Key Change (00:22:55)
The Man With the Midas Touch (00:34:25)
The Gadgets (00:45:02)
Odd Job (00:51:55)
The Golf Scene (00:56:43)
Shirley Eaton (00:58:54)
Dink (01:01:53)
A Mistake (01:03:32)
Honor Blackman (01:04:21)
Ratings (01:12:03)

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)

Direct download: tsc-095.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10pm MDT

94: Kashyyyk Creek

Star Wars: Life Debt.

In the fall of 2015, Star Wars fans eagerly awaited the next film in the legendary saga and to satiate their appetite, they were given a toy and book release known as Force Friday. Among the books released, one had fans chomping at the bit to devour, Aftermath, yet sadly, the book did not live up to many people’s expectations, leaving them hoping that book two in the planned trilogy would be better.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by feel scoundrels Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Life Debt. We discuss our thoughts coming into this one, the Empire in chaos, the story, characters old and new the final mystery, ratings and the Rogue One trailer.

Chapters
Back in Time (00:03:36)
Empire in Chaos (00:09:03)
The Story (00:20:48)
The Old Characters (00:33:17)
Mon Mothma (00:37:03)
Mosaic Crew (00:43:18)
The Final Mystery (00:53:25)
Ratings (00:57:39)
Rogue One Trailer (01:04:22)

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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-094.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

93: Comic-Booking it Up

Suicide Squad.

With the DC Comic movie universe being started in Man of Steel and then continued in Batman v Superman, the third film would be something a bit different as it would not focus on heroes but the villains and finally bring to the screen some of the worst heroes ever.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by the villainous Tristan Riddell to talk about Suicide Squad. We discuss our head space coming into the movie, the cameos, the connective tissue, the characters, themes production and ratings, plus announce the winner for our iTunes review contest!

Chapters
A Couple DC Housekeeping Questions (00:02:35)
Not Really Heroes (00:08:53)
How it Connected (00:16:14)
Batman (00:22:20)
Connective Tissue (00:24:58)
A Motley Crew (00:27:01)
The Joker & Harley Quinn (00:27:11)
Viola Davis (00:35:47)
A Side Note (00:38:57)
Can’t Blame Jai Courtney (00:46:09)
Shades of Badness (00:49:23)
Leverage and Blackmail Against Friendship (00:56:09)
Production (00:58:30)
The Ending (01:04:32)
The Man His Due (01:07:01)
Ratings (01:10:38)
Contest Winner (01:17:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-093.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38am MDT

92: Out of Mothballs

Jason Bourne.

In 2002, Doug Liman and Matt Damon brought Robert Ludlum’s spy thriller, The Bourne Identity to the silver screen and every few years after that, a successive story in Ludlum’s trilogy would find it’s way to theaters. Starting in 2012, the movie team ran out of Ludlum’s books and have been crafting new stories ever since.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow spy Alice Baker to talk about Jason Bourne. We discuss the previous movies, being re-Bourne, revenge destruction, the character of Bourne, privacy vs security, Nicky, new players, production and our ratings.

Chapters
Remembering Identities (00:03:22)
Re-Bourne (00:09:44)
Revenge Destruction (00:18:48)
The Character of Jason Bourne (00:23:27)
Privacy vs Security (00:27:55)
Nicky (00:35:12)
New Players (00:40:44)
Comparing to Bond (00:43:16)
Production (00:47:16)
Ratings (00:49:21)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Alice Baker

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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-092.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am MDT

91: Don’t Explain the Pants

The Avengers.

When Marvel released Iron Man in 2008 it started on an epic experiment of bringing a comic book universe to life, in which each film would build on a common story but also tell it’s own story culminating in a conclusion film for the different phases of the storyline.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by S.H.I.E.L.D Agents Alice Baker and Daniel Proulx to talk about Marvel’s The Avengers. We discuss ending Phase One, the center, goodness and badness, secrets have secrets, villains and philosophy, music, action, Hulk’s Pants and our ratings.

Chapters
Finally Reached Avengers (00:03:25)
Phase One Ends (00:04:45)
The First (00:14:27)
The Center (00:19:55)
Goodness and Badness Levels (00:27:57)
Secrets Have Secrets (00:33:21)
Loki as Villain (00:39:38)
Meant to be Ruled (00:42:49)
Music, Action, Hulk’s Pants (00:47:48)
Ratings (00:59:08)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Daniel Proulx

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) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-091.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

90: Awkward Stage Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

In the summer of 2000 J.K. Rowling delighted her fans by releasing the longest book in the Harry Potter series to date, which meant as the films reached the fourth installment, a lot of choices had to be made as to what they could leave out and still tell the story well.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Muggle Megan Calcote to talk about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We discuss being back at Hogwarts, new character, a bigger world, the looming threat, old magic vs. brute strength, the music and our ratings.

Chapters
Harry Potter World (00:03:12)
Back at Hogwarts (00:07:32)
New Characters (00:15:32)
A Bigger World (00:36:02)
The Looming Threat (00:47:36)
Voldemort (00:49:52)
Old Magic vs. Brute Strength (00:56:07)
The Music (00:59:33)
Ratings (01:02:57)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

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)

Direct download: tsc-090.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm MDT

89: Indelible Mark

Superman.

There are very few things that remain popular for 75 years, that are able to worm their way into the zeitgeist of the entire world so that no matter where you are there will be two things someone there will know, the symbol of the cross and the shield of the House of El.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about the first superhero, Superman. We discuss what keeps us coming back, his endurance, different interpretations, what the truest expression of him is, nature vs. nurture, public and personal personas, reinvention rejection, if he’s been explored enough and some comic recommendations.

Chapters
It’s Superman (00:03:41)
What Keeps Us Coming Back (00:04:52)
That is Superman (00:07:42)
Endurace (00:10:56)
Different Interpretations (00:14:58)
What is the Truest Expression (00:22:26)
Nature vs. Nurture (00:33:03)
Public and Personal Persona (00:37:17)
Reinvention Rejection (00:41:45)
Explored Enough (00:46:07)
Comic Recommendations (01:00:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
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)

Direct download: tsc-089.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

88: The Sword in the Stone

The Last Starfighter.

The 1980s saw a boom in films that would go on to become cult classics with The Princess Bride, Highlander, Spaceballs and so many others capturing hearts when they came out, but more importantly finding an audience in the new home release market.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Starfighter Norman Lao to talk about cult classic The Last Starfighter. We discuss something old and something new, a familiar story, the cast, the effects, the soundtrack, does it hold up and our ratings.

Chapters
iTunes Contest and Review Thanks (00:01:55)
Something Old, Something New (00:04:09)
A Familiar Story (00:12:51)
The Cast (00:26:56)
The Effects (00:47:51)
The Soundtrack (00:55:23)
Does it Hold Up and Ratings (00:59:59)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Norman Lao

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)

Direct download: tsc-088.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT