The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy

Thor: The Dark World.

For all the success that Marvel had in "Phase One" of their superhero universe, they still knew that the biggest risk was going to be Thor, in fact this was the one character who's sequel was going to be contingent on their first outings performance. Thor performed well enough with the critics and fans meaning that a second film would be in the cards for Marvel.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Asgardian warriors Daniel Proulx and Richard Marquez to talk about Thor: The Dark World. We discuss the behind the scenes, going for epic, the characters, a dark bore, action scenes, the ending, a rewrite, ratings, end credit and the Ragnarok trailer.

Chapters
Behind the Scenes (00:05:46)
Going for Epic (00:10:38)
The Character of Thor (00:18:52)
Jane (00:31:14)
Narrative Shortcuts (00:34:02)
Band of Friends and Frigga (00:40:33)
A Dark Bore (00:42:28)
Action Scenes (00:45:31)
The Ending (00:49:27)
A Rewrite (00:53:08)
Ratings (01:01:07)
End Credits Scene (01:03:41)
Breaking News! (01:08:17)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Daniel Proulx
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-126.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space.

The new canon books of Star Wars have seen some great new stories in the universe and surprisingly, some of the best in the new canon have been from books aimed at the youngest fans of the saga.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Scott Ryfun to talk about the first three entries in the Adventures in Wild Space series. We discuss the set up, The Escape, The Snare, The Nest, what's coming in the rest of the series and our ratings.

Chapters
The Set Up (00:03:27)
The Escape (00:08:18)
The Snare (00:21:12)
The Nest (00:27:34)
The Rest of the Series (00:40:13)
Ratings (00:41:14)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Scott Ryfun

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-s28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Ghost in the Shell.

This story first found life as a manga that was written and drawn by Masamune Shirow starting in 1989. It later found life as an anime film that was directed by Mamoru Oshii and became a cult classic and now the newest iteration of the story is out on the big screen.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler and Richard Marquez to talk about Ghost in the Shell. We discuss compare and contrast, technological terror, the nature of humanity, personhood, fantasy/dreams/reality/memories, corporations and governments, the cast, favorite action scenes and ratings.

Chapters
Compare and Contrast (00:04:27)
Technological Terror (00:18:28)
The Nature of Humanity (00:22:47)
Personhood (00:31:53)
Fantasy, Dreams, Memories and Reality (00:41:11)
Corporations and Governments (00:55:06)
The Cast (00:57:09)
Favorite Actions Scenes (01:01:34)
Ratings (01:06:50)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Michael Schindler
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-125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Iron Fist.

Marvel's Netflix series have seen quite a bit of success beginning with Daredevil, then leading into Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, but before we get to The Defenders there is one more stop they had to make in K'un-Lun to pick up a wayward kung fu master.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Daniel Proulx to talk about Iron Fist. We discuss our first impressions, the characters, plot and premise, fight scenes, the music, The Defenders and our ratings.

Chapters
First Impressions (00:03:01)
Danny Rand/Finn Jones (00:12:33)
Colleen Wing (00:24:59)
The Meachum Kids (00:28:59)
Davos (00:36:55)
Bakuto (00:39:02)
Claire Temple (00:39:56)
David Wenham (00:42:46)
Plot and Premise (00:46:07)
Fight Scenes (00:53:48)
The Music (01:00:20)
The Defenders (01:03:19)
Ratings (01:08:36)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Daniel Proulx

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-s27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Live and Let Die.

Sean Connery was done with Bond and there was a push by the studio have the next actor be an American, while the producers pushed back, saying that Bond was British and would stay that way. So who would become the next iteration of this character and what would be his place in this every changing world which we live in, would have to be figured out quickly to keep the franchise alive.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow 00 agents Christy Morris and John Champion to talk about Live and Let Die. We discuss continuing Bond, Moore's first outing, sticking out, a new direction, a topical villain, Bond women, J.W. Pepper and the bayou, theme, music and our ratings.

Chapters
Continuing Bond (00:05:06)
Moore's First Outing (00:10:54)
Sticking Out (00:20:24)
New Direction (00:23:14)
A Topical Villain (00:29:15)
Bond Women (00:33:39)
J.W. Pepper and the Bayou (00:47:15)
Theme and Music (00:53:12)
Ratings (00:57:28)

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-124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am MDT

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3.

The end of Rebels season two was an emotional time for fans of Star Wars as the confrontation between master and apprentice finally happened leaving Vader scared and Ahsoka disappearing further into the Sith temple. It set the expectations for season three astronomically high.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Master John Mills to talk about Star Wars Rebels season three. We discuss Thrawn, Ezra/Maul/darkside, Twin Suns, The Chosen One, Bendu, Rebel and Mandalorian connections, Whitta's episodes, hope and our ratings.

Chapters
Thrawn (00:05:18)
Ezra, the Darkside and Maul (00:17:09)
Twin Suns (00:33:15)
The Chosen One (00:47:36)
Bendu (00:51:05)
Rebel Connections (00:59:20)
Mandalorian Connections (01:05:13)
Whitta's Episodes (01:09:11)
Hope (01:12:45)
Ratings (01:17:06)

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-s26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am MDT

Alien.

The end of the 70s saw an explosion of influential movies that changed the landscape of film forever. Of course Star Wars redefined everything by becoming the first blockbuster, but two years later Star Trek: The Motion Picture would arrive as well as Ridley Scott's own foray into space.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala and Amy Nelson to talk about Alien. We discuss Alien history, the cast and characters, space truckers, cogs in a wheel, illusions, Alien notes and our ratings.

Chapters
Alien History (00:03:52)
The Cast and Characters (00:14:35)
Space Truckers (00:22:47)
Cogs in a Wheel (00:29:21)
Illusions (00:38:44)
Alien Notes (00:44:27)
Ratings (00:50:14)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala
Amy Nelson

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-123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am MDT

Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End.

With the release of The Force Awakens, one of the biggest questions about the movie was, "What happened in the 30 years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?". The Aftermath series by Chuck Wendig was meant to begin that tale, but has been middling at best and now the trilogy is coming to a close.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and Mark Hurliman to talk about Empire's End. We discuss our first/last impressions, dive deep into all 5 sections of the books and talk about the aftermath of these books the the state of canon, plus give out thoughts about the future of the books.

Chapters
First/Last Impressions (00:04:49)
Part I (00:10:47)
Part II (00:41:48)
Snoke's Influence (00:52:42)
Part III (00:54:22)
Part IV (01:02:47)
Part V (01:17:55)
The Aftermath (01:31:25)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
Mark Hurliman

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-122.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Logan.

The X-Men franchise helped usher in a new era of superhero films yet throughout it's run the individual movies have been up and down in terms of their quality, especially in the the films focusing on the Wolverine.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Megan Calcote to talk about Hugh Jackman's last X-Men film Logan. We discuss the state of the mutant, looking in the mirror, God's mistake or human arrogance?, mutation, the characters, true grit and our ratings.

Chapters
Spoiler Warning (00:06:39)
The State of the Mutant (00:07:34)
Looking in the Mirror (00:19:37)
God's Mistake or Human Arrogance? (00:23:03)
Mutation (00:32:46)
The Characters (00:42:53)
True Grit (00:58:08)
Ratings (01:03:23)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

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-121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am MDT

The Wolverine.

The breakout character from the first X-Men movie was clearly Wolverine and because of this he was explored in the dismal X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Even though the film did not do well with the critics or the audience, the character remained a favorite and ripe for another chance in a solo adventure.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Megan Calcote to discuss The Wolverine. We talk about using rotten tomatoes, a curse or a blessing, who is Logan, two women, the villains, action, blood and violence, the Silver Samurai, speculation and our ratings.

Chapters
Using Rotten Tomatoes (00:04:47)
A Curse or a Blessing (00:12:08)
Who is Logan (00:18:17)
Two Women (00:22:57)
Viper (00:31:11)
Shingen (00:33:59)
Too Many Villains (00:36:32)
Action Sequences (00:39:36)
Blood and Violence (00:44:31)
The Silver Samurai (00:48:33)
Thoughts About the Future (00:51:56)
Ratings (00:55:24)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

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-120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am MDT