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Star Wars: A 602 Club Podcast Collection

A special collection of Star Wars episodes from Trek.fm's general geek podcast, The 602 Club. Join host Matthew Rushing and his ever-changing panel of guests as they discuss that galaxy far, far away.
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Apr 28, 2017

Thrawn.

Timothy Zahn is responsible for the creation of one of Star Wars most memorable villains in the literature and now with his recent appearance in the third season of Star Wars Rebels Zahn has been given the opportunity to fill in the story that leads us to Rebels.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Thrawn. We discuss our expectations, Thrawn's character, parallels, connections, character voices, Thrawn's equal, Eli Vanto and our ratings.

Chapters
Review Contest Winners (00:02:29)
Expectations (00:05:04)
Thrawn's Character (00:07:44)
Parallels (00:30:55)
Connections (00:45:44)
Character Voices (00:50:31)
Thrawn's Equal (00:53:44)
Eli Vanto (00:59:08)
Ratings (01:06:40)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Bruce Gibson

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)

Apr 8, 2017

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)

Mar 27, 2017

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)

Mar 15, 2017

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)

Jan 21, 2017

Star Wars: A New Dawn.

When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and acquired the rights to Star Wars a lot of things happened very quickly: The Clone Wars was canceled, the Expanded Universe was canceled and in their places we would get a new animated show, Star Wars Rebels as well as a new literature line that would be fully canon. As it happened, the first book in the new canon would be the lead in to Rebels, taking place six years before the events of the series.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow rebels Aaron Goins and Bruce Gibson to talk about A New Dawn. We discuss legends, a new canon, an introduction, the relationship question, Jedi relationships, proto-rebels, big Empire watching, bad businessmen, Imperials, they who must not be named and ratings.

Chapters
Legends (00:03:25)
A New Canon (00:05:59)
An Introduction (00:13:54)
Relationship Question (00:20:57)
Hera (00:24:29)
Kanan (00:28:38)
Jedi Relationships (00:33:27)
Skelly (00:38:58)
Zaluna (00:42:22)
Every Move You Make (00:46:12)
Businessmen Run Amuck (00:51:31)
Imperial Power Games (00:56:56)
They Who Must Not Be Named (01:01:45)
Ratings (01:05:52)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Aaron Goins
Bruce Gibson

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) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Dec 18, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” These words are the first thing that anyone ever saw of Star Wars as the film opened in 1977 and now director Gareth Edwards has brought them to life.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by former Rebels John Mills, Bruce Gibson and Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We discuss our preparation for the movie, first impression, comparisons, character, the Rebellion, Vader, some surprises, music and so much more!

Chapters
Coming in and First Impressions (00:03:59)
Comparisons (00:20:31)
Characters (00:34:16)
Mon Mothama, Bail and the Rebellion (01:21:32)
Vader (01:27:01)
Leia and Tarkin (01:35:10)
Weaving the Tapestry (01:44:46)
The Power of Hope and Sacrifice (01:56:44)
Faith in the Force (02:01:30)
The Music (02:06:14)
New Stuff (02:10:42)
Ratings (02:18:12)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
John Mills
Bruce Gibson
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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)

Nov 28, 2016

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)

Oct 24, 2016

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)

Sep 27, 2016

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Premiere.

The season two finale of Star Wars Rebels completely changed the landscape of the show, as Ahsoka finally confronted Vader and viewers were left with the mystery of exactly what when down at the Sith temple. Plus Kanan was blinded by Maul and Ezra came into possession of a Sith holocron.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and William Devereux to talk about the premiere of Star Wars Rebels season three. We discuss coming into season three, Kanan and the Bendu, Ezra’s Journey, retreating, Thrawn, a sense of purpose and ratings.

Chapters
Coming Into Season 3 (00:04:52)
Kanan and The Bendu (00:12:10)
Ezra’s Journey (00:22:06)
Retreating (00:32:37)
Thrawn (00:34:28)
One Quick Thing (00:38:35)
Grand Sense of Purpose (00:40:19)
Ratings (00:44:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
William Devereux

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)

More Recent Episodes of The 602 Club…

Aug 20, 2016

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.

Originally posted as The 602 Club 94: Kashyyyk Creek

Jun 11, 2016

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.

Originally posted as The 602 Club 84: C-3PO Burlesque Show

May 21, 2016

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.

Originally posted as The 602 Club 81: Revisionist History

Apr 11, 2016

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, The 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.

Originally posted as The 602 Club S19: Give Us the Mythology

Mar 26, 2016

“It’s very much Star Wars. It’s not a, you know, South Park comedy. It’s not a baby girls show like Hannah Montana. It’s sort of the first dramatic animated show that is, um, PG-13, so it doesn’t really go on late night, it doesn’t go on Saturday afternoon, it actually doesn’t go anywhere. I don’t know what we’re gonna do with it, but we’re having a hell of a lot of… a great time making it.” George Lucas in 2007 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien talking about the new series he was developing, The Clone Wars.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bethany Blanton and Bruce Gibson to talk about Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie. We discuss our Clone Wars experience, the animation style, the Christophsis opening, the characterizations, Ahsoka’s introduction and impact, three teachers, if it’s Anakin or Ahsoka’s story, if it set the stage for The Force Awakens, the music, The Clone Wars Vs. Rebels, favorite scenes and ratings.

Originally posted as The 602 Club 73: The Scrappy Doo of Scooby Doo

Feb 29, 2016

In the lead up to The Force Awakens the marketing for Star Wars was coming quickly with toys, books and video games. The newest version of Battlefront was released for the next generation consoles and lost in all the hype was a tie-in-book for the game.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel grunts Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Battlefront: Twilight Company. We discuss another Star Wars movie, gritty, dark and real, why we fight, more satisfaction, nothing better to do, Vader, the evil Empire, heroes on both sides and our ratings.

Originally posted as The 602 Club S16: Band of Beings

Jan 13, 2016

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.

Originaly published as The 602 Club S15: Literary Filoni

Dec 23, 2015

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.

Originally published as The 602 Club 61: Faster, More Intense.

Dec 17, 2015

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.

Originally posted as The 602 Club 60: Literary Wars

Dec 15, 2015

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 Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away Volume I: Aliens. 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.

Originally published as The 602 Club S14: Slumber Party at Maz Kanata’s

Dec 12, 2015

1983 would see the end of the Star Wars saga from a story point of view and it would be further cemented in the Special Edition and blu-ray release as Lucas seemed to put a big bow on the Rebel’s victory with galaxy-wide celebrations because of the Empire’s defeat, but as we all know the story is about to continue.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel pilots Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Return of the Jedi. We discuss our Episode VI experiences, Luke’s new lightsaber, tale of two halves, Luke loosing a step, going out like a punk, Jabba and Jedi, Luke’s plan, a question for two dads, the journey of Luke, the journey of Anakin, who’re you gonna call and our ratings.

Originally posted as The 602 Club 59: Spark of Rebellion in Vader

Dec 5, 2015

After the success of Heir to the Empire, June of 1992 could not come fast enough for fans to see what would happen next in the Star Wars Saga.  In this episode of The 602 Club we continue our look back at The Thrawn Trilogy as host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Dark Force Rising. We discuss if the story feels fluid or crowded, Jedi training, Leia and the Noghri, Han and Lando, Senator Garm Bel Iblis, the big reveal, retconning clones, connection to the Prequels, Mara Jade and our ratings. 

Originally published as The 602 Club 58: Jedi Arkham

Dec 1, 2015

In June of 2015 Vanity Fair gave Star Wars fans an exclusive first look at pictures from The Force Awakens by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, one of these pictures was a massive two page spread with many of the new aliens from a pirate stronghold known as Maz Kanata’s castle, as the books take fans on the Journey to The Force Awakens we get our first story about one of these mystery characters.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about The Perfect Weapon. We discuss the feel of the book, the story, a question, more of the story, if Kylo Ren makes a cameo, more about the characters and our ratings.

Originally released as The 602 Club S12: Catwoman as a Bounty Hunter

Nov 24, 2015

In the summer of 1991 many Star Wars fans found a treat in their local bookstore as the story of Luke, Han and Leia was officially continued in a new book, licensed by Lucasfilm. Written by Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn, this story would become, for many fans, Episode VII and with The Force Awakens replacing the Star Wars Expanded Universe we look back at this beloved book.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Ma’tthew R’ushing is joined by Bruuce Gibson and John Mi’lls to talk about Heir to the Empire. We discuss being back at the beginning, continuing the Original Trilogy, plot points, the Jedi path, new characters, things that worked and didn’t, wrapping up with our ratings.

Originally posted as The 602 Club 56: Jedi Purgatory

Nov 4, 2015

Matthew Rushing and Jedi Master John Mills continue the Journey to The Force Awakens with Greg Rucka’s comic mini-series Shattered Empire. We discuss the literal aftermath, timing and sequencing, the Damerons, Mon Mothma, story points, #WheresLuke, things we liked, didn’t and our ratings. 

Originally published as The 602 Club S11: Committed to the Force

Oct 24, 2015

After the success of Star Wars, the sequel became one of the most highly anticipated films of all time, giving George Lucas and his team a high bar of audience expectation that would continue for every subsequent film in the saga. What they gave us became know as one of the best sequels of all time and what many consider to be the finest movie in the Star Wars series to date.

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: The Empire Strikes Back. We start off discussing the last poster and trailer for The Force Awakens, our Episode V experiences, better sequels, the score, characters that’ve grown, the heir to the Jedi, a couple quick things, watching order and our ratings.

Originally published as The 602 Club 52: Midichlorian Hot Tub

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