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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Very few films can say they have change the medium forever, yet that is exactly what happened in 1977 with the release of Star Wars, a sense of wonder was rekindled and a feeling of hope that had been lost in the “realism” of films in the 1970s returned to the silver screen.
In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel leader John Mills and special guests Riley and Bethany Blanton from The Star Wars Report to talk about Star Wars: A New Hope. We discuss our Episode IV experiences, continuing the story, the final death of The Republic, the new “Chosen One”, the spiritual side, new characters and old friends, wrapping up with ratings and final thoughts.
Originally published as The 602 Club 49: #AuntBeruForever
The story of Star Wars is usually told from the perspective of the heroes and that has left many questions for fans as to why someone would willingly join the Empire or what was the populace response to the the changing of the guard from Republic to Empire and finally many of those answers are coming to light though the new canon novels.
In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel Scum Bruce Gibson, John Mills and Mike Schindler to talk Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars. We discuss our first impressions, the Imperial point of view, the character, the canon, comparisons, wrapping up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Originally posted as The 602 Club S9: Imperial Hunger Games
As Return of the Jedi faded from theaters in late 1983, Star Wars fans entered what would become known as the “Dark Times.” Toys began disappearing from the shelves and slowly Star Wars faded into the cultural zeitgeist.
Before faint whispers about Special Editions and Prequels, Heir to the Empire awakened a hunger for Star Wars that had been just under the geek surface for years. It was the first book to be licensed by Lucasfilm to continue the story after Return of the Jedi. Bringing back Luke, Leia and Han as well as introducing us to Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Talon Karrde, and a plethora of others who would become staples of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, cemented Timothy Zahn, for fans, as the second coming of George Lucas.
The SWEU flourished with varied success over the 23 years it ran, ending when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that the EU would be reorganized in the Legends line and a new official run of canon books and comics would be forthcoming.
In this episode, Matthew Rushing is joined by intrepid Rebels Bruce Gibson, Darren Moser, and John Mills to talk about Star Wars Aftermath. We discuss the old SWEU and the the new canon, a new hope, characters, small cameos, things we liked, ask a question, the Amazon issue and wrap up with ratings and final thoughts.
Originally published as The 602 Club 47: We’ll Always Have Endor
Force Friday saw not only the release of Star Wars toys, but also the release of some Star Wars books. In this episode, Jedi Masters Matthew Rushing and John Mills dive into some of these. We talk about Weapon of the Jedi about Luke, Moving Target, which is Leia’s story, and Smuggler’s Run, a Han and Chewie adventure. While each one of these books takes place in the Original Trilogy era they each include clues to the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. As we dissect each book we look for the clues as well as consider how each story adds to the canon knowledge of Luke, Leia and Han, ending with our final thoughts and ratings.
Originally published as The 602 Club S8: How to Add to Canon.
As May 19, 2005, approached, Star Wars fans eagerly awaited what was believed to be the last film in the Saga. The end had come and the only question was whether it could satisfy the imaginations of a generation.
In this episode, Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Revenge of the Sith. We discuss our Episode III experiences, the end, personal themes, the fall of Anakin and the Republic, speculation about Episode VII, in light of The Clone Wars, Mustafar scene, missing scenes and our ratings.
Originally published as The 602 Club 45: More Than a Feeling.
In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing and John Mills welcome author Christie Golden to talk about her book Star Wars: Dark Disciple. We discuss her Star Wars story, favorite characters, researching The Clone Wars, things that stood out to her, Obi-Wan, Yoda and the Council, a moral quagmire, personal arcs, favorite and hardest things to write, Vos, the writing process, love and death, eras to write and where to find Christie online.
Originally published as The 602 Club S7: The Still Small Voice
After The Phantom Menace, many fans wondered just what would happen in the upcoming Star Wars movie. And with the release of the title, there was massive speculation that the hallowed Clone Wars would finally be seen on the big screen.
In this episode, Matthew Rushing and intrepid Jedi Masters John Mills and Bruce Gibson discuss Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. We actually start the show giving our thoughts on the latest Batman V Superman trailer, then we jump into our Episode II experience, the wunderkind, Obi-Wan being like Qui-Gon, John outdoing himself, the spiral down, the love story, a vast galaxy, the dark side, questioning Dooku's truth-telling, one last question and our ratings.
Originally posted as The 602 Club 39: Friends in Low Places
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in the fall of 2012, it marked the end of The Clone Wars. Since it’s demise, Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo have worked tirelessly to find the best venue for all the displaced stories that were in development. It is no surprise that one of these untold stories has found its way into a novel.
In this episode, Matthew Rushing and John Mills dive into the latest edition to the Star Wars canon Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. We discuss a little bit of the history of the book, the writing style, what happened to redemption, Windu, a canary in the coal mines, worthy Jedi, could the story have been about Obi-Wan, foreshadowing, reconciling Yoda, the Jedi Code, an Obi-Wan question and just how good the book is.
Originally published as The 602 Club S6: Doom of the Jedi.
Disney has given Star Wars fans a Summer surprise by airing the premiere for Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels before if comes back for the rest of the season in fall.
In this episode, Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow rebel John Mills to break down the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 premiere. We discuss our first reactions, the weight of Vader, an Inquisitor question, what the heck happened to Darth Maul, being in an Empire Strikes Backs state of mind, Lando, the apprentice lives, bringing Obi-Wan in, who survives, more character discussions, Ezra, the music in the show, and our final thoughts.
Originally published as The 602 Club Supplemental 5: Holy Shiitake Mushrooms!
In 1999, the dark times for Star Wars fans came to an end. George Lucas, inspired by the work of Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park, decided that technology had caught up to his vision for the Prequels. When the movie was released the reaction of the public was varied to say the least.
In this episode, Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson, John Mills, and Michael Schindler to talk about The Phantom Menace. We look back at our Episode I experiences, going backward in the timeline, new and old, Qui-Gon, Ewan McGregor, Yoda, symbiosis, music, production, and our final thoughts.
Originally published as The 602 Club 36: House of Cards in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
Podcasting can be a lonely business, sometimes you're just not sure who is listening or what they think about the show. At other times podcasting puts you in touch with the coolest, most wonderful people you'd never have met otherwise.
In this very special episode, Matthew Rushing and John Mills are joined by ILM’s Nic Anastassiou, who is also a 602 Club listeners. Nic works for ILM and was also an editor on The Clone Wars. We discuss with Nic our first contact, his coming to Star Wars, a toy story, the path to ILM, editing with Dave and George, his journey to The Clone Wars, favorite edits and moments, what makes The Clone Wars special, different ways to view the show, last moments with George and finding Nic online.
Originally published as The 602 Club 32: Three Boys Playing With Toys.
It will be a weekend long remembered, April 16th-19th, 2015, with a longer look at Episode VII and our first look at Rebels Season 2. In this episode Matthew Rushing is joined once again by John Mills to talk about both trailers, sharing our reactions, speculation, and shear joy over what we have seen.
Originally published as The 602 Club Supplemental 3: This is the Trailer You're Looking For.
The Prequels. The Clone Wars. The Jedi. Unexplored time periods. The expanded universe then and now. The Holiday Special. Special Editions. The new films. Comics. Digital releases. If it’s Star Wars, Matthew Rushing and John Mills cover it in this rare vintage served up by Ruby in The 602 Club. It's a conversation of love and laughs about the entire saga of Star Wars.
Originally published as The 602 Club Supplemental 2: He's George Freaking Lucas.
In October of 2012 it was if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy, followed by agony, as we learned that Disney bought Lucasfilm and with that came the cancellation of The Clone Wars. Soon afterwards Disney, announced it was creating a new animated show, helmed by The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg that would chronicle the beginning of the Rebellion.
In this episode Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Rebels John Mills and Tristan Riddell to talk Star Wars Rebels season one. We discuss our reactions to the news The Clone Wars was cancelled as well as our initial impressions of Rebels, the struggle for shows to survive in today's TV market, continuity, the Lando episode, the progression of villains, the characters, the huge ending, music, links to Luke Skywalker and our ratings.
Originally published as The 602 Club 21: Crying Droid Tears.