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