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.
Fans around the world were beside themselves when they learned that George Lucas had sold Lucasfilm to Disney, who immediately announced that they were going to be continuing the Star Wars saga on the big screen.
Now the first look at the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens is here and with it the speculation wars have begun. In this episode Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills, Will Nguyen, and Daniel Proulx to dissect 88 seconds of Star Wars. Together they discuss the things they like, things they don't, speculate on the story and how they feel about the film now.
Originally published as The 602 Club Supplemental 1: Is It Up?
Dive into the new Disney Star Wars Universe with Matthew Rushing, John Mills, Mike Schindler, and Jaime Sanchez. Together they discuss Episode VII, the first time they heard the news about the new trilogy, the rumors, and setting expectations. From there they dive into the new Disney XD show Star Wars Rebels, talking about first impressions, things that worked and didn't, along with hopes for the future of the show.
Originally published as The 602 Club 1: Man Tears.