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    Primitive Culture : 120: Resurrecting Nightmares

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 69:28

    The Alien franchise and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. In space, no one can hear you scream. But for unlucky Starfleet landing parties, meeting a nightmarish alien menace can prove as traumatic as deadly. For La'an Noonien-Singh, who carries the burden of having survived captivity in a Gorn breeding colony during childhood, another encounter with the monstrous lizards proves both physically and mentally challenging. And to make sure the audience is equally freaked out by the terrifying encounter, Strange New Worlds leans heavily on the imagery of the Alien franchise—the epitome of sf horror. In this episode of Primitive Culture, host Duncan Barrett is joined by Lee Hutchison to look at the latest episode of Star Trek: trange New Worlds, “All Those Who Wander,” alongside the films that inspired it, from the chest-burster scene in the original 1979 movie to Ripley's final moments in Alien 3. We also take in reference points from the beloved movies we grew up with, including Predator, Jurassic Park, The Thing, and more. What new life forms are birthed when these iconic stories creep in through the Star Trek airlock? Grab a flamethrower and join us on the express elevator to hell as we attempt to find out. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Gorn Yesterday (00:09:50) Strange Newt Worlds (00:23:55) No Sex, Please, We're Star Trek (00:31:15) That Which Survives (00:50:00) La'an Time No See? (01:04:00) Host Duncan Barrett Guest Lee Hutchison Production Duncan Barrett (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    Saddle Up! : 9: A Cloud Called Debra

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 53:49

    “The Elysian Kingdom” While conducting a routine survey of the Jonisian Nebula, the Enterprise becomes stuck in a cloud of gas known as Debra. Soon the crew finds themselves as characters from The Kingdom of Elysian, the book which Doctor M'Benga regular reads to his daughter. To return everyone to normal, he and Hemmer, the only other person unaffected, must defeat Queen Neve. And in the end, M'Benga must also let his daughter go, so that she can live her life free of illness and explore space … with Debra. In this episode of Saddle Up! hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “The Elysian Kingdom,” the eighth episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' inaugural season. We debate the choice to go to this Trek trope so early in the run of a series limited to 10 episodes per season, and delve into the resolution of the plotline involving Doctor M'enga's daughter Rukiya. And, as certified Niners, we discuss the choice to make Benny Russell a real person in the Star Trek universe. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    The 602 Club : 386: How Kenobi Gets His Groove Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 123:14

    Obi-Wan Kenobi. There has been one refrain that Star Wars fans have had since Disney bought Lucasfilm, give us more Kenobi with Ewan McGregor and after a few hiccups, a show on Disney Plus premiered 10 years later. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris are joined by Jedi Master John Mills to talk about Obi-Wan Kenobi. We discuss, movie vs show, rewriting, doubling back, back to Ben, call to arms, Ben to Obi-Wan again, the fight, getting the reward, Inquisitors, Leia, new friends, Vader's back, the look and feel, music and our ratings. Chapters Movie vs Show (00:03:15) Rewriting (00:11:59) Doubling Back (00:19:33) Back to Ben (00:23:30) Call to Arms (00:28:26) Ben to Obi-Wan Again (00:36:40) The Fight (00:43:56) Getting the Reward (00:59:06) Inquisitors (01:04:23) Leia (01:24:31) New Friends (01:30:10) Vader's Back (01:39:24) Look and Feel (01:47:00) Music (01:53:31) Ratings (01:57:42) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Guest John Mills Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    The 602 Club : 385: The Despair and Hope

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 61:41

    Stranger Things 4: Part 1. In 2019, season 3 of Stranger Things left fans wondering what happened to Hopper and waiting to see just how many more seasons the show would be given before coming to an end. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris talk about Stranger Things 4: Part 1. We discuss coming back, splitting up the season, trauma from the past, to be loved, amping up the horror, the villain, another answer, three different strands, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters Coming Back (00:03:11) Splitting Up the Season (00:08:01) Trauma From the Past (00:13:32) To Be Loved (00:19:15) Amping Up the Horror (00:25:57) The Villain (00:29:09) Another Answer (00:36:24) Three Different Strands (00:41:06) Ratings (00:54:18) Recommendations (00:57:53) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    Saddle Up! : 8: Vulcan Affairs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 51:21

    “The Serene Squall” A humanitarian mission takes an unexpected turn when a visiting counselor, formerly of Starfleet, turns out to be not who she claims. With ulterior motives tied to Vulcan, this Dr. Aspen is more interested in capturing Spock than the Federation flagship. Meanwhile, Pike, Number One, and most of the senior staff plot a mutiny aboard the pirate ship where they're being held by an Orion. Along the way, all sorts of Vulcan affairs are revealed, including the whereabouts of one long-lost brother. In this episode of Saddle Up! hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “The Serene Squall,” the seventh episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' inaugural season. We explore Spock's struggle with identity, the rich world building of Vulcan affairs that will transform how viewers read “Amok Time” and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and the trajectory of the Spock–Chapel relationship. We may also do pirate imitations. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    Literary Treks : 348: The Easy Button

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 51:03

    Daedalus's Children. The crew of the NX-01 finds themselves in a unique position, they're no longer in our universe and the one they find themselves in is hostile to the very proteins they need for survival, plus there is the possibility of the crew finding themselves in the middle of a civil war. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about Daedalus's Children. We discuss the timeline question, writing style, an alternate universe, losses and gains, lasting peace, getting home, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section Casey gives Matt his thoughts on the fourth issue of Adventures in the 32nd Century. News Adventures in the 32nd Century #4 (00:03:55) Feature: Daedalus's Children The Timeline Question (00:10:50) Writing Style (00:16:14) An Alternate Universe (00:18:55) Losses and Gains (00:26:41) Lasting Peace (00:37:08) Getting Home (00:39:47) Ratings (00:44:47) Final Thoughts (00:47:38) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    Warp Five : 231: The Haunted House of Catfish

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 43:20

    “Dead Stop” 20th-anniversary reflections. Having suffered serious damage in the Romulan minefield, the Enterprise sends out a distress call and is directed by Tellarites to a mysterious space station apparently built as part of a cross-promotional campaign with Arthur C. Clarke. Aboard the station, Archer learns that the Enterprise can be repaired in just 34.2 hours for a price so low he can't refuse. Only that price turns out to be much higher as Travis goes missing and more and more inquiries are not recognized. It's time to enter the Haunted House of Catfish. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “Dead Stop” as we enter a pristine house of horrors with offers that seem too good to be true—one that puts humanity in its place and proves that Roxann Dawson knows how to do eerie. Anyone up for a side of cornbread? Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : 384: Coming Full Circle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 67:48

    Jurassic World Dominion. Michael Crichton captured the world's attention in 1990 when he released his book Jurassic Park, which would continue on in film through Steven Spielberg's work and further through its revival in Colin Trevorrow's hands. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris talk about the final film in the Jurassic series, Jurassic World Dominion. We discuss how we feel, coming to an end, a lot to say, the big three, Owen, Claire and Maisie, the villain, action and effects, the music, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters How We are Feeling (00:03:11) Coming to an End (00:05:57) A Lot to Say (00:14:06) The Big Three (00:35:59) Owen, Claire and Maisie (00:41:46) The Villain (00:47:16) Action and Effects (00:52:15) The Music (00:56:57) Ratings (00:59:20) Recommendations (01:03:05) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    Saddle Up! : 7: Hotel Majalan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 52:49

    “Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach” When Captain Pike returns to Majalis, a planet where he once took part in a rescue mission, he meets a woman whom he may have been hitting on a decade earlier. While it may be crazy and unlikely that they are meeting again, Pike has arrived just in time to save her and a young boy from attack. Coincidence? Perhaps. But the situation is far more complicated than it seems and Pike finds himself faced with a troubling reality that he cannot stop when it turns out that the boy is destined to be sacrificed for the good of Majalan society. Meanwhile, the world's medical technology holds the promise of saving M'Benga's daughter. In this episode of Saddle Up! hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach,” the sixth episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' inaugural season. We explore the important messages in the story about our own complacency in society, the exploitation of children, and the importance of strong father figures. We also discuss the structural flaws in the story, but focus on how the writers transcend these to deliver important and timely commentary. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    Warp Five : 230: Dancing around Romulans

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 43:40

    “Minefield” 20th-anniversary reflections The Enterprise finds itself in the middle of a minefield and there's one big problem: the mines are cloaked. There's also a second big problem: some aliens calling themselves the Romalin [sic] Star Empire don't want them messing around with their invisible bombs. When a mine attaches itself to the hull, Lieutenant Reed heads out to detach it, only he becomes attached himself and it looks like the end of the road for him. But this very bad, terrible, horrible day started much more simply. It started with breakfast. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “Minefield” as we get inside the heads of Reed and Captain Archer to explore why their relationship is what it is, why it differs from Archer's relationship with Trip Tucker, and why it's important to think outside the box. We also discuss the value of simplicity in storytelling and, of course, the challenge of bringing the Romulans into the series years before their conflict with Earth and that famous viewscreen moment. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : 383: A MTV Production

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 73:14

    Flashdance. The 80s is a decade full of movies that still live on in the cultural zeitgeist, from their choice of music to the iconic scenes that have been replayed or parodied many times, they continue to influence culture now. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris welcome John Mills to talk about Flashdance. We discuss launching producers, directors, cultural phenomenon, the story, Jennifer Beals, other actors, the rest of the cast, the look and feel, the soundtrack, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters Launching Producers (00:03:49) Directors (00:08:18) Cultural Phenomenon (00:13:30) The Story (00:20:28) Jennifer Beals (00:39:00) Other Actors (00:42:27) The Rest of the Cast (00:46:14) The Look and Feel (00:49:01) The Soundtrack (00:51:28) Ratings (00:58:20) Recommendations (01:04:36) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Guest John Mills Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    Saddle Up! : 6: Spock and T'Pring's Freaky Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 55:52

    “Spock Amok” Spock and T'Pring rendezvous at Starbase 1 for a little R&R and quality time together, but those plans go awry when work gets in the way for both. The situation is compounded when their candle ceremony abruptly ends—or rather fails to do so—and the lovers switch bodies. Throw in Number One and La'an playing Enterprise Bingo and a fly fishing hat and the story moves dangerously close to hijinks. Ah, and don't forget about the high-stakes negotiations. In this episode of Saddle Up! hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Spock Amok,” the fifth episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' inaugural season. We discuss the importance of humor in Star Trek, finding balance between comedy and social commentary, and how the writers have made us care about the characters in just a handful of episodes. We also explore the R'ongovians, Nurse Chapel's crush on Spock, and, of course the body swap that delivers both laughs and insight. So saddle up and trot out onto the hull with us as we sign the scorch! Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    The 602 Club : 382: Stop Running and Start Living

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 77:26

    Top Gun: Maverick. Hollywood has long mined its back catalog for content, this has worked well but it has also been a dismal disaster at the box office so it is always a toss up as to if the gamble will pay off. This week in The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing welcomes John Mills to talk about the latest Hollywood sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. We discuss back to Top Gun, proven right, still a maverick, Val Kilmer's role, an old flame, the son he never had, the next generation, the rest of the cast, the mission, the action, the music and our ratings. Chapters Back to Top Gun (00:04:42) Proven Right (00:13:38) Still a Maverick (00:20:26) Val Kilmer's Role (00:38:15) An Old Flame (00:45:29) The Son He Never Had (00:52:11) The Next Generation (00:54:11) The Rest of the Cast (00:58:58) The Mission (01:02:00) The Action (01:03:44) The Music (01:08:47) Ratings (01:11:35) Host Matthew Rushing Guest John Mills Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    Literary Treks : 347: Its Own Set of Tropes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 39:22

    New Earth: The Flaming Arrow. The colony of Belle Terre seems to just get out of the frying pan, only to find themselves in the fire, which leaves the crew of the Enterprise the task of once again finding a miracle to save the planet. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt discuss the fourth book in the New Earth series, The Flaming Arrow. We discuss following up, a new threat, Kirk's romance, making "friends", no follow up, our ratings and final thoughts. Feature: The Flaming Arrow Following Up (00:03:35) New Threat (00:11:20) Kirk a Little Romance (00:20:22) Making "Friends" (00:25:15) No Follow Up (00:30:44) Ratings (00:33:54) Final Thoughts (00:36:50) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    Warp Five : 229: I Love Lucy (And So Do You)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 44:42

    “Carbon Creek” 20th-anniversary reflections To mark the one-year anniversary of T'Pol's official commission as a member of the Enterprise crew, Captain Archer invites her to dinner, along with Trip. It is a special occasion indeed as the previous record for a Vulcan serving with a human crew was a mere 10 days. When Archer asks her about a trip she once made to a small mining town called Carbon Creek, she agrees to tell them a story. She recounts the experiences of her second foremother, T'Mir, after the Vulcan survey mission of which she was a part crash landed in Pennsylvania. It's a tale of Velcro, higher education, and I Love Lucy; but did it really happen? In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “Carbon Creek” as we explore the rewriting of history, diversity in Vulcan views of humans, how the writers turned a grab bag of Star Trek's greatest time travel hits into a delightful chance to decompress after the chaos of "Shockwave," and the franchise's tribute to Lucille Ball. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    Saddle Up! : 5: Gorn to Die

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 53:52

    “Memento Mori” The Enterprise travels to Finibus III on a critical supply mission while the crew observes Starfleet Remembrance Day. When they arrive, they discover that the remote colony has come under attack. Soon they learn that the assailants are none other than those reptilian bogeymen known as the Gorn. Lured into a trap and heavily damaged, the Enterprise must fight for its own survival on the very day that the crew is reflecting on those who they've lost in the line of duty. After deciphering Spock's explanation of their options, Pike puts together a risky plan that involves a black hole, and La'an faces the demons of her past. In this episode of Saddle Up! hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Memento Mori,” the fourth episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' inaugural season. We get to know more about La'an and how her past experiences with the Gorn shaped who she is today, and contrast that trauma with how Pike's future experiences are changing him. We also explore the ongoing character development and pairings of crew and debate whether it is too soon for the Gorn to be making a prominent appearance. And let's not forget the invention every starship needs: Spockdar! Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    Primitive Culture : 119: Cowboy Diplomats

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 86:46

    How Star Trek's leaders reflect our own. Young, charismatic, and a bit of a ladies' man, Captain James T. Kirk was cast in the mould of President John F. Kennedy, the beloved US leader who had been killed just three years before Star Trek debuted. But over the course of more than half a century, Star Trek's captains have often echoed the great politicians of the day; and sometimes they may even have paved the way for political careers in the real world. In this episode of Primitive Culture, originally released as an installment of The Sanctuary, Tony Black speaks to guest Mac Boyle about the parallels between Star Trek's leaders and our own. Where do the likes of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former US President Donald Trump, and current US President Joe Biden find their counterparts in the Star Trek universe? And what kind of characters can we expect in the future to take their cues from Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky? With Star Trek: Discovery's Federation President Laira Rillak taking an ongoing role, has Trek finally managed to marry the military ethos of Starfleet with the business of intergalactic politics? Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Assignment: Earth (00:03:25) The Maquis (00:16:30) Strange New Worlds (00:48:30) Hosts Duncan Barrett and Tony Black Guest Mac Boyle Production Tony Black (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    The 602 Club : 381: I Like the Weird Stuff

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 63:09

    Moon Knight. The MCU Phase Four just continues on like the never-ending story but the latest Disney Plus show takes a cue from the previous Netflix series and gives fans a darker show than previously seen from Disney. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris welcome back Amanda Pfeifer to talk about Moon Knight. We discuss familiarity, a troubled hero, a third wheel, heritage, the villain, a new hero, action, effects, design, all the gods, other issues, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters Familiarity (00:03:19) A Troubled Hero (00:04:44) A Third Wheel (00:13:22) Heritage (00:16:16) The Villain (00:18:55) A New Hero (00:26:47) Action, Effects and Design (00:34:10) All the Gods (00:39:35) Other Issues (00:46:03) Ratings (00:52:22) Recommendations (00:56:36) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Guest Amanda Pfeifer Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    Saddle Up! : 4: The Light Fantastic

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 45:02

    “Ghosts of Illyria” When the Enterprise visits Hetemit IX, an abandoned Illyrian colony, members of the crew begin to show signs of vitamin D deficiency and an obsession with light. Illyrians are known for their genetic engineering and are therefore shunned by the Federation. But those who once lived on this colony so wanted to become Federation members that they sought to undo their enhancements. Unbeknownst to the crew, there is an Illyrian in their midst—only she is unable to help with the mystery. That falls on another of the Enterprise's genetically enhanced residents. Meanwhile, Dr. M'Benga has a secret. In this episode of Saddle Up! hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Ghosts of Illyria,” the third episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' inaugural season. We get to know more about Number One and delve deep into the issue of genetic engineering as we discuss the core issues raised in the story. We also talk about the value of simplicity in plot, allowing Star Trek to do what it has always done when at its best: shed light on important issues and develop characters. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    Warp Five : 228: I Have a Son and He Will Go to Saturn

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 51:22

    “Shockwave, Part II” 20th-anniversary reflections. Trapped in the 31st century, in a future where the Federation never existed, Captain Archer must work with Crewman Daniels to stop history from being changed. Meanwhile, the Suliban, led by Silik, commandeer the Enterprise and take the crew hostage. Using some nifty techniques he learned in high school and Archer's scavenging skills, Daniels creates a way for the captain to communicate backwards in time with his crew, warning them that they must stop Silik to keep the future on track. With the day once again saved, a final confrontation with Ambassador Soval and the Vulcans threatens to put the Warp Five program on hold. And T'Pol still doesn't believe in time travel. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we kick off Season 2 with “Shockwave, Part II” as we explore a future in jeopardy, how portrayal of the future has changed over 20 years, the transformation of T'Pol, and how Jonathan Archer is so pivotal to the future of the Federation. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    Literary Treks : 346: A Series of Fortunate Events

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 48:24

    Daedalus. The crew of the NX-01 has come across an anomaly that baffles even T'Pol so of course they must investigate and that's were everything goes horribly wrong leaving Trip and Hoshi stranded with a group of aliens in the middle of a civil war and the Enterprise captured. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about Daedalus. We discuss back with Enterprise, through the ringer, what happened, interesting parts, what will you do to survive, Trip's romance, the last revelation our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section Casey gives his review of the third issue of Adventures in the 32nd Century! News Adventures in the 32nd Century #3 (00:03:17) Feature: Daedalus Back With Enterprise (00:07:28) Through the Ringer (00:09:10) What Happened (00:16:51) Interesting Parts (00:22:30) What Will You Do to Survive (00:26:15) Trip's Romance (00:28:59) The Last Revelation (00:35:26) Ratings (00:42:18) Final Thoughts (00:45:36) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : 380: Brothers From Another Mother

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 59:05

    Star Wars: Brotherhood. Begun, the Clone Wars have, they begin to rage across the galaxy affecting even neutral worlds as Cato Neimoidia suffers a terrifying terrorist attack on its capital city and first evidence points to the Republic being involved. In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by William Devereux to talk about Mike Chen's first full-length Star Wars novel, Brotherhood. We discuss the timeframe, the marriage, Dex, Anakin, what happened, Asajj, Ruug, Obi-Wan and our ratings. Chapters The Timeframe (00:02:35) The Marriage (00:06:32) Dex (00:13:39) Anakin (00:15:33) What Happened (00:26:20) Asajj (00:34:29) Ruug (00:39:11) Obi-Wan (00:43:55) Ratings (00:49:41) Host Matthew Rushing Guest William Devereux Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    Saddle Up! : 3: Musical Escape Room

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 57:46

    “Children of the Comet” When a comet threatens to impact the planet Persephone III, the Enterprise prepares to render what would appear to be routine assistance … at least for Starfleet. But the comet turns out to be more than it appears, and a race calling itself the Shepherds threatens to destroy Pike and his crew for interfering in what they see as the preordained course of an object that brings life to planets. Uhura's musical talent saves the day as Spock works on his pep talks in this story that fills in the linguist's background like never before. In this episode of Saddle Up! hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Children of the Comet,” the second episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' inaugural season. We get to know more about Uhura, have a beer with Captain Pike, join voice training with Spock, and get punked by Ortegas. We also explore the big existential questions raised in this story about fate, faith, and free will. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    The Orb : 138: Boxes of Memorabilia

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 59:40

    Top 10 DS9 episodes Deep Space Nine is best known for the Dominion War but, over the course of seven seasons, the series delivered a wide variety of story arcs, rich character development, and standalone episodes. Which are the best? Some gems are well known fan favorites, while others get lost in the complex tapestry of DS9. In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing tackle this question to which answers are very subjective. Their Top 10 lists were independently created and not shared before the discussion. How many choices will overlap? Will their top pick be the same? And how did Matthew develop his unique way of showing love for his favorite episodes? Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    Saddle Up! : 2: A Little Less Mountain Man

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 52:12

    “Strange New Worlds” Following the search for the Red Angel and the battle with Section 31 and Control at the end of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, the inhabitants of a planet not ready to take the next step into the galaxy use data they gathered from observing the battle to build a bomb based on warp technology. When the warp signature is detected by the Federation, Number One is dispatched on a first contact mission. When she and her crew are captured, the Enterprise is reactivated ahead of schedule and Captain Pike is called back to service to lead a rescue mission. In this episode of Saddle Up! hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss the pilot episode of the new series, how Pike's experience on the Klingon moon Boreth may impact how he is portrayed in Strange New Worlds, the tenuous nature of the warp bomb story, and the social commentary. We also look at the new cast of characters and how the series fits into the overall Star Trek format. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    The 602 Club : 379: Reap What You Sow

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 65:12

    Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. You would have thought that Stephen Strange would have had enough of the multiverse after his experience in No Way Home yet that was not to be as a new child of the multiverse crashes Christine's wedding. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris are joined once again by Amanda Pfeifer to talk about Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. We discuss, Stephen Strange, breaking the rules, looking the same, the surprise at the end, Wanda Maximoff, big surprises, America Chavez, multiverse of action and sound, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters Stephen Strange (00:03:33) Breaking the Rules (00:10:13) Looking the Same (00:18:01) The Surprise at the End (00:21:13) Wanda Maximoff (00:25:27) Big Surprises (00:39:30) America Chavez (00:44:58) Multiverse of Action (00:51:12) Multiverse of Sound (00:56:02) Ratings (00:57:02) Recommendations (01:01:20) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Guest Amanda Pfeifer Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    The Artificial Tango : 10: A Thread's Pull Away

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 61:17

    “Farewell” As the Europa mission prepares to launch, Picard and the former crew of the La Sirena must race to prevent Adam Soong from changing their future. Meanwhile, Tallinn fulfills her ultimate mission of protecting Renée and a special guest appears in a park. The end of Q's game arrives in a heartfelt closure to a relationship that spanned more than three decades as he and Jean-Luc both find closure, the penance paid. But the future isn't safe yet as a mysterious threat of galactic proportions must be put down. And then, it's drinks in 10 Forward. In this episode of The Artificial Tango, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Farewell,” the final episode of Star Trek: Picard Season 2. We talk about how the characters find closure to the ghosts that have haunted them, reflect on the relationship between Q and Jean-Luc, and connect some final thematic dots. We also explore the winding nature of the timeline and ask whether it does or doesn't all fit together. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer)

    Literary Treks : 345: Regardless of the Cost

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 52:36

    New Earth: Rough Trails. It is out of the frying pan and into the fire for the colonists of Belle Terre as the Quake Moon situation has been resolved, yet it has left only half of the planet inhabitable, feeling more like Ceti Alpha V than the planet on the cover. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about New Earth: Rough Trails. We discuss Chekov, the romance, barbarians at the gate, no big three, a hard life, power and profit, our ratings and final thoughts. Feature: New Earth: Rough Trails Chekov's Terrible Day (00:03:54) The Romance (00:09:53) Barbarians at the Gate (00:15:15) No Big Three (00:23:59) A Hard Life (00:29:52) Power and Profit (00:38:30) Ratings (00:46:02) Final Thoughts (00:49:52) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    Primitive Culture : 118: Servants to Two Masters

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 56:53

    Star Trek's backdoor pilots. The year is 1968. As Star Trek goes off the air for good, a new show—Assignment: Earth—debuts from some of the same creative team. For dedicated Trekkies, the premise is already familiar and the two leads, Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln, have a head start garnering fans of their own. That, at least, is what might have been had Star Trek not been renewed for a third season. As things turned out, the episode featuring Seven and Lincoln was simply the finale of Star Trek's second-season, not the series, and “Assignment: Earth” was never picked up as a show in its own right. In this episode of Primitive Culture, host Duncan Barrett is joined by Tony Black for a look at Star Trek's most famous backdoor pilot, an episode that lays out the premise for a potential future show, using the budget and production infrastructure of an existing one. “Assignment: Earth” might be Star Trek's most blatant use of this sneaky approach, but more recent examples include “Point of Light,” “Terra Firma,” and “All Is Possible.” These three installments of Star Trek: Discovery seem to hint pretty strongly at shows that might be coming down the pipe. And then there's Discovery's entire second season, which set up not only Strange New Worlds—and introduced new actors in the roles of Captain Pike, Spock, and the original Number One—but the long-awaited Section 31 show as well. What are the benefits—and pitfalls—of taking the backdoor route to a new project? And do such stories inevitably struggle to function as episodes of two different shows simultaneously? Host Duncan Barrett Guest Tony Black Production Tony Black (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    The Artificial Tango : 9: Follow the Memory

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 58:11

    “Hide and Seek” On a stormy night in France, storylines converge as Jean-Luc relives the events leading up to his mother's death and faces what really happened. Seven and Raffi also face death as the Borg Queen takes the La Sirena, but are spared as the power of Agnes overtakes that of the Queen and leads to a new, more compassionate future for the Collective. Soong is also in on the action as Brent Spiner once again leads a group of Borg, and Elnor finds another chance for some screen time despite being dead. In this episode of The Artificial Tango, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Hide and Seek,” the penultimate episode of Star Trek: Picard Season 2. We talk about the revelation of what really happened to Yvette Picard, what the merging of Jurati and the Queen means for the future of the Borg, how the story of Rios and Teresa may play out, and Elnor's latest encounter with Raffi. We also speculate on the roles Soong and Q may play in the finale and what is meant by two Renées. And, through it all, we discuss how this dark episode brings a glimmer of hope. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer)

    The Orb : 137: A Disturbance in the Link

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 53:07

    “The Search, Part II“ When it comes to that moment when Deep Space Nine shifted in tone and became the more complex series that set it apart from the rest of Star Trek, fans most often point to “The Way of the Warrior” and the start of Season 4. But it was actually the arrival of a cloaked starship named Defiant—Sisko's little surprise for the Dominion—to kick off Season 3 that signaled a change which would send ripples through DS9's storytelling. In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude our two-part exploration of “The Search” with a focus on the second half. We discuss the introduction of the Great Link, the quiet threat of the Dominion, the slowly unfolding absurdity of the Founders' simulation, and the importance of this episode to Odo's character development over the course of the series. We also ask whether this two-parter is the best episode of DS9. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : 378: Survive and Thrive

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 51:13

    Encanto. Walt Disney Animation has made a come back in the last few years with films like Frozen, Frozen II and Moana, which has lead to another collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda for their latest movie. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris welcome Amanda Pfeifer to talk about Encanto. We discuss the story, more a parable, characters, the themes, we finally get to talk about him, the music, animation, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters The Story (00:03:28) More A Parable (00:08:08) Characters (00:10:46) The Themes (00:15:18) We Finally Get To Talk About Him (00:25:01) The Music (00:28:37) The Animation (00:36:44) Ratings (00:42:48) Recommendations (00:46:32) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Guest Amanda Pfeifer Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    The Artificial Tango : 8: The Warm Glow of Meaning

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 55:12

    “Mercy” A childhood encounter with Vulcans can really play with your mind. It might even lead to obsession. Just ask Agent Wells. Convinced that Picard and Guinan are aliens just like those he found in the woods in the early ‘80s, he interrogates the pair about their intentions toward the Europa mission. Meanwhile, Queen Agnes rampages her way through Los Angeles eating batteries and Kore Soong learns the true nature of her existence. Rios serves cake aboard La Sirena and Guinan meets Q a century before their paths were meant to cross and finds that he is dying. But as he slowly disappears into nothingness, he reveals what may be the solution to the puzzle. In this episode of The Artificial Tango, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Mercy,” the eighth episode of Star Trek: Picard Season 2. We talk about how the pieces of the story are finally converging, the spiritual implication of Q's assertion that all humans are stuck in the past, what assimilating mercy might mean for a new incarnation of the Borg, the endgame of the Soong saga, Vulcans visiting Earth and, of course, eating batteries. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer)

    Saddle Up! : 1: Just a Good Guy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 38:07

    Christopher Pike. For the first captain to be filmed leading the USS Enterprise, Christopher Pike has gotten precious little screen time over the years. That all changed when Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery began on January 17, 2019. Anson Mount's portrayal of the character who led the mission to Talos IV, pondered retirement with Dr. Boyce, and inspired a young Jim Kirk in the Kelvin timeline reenergized Star Trek and fans. His presence was so well received that, just over three years later, an entire new series is about to premier with Mount's Pike at the helm. In preparation for the start of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, we're pleased to announce the launch of this new podcast, Saddle Up! In this first episode, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss Christopher Pike, the character as we've since him in The Original Series, the Kelvin films, and Discovery, and how we think he may be portrayed in Strange New Worlds. We also talk about the prospects for the new series overall, some of the aesthetic and crew choices, and, most importantly, our hope that, wherever our mission take us, we'll have a little fun, make a little noise, and ruffle a few feathers. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    Literary Treks : 344: The Klingon Messiah

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 64:52

    The Left Hand of Destiny: Book Two. The Empire has imploded as Morjod, backed by his mother, works to hunt down the resistance of Martok and his small band of followers so that they can remake the Klingon empire in their image. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Bruce Gibson and Casey Pettitt talk the final book in The Left Hand of Destiny duology. We discuss why Ezri is here, family, Klingon sickness, the enemy, a second coming our ratings and final thoughts. In the news we react to the news of a new book as well as review Mirror War #5 and Adventure in the 32nd Century #2. News Big News (00:02:20) Mirror War #5 (00:05:25) Adventures in the 32nd Century #2 (00:13:01) Feature: The Left Hand of Destiny: Book Two Why Ezri is Here (00:19:01) Family (00:27:33) Klingon Sickness (00:32:40) The Enemy (00:42:30) A Second Coming (00:48:10) Ratings (00:56:27) Hosts Matthew Rushing, Bruce Gibson and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : 377: The Wizarding Mjölnir

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 78:52

    Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. It has been a little over a year since Jacob Kowalski ran into Newt Scamander in a bank while trying to secure a business loan for his bakery and so much has changed, especially now that Grindelwald's message is beginning to pick up traction in the wizarding world. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris welcome Hufflepuff Amanda Pfeifer to help us break down Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. We discuss another change, the story, an abundance of twins, othering, feelings are not what matters, redemption, Lally, Aberforth, making history, Bunty, action and effects, the music, our ratings and one last question. Chapters Another Change (00:04:39) The Story (00:13:52) An Abundance of Twins (00:20:11) Othering (00:25:14) Feelings Are Not What Matters (00:35:53) Redemption (00:38:38) Lally (00:50:15) Aberforth (00:52:55) Make History (00:57:20) Bunty (01:01:00) Action and Effects (01:02:30) The Music (01:07:00) Ratings (01:09:52) One Last Questions (01:13:46) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Guest Amanda Pfeifer Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    The Artificial Tango : 7: Unstuck

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 55:16

    “Monsters” Lying in the clinic and near death, Jean-Luc is lost in the recesses of his mind—and we're there with him. Also with him is a Starfleet psychiatrist, in a late 24-century uniform, who is trying to get Picard to open up. He suggests that telling a story might help, and this takes us deep into Jean-Luc's childhood and the struggles of his mother. As light is being shed on this psychological aspect of the story, Raffi and Seven learn of Jurati's assimilation and set out in search of the soon-to-be Queen in what may be a race again time for humanity's future. Meanwhile, Rios channels Kirk as he embarks on his own voyage home. But in which century will he settle down? In this episode of The Artificial Tango, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Monsters,” the seventh episode of Star Trek: Picard Season 2. We talk about Jean-Luc's view of his father and the realization that things were not as they seemed, James Callis as Maurice Picard, Tallinn's revelation that she is actually Romulan (and probably Laris), the birth of a new queen, and Rios's reenactment of Kirk's visit to California's past. We also speculate about the nature of the conflict between the Q and El-Aurians, and introduce our upcoming Q detection workshop. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer)

    The Orb : 136: Shift in Tone

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 54:19

    “The Search, Part I“ When it comes to that moment when Deep Space Nine shifted in tone and became the more complex series that set it apart from the rest of Star Trek, fans most often point to “The Way of the Warrior” and the start of Season 4. But it was actually the arrival of a cloaked starship named Defiant—Sisko's little surprise for the Dominion—to kick off Season 3 that signaled a change which would send ripples through DS9's storytelling. In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing start our two-part exploration of “The Search” with a focus on the first half. We discuss the introduction of the Defiant, Michael Eddington, the growing feeling of family, and Odo's search for identity. We also explore cloaking technology and the Federation, Sub-Commander T'Rul's apparent expertise in the state of the Defiant's engines, and the practicality of hairstyles. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : 376: A Lethal Weapon

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 57:06

    Gremlins. By 1984, Amblin Entertainment had put itself on the map with films like Poltergeist and E.T., so when they released a fourth movie starting teenage phenom, Phoebe Cates, it was sure to be a hit. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris talk about Gremlins. We discuss history, horror and comedy, the story, responsibility, Zack Galligan, the romance, Phoebe Cates, the effects, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters History (00:03:15) Horror and Comedy (00:07:36) The Story (00:17:01) Responsibility (00:27:52) Zach Galligan (00:37:04) The Romance (00:40:24) Phoebe Cates (00:41:59) The Effects (00:45:53) Ratings (00:50:47) Recommendations (00:52:56) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    The Artificial Tango : 6: Shadows of the Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 62:56

    “Two of One” The gang prepare to enter the Europa mission gala only to find that Agnes has yet to inject their fake IDs into the system. That's because she is still handcuffed to a chair. To break free, she must give the Borg Queen more power—a move that might break her free in more ways than one. Once in the party, Jean-Luc is able to convince Renée to make the flight, but is injured in the process when he is run down by Adam Soong, working on behalf of Q. After Soong reveals to his daughter that he has failed her, revelations about his true nature and experiments are revealed. And how about that red dress strutting down the nighttime streets of Los Angeles? In this episode of The Artificial Tango, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Two of One,” the sixth episode of Star Trek: Picard Season 2. We talk about Jean-Luc's interactions with Renée, the Borg Queen's interactions with Agnes, as well as Pat Benatar, Jurati's love of 1980s' power ballads, and the dark nature of Adam Soong's real work. We also discuss Rios in the 21st century, the prospects of a Stargazer spin-off, and what may be happening inside Jean-Luc's mind as he recalls the struggles of his mother. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer)

    Literary Treks : 343: Uncork the Moon

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 51:39

    New Earth: Belle Terre. It has been a long road for the colonists to get from Federation space to their new home Belle Terre and unfortunately the problems are only getting worse. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt talk about the second book in the New Earth series, Belle Terre. We discuss how we are feeling, getting to the new world, moon problems, Bones and the science team, no good choices, one solution, runaways, the moon solution, characterization, our ratings and final thoughts. Feature: Belle Terre How We Are Feeling (00:02:30) Getting to the New World (00:07:28) Moon Problems (00:14:34) Bones and the Science Team (00:18:18) No Good Choices (00:21:00) One Solution (00:23:54) Runaways (00:31:08) Moon Solution (00:35:35) Characterization (00:44:00) Ratings (00:46:30) Final Thoughts (00:48:18) Hosts Matthew Rushing and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : 375: The Ear Tingle

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 52:25

    Morbius. Sony and Marvel Studios have been sharing the character of Spider-Man for a few years now, Marvel Studios has him in the MCU whereas Sony has him in his own Spider-Man Universe, utilizing all the characters they own to create a different franchise. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris talk about Morbius. We discuss its development, the story, the cast, the price of a cure, the action and effects, the stingers, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters Development (00:02:57) The Story (00:09:31) Jared Leto (00:19:34) Matt Smith (00:22:48) Adria Arjona (00:25:53) Jared Harris (00:28:23) The Price of a Cure (00:30:35) Action and Effects (00:36:23) Stingers (00:41:31) Ratings (00:45:12) Recommendations (00:47:47) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    The Artificial Tango : 5: A Thread of Melancholy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 61:25

    “Fly Me to the Moon” At last, the focal point of the divergence is revealed as Laris look-alike Tallinn, who may or may not be a cat, brings Jean-Luc to her apartment and reveals that she has devoted her life to protecting one of his ancestors, Renée Picard. When Jean-Luc realizes that Q is trying to talk Renée out of taking part in a pivotal spaceflight, plans are set in motion to make sure that they fly her to the moon. Meanwhile, the Borg Queen discovers the wonders of radio and pushes Jurati a step too far, while Raffi and Seven successfully bust Rios out of the ICE bus. Plus, Brent Spiner is back as the Soong family tree grows new branches. In this episode of The Artificial Tango, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Fly Me to the Moon,” the fifth episode of Star Trek: Picard Season 2. We talk about what the introduction of Adam and Kore Soong means for the story, speculate on what Q is really up to, and look at the various threads of Star Trek lore which the writers are pulling on to create a unique story built of familiar elements. We also debate a plot contrivance and enjoy Agnes's crashing of the Europa mission gala. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer)

    Primitive Culture : 117: What If ...

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 76:06

    … it wasn't the Vulcans who made first contact? April 5, 2063. In Star Trek's imagined history, it was on this date that humanity made first contact with an alien race. The event led to societal transformation on a global scale and ushered in a bright future. But what if it wasn't the Vulcans who happened to be passing by that day? What if first contact had been made with the Klingons or Romulans instead? In this episode of Primitive Culture, originally recorded for The Sanctuary, but never released, Tony Black is joined by Mike Slamer to imagine how things could have played out differently. Hosts Duncan Barrett and Tony Black Guest Mike Slamer Production Tony Black (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

    The Orb : 135: Listening for Personal Gain

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 38:02

    Martus Mazur and El-Aurians. They're known as listeners, but not all El-Aurians are as adept at doing so as Guinan, nor are their intentions as noble. We found this out in the second-season Deep Space Nine episode “Rivals," when a refugee from the El-Aurian system named Martus Mazur came aboard the station and caused all sorts of trouble for the crew. This visit also marked a first for Star Trek canon. Despite Guinan having appeared in 29 episodes of the The Next Generation, she was never named as being an El-Aurian. That happened in the film Generations, which premiered almost 11 months after “Rivals.” In this episode of The Orb, with Guinan having returned in Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing revisit the only appearance of El-Aurians on DS9 and discuss how the original idea for the story would have connected to Guinan by making Martus her wayward son. We talk about how the story's impact and plot changed when Whoopi Goldberg was unable to make an appearance, and explore the concept of El-Aurians in general, how the three we've spent time with (counting Tolian Soran) use their skills as listeners, and imagine how the species could be used for an epic, galaxy-ending threat in modern Star Trek. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : Assembling Avengers 24: Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 56:37

    Spider-Man: Far From Home. Join Matthew Rushing and John Mills on their journey through the MCU as they finally make it to the end of Phase Three! Chapters The Theater (00:02:50) Endgame Fallout (00:04:56) Peter's Struggle (00:12:19) The Stinger (00:17:50) Mysterio (00:20:54) Deconstructing Tony (00:32:07) Teen Stuff (00:34:51) The Effects (00:35:33) The Other Stinger (00:41:48) The Music (00:45:43) Last Thoughts (00:47:46) Ratings (00:48:32) Recommendations (00:50:14) Hosts Matthew Rushing and John Mills Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) John Mills (Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    Warp Five : 227: Let No Good Crisis Go to Waste

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 54:45

    “Shockwave” 20th-anniversary reflections. When the Enterprise drops by Paraagan II to check on colonists, they accidentally ignite the atmosphere and destroy the settlement. Or so it seems. As the investigation unfolds, Archer gets assistance from Crewman Daniels—back from the dead—and learns that the Temporal Cold War is heating up and that it is the Suliban, not the Enterprise crew, who are to blame for the accident. And there's more than just the lives of 3,600 colonists at stake; Earth itself may be destroyed. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we explore “Shockwave” and how it moves the Temporal Cold War toward a hot one. We also discuss Archer's guilt, the use of time travel, and the repercussions of the efforts of the Suliban and Future Guy to change history. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    The 602 Club : 374: The Beauty of Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 55:36

    The Lost City. Sandra Bullock became a household name after her performance in Speed with Keanu Reeves but she won the hearts of the world in the romantic comedy, While You Were Sleeping, now she returns to her romantic roots in her latest movie. In this episode of The 602 Club hosts Matthew Rushing and Christy Morris talk about The Lost City. We discuss rom-coms, the story, fear of moving on, judging a book by its cover, making people happy, fueled by greed, the cast, the villain, action and adventure, connections, our ratings and recommendations. Chapters Rom-Coms (00:03:06) The Story (00:06:49) Fear of Moving On (00:11:22) Judge a Book By Its Cover (00:18:30) Making People Happy (00:25:09) Fueled By Greed (00:28:42) Sandra Bullock (00:32:27) Channing Tatum (00:35:30) Brad Pitt (00:38:28) Da'Vine Joy Randolph (00:40:17) The Villain (00:42:21) Action and Adventure (00:45:00) Connections (00:47:28) Ratings (00:49:31) Recommendations (00:51:14) Host Matthew Rushing Co-Host Christy Morris Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer) Daniel Noa (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Social Twitter: @The602Club Instagram: @the602clubtfm

    The Artificial Tango : 4: A Bowl of Time Salad

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 64:35

    “Watcher” What kind of ship is the La Sirena? It's a ship with a missing man. And while Seven and Raffi search Los Angeles for Rios, Jean-Luc heads to Forward Avenue in search of Guinan, who he believes is the Watcher. Only we find out that isn't the case. She sends Picard to a Supervisor, throwing an unexpected, yet classic, twist into the story. And while all this is happening, the Borg Queen continues to flirt with Agnes back in France. In this episode of The Artificial Tango, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss “Watcher,” the fourth episode of Star Trek: Picard Season 2. We speculate on why Guinan doesn't recognize Jean-Luc, why the Borg Queen has such interest in Jurati, what is happening to Q, and why Kirk Thatcher still hates us. We also talk about time and why we feel it has been shattered, Seven's driving skills and, of course, the reveal of the Watcher, their apparent connection to Gary Seven, and why their identity means so much to the story. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer)

    Literary Treks : 343: Klingon Wasteland

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 62:47

    The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One. As Deep Space Nine drew to a close, Worf challenged Gowron, defeated him in honorable combat and bestowed on Martok the chancellorship of the Klingon Empire which is where actor J.G. Hertzler and author Jeffrey Lang pick up the story. In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing, Bruce Gibson and Casey Pettitt talk about The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One. We discuss our first time, too much war, the problems with politics, an unexpected enemy, a symbol, things we didn't like, our ratings and final thoughts. In the news section we review the Star Trek: Discovery comic, Adventures in the 32 Century, issue 1. News Adventures in the 32nd Century #1 (00:03:09) Feature: The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One First Time (00:09:43) Too Much War (00:14:07) The Problem of Politics (00:20:23) An Unexpected Enemy (00:27:21) A Symbol (00:37:43) Things We Didn't Like (00:50:50) Ratings (00:54:09) Final Thoughts (00:57:24) Hosts Matthew Rushing, Bruce Gibson and Casey Pettitt Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

    Primitive Culture : 116: Sex and Shooting

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 80:30

    Captain Picard and Indiana Jones. Wise, measured, and distinctly unromantic, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was conceived from the start as very different from his predecessor, James T. Kirk. But for Patrick Stewart, the lack of physical drama felt creatively unsatisfying. In October 1988, he wrote a letter to Gene Roddenberry outlining his desire for Picard to get some “action”—in more ways than one. It would be over a year before Stewart's request was granted, in the third-season episode “Captain's Holiday.” As writer Ira Steven Behr recalled, the instructions he was given were, “Just get the Captain laid.” This he accomplished, somewhat incongruously, by marrying the normally cool captain with a contemporary action-adventure hero: Indiana Jones. The curious melding stuck, and in episodes such as “The Chase,” “Gambit,” and “QPid,” Picard's passion for archaeology—along with his swashbuckling heroism—added an extra arrow to the good captain's quiver. In this episode of Primitive Culture, recorded last year when the fifth Indiana Jones movie was filming in Glasgow, host Duncan Barrett is joined by Indy super fan Carlos Miranda to compare and contrast these adventuring archaeologists, both returning for their latest escapades well into their golden years. Is the staid life of a university professor—or a Federation diplomat—really compatible with the thrills and spills of derring-do? And what might these two men's fascination with the lives of their ancient forebears reveal about their relationships with the fathers who went before them? Host Duncan Barrett Guest Carlos Miranda Production Duncan Barrett (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)

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