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SLC Fanboys

Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the SLC Fanboys are connoisseurs of categories surpassing the nerdy. Brilliant opinions and commentary on all things ‘geek’, but surprising knowledge and witty arguments over pop culture, Star Trek, MARVEL vs DC, and a wide range of TV shows. Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
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Dec 9, 2017

In this video segment from the "Welcome Back, Frank" Punisher Deep Dive podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined once again by comic book superfan Josh Leavitt for SPOILER-FILLED talk about where The Punisher's headed next in the MCU, and where we'd like to see him go.

 

(This podcast version is VIDEO, and may contain GRAPHIC footage from "Punisher" television shows and films)

Dec 9, 2017

In this video segment from the "Welcome Back, Frank" Punisher Deep Dive podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined once again by comic book superfan Josh Leavitt for SPOILER-FILLED talk about the Punisher's sense of justice, and how tht compare to those of other superheroes, including his sometimes "friend" and ally Daredevil.

 

(This podcast version is VIDEO, and may contain GRAPHIC footage from "Punisher" television shows and films)

Dec 9, 2017

In this video segment from the "Welcome Back, Frank" Punisher Deep Dive podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined once again by comic book superfan Josh Leavitt for SPOILER-FILLED talk about the many incarnations of The Punisher over the years, and how Jon Bernthal's portrayal of the titular hero in the new Netflix series stacks up against historical predecessors. 

 

(This podcast version is VIDEO, and may contain GRAPHIC footage from "Punisher" television shows and films)

Dec 9, 2017

He was introduced in "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic book in the 1970's, but the character Frank Castle, aka "The Punisher," and his one-man war on crime have certain garnered their own popularity and following in the years since.

But after three poorly-made and disappointing attempts to bring the character to the big screen since 1989, Netflix recently released a more well-received version of Punisher starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in the street-level MCU world of "Daredevil" and "The Defenders."

In this video segment from the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined once again by comic book superfan Josh Leavitt for SPOILER-FILLED talk about the new Netflix series, a history of the character. 

 

(This podcast version is VIDEO, and may contain GRAPHIC footage from "Punisher" television shows and films)

Dec 8, 2017

He was introduced in "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic book in the 1970's, but the character Frank Castle, aka "The Punisher," and his one-man war on crime have certain garnered their own popularity and following in the years since.

But after three poorly-made and disappointing attempts to bring the character to the big screen since 1989, Netflix recently released a more well-received version of Punisher starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in the street-level MCU world of "Daredevil" and "The Defenders."

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined once again by comic book superfan Josh Leavitt for SPOILER-FILLED talk about the series, a history of the character, and what Marvel may do with this version of Punisher going forward.

(This podcast version is audio-only; there are video versions available as well via iTunes)

Dec 8, 2017

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined once again by guest comic book expert Josh Leavitt to give a spoiler-free review of Marvel's "The Punisher" series on Netflix.

Jon Bernthal (from "The Walking Dead") stars as Frank Castle, a war veteran who wants revenge on the criminal scum that killed his family, and his brand of justice doesn't include jail, lawyers or courts.  We first met Castle, who calls himself "The Punisher," in season two of "Daredevil" on Netflix, but now Castle is featured in his own (hyper-violent) series.

If you haven't watched the series yet and are on the fence, give us a listen and see if we convince you! 

NOTE: We also have a podcast episode on the history of "The Punisher," both in the comics and on-screen (that DOES contain spoilers) that we recommend you check out as well!

Nov 30, 2017

Marvel has dropped the first trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War" and it has EVERYONE: The original Avengers: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow (but curiously no Hawkeye?); the new guys: Black Panther, War Machine, Falcon, Spider-Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange (but not Ant-Man?)

Tysen Webb, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel react to what they saw (Heroes reunited! Earth in peril! Thanos in action!) and what they liked, plus we talk about what this could mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future.

Nov 20, 2017

 

In honor of the release of "Star Wars: Battlefront II" we're talking First Person Shooter (FPS) video games.  

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined by passionate gamer Ethan Millard of KSL's Nightside Project podcast. We're talking the history of FPS games (including "Doom," "Halo," "Bioshock" and "Modern Warfare"), and what makes them so appealing and engaging. 

We also discuss our favorite FPS games over the years, as well as the future of the genre (more creative games like "Portal?") and what impact VR may have.

NOTE: Video version of this podcast also available!

 

Nov 20, 2017

In honor of the release of "Star Wars: Battlefront II" we're talking First Person Shooter (FPS) video games.

In this video episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined by passionate gamer Ethan Millard of KSL's Nightside Project podcast to talk about what makes these games so appealing and engaging and why they're such a popular genre that continues to sell at such a high rate.  We also talk about the future of the FPS and how it may be impacted by virtual reality, and whether we'll see more creative versions of the genre like "Portal."

Nov 20, 2017

In this video episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined by passionate gamer Ethan Millard of KSL's Nightside Project podcast to talk about their favorite First Person Shooter (FPS) video games of all time and what exactly it was about that game that made it rise above the rest.

Ethan is a big fan of the "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" series as well as Bioshock, Aaron is partial to "Far Cry," while Andy loves immersive Star Wars games like "Battlefront."

Nov 17, 2017

"Star Wars: Battlefront II" is expected to be one of the biggest-selling console games this holiday season and a key to getting some consumers/fans to finally buy that PS4 or Xbox One.

In this video episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined by passionate gamer Ethan Millard of KSL's Nightside Project podcast to talk about the history of first-person shooter (FPS) video games. We go as far back as the early 1990's with Castle Wolfenstein and Doom, as well as more recent fare like Halo and Bioshock.

Nov 16, 2017

Marvel and Disney proved big superhero team-ups could work on the big screen with the "Avengers" franchise, now it's Warner Brothers and DC Comics' turn to bring all of their heroes (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg) into one movie.

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth, Aaron Zundel and Tysen Webb are joined by comics superfan Josh Leavitt to review "Justice League" and talk about whether or not the DCEU is finally on track after an extremely rough start. 

With the exception of Wonder Woman's mega-hit solo movie, the other DCEU films have had a less-than-stellar reception from fans, but now all their eggs are in one basket. 

We talk about whether or not "Justice League" works, whether we think Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon do a better job portraying the characters this time than the previous movies, and how we rate the health of the DCEU going forward.  This one is not to be missed!

Nov 14, 2017

"Star Trek Discovery" has now reached its mid-season point on the CBS All-Access streaming service and it's been well-received enough by viewers to already have a second season order.

In this episode of the podcast (which contains spoilers from the first 9 episodes), Adam Thomas, Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth go over what they've liked so far about the characters (specifically Lorca, Burnham, Stamets, Kol, and Tyler); plot lines; and even production elements.

We also speculate as to what we think might happen when the second half of season one begins in January 2018, and even guess at what we might get in season two.

Nov 10, 2017

 

Have you ever wondered why the people who go to Comic Con love it so much?  We wanted to show you, so we experienced Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 alongside Tawnee Wadsworth, a Comic Con fan and cosplayer who traveled all the way from Idaho just to attend.

In our new video documentary, "Empire of Fandom: A Salt Lake Comic Con Story," experience the magic of #SLCC2017 from the perspective of those who matter most--the fans. You'll see artists's alley, cosplayers, and panels, and what it's like to be part of what matters most--the community.

Nov 10, 2017

An all-star cast headlined by Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot bring Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" to the big screen once again. 

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel give you an idea about what to expect in the movie without giving away any spoilers, what they liked and didn't like (if anything) about this adaptation of one of the most famous Whodunit stories in literary history.

We also talk about how and why Whodunits are one of the oldest fandoms, and explore how that genre eventually evolved into the superhero stories we enjoy today.

Nov 3, 2017

This week, Marvel's God of Thunder returns for another big adventure in "Thor: Ragnarok," and he brings even bigger laughs with him to the screen thanks to “Thor: Ragnarok” director, New Zealander, and comedic genius Taika Waititi.

But is that a good thing?

In this spoiler-free episode, Andy Farnsworth, Aaron Zundel and Tysen Webb are joined by former NFL linebacker and Super Bowl winner Jason Buck, who’s been a Thor expert, fanatic, and comic collector since childhood.

Together we talk the new movie, humor, how all these new laughs do or do not serve the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and how and why The God of Thunder seems to be the brunt of the best jokes in his own movies.

"Thor: Ragnarok" stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Mark Ruffalo as Banner/Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster.

Oct 26, 2017

Ahead of the release of "Stranger Things 2", we're resetting the first season of "Stranger Things", the mega-popular streaming sci-fi/horror/suspense series from Netflix and the The Duffer Brothers.

(NOTE: This episode contains spoilers from "Stranger Things" season 1)

Tysen Webb, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel are joined in this episode by long-time Fangirl contributor and Deseret News reporter McKenzie Romero to talk about the epic first 8 episodes and why you should watch it, if you haven't already.

We explore one of the most important themes that "Stranger Things" explores--Innocence vs. Darkness, and particularly how the greater a character's innocence in the show, the greater the power they had against the forces of darkness.  We also discuss our thoughts for where things can go in Season 2, and what we hope to see.

Oct 19, 2017

"The Orville," is the newest Star Trek parody on Fox TV from creator Seth McFarlane.  Or is it?  This new series has defied expectations by attempting to be more than just a "Galaxy Quest" rip-off and instead creating a hybrid of humor and heart that actually feels like a spiritual successor to earlier sci-fi favorites like "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

In this episode, Adam Thomas, Aaron Zundel and Andy Farnsworth talk about how both humor and science fiction have traditionally been used to explore themes and ideas that may be too difficult to address directly.  We also discuss how this dynamic applies to "The Orville" and whether or not the type of humor used in the show accomplishes that goal.

"The Orville" stars Seth McFarlane as Capt. Ed Mercer; Adrianne Palicki as Cmdr. Kelly Grayson; Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr. Claire Finn; Scott Grimes as Lt. Gordon Malloy; Peter Macon as Lt. Cmdr. Bortus; Halston Sage as Lt. Alara Kitan; J. Lee as Lt. John LaMarr; and Mark Jackson as Isaac.  It's Executive Produced by Jon Favreau, Seth McFarlane and Brannon Braga.

Oct 16, 2017

"Blade Runner 2049" is being hailed as one of the most visionary films to hit theaters in recent memory, both in terms of visuals and storytelling--yet some people still find the original "Blade Runner" to be too weird to enjoy.  So is "Blade Runner 2049," really worth seeing?  

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth, Aaron Zundel, and (special guest host) Josh Tilton are here to discuss what it is that makes "Blade Runner 2049" so visionary, as well as a primer to understanding the movies and themes of the "Blade Runner" world, and, ultimately, the nature of artificial intelligence, life itself, and whether or not Replicants really can be "more human than human..."  

Oct 13, 2017

The third season of Adult Swim's "Rick & Morty" from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland has wrapped up and we are here to break it down. 

(NOTE: This episode contains heavy spoilers from Season 3)

In this episode, Adam Thomas, Aaron Zundel and Andy Farnsworth talk about and share their favorite episodes, moments, themes and callbacks from Season 3...which Adam says is one of best seasons of a TV show EVER.  We also try to answer the question of where the series will go from here.

"Rick & Morty" has become one of the biggest pop-culture phenomenons in the last several years.  Join us as we explore this wacky world for the third season in all its twisted and hilarious glory.

 

 

Oct 12, 2017

After months of waiting, we FINALLY got to see the first (and only?) FULL trailer for Star Wars - The Last Jedi! 

Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Aaron Zundel geek out over what we got to see (giant walkers, porgs!), talk about some reservations they have (what's going on with you, Luke?) and decide whether they are now more concerned or more optimistic about the 8th chapter in the Star Wars saga.

Oct 12, 2017

"LEGO Ninjago" gives us THREE movies based on the decades-old toys that we loved to play with and that our parents cursed at us for leaving scattered across the floor.

In this episode of the podcast, Tysen Webb, Aaron Zundel and Andy Farnsworth are talking all about LEGOS: the movies, the video games, the ongoing toy empire. 

What makes these little plastic blocks so fascinating?  Why do we love to play with them (and spend so much money on them)?  Even though the idea of toys being turned into a movie isn't that original, but the way the LEGO movies treat the toys *as toys in the movie* is certainly more unique.  What are your favorite LEGOS, and what would you like to see in the future?

Join us and maybe take a trip down your own memory lane along the way!

Sep 28, 2017

Colin Trevorrow is OUT as the writer/director of Star Wars Episode IX and Lucasfilm/Disney has replaced him with J.J. Abrams, who wrote and directed the wildly financially successful Episode VII The Force Awakens.

In this episode of the podcast, Tysen Webb, Aaron Zundel and Andy Farnsworth discuss whether or not they like the choice of bringing Abrams back, what they think are his strengths and weaknesses as a writer, director and producer, and what this could mean for the final chapter of the new trilogy of Star Wars movies.

Sep 25, 2017

(WARNING: Podcast contains heavy spoilers from 1st 2 episodes)

After months of waiting and several delays, "Star Trek Discovery" finally made its debut, and what a debut it was! 

In this episode of the podcast, Adam Thomas, Aaron Zundel and Andy Farnsworth talk about the first two episodes, "The Vulcan Hello" and "Battle at the Binary Stars". 

They discuss how this series opener compares with past Trek shows' first episodes, how it compares with late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future, what they thought of the big moments from the two episodes, and how they think long-time fans and the newly-interested will feel about the direction the series appears to be headed.

Sep 15, 2017

With Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 nearly upon us, Tysen Webb, Aaron Zundel and Andy Farnsworth sit down with co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Bryan Brandenburg in this episode of the podcast. 

Salt Lake Comic Con is in its 5th year, already having broken attendance records during its first four.  Brandenburg talks about how everything came to be, why he thinks it's been received so passionately by fans (particularly in Utah), and some of his favorite guests and personal experiences from past cons.

He also gives his insight into what experiences he hopes attendees at SLCC 2017 will have--whether they be newcomers, those who've never missed one, or anywhere in between--and the thing he would most like say to the the Salt Lake Comic Con community.

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