Fan Effect

Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, Fan Effect 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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Mar 22, 2019

Ryan Meeks is Joined with Becky Bruce and Heather Kelly (From Money Making Sense) to talk about what we thought is good and bad about the 11th season of Dr. Who and what draws us in as fans of the show. 

Mar 15, 2019

Disney Just had their shareholders meeting, so we invited one of their shareholders to the show! Matt Hansen joins Andy Farnsworth and Adam Thomas to discuss Avengers Endgame and Star Wars Episode IX with some unique details. 

Mar 8, 2019

Captain Marvel, the 21st installment in the MCU, seems to have fans really excited or really "OK" with it. Find out why on this episode of Fan Effect as the old Fanboys cast gets back together (Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb, and Adam Thomas) with special guest Kellie Ann Halvorsen.

Mar 1, 2019

What happens when you get Fan Effect's three biggest Star Trek fans in one room? Adam Thomas dominates with his encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek. That's what happens.

Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Ryan Meeks all seem to agree that Star Trek: Discovery season 2 is better than season 1.

Find out what makes this season so different from the first and how it connects better with the rest of the franchise in this episode. 

Feb 22, 2019

In this episode, Andy Farnsworth talks with FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention founder Dan Farr ahead of FanX Spring 2019.

Highlights include:

New guest announcements

The process Dan & his team go through to choose & invite guests

FanX & Salt Lake's reputation among Hollywood folks and how it's evolved over the years

Dan's favorite behind-the-scenes stories from FanX conventions past

Dan's dream FanX guest (if he could get anyone)

His favorite fandoms as a kid and a grown-up

What he thinks it will take for FanX Salt Lake to become a place where major pop culture news breaks in the future

Feb 21, 2019

Andy Farnsworth is joined for this episode by Geektyrant and Nerdist writer Kristian Odland to talk the new James Cameron visual epic "Alita: Battle Angel."

Both agree that Cameron & Robert Rodriguez tried to cram too much story into 2 hours of movie and it left them split between feeling excited at what they saw... but also frustrated at what it could have potentially been.

[NOTE: Podcast contains SPOILERS]

Feb 15, 2019

The Orville seems to be a big hit with Star Trek fans. But how does it stack up against the first 18 episodes of Star Trek the Next Generation?

Join Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas, and Ryan Meeks as they review the first 6 episodes of "The Orville" (season 2) and compare them to Star Trek the Next Generation. 

Feb 8, 2019

The second installation in the Lego Movie franchise leaves things good but not really awesome in the end... which is actually pretty good. 

Join Andy Farnsworth and special guest Steve Salles as they discuss how much they enjoyed Lego Movie 2.

Jan 18, 2019

The long awaited 19 years in the making conclusion to the "Unbreakable" trilogy that we didn't know existed until "Split" in 2017, made its debut and some people are pretty disappointed. Whether you enjoy M. Night Shyamalan's filmmaking style or not, there sure is a lot to talk about when it comes the movie "Glass." 

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they talk about why they aren't sure if the "Glass" is half full or half empty. 

Jan 11, 2019

2018 had some great movies and had some... not so great movies. Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks each picked 5 movies out of all the movies they saw this year that were their favorites. Check out what happens when they recap 2018 and compare notes!

Dec 28, 2018

"Bumblebee" may be the movie that breathes new life into the Transformers franchise. Given that "Bumblebee" surpasses the Michael Bay movies by a long shot, could it be that our eagerness for a decent "Transformers" movie has lowered our standards?

Join Ryan Meeks and Kristian Odland (One Minute Critic) as they discuss differing views on the "greatness" of this movie. 

Dec 21, 2018

Other than the movie "Wonder Woman" many DC fans have met the last few DC Cinematic Universe films with a good amount of mixed feelings. "Aquaman" may just be the turning point that the DC Cinematic Universe needs to gain its momentum into the future. 

Join Andy Farnsworth, Don Brinkerhoff, and Ryan Meeks as they talk about why "Aquaman" is a big step in the right direction. 

Dec 15, 2018

Spider-Man movies have had their hits and misses since "Spider-Man" in 2002. However, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" seems to be a hit with both fans and viewers that are not so familiar with the comic book character. What does that say for Spider-Man's future with Sony? Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they discuss the movie and where it may go. 

Dec 6, 2018

The original SLC Fanboys reunite for a tribute to the late, great Stan Lee, creator (along with some amazing artists) of most of the superheroes in Marvel Universe that you know and love.

Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb talk about Lee's influence on them, their favorite Stan Lee cameos in the movies, and speculate on what we're going to see in the aftermath of "Infinity War".

Nov 30, 2018

The "Rocky" franchise has had a long run and fans seem to be pretty happy with "Creed" and "Creed 2". The question brought to light in this podcast is whether or not we should continue the story. "Creed 2 could very well be an amazing ending to an amazing franchise. 

Join Andy Farnsworth, Ryan Meeks, and Kristian Odland (One Minute Critic) as they discuss the strengths and shortcomings of this movie and what they think we will see for the future. 

Nov 20, 2018

OK, you've seen "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" and you've got questions!  That's what we're here for.  In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by Harry Potter-philes Becky Bruce and KellieAnn Halvorsen for some deep, SPOILER-FILLED discussions of J.K. Rowling's latest entry in the wizarding world we know and love.

If you feel like you got a lot of info dumped on you by the end of the movie, we'll help you sort it out, make sense of it and hopefully make your next viewing of "Fantastic Beasts 2" and the latest adventures of Newt Scamander even more enjoyable.

Nov 17, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald" is a solid movie for fans of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises. However, how does this movie fare to those who are not super fans of Hary Potter? 

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they Discuss their differences in opinion on this highly anticipated movie. 


Oct 27, 2018

When we watched "The House With a Clock In Its Walls," we thought it had a very Goosebumps vibe to it. so we watched Goosebumps 2 just to see how similar and different they are. 

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they talk about what sets these two movies apart from each other.

Oct 12, 2018

The Doctor is back and this time he has regenerated into a she. Jodie Whittaker brings new life and possibilities to the franchise with an exciting first episode of the 11th season of Dr. Who.

Join Andy Farnsworth, Becky Bruce, and Ryan Meeks as they talk about Jodie Whittaker's embodiment of the character as well as the strengths and shortcomings of the first episode. 

Oct 6, 2018

In a world where there is no Spider-Man, can there be a venom? Some say, "yes everything about the movie was great." Others say, "no because there can't be Venom without Spider-Man." The one thing that is for sure is that we have never had more polarized opinions on a movie until Venom.

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they discuss the good and bad about the movie Venom. 

Sep 30, 2018

Summer 2018 brought us a bunch of blockbuster movies, but the year isn't over and there are lots of movies & TV shows to look forward to.

Join Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they talk about their top five upcoming movies or TV shows for Fall 2018 and why you should be excited about them too!

Sep 15, 2018

The Predator franchise has had its successes and failures over its lifespan. Can the newest installment, "The Predator," be considered a success in comparison? In this podcast, Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks discuss why the Predator franchise has such a strong following and if that following will be satisfied with this film.

Sep 7, 2018

FanX is here and we were able to interview Tom Hopper, Jess Harnell and Manu Bennett.

In our interview with Tom Hopper, he gives us some details of the upcoming Netflix series, "The Umbrella Academy" that you will want to hear if you are a fan of the comic book series. 

Jess Harnell tells us a little about the new Animaniacs and then is joined by Manu Bennett on some acting techniques that are sure to entertain you. 

Sep 1, 2018


From watching the trailer,"KIN" is supposed to be a sci-fi adventure with aliens, space guns, lots of action and James Franco. Well, we can definitely say that James Franco is in this movie and there is a space gun. Other than that, you may be in for some disappointment with this end of summer flick. 

Check out this episode of Fan Effect as Andy Farnsworth and Ryan Meeks as they talk about why this movie just doesn't measure up to the excitement in the trailer. 

Aug 25, 2018

"It's an 8-part documentary series/ about the toys that we all love..." Netflix's "The Toys That Made Us" takes you on a nostalgic ride as they explore the history of famous toy lines like Star Wars, He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe, as well as Barbie, LEGO, Star Trek, and even Hello Kitty.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth & Ryan Meeks talk about some of the more fascinating things they learned watching the series, discuss why we connect with toys and other pop culture merchandise, and what toy lines they hope to see in future seasons.

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