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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 28, 2016

What male Star Wars fan *didn't* have a crush on Princess Leia at some point in their life?  SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb were no exception, and they say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, the woman who brought Leia Organa (nee Skywalker) to life and whose face will always be associated with that iconic character in pop culture history.

Fisher never recovered from an apparent heart attack suffered on a flight from London to Los Angeles right after Christmas 2016.  She spent most of her adult life battling addiction and dealing with mental illness and never shied away from either topic. 

We'll miss you, Carrie.  Rest in peace.

Dec 28, 2016

What male Star Wars fan *didn't* have a crush on Princess Leia at some point in their life?  SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb were no exception, and they say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, the woman who brought Leia Organa (nee Skywalker) to life and whose face will always be associated with that iconic character in pop culture history.

Fisher never recovered from an apparent heart attack suffered on a flight from London to Los Angeles right after Christmas 2016.  She spent most of her adult life battling addiction and dealing with mental illness and never shied away from either topic. 

We'll miss you Carrie.  Rest in peace.

Dec 23, 2016

It has existed for nearly 40 years, but "The Star Wars Holiday Special" has been little more than myth or legend for most fans of the galaxy far, far away.  It brought together all the original stars of A New Hope, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader, Bea Arthur as the cantina barmaid & Art Carney as the convenience store clerk & in-home deliveryman.  Wait--those last two weren't in Star Wars...were they?

The show aired on network TV one time ONLY back on November 15, 1978. Since that day, all involved have pretended it doesn't exist.

The SLC Fanboys found it on YouTube, watched it, and are now here to give you their thoughts, just in time for the 2016 holidays! You'll think we're making it up. Sadly, we are not.

Let's just say there's a reason Disney & Lucasfilm are always trying to make the video disappear.

Dec 22, 2016

It's not doing well on Rotten Tomatoes, but Andy Farnsworth actually kind of enjoyed the new movie "Passengers" starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. 

Andy did feel the trailers were a little misleading on a key plot point (hence the mild spoiler warning) but since the info is revealed pretty quickly in the movie he doesn't feel like it will ruin your experience--and maybe you'll feel less irritated than he did.

This movie mashes up a million things you've seen before (Castaway, 2001, Interstellar, The Last Man on Earth, Titanic, Sleeping Beauty...) but all that is just an excuse to get two of the more likeable stars in Hollywood (@PrattPrattPratt & J-Law) together in the same movie.

Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum.

Dec 16, 2016

WARNING: Contains spoilers for Rogue One - A Star Wars Story!

The SLC Fanboys are positively GUSHING about Rogue One. 

Adam Thomas liked the callbacks to the original Star Wars trilogy and was impressed with some of the CG tricks.

Tysen Webb (of course) loved how Darth Vader was portrayed.

Andy Farnsworth loved that it was a Star Wars movie made for long-time fans of the Original Trilogy.

They talk Easter eggs, nods to Star Wars Rebels, agree how great K2S0 is and pick around for any links to The Force Awakens.

Hopefully you aren't friends with Jyn Erso, because then you might survive to actually hear or watch this podcast!

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story features Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe & Alan Tudyk as K2S0. It is directed by Gareth Edwards.

Dec 16, 2016

WARNING: Contains spoilers for Rogue One - A Star Wars Story!

The SLC Fanboys are positively GUSHING about Rogue One. 

Adam Thomas liked the callbacks to the original Star Wars trilogy and was impressed with some of the CG tricks.

Tysen Webb (of course) loved how Darth Vader was portrayed.

Andy Farnsworth loved that it was a Star Wars movie made for long-time fans of the Original Trilogy.

They talk Easter eggs, nods to Star Wars Rebels, agree how great K2S0 is and pick around for any links to The Force Awakens.

Hopefully you aren't friends with Jyn Erso, because then you might survive to actually hear or watch this podcast!

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story features Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe & Alan Tudyk as K2S0. It is directed by Gareth Edwards.

Dec 14, 2016

Exactly how much do you want to know before you watch a movie or TV show... especially a blockbuster like Rogue One - A Star Wars Story?

All 3 SLC Fanboys are back together! Tysen Webb, Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth are joined by fangirl Beth Brewer to discuss/argue if the only thing spoilers can do is ruin a person's experience. Are there any times when "know before you go" can actually enhance the experience?

Don't worry, NO SPOILERS contained herein for Rogue One.  Some older movies get spoiled, like The Matrix, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Sixth Sense, The Force Awakens and Empire Strikes Back. But honestly, if you haven't seen any of those by now, then it's your own fault!

Dec 14, 2016

Since Tysen Webb and Adam Thomas haven't seen Rogue One yet and don't want to be spoiled, Andy Farnsworth is piloting the X-wing solo (from the appropriately named Death Star studio at KSL Broadcast House) for this review and preview of the biggest movie of the holiday season.

You won't hear any true spoilers here -- Andy talks generally about the plot, characters and galaxy without ruining the movie for you. Plus he tries to give you some guidelines to help you enjoy the movie to its fullest, right from the beginning.

And don't worry, once all three SLC Fanboys have seen the film, you'll get the full podcast treatment from your favorite geeks. 

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story features Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic & Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso.

It is directed by Gareth Edwards. Oh yeah, and Darth Vader makes an appearance!

 
Dec 13, 2016

Since Tysen Webb and Adam Thomas haven't seen the movie yet and don't want to be spoiled, Andy Farnsworth is piloting the X-wing solo (from the appropriately named Death Star studio at Broadcast House) for this review & preview of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You won't hear any true spoilers here -- Andy talks about the plot, characters and galaxy without ruining the movie for you. Guest host Darth Vader weighs in as well. And don't worry, once all three SLC Fanboys have seen the film, you'll get the full podcast treatment from your favorite geeks. 

Dec 8, 2016

The first season of HBO's Westworld is now in the books.  SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas & Andy Farnsworth talk about the consequences and fallout from that final episode and where director Jonathan Nolan could go with season 2.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW

Why did Maeve (Thandie Newton) get off the train?  What will happen to the park guests? Will we see Anthony Hopkins return as Dr. Robert Ford in some capacity?  What will Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden) do now?  Is the Man in Black (Ed Harris) dead?  What happened to Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth)?  And what's next for Bernard (Jeffrey Wright)?

Dec 3, 2016

Adam Thomas & Andy Farnsworth look back at the best of the Star Trek: The Next Generation film franchise--"Star Trek: First Contact"--20 years after it hit theaters around Thanksgiving 1996.

Both agree it's one of the best Trek films of all 13 that have come out so far, they liked the cast, the story, the music, the choice of villain...pretty much everything about it. 

Plus, they talk about the actor that was once considered for the role of Borg Queen and imagine how THAT film might have played out.

Star Trek: First Contact was directed by Jonathan Frakes, written by Ronald D. Moore, and starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Frakes as Commander Riker, Brent Spiner as Data, Michael Dorn as Worf, Alfre Woodard as Lily, James Cromwell as Zefram Cochrane, and Alice Krige as the Borg Queen.

Dec 1, 2016

Andy Farnsworth & Tysen Webb turn the hype machine to 11 as they try and get through the agonizing final weeks before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

Nothing will be spoiled beyond what is already in the official Lucasfilm/Disney trailers & TV spots, so listen away!

Tysen has been waiting 30+ years to see his favorite character Darth Vader properly represented on the big screen (Revenge of the Sith doesn't count!) but hopes he's not used too much.

Andy hopes the studio's "interference" produces something great through struggle, rather than mess it up.

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Madds Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, and Ben Mendelsohn as Director Orson Krennic. It also stars Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Saw Gerrera, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen and Jimmy Smits.

Nov 25, 2016

SLC Fanboy Tysen Webb returns (finally!) and is joined by Fangirl Sheryl Worsley to discuss "The Walking Dead".  Has the show lost its way?

CURRENT SEASON spoilers contained herein. Be warned!

Nov 24, 2016

 

Andy Farnsworth is joined once again by Fangirl Taylor Powers for a deep dive into "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

If you are concerned about spoilers, DO NOT LISTEN UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN THE MOVIE!

In Part 2, Andy & Taylor continue their discussion, exploring a little more the relationship between the main characters Tina, Newt, Queenie & Jacob...wonder when this portion of history takes place--before or AFTER the death of Dumbledore's sister Ariana...and possibly figure out an incredible connection between Credence and a major character from the Harry Potter series.

 

Nov 23, 2016

Andy Farnsworth is joined once again by Fangirl Taylor Powers for a deep dive into "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

If you are concerned about spoilers, DO NOT LISTEN UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN THE MOVIE!

In Part 1, Andy & Taylor recap plot points, talk a little off-screen history of some of the characters and discover that Andy has never been sorted into a Hogwarts house, unlike Taylor (Hufflepuff)--who also realized too late she would have been the perfect age and physical description to play one of the characters in the original "Harry Potter" movie series.

Nov 17, 2016

The SLC Fanboys talk "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", the newest entry into the Harry Potter movie franchise from Warner Bros.  Don't worry, NO SPOILERS contained herein but you WILL get to hear from the Maker herself, J.K. Rowling.

Adam Thomas really liked the movie, despite never having read the Harry Potter books (or even seen ONE of the HP movies before!).  Andy Farnsworth has all the insider nods that fans will catch, the story & the visuals. He also LOVES that HP fans will know what it was like for him when he saw the first Harry Potter movie.

"Fantastic Beasts" stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Ezra Miller as Credence and Colin Farrell as Percival Graves.  The movie was written and produced by J.K. Rowling.

Nov 11, 2016

What if... Kylo Ren had been played by Eddie Redmayne instead of Adam Driver?

SLC Fanboys Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth discuss the revelation that the Oscar-winning Redmayne auditioned for the part of Ren from Star Wars The Force Awakens and imagine how that might have turned out.

They also talk about the possibility (however remote) that the X-Men could join the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe & how Doctor Strange fits into this.

Finally, would you like to see a live-action Voltron movie? There's a chance you might get to in the near future.

Nov 5, 2016

WARNING: LISTEN AFTER SEEING DOCTOR STRANGE IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE

SLC Fanboy Andy Farnsworth is joined by Fangirls Taylor Powers from KSL and McKenzie Romero of the Deseret News to dive deep into the mystic waters of Marvel's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams.

In Part 2  we discuss some of what we disliked (some nitpicking by the girls), give the movie our FINAL rating, and say whether or not we'd own this movie when it's available.  (There's also some Chris Pratt fangirling thrown in)

Nov 5, 2016

WARNING: LISTEN AFTER SEEING DOCTOR STRANGE IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE

Andy Farnsworth is joined by Fangirls Taylor Powers from KSL and McKenzie Romero of the Deseret News to dive deep into the mystic waters of Marvel's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams.

In Part 1 we discuss what we liked, some of the characters and what we learned about them, and "tutting", a hand-based form of dance that the director used to choreograph how the actors depicted the magic in the movie.

Nov 3, 2016

NOTE: *Minor* spoilers in the video, but nothing that's not in the trailers

SLC Fanboys Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth are joined by Fangirl Taylor Powers with their reactions immediately after seeing Marvel's "Doctor Strange" starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.

Everyone agreed this was pretty amazing visually and the 3D & IMAX are worth the extra cost.  It looks like Marvel/Disney could have another hit on their hands. 

Oh, and make sure you stay through all the credits!

Nov 2, 2016

Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth talk the latest rumors about Star Wars Episode VIII (what is Luke Skywalker wearing?!?!) and positive early rumblings about the Han Solo movie due in 2018.

Adam also unearthed some positive rumors about the plot of Star Trek Discovery and the possibility of a Klingon ship's crew as a regular part of the cast.

Another director has jumped ship from a superhero movie...this time it's Rick Famuyiwa leaving DCEU "The Flash" movie starring Ezra Miller prior to principal photography.

And finally, James Cameron changed how we view 3D movies with 2009's "Avatar", what is he trying to do for "Avatar 2"?

Oct 28, 2016

Andy Farnsworth reviews "Inferno", the new movie based on the book by Dan Brown, starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and directed by Ron Howard.

Andy & Adam Thomas also talk about other book-to-movie adaptations they liked and disliked--including "The Witches", "Gods and Generals", "Ender's Game", "Jurassic Park" and, of course, "Harry Potter".  Andy argues that whatever you do first (book or movie), you're more inclined to like better.

Oct 28, 2016

Big news for those like Adam Thomas who are eagerly anticipating CBS/Paramount's Star Trek Discovery--producer and writer Bryan Fuller is no longer heavily involved in the "troubled" production.

Adam has long argued his doubts the show will premiere in May 2017, especially considering production is supposed to begin in November and they still haven't cast the lead.  So he and Andy Farnsworth have decided to help the producers out by making some decisions for them.

Deadpool 2 is also searching for a new director now that Tim Miller has quit the project.  But don't worry, all you Deadpool fanboys, Ryan Reynolds is still on board and you can bet there will be *at least* one joke in the new movie to poke fun at Miller's exit.

Oct 20, 2016

The SLC Fanboys talk about NBC's new fall show "Timeless" starring Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer & Malcom Barrett.  It's the latest of many shows and movies to use time travel as a storytelling device or plot point.  Andy Farnsworth has enjoyed the first couple of episodes but wonders how often you can play with the timeline before you just have to reset everything.

Andy, Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb also talk about some of the different time travel shows/movies (like "Back to the Future", "Doctor Who" & "Quantum Leap")--including some less-than-spectacular efforts (ahem--"Star Trek Generations", "Hot Tub Time Machine 2")... and a forgotten Disney movie from the 80's that Andy & Adam say actually gets future time travel correct!

Oct 20, 2016

The SLC Fanboys talk their favorite episodes of "The Simpsons" as the long-running animated show (27 years!) recently reached the 600-episode mark.

Adam Thomas and Andy Farnsworth found it hard to trim down to just a few personal faves, but Adam loved both episodes with a certain "logical" guest star... while Andy's favorites involved absurdity and satire.

"The Simpsons" was created by Matt Groening, James L. Brooks & Sam Simon. It stars Dan Castellaneta as Homer, Julie Kavner as Marge, Yeardley Smith as Lisa, and Nancy Cartwright as Bart.

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