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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.

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