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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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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!

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