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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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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.

Sep 14, 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.

Sep 7, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, we review the highly-anticipated movie "It", based on the Stephen King novel and directed by Andy Muschietti.  It's not exactly the horror movie you might expect.

Andy, Tysen and Aaron also talk about how horror is unique as a genre in that it's one of the few where unhappy endings can be acceptable, as long as certain things happen during the movie, and try to figure out what makes us go out seeking that fear thrill?

They also discuss why Pennywise (played in this movie by Bill Skarsgard) might choose the clown as his "default" scary form and ask the question, What form would "It" take to scare you?

"It" stars Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher as Bill; Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben; Sophia Lillis as Beverly; Finn Wolfhard (from Stranger Things) as Richie; Chosen Jacobs as Mike; Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie; and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley.

Sep 6, 2017

Marvel's Cinematic Universe of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the other Avengers are an an unquestioned success on the big screen.  But Marvel's TV offerings have been... a mixed bag at best so far.  Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter haven't gotten the traction on broadcast TV the studio hoped for. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have each had their own series on Netflix but no one other than the streaming giant knows the actual viewing numbers.  Now comes Marvel's The Defenders, an 8-episode series out on Netflix now that unites those four heroes.

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Aaron Zundel review the series and it's cast (hint: pretty impressive), talk a bit about the history of The Defenders in the Marvel comics (hint: not very impressive) and what they think of this grittier portion of what is supposed to be the same world as Spider-Man, Cap and Tony Stark.

Aug 29, 2017

It's our Fall Fandom TV preview, and it's SO BIG that it needs two parts! 

Join Andy, Tysen and Aaron as we talk about the new and returning TV shows that will capture our attention as fans of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, supernatural and superheroes this fall over the air and on streaming.

In Part 2, we preview the shows coming out in October and November--and there are a LOT!  All kinds of interesting stuff in mid-to-late fall, including new shows Ghosted, The Gifted (from the X-Men universe), Marvel's Runaways, Marvel's The Punisher, and Young Sheldon (from Big Bang Theory).  We also talk about returning shows Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, Lucifer, The Shannara Chronicles, Mr. Robot, the CW's DC superhero lineup (The Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) and the Archie comics-based Riverdale. The Walking Dead also returns in October, as does the long-awaited season 2 of Stranger Things.

Which of these are on your must-watch list?  Are you as excited for some of them as Tysen, Aaron & Andy?

Aug 29, 2017

It's our Fall Fandom TV preview, and it's SO BIG that it needs two parts! 

Join Andy, Tysen and Aaron as we talk about the new and returning TV shows that will capture our attention as fans of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, supernatural and superheroes this fall over the air and on streaming.

In Part 1, we preview the shows from August and September, including Marvel's The Defenders, The Tick, Fear the Walking Dead, The Orville, Gotham, Star Trek Discovery, The Big Bang Theory, and Marvel's Inhumans.  Which of these are on YOUR must-watch list?

Aug 17, 2017

The heist movie. They've been around forever, often feature all-star casts and are usually tense, exciting and fun.  They're also the kind of movie that gets us to root guilt-free for the good guys to do a "bad" thing.

In this podcast, Andy, Aaron and Tysen talk about the new movie "Logan Lucky", a Coen Brothers-esque blue-collar heist movie directed by Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's 11" trilogy) and featuring a surprisingly long list of stars like Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Seth McFarland, Katie Holmes, Katherine Watterston, Sebastian Stan and Hilary Swank.

We also explore why as viewers we seem to be OK with our good guys committing a crime; and we pick our favorite heist movies from the past few years.

Aug 10, 2017

**NOTE** The show "Rick and Morty" is part of Cartoon Network's [Adult Swim] and as such, many of the topics on the actual show (and by extension, some of the discussion on this particular podcast episode) may not be suitable for younger listeners.  Think PG-13.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SEASON 1 & 2 OF "RICK AND MORTY"

So, have you heard about this cartoon called "Rick and Morty"?  If you've listened to the podcast for awhile, you've certainly heard us refer to it before.  In this episode, Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and Aaron Zundel go in-depth on what we think is one of the most brilliant shows on TV right now.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better combination of humor, deep-thinking moments, philosophical questions/debate, weirdness, sci-fi, improv, creativity and hidden meaning anywhere than in this show created by Dan Harmon ("Community").

So whether you're already a fan, or just curious to know what all the fuss is about, have a listen and prepare yourself to laugh and think.

Also, special thanks to Will Schoder for letting us use audio of his YouTube video "Rick and Morty - Finding Meaning in Life".  The video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez1rWBPznEc&t=29s

Aug 4, 2017

"The Dark Tower" finally hits movie theaters after years of waiting by fans of the book series.  It's the latest big screen adaptation of the many, many writings to come from the mind of author Stephen King. 

In this episode of the podcast, Andy Farnsworth, Aaron Zundel and Tysen Webb talk about the new movie starring Matthew McConaughey (as the Man in Black) and Idris Elba (as the Gunslinger), what they liked and disliked about it, whether it helps or hurts to have read the books before seeing the movie, and if we think we'll get more movies in the series.

They also discuss why fans feel so strongly about "The Dark Tower" series, how it ties into many of King's other works, why King's writings seem to be difficult to successfully adapt to film, and just how prolific the man is at churning out content (perhaps you'll be surprised by some of the films that were based on his works).

Jul 27, 2017

For this podcast, we found a "Star Wars" quiz on BuzzFeed which claimed that only a Jedi Master could get 12 out of 12. So we decided to take the challenge.

Andy Farnsworth, who often brags that he can win Star Wars Trivial Pursuit in one turn, asks the questions and Tysen Webb and Adam Thomas give it their all--no phones or computers allowed. 

How will *you* do?  See if you can get them all correct, or if you can answer them faster than these three!  We would be honored...if you would JOIN us...

Jul 21, 2017

Christopher Nolan has directed some of the biggest movies of the past decade and a half, and is generally considered one of the best in Hollywood today.  DUNKIRK is his latest effort, an incredible visual and audio experience that tells a story from World War II that most Americans may not be familiar with.

In this podcast, Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel review DUNKIRK and discuss whether or not it ranks among Nolan's best career work.  We also examine some of Nolan's earlier works, including the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar and The Prestige, while trying to decide which are his best and why.

 

DUNKIRK stars Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.  When Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, in World War II, they wonder how and when help will arrive.

Jul 21, 2017

Doctor Who fans got a jolt with the announcement of Jodie Whittaker (best known for Broadchurch and Attack the Block) as the 13th Doctor, replacing Peter Capaldi in the upcoming series on the BBC.

In this podcast, Adam Thomas, Tysen Webb, Aaron Zundel and Andy Farnsworth are joined by Whovian Tamara Webb (who also happens to be Tysen's wife) to talk about the casting, as well as some of the backlash by a segment of fans over the casting of a woman in the role for the first time...plus a little bit of background on Doctor Who for the uninitiated (like us).

Jul 19, 2017

Disney just wrapped up their fifth D23 Fan Expo in Anaheim, and we had someone there!  Honorary Fanboy and special correspondent Matthew Hansen joins Andy Farnsworth in studio for this podcast to recap and break down all the amazing stuff he saw over the three days of the Expo; including (and especially) descriptions of the Avengers Infinity War panel and trailer, and the Star Wars The Last Jedi panel and trailer.

Matthew got exclusive peeks at the live-action Lion King remake by Jon Favreau, Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Incredibles 2, Wreck-It-Ralph 2, Coco, and Olaf's Frozen Adventure.  Plus, updates on the live-action Dumbo (by Tim Burton!), Mulan, Aladdin and even more!

We think you'll get just as excited as Andy when you listen! So join us, won't you?

Jul 14, 2017

In this podcast, we're talking about "War for the Planet of the Apes", in which director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis and a bunch of other CG monkeys are so incredible that you end up rooting against your own human species.

Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Aaron Zundel talk about what they liked about movie (hint: a LOT)--even though Tysen hadn't seen it yet (no spoilers outside what is in the trailers).  Andy hasn't seen the first two movies in the trilogy.  It leads to an interesting discussion to why the "Planet of the Apes" films keep getting made and what is it about the story that speaks to us.  

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In War for the Planet of the Apes, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

The movie stars Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer & Terry Notary

 
Jul 13, 2017

Summer 2017 has seen three third movies in a trilogy released: Cars 3, Despicable Me 3 and War for the Planet of the Apes. So the whole crew is together to talk about the trilogy concept and what makes a good third movie in a trilogy or series.

Tysen Webb, Adam Thomas, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel also discuss some of their favorite third movies (there's one they all have in common), third movies that never got made but should have, and then categorize a bunch of them into great, decent and terrible categories, including: 

Alien3, Back to the Future III, Batman Forever, Captain America Civil War, Cars 3, Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dark Knight Rises, Despicable Me 3, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hobbit: Battle of 5 Armies, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, Iron Man 3, LOTR: Return of the King, Matrix Revolutions, Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith, Spider-Man 3, Star Trek III, Star Trek Beyond, Superman III, Toy Story 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Apocalypse, War For the Planet of the Apes.
 
Any we missed from the list? Do you agree with our categorizations? Listen and then comment!
Jul 6, 2017

Spider-Man is *finally* where he belongs: with the other heroes of the Marvel Universe. Thanks to a deal between Sony and Disney, the web-slinger gets the movie treatment he's always deserved in SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING

Tysen Webb, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel can do nothing but GUSH about Spidey's latest big-screen adventure, from the clever story, the awesome villain (The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton), the humor, the feeling, the heroism, to the (thankfully not overdone) appearances of Happy Hogan and Tony Stark/Iron Man--there's little not to like.

We also discuss how Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man ranks against Tobey Maguire's and Andrew Garfield's versions.  Are you a big fan of Spider-Man? One of these three guys doesn't even have him in his top-5 superheroes.  Can the 6th movie in the past 15 years about Spidey connect even with those who aren't his biggest fans?  Check out our podcast and then let us know what YOU think on the subject!

 

Spider-Man Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, and Michael Keaton. It was directed by Jon Watts.

Jun 29, 2017

In this episode of the podcast we're talking about the return of Gru and his Minions in DESPICABLE ME 3 from Dreamworks and Illumination Studios.

Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Aaron Zundel are divided in their opinion of this movie (and Despicable Me 2 for that matter), but not along the lines you might expect.

It also leads to a very interesting discussion on childhood, magic, hope, myth, possibilities, adulthood, nostalgia and helps explain why three grown men are arguing about a movie aimed at kids!

Despicable Me 3 stars the voice talents of Steve Carell as Gru (and Dru), Kristen Wiig as Lucy, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Trey Parker (of South Park fame) as villain Balthazar Bratt, Steve Coogan and even a vocal cameo from Julie Andrews!

Jun 26, 2017

Lots of big news recently for Star Trek Discovery...the biggest of which is the premiere date! The show will debut on Sunday, September 24th on CBS television before moving exclusively to streaming on the CBS All-Access app for the remainder of the season.

Adam Thomas, Tysen Webb and Andy Farnsworth talk about all the new information: seeing our first images of Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca; more detail on Sonequa Martin-Green's character Michael Burnham; Plus, what is the "Roddenberry Rule" when it comes to Star Trek TV series, and should Discovery attempt to follow it?

If you're at all looking forward to this show, you MUST give us a listen and then let us know how *you* feel!

Jun 23, 2017

The studio decided not to screen TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT for critics, and after paying their own money to see it, Tysen Webb, Andy Farnsworth and Aaron Zundel can easily see why not.  (Adam Thomas wisely didn't spend any of his money or his time seeing it.)

In this podcast (which DOES contain spoilers), we review the film and talk about what exactly we think is going on with the multi-billion dollar movie-based-on-a-toy franchise.  There were some redeeming qualities we saw (Peter Cullen! Frank Welker!), but it wasn't enough to make up for it's many and massive problems.  You almost can't believe some of the things we saw and heard Sir Anthony Hopkins(!) do in this movie.  However, you CAN believe some of the things director Michael Bay did: disregarding plot elements he himself had established in earlier films; having key characters disappear for large chunks of the movie; having terrible dialogue.

We also talk about why even CARE what happens next with Optimus Prime, Megatron, and the Transformers franchise? The answer goes deeper for some of us than others.  Give us a listen and see what YOU think, then tell us in the comments!

Jun 16, 2017

(Podcast contains MILD spoilers--nothing that's not in the trailers)

Andy Farnsworth and award-winning writer and guest contributor Aaron Zundel are talking CARS 3 in this podcast.  The latest offering from Disney and Pixar is an attempt by the lucrative merchandising franchise to recover from the widely reviled Cars 2, generally considered the worst of the Pixar movies.

CARS 3 brings back Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, Sally, Luigi and the rest of the crew from Radiator Springs, plus it introduces us to newcomers Cruz Ramirez, Sterling and Lightning's young rival Jackson Storm.

But, does CARS 3 have a story worth telling?  Is it a good Pixar movie?  Is it a victim or beneficiary of being a sequel?  What makes a sequel worth watching?  Where do we think CARS 3 ranks among all the Pixar movies?  Listen to the podcast, then give us your opinions in the comments!

Jun 14, 2017

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters, as well as what we're hoping for the series.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers for THE MUMMY (2017), but nothing you didn't see in the trailers.

NOTE: This episode is the audio-only, full version of the 4-part video, also available on our page.

Jun 10, 2017

[VIDEO] Part 1 of 4

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers (but nothing you didn't see in the trailers)

Join us for parts 2-4 as well!

Jun 10, 2017

[VIDEO] Part 2 of 4

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers (but nothing you didn't see in the trailers)

Join us for parts 1, 3 & 4 as well!

Jun 10, 2017

[VIDEO] Part 3 of 4

Universal Studios brings THE MUMMY to the big screen once again, but this time with Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis.

Andy Farnsworth and Tysen Webb are joined by award-winning writer Aaron Zundel to talk about what they liked and didn't like about this first entry into the new DARK UNIVERSE of movie monsters.

WARNING - This episode contains mild spoilers (but nothing you didn't see in the trailers)

Join us for parts 1, 2 & 4 as well!

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