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Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies and TV shows. Andy Farnsworth and most of his co-hosts and guests live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies and TV shows. Andy Farnsworth and most of his co-hosts and guests live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

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Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains behind 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 movies and TV shows. Andy Farnsworth and most of his co-hosts and guests live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

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English


Episodes

Dan Farr on the first big guest announcement of FanX 2021!

1/8/2021
It is official, FanX 2021 has announced their first big guests for the Salt Lake Comic Convention this September. While the global pandemic postponed the 2020 event, FanX founder and producer Dan Farr is excitedly planning a party like no other this year! He joins host Andy Farnsworth to dive into the universe of the announced guests, discusses the fun of working with celebrities, and all you need to know to finally get your con on in 2021. Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains...

Duration:00:49:51

Star Wars finally has another holiday special and this time it’s Lego!

12/22/2020
What happens when the cuteness of legos meets the horrifying 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special? We get the new hybrid of Star Wars parody that is The Lego Holiday Star Wars Special. The show, released on Life Day 2020 on DisneyPlus, is a family-friendly comedic jumble of time-traveling, Easter egg hunting, Wookie growling fun. Deseret News’ Entertainment Editor Herb Scribner joins hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen to explore this new take on the Star Wars universe, and compare it to...

Duration:00:47:33

Happy belated Birthday! Getting to know Andy Farnsworth Fandoms

11/16/2020
In this special edition of Fan Effect, we get to know a bit more about our host, Andy Farnsworth, as a belated birthday gift to our listeners. What sparked his love of all things fandom? What in his opinion are the elements that make for a magnificent movie? What is his vision for the future of this podcast? We explore a wide array of pop-culture topics and deep-dive into why and how good storytelling changes our lives for the better. Beyond Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Tech, the brains...

Duration:00:57:08

Fear Effect: Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory

10/22/2020
Utah loves Halloween, and the multitude of haunted houses and creepy experiences are evidence of our playful devotion to the holiday. In this episode Fan Effect visits the Fear Factory, the fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, actually HAUNTED haunted house in the heart of Salt Lake City. The massive haunt sprawls across 6 buildings, up 6 stories, and even into underground passages, with a gaggle of ghosties and ghoulies to appease the wants of any horror-lover. Host KellieAnn Halvorsen is...

Duration:00:38:45

Let's all go to the drive-in with the Salt Lake Film Society

10/15/2020
Are you craving the movie-going experience in this topsy-turvy pandemic world? Well, The Salt Lake Film Society has some options to allow you to get your popcorn on, and see the new and classic films you crave from the comfort of your own home or as a glorious drive-in experience. Tori Baker, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS) joins host KellieAnn Halvorsen to discuss all the cinema experiences the non-profit arthouse theater has to share with their audiences. The SLFS is...

Duration:00:34:07

Dude, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" Is Like Movie Comfort Food

9/14/2020
It's been over 30 years since Bill S Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan first became a pop culture smash hit in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but with everything that's happened in 2020, their third movie, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" is somehow exactly what we needed. In this episode, Andy Farnsworth is joined by KSL TV morning news anchor Dan Spindlefor an overwhelmingly positive review of "Face the Music" (with spoilers)... as well as some hilarious deep discussion breaking down...

Duration:00:42:46

Is the “Mulan” live-action remake worth the premium access cost?

9/10/2020
We had to wait almost six extra months for it, but the live-action version of “Mulan” from Disney studios finally premiered... exclusively on Disney Plus...at an extra cost. The biggest question for fans of the 1998 original is should you spend the money to watch it now… or wait a few months until it becomes available to ALL Disney Plus subscribers. Andy Farnsworth is joined by his new co-host KellieAnn Halvorsen and regular guests Fanx Celebrity Panelist and geek mom Natalie Mollinet and...

Duration:01:04:27

Talking COVID-19 Effects on FanX 2020 With Owner/Co-Founder Dan Farr

4/7/2020
COVID-19 has forced closures and cancellations aplenty through spring 2020, including big movies, concerts, events and conventions. Restrictions on gatherings may continue until later in the year, something that could potentially affect FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention in September and its many thousands of attendees. Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth reached out to FanX owner & co-founder Dan Farr (from a safe social distance!) to answer the big questions fans may be wondering about the annual...

Duration:00:47:16

Disney/Pixar's ONWARD and What Fandom Characters We'd Like to Spend A Day With

3/6/2020
The main theme in Disney/Pixar's new movie ONWARD centered around the question: What would you do to spend one more day with a loved one who is dead, and what would you do during that day? Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth joined once again by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner to review "Onward" (with minor spoilers) and talk about each of their personal connections to the story. They also discuss which character from their favorite fandoms they'd like to spend a day with and what...

Duration:01:10:39

Sonic, "Call of the Wild", "The Invisible Man" and the Challenge of Adapting Games and Books Into Movies

3/3/2020
The leading box office movies of the past month have all been adaptations of either books or a video game: "Sonic the Hedgehog"; "The Call of the Wild"; "The Invisible Man". But if you've been paying attention, this is not a recent trend. Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Kristian Odland, GeekTyrant.com writer and "One Minute Critic" on Instagram, to discuss these three recent movies, as well as Hollywood's apparent shift away from writing screenplays and creating imaginative movies about...

Duration:01:09:42

The Immediate Future of "Star Wars" Is "The High Republic"

2/27/2020
The future of "Star Wars" outside of Disney Plus is no longer a secret with the announcement of "The High Republic" crossover series of books and comics. Starting in August 2020, publishers will explore the world of the Jedi that existed 200 years before the movie series takes place. Host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner to break down the details of the announcement, talk about what fans can expect, and gauge the reaction to the announcement from...

Duration:00:39:06

Reactions to the Leaked Star Wars Script From Colin Trevorrow

1/20/2020
A supposed first draft script for Star Wars Episode IX that Colin Trevorrow wrote before he was fired as director in 2017 is now on the web and has many fans asking... would this movie have been better final chapter in the saga than what we got in "The Rise of Skywalker?" Host Andy Farnsworth and Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner recap what was in the script, talk about the timing of the leak, what our reaction to it could say about us as fans, and why the continued fracturing...

Duration:01:13:11

Deep Dive Into "The Mandalorian" and How It's Uniting Fractured Star Wars Fans (Hint: #BabyYoda)

1/13/2020
Star Wars' first live-action TV series, "The Mandalorian," is an unquestioned success, as it quickly became one of the most in-demand streaming shows after its launch on day one of Disney Plus. Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth is joined by Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner and KSL Radio reporter Mary Richards to break down what we got from the eight episodes of season one, how the series came to be, background on the characters introduced and that big spoiler at the end of the...

Duration:01:19:10

Thoughts After a 9-Episode Star Wars Movie Theater Marathon

1/8/2020
There's an old saying about having too much of a good thing. It implies that at some point, we could get tired of even things we love. Eating one doughnut can be a delicious experience, but eating a dozen doughnuts at once can make you sick and maybe make you not want one for a long time. But is it true for all good things? Say, for instance...Star Wars? "Fan Effect" host Andy Farnsworth and Deseret.com entertainment editor Herb Scribner got to watch all 9 (IX?) Star Wars saga films in a row...

Duration:01:46:57

Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker Is Here and We Have (Spoiler-Filled) Thoughts!

12/20/2019
The wait is over and "Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker" has brought an end to the 42-year film saga. The Fan Effect team of Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb, Adam Thomas and Ryan Meeks go in-depth on their thoughts on both Episode IX and the sequel trilogy overall. They also talk about what they'd like to see from the "Star Wars" universe going forward. (NOTE: Massive Spoilers in this podcast episode. DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS UNTIL AFTER YOU SEE "RISE OF SKYWALKER") See omnystudio.com/listener for...

Duration:01:42:50

Crazy Predictions for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

12/13/2019
We're just days away from the release of "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" and we know you are bouncing off the wall with excitement and anticipation. So, to scratch the itch, Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth and DeseretNews.com's Herb Scribner decided to give their completely non-insider, fanboy opinions of what they *think* they'll see, and what they'd *like* to see in the conclusion to the 40-year, nine-movie saga. NOTE: No spoilers are contained herein, because they just don't know any. See...

Duration:01:16:14

"Frozen 2" Avoids Problems that Hurt Many Sequels & Kids Films By Aiming Older

11/26/2019
Disney Animation's "Frozen 2" is dominating the box office as fans, parents and kids eat up the long-awaited sequel. Andy Farnsworth is joined by KellieAnn Halvorsen of KSL NewsRadio's Movie Show and Disney D23 insider Matthew Hansen for some SPOILER TALK as they break down why "Frozen 2" seems to be resonating with so many viewers, and what things it did right to avoid looking like just a cynical cash grab. Also, they debate whether it's the intent of, or the result of, a character's...

Duration:00:56:00

Why "Terminator: Dark Fate" Should Not Be the End of the Franchise

11/13/2019
Back in 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator said he'd be back, and "Terminator: Dark Fate" is the fifth time he's kept that promise. But this new entry into the movie franchise hasn't had the success that the studio had hoped for, despite Linda Hamilton's and original creator James Cameron's returns, and decent critical reviews. Fan Effect host Andy Farnsworth and GeekTyrant.com writer Kristian Odland discuss their puzzlement at why other Terminator fans didn't enjoy the movie as much as...

Duration:00:56:48

The Final "Rise of Skywalker" Trailer is Here and We Are Star Wars Hungry Again

10/22/2019
Now that we have the final trailer for "Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker" we have to talk about what we SAW, what we DIDN'T SEE, and how we feel about the saga coming to a close. Host Andy Farnsworth, Tysen Webb and Herb Scribner of DeseretNews.com react to the trailer, rehash old arguments (cough--The Last Jedi--cough) & even reveal a possible new order to watch all the Star Wars movies for those who haven't seen them. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:52:00

Five Things That Make a Great and Memorable Villain

10/18/2019
Darth Vader, Joker, Voldemort, Thanos, Moriarty. Their names alone conjure up strong feelings in you immediately... for good or bad. Roger Ebert once said that a film is only as good as its villain, so Andy Farnsworth, Natalie Mollinet and Herb Scribner break down what makes a villain great and memorable, discuss some of the best villains from all the fandoms...and laugh at some of the forgettable ones (Condiment King, anyone?) Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, or...

Duration:01:06:20