Fan Effect

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 TV shows. Andy Farnsworth, Adam Thomas and Tysen Webb live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
Celebrating the rich, deep, layered tale that is season 1 of “Star Wars: Andor”   (01:28:29) November 30, 2022
“Star Wars” fans are as varied in their opinions of recent entries into the film & TV portions of the franchise.  But opinion has generally been positive for the recently-completed “Star Wars: Andor” series on Disney+. In this episode, “Star Wars” superfans Andy Farnsworth and KSL-TV’s Dan Spindle break down what writer/creator Tony Gilroy did […]
How “Spirited” and “A Christmas Story Christmas” Rank Among Classic Holiday Films   (01:23:13) November 29, 2022
“You’ll shoot your eye out!” is one of the many memorable lines from 1983’s “A Christmas Story,” a movie that has memorably wormed its way into pop culture over the decades.  Nearly 40 years later, we have a sequel called “A Christmas Story Christmas” that brings back most of the cast of the original to […]
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” packs a powerful punch and stunning storytelling   (01:31:22) November 15, 2022
The much-anticipated sequel to “Black Panther” is now a hit block-busting film. This is in spite of the sudden loss of the star of the original film, Chadwick Boseman. Today on the Fan Effect Podcast, hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen review and analyze why the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” is […]
Mini-Review: Can the Rock’s “Black Adam” save the DC Extended Universe?   (08:18) October 22, 2022
The question on everybody’s minds as we move into the Box office weekend is, can The Rock’s “Black Adam” save the DC Universe? In this minisode review, resident DC Comics fan, Producer KellieAnn Halvorsen, gives the answer on this 11th DC Extended Universe movie, and spin-off of 2019’s “Shazam!”  While the film is formulaic fun […]
Andy’s KSL-T #WhatToWatch: Cobra Kai season 5 is back just ahead of cast guests at FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022   (07:20) September 09, 2022
Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of September 9, 2022. Andy’s favorite steaming show is back on Netflix for season 5 and already is a big hit. The cast of Cobra Kai is back ( Part of them are coming to FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022 just around the corner!), […]
Andy’s KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Labor Day weekend is a great weekend for Lord of the Rings fans and three-dollar movies   (07:24) September 02, 2022
Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of September 2, 2022. There are so many great shows to stream and see this labor day weekend. Amazon Prime Video’s much-anticipated “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” is based on The Silmarillion. In theaters is “Gigi and Nate,” a movie based […]
Andy’s KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: She-Hulk Attorney at Law smashes her way into the MCU   (07:42) August 19, 2022
Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of  August 19, 2022.  A new TV series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe called“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”  biggest name among the offerings, but will she win over audiences’ hearts? Over on Netflix adaptation of the Broadway musical “13” is turning heads, or as Andy would […]
Will there be thunderous love for ‘Thor: Love and Thunder?’ With Chris Provost   (01:26:43) July 08, 2022
Thor is back on the big screen for the fourth time, but more importantly, Jane Foster’s Thor is on screen for the first time!!! Marvel fans are rejoicing at the latest addition to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of “Thor: Love and Thunder.” The question is, will there be thunderous love for […]
‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Deep Dive with KSL-TV’s Dan Spindle, Round 2   (01:42:36) June 23, 2022
Put on your Jedi rebreather, because we’re diving DEEP into the final 3 episodes of Disney Plus series ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’. KSL TV’s Dan Spindle joins Andy Farnsworth once again for an extended discussion of the second half of the popular streaming series, which sees the former Jedi Master Kenobi pressed into action and out of […]
Does ‘Lightyear’ live up to the ‘Toy Story’ legacy? Featuring a former Disney Parks cast member   (01:14:48) June 17, 2022
A generation of kids grew up on the iconic ‘Toy Story’ character, Buzz Lightyear. Now with the new Disney/Pixar film ‘Lightyear,’ we take a closer look at the more human side of this zealous Space Ranger. Will this movie live up to the legacy of the original films? That’s what Fan Effect Hosts Andy Farnsworth […]
Star Wars experts Dan Spindle and Andy Farnsworth are back dissecting Episode 1-3 of Disney Plus’s ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’   (01:17:47) June 06, 2022
Two of our favorite Star Wars experts are back and ready to talk about the return of Kenobi. KSL TV’s Dan Spindle and our host Andy Farnsworth have waited for what feels like ages to discuss Disney Plus’s new series ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Now with three episodes under their belts, they are bursting with details to […]
‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ feels like a long episode in the best way possible   (01:16:10) May 27, 2022
“Bob’s Burgers” has been part of Fox’s animation domination lineup since 2011, developing a smaller but more rabid fandom than some of its peers. Now they are rejoicing as the Belcher family (Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, and Louise) have their own musical-comedy-thriller-mystery on the big screen. In this episode of Fan Effect, our hosts are […]
“Top Gun: Maverick” is a soaring success of a sequel!   (01:05:26) May 27, 2022
Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend box office, a sequel 36 years in the making is returning excited audiences to the ‘Danger Zone.’ “Top Gun: Maverick” is a soaring success of action, nostalgia, and story. Today on the Fan Effect Podcast our hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen dive deeply (after a spoiler-free […]
Andy’s KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Fictions and a couple of truth-is-more-fantastic-than-fiction options   (09:26) May 13, 2022
Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of May 13, 2022.  First, a new Star Trek series with a “strange” concept of just telling interesting sci-fi stories with likable characters in ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.’ A couple of truth-is-more-fantastic-than-fiction dramatic options include ‘The Offer,’ a weekly series that tells the story […]
Fan Effect dives into the ‘Multiverse of Madness’   (01:14:06) May 13, 2022
After a bit of a delay, the Fan Effect crew is ready to dive deeply into “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Hosts Andy Farnsworth and KellieAnn Halvorsen are joined by the Pop Knowledge blogger’ Natalie Mollinet to dissect this “Strange” sequel, which takes you to the darker side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. […]
Fan(X) Effect: Dan Farr has some ‘Scream’ingly cool guest announcements for FanX 2022   (54:16) May 13, 2022
Can you believe FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022 is four months away?!! We can’t! Horror fans are excited about some ‘Scream’ingly cool guest just announced for the September mega event. FanX Founder Dan Farr joins host Andy Farnsworth to talk about the new celebrity guest announcements, reminisce about past events, and tease upcoming FanX […]
May the Fourth Be With You! Andy Farnsworth and Dan Spindle Enjoy #StarWarsDay, New Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer   (01:13:40) May 04, 2022
Fan Effect’s two resident Star Wars experts, Andy Farnsworth and Dan Spindle (from KSL 5 TV) form a Dyad on Star Wars Day to discuss the new Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer, and reminisce about their favorite moments and lines from the galaxy far, far away.  They also debate which are the best movies from each trilogy, […]
Andy’s KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Funny favorites include some ‘Bad Guys’ and Nick Cage   (08:37) April 23, 2022
Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of April 22, 2022. It’s a wide selection of entertainment options this weekend with something for people of all different tastes. The family-friendly favorite is Dreamworks’ “The Bad Guys “ in theaters which everyone can enjoy. For a more grown-up comedy, “The Unbearable Weight of […]
Will the magic return to the Fantastic Beasts franchise with “The Secrets of Dumbledore?”   (01:02:21) April 15, 2022
The long-awaited and long-plagued third installment of The Fantastic Beasts franchise finally is in theaters, but does the movie return to the magic we muggles have gotten used to in the ever-expanding Wizarding World of Harry Potter? “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” might be getting mixed reviews from the press, but on this episode […]
Andy’s KSL-TV #WhatToWatch: Sonic the Hedgehog runs into theaters the second time while ‘Waterman’ Makes waves   (06:49) April 09, 2022
Andy Farnsworth joinsKSL-TVto help audiences decipher #WhatToWatch for the weekend of April 8, 2022. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” runs into the theaters as a sequel to the 2020 surprise hit. For the grown-ups, there’s Michael Bay’s latest movie, “Ambulance”  that you might need some motion sickness meds to get through; Espionage twists and turns with […]