The Incomparable

The Incomparable

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The Incomparable is a weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more, featuring a rotating panel of guests and hosted by Jason Snell.
366: Spoon!
Aug 12 • 67 min
“The Tick.”
365: Humour With a U in It
Aug 5 • 68 min
TV Hall of Fame Draft, Part 2
364: The Show of Theseus
Jul 29 • 69 min
TV Hall of Fame Draft, Part 1
363: From Cold City to Atomic Blonde
Jul 22 • 80 min
Antony Johnston’s journey from graphic novel to feature film
362: An Old Man With Wings
Jul 15 • 84 min
“Spider-Man: Homecoming”
361: Things Inside Other Things
Jul 9 • 85 min
“Doctor Who” series 10
360: A Dwarf Named Elwood
Jul 3 • 86 min
Rocket Surgery: “Dungeons and Dragons”
359: I Tried to Quit This Book Twice
Jun 24 • 87 min
Hugo and Nebula novels 2017
358: I Kissed Them Both
Jun 17 • 99 min
“Life is Strange”
357: It’s Above Average
Jun 10 • 95 min
“Wonder Woman”
356: I’m Smart, Not Like Everybody Says
Jun 3 • 84 min
“The Godfather Part II”, Part Two
355: What Would Pop Do?
May 28 • 87 min
“The Godfather Part II”, Part One
354: Sons of Caledonia
May 23 • 62 min
Dan Moren wrote a book!
353: Young Sexy Harry Mudd
May 20 • 59 min
“Star Trek: Discovery” trailer
352: Hold My Space Beer
May 13 • 83 min
The Guardians of the Galaxy are back, and so we’ve convened our panel of moviegoers to break down the good and bad of “Vol. 2.” Ego’s weird art collection! Yondu’s true status as a Space Dad! Sylvester Stallone being himself! Fighting sisters, deadbeat…
351: You’re Right, Father—Kill All Humans
May 7 • 67 min
AMC and Channel Four’s “Humans” season 2.
350: Magic Pixie Dream Girl
Apr 29 • 74 min
“The Magicians”
349: I’ve Got a Creamy Nougat
Apr 23 • 70 min
FX’s “Legion”
348: He’s Way Better Than Fonzie
Apr 15 • 104 min
“American Graffiti” and “Breaking Away”
347: I Tore My Pants
Apr 8 • 121 min
Star Trek Episode Draft
346: Go to the Moon
Apr 1 • 66 min
The books of N.K. Jemisin
345: Evil Giggle
Mar 25 • 70 min
“The Good Place.”
344: Metaphors All the Way Down
Mar 18 • 73 min
Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”
343: Billy Campbell’s Soup
Mar 11 • 75 min
“The Rocketeer”
342: Sad Superman
Mar 5 • 107 min
“Unbreakable”
341: Might As Well Keep Going
Feb 25 • 74 min
Rocket Surgery: “The Wizard of Mars”
340: Give the Robots Some Time
Feb 18 • 92 min
“Laputa - Castle in the Sky”
339: Burned Like Books
Feb 11 • 73 min
“Fahrenheit 451” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”
338: All About Evey
Feb 4 • 74 min
“V for Vendetta”
337b: …But Too Much
Jan 29 • 58 min
The rest of “Black Mirror”
337: 20 Minutes Into the Future
Jan 28 • 86 min
“Black Mirror”
336: You Had Me at ‘Splorch’
Jan 21 • 77 min
Comic book movie pitches
335: Perfect Kid Logic
Jan 14 • 83 min
“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”
334: Three Pillars of Batman
Jan 7 • 109 min
Tim Burton Batman movies
333: That’s How It Works: 2016 Year in Review
Jan 1 • 95 min
Best of 2016
332: She’s the Han Solo
Dec 24, 2016 • 112 min
“Rogue One” rebel podcaster opinions
331: I Refuse To Call It a Prequel
Dec 17, 2016 • 107 min
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
330: Team Killer Robot
Dec 10, 2016 • 81 min
“Westworld” Season 1
329: He’s More Man than Puppet
Dec 3, 2016 • 94 min
“Star Wars” travesty draft
328: Panspermia, but for Clothes
Nov 27, 2016 • 85 min
“Arrival”
327: This Robot is Eisenhower
Nov 19, 2016 • 81 min
“The Twilight Zone”
326: Likeable Jerkability
Nov 12, 2016 • 94 min
“The Right Stuff.”
325: The Monster Mash
Nov 5, 2016 • 81 min
Monster/Supervillain Draft
324: Pants-Wearing Dragons
Oct 31, 2016 • 90 min
Marvel Unlimited Draft
323: Abe Vigoda Knows All the Toilets
Oct 22, 2016 • 102 min
“The Godfather”
322: Tastes Like College
Oct 14, 2016 • 103 min
The beer episode.
321: Purgatoy Box
Oct 8, 2016 • 104 min
“Toy Story 3.”
320: The Power! The Power! The Power!
Oct 1, 2016 • 97 min
Rocket Surgery: “Frankenstein Island”
319: Squirting Milky Fluid
Sep 24, 2016 • 79 min
“Alien”
318: Creepy Hug
Sep 17, 2016 • 103 min
“Inside”
317: You Broke Your Little Ships
Sep 8, 2016 • 72 min
“Star Trek: First Contact”
316: Just Add Jesuits!
Sep 4, 2016 • 86 min
“The Sparrow”
315: Show Some Respect for the Chimp
Aug 28, 2016 • 82 min
“Sunset Boulevard” and “Stalag 17”
314: Vampire Batman
Aug 20, 2016 • 65 min
“Astro City”
313: The Ziggurats of Yavin IV
Aug 14, 2016 • 112 min
“Star Wars: Rogue One” trailer analysis
312: A Cyborg Dolphin
Aug 7, 2016 • 78 min
“Johnny Mnemonic”.
311: Chekhov with Two H’s
Jul 30, 2016 • 76 min
“Star Trek Beyond”
310: I Hated Mrs. Slimer
Jul 23, 2016 • 85 min
Women instead of men! Slimer with a girlfriend! Dogs and hats living together! Mass hysteria! We review the 2016 version of “Ghostbusters.”…
309: Boats in Space
Jul 16, 2016 • 92 min
Spaceship draft
308: Is Winter Coming?
Jul 9, 2016 • 83 min
2015-16 TV season, Game of Thrones season six
307: Mascot Hands
Jul 3, 2016 • 110 min
“Cool Cat Saves the Kids”
306: Only One Spaceship
Jun 25, 2016 • 82 min
Professor Siracusa’s Anime 103
305: Mint in Box
Jun 18, 2016 • 105 min
“Toy Story 2”
304: Law of Diminishing Ninja Returns
Jun 11, 2016 • 87 min
Superhero TV season wrap-up
303: Kitty’s in Space Now
Jun 4, 2016 • 84 min
The X-Men
302: Keep Watching the Skies
May 29, 2016 • 75 min
“HIs Girl Friday” and “The Thing from Another World”
301: All the Best Words
May 21, 2016 • 106 min
2016 Nebula Novels
300: The Incomparable Is People
May 14, 2016 • 157 min
Our 300th episode.
299: Stark Differences
May 8, 2016 • 89 min
“Captain America: Civil War”
298: Tumblr Would Have Loved It
Apr 30, 2016 • 78 min
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” season one
297: The Ohm Whisperer
Apr 23, 2016 • 83 min
“Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”
296: The Official Batman
Apr 16, 2016 • 88 min
“Batman: The Animated Series”
295: A History of Things That Never Happened
Apr 8, 2016 • 97 min
“Rogue One” teaser trailer breakdown
294: Science Is Never Frightening!
Apr 2, 2016 • 72 min
Rocket Surgery: “GOG”
293: I Think I’m Still Confused
Mar 26, 2016 • 68 min
“The Wicked + The Divine”
292: I Have an Appointment with the Tholian Ambassador
Mar 18, 2016 • 84 min
Bad Star Trek: “Insurrection” and “Nemesis”
291: I Like Complicated Books, Glenn
Mar 12, 2016 • 93 min
“Aurora” and “Luna: New Moon”
290: Team Bucket
Mar 5, 2016 • 91 min
“Firewatch”
289: It’s Not “Hamilton”
Feb 27, 2016 • 81 min
Album Draft, part 2
288: I Wish I Was Back in Norway
Feb 20, 2016 • 67 min
Album Draft, part 1
287: Hole Farmers
Feb 13, 2016 • 81 min
Star Trek TMP and V
286: No One in a Powdered Wig is Scrappy
Feb 6, 2016 • 80 min
“Hamilton”, the musical
285: The Answer is One Elephant
Jan 30, 2016 • 69 min
Ms. Marvel
284: She Scullys Herself
Jan 23, 2016 • 85 min
The X-Files
283: The Stars Look Very Different Today
Jan 16, 2016 • 81 min
Remembering David Bowie
282: Head Clara
Jan 9, 2016 • 111 min
“Doctor Who” series 9 wrap-up
281: I Love a Lot of Awful People - The Best of 2015
Jan 2, 2016 • 157 min
The Best of 2015
280: They’re Not Alone
Dec 24, 2015 • 71 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a fourth view
279: They Were Jerk Planets
Dec 23, 2015 • 79 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a third view
278: Fake Jedi Boy
Dec 22, 2015 • 113 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a second view
277: Stormtroopers Are People
Dec 19, 2015 • 200 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
276: Don’t Drink the Bacta Tea
Dec 11, 2015 • 58 min
Star Wars Anticipation
275: Comprehensive Tapestry Policy
Dec 6, 2015 • 86 min
“Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Lion in Winter”
274: Rudolph’s Hideous Mutation
Nov 27, 2015 • 62 min
Classic Christmas specials
273: The Long-Term Plan Is Kill All Humans
Nov 21, 2015 • 81 min
“Her” and “Ex Machina”
272: Laid a Lot of Foundations
Nov 14, 2015 • 70 min
Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy
271: Nostalgia Bomb
Nov 7, 2015 • 69 min
Anticipating a new “Star Trek” series
270: Love Blooms Naturally on a Vespa
Oct 31, 2015 • 73 min
“Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster”
269: Crazy Ivan
Oct 25, 2015 • 83 min
“The Hunt for Red October”
268: Let’s Hear It for Botanists
Oct 17, 2015 • 76 min
“The Martian”
267: I Read It All
Oct 10, 2015 • 80 min
“The Water Knife” and “Seveneves”
266: It’s Impossible Being Green
Oct 3, 2015 • 71 min
The Muppets
265: Summer Superhero Spectacular: Final Rounds
Sep 26, 2015 • 77 min
So it’s come to this
264: Passwords Are Wrong, Man
Sep 19, 2015 • 64 min
Classic books about computers and technology
263: Television Shaped Like a Mom
Sep 12, 2015 • 96 min
“Mr. Robot” and “Humans”
262: District Attorney Doofus
Sep 5, 2015 • 79 min
“Anatomy of a Murder” and “The Hustler”
261: Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round Three
Aug 29, 2015 • 64 min
Taco Paradox
260: High Five
Aug 22, 2015 • 57 min
Fifth anniversary episode
259: Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round 2
Aug 15, 2015 • 114 min
You’re Three Feet from a Spider
258: Chekhov’s Bob-omb
Aug 8, 2015 • 95 min
Super Mario Bros.
257: Raptor Sipping Tea
Aug 1, 2015 • 76 min
Vaughan and Alphona’s “Runaways”
256: Space Bureaucracy
Jul 25, 2015 • 96 min
2015 Hugo Award nominees
255: Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round One
Jul 11, 2015 • 153 min
Summer Superhero Spectacular round 1
254: You’ve Ruined Pizza
Jul 4, 2015 • 98 min
Pixar’s “Inside Out”
253: Ignoring the Movie Completely
Jun 27, 2015 • 83 min
“The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man”
252: Three Shames and a Ding
Jun 19, 2015 • 74 min
TV season wrap, and Game of Thrones Season 5
251: Tea, Sandwiches, and Mushrooms
Jun 13, 2015 • 86 min
2015 Nebula Award Novels
250: Stay Inside My Aura
Jun 6, 2015 • 83 min
Zardoz
249: Critical Batman Deficit
May 30, 2015 • 98 min
Superhero TV wrap-up
248: Most Poetic Sledgehammer
May 23, 2015 • 98 min
Ghost in the Shell (Anime 102)
247: Monkey Cam
May 15, 2015 • 66 min
Farewell, David Letterman
246: The Shmoop Index
May 9, 2015 • 82 min
Assigned reading
245: Incomparable, Assemble!
May 3, 2015 • 82 min
Avengers: Age of Ultron
244: The Adventures of Maggie the Mutant
Apr 25, 2015 • 94 min
Marvels and Kingdom Come
243: Find My Lightsaber
Apr 17, 2015 • 96 min
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Trailer 2 analysis
242: ‘B’ for Bad Captain
Apr 11, 2015 • 107 min
Star Trek Debate Club part 3
241: Shopping With Mrs. Gehrig
Apr 4, 2015 • 101 min
“Pride of the Yankees” and “The Bad News Bears”
240: Pooping Alien
Mar 27, 2015 • 105 min
“The Ice Pirates”
239: The Colour Blue
Mar 20, 2015 • 65 min
Terry Pratchett
238: Caucus with the Dark Side
Mar 13, 2015 • 95 min
“Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” part 2
237: Force Denier
Mar 6, 2015 • 95 min
“Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” part 1
236: Lived Long and Prospered
Feb 28, 2015 • 79 min
Celebrating Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock
235: Plot Advancement Tribune
Feb 21, 2015 • 94 min
Underappreciated Hitchcock
234: The Only Way Out Is In
Feb 15, 2015 • 104 min
Rocket Surgery: “The Core”
233: Selective Amnesia
Feb 7, 2015 • 80 min
Comic book continuity and events
232: Learning to Love Heidi II
Jan 31, 2015 • 93 min
“Groundhog Day”
231: Eat Pray Love Die Survive
Jan 24, 2015 • 88 min
“Station Eleven” and “The Peripheral”
230: World-Class Weirdo
Jan 17, 2015 • 82 min
Alan Moore’s “Promethea”
229: Divorce Mode
Jan 10, 2015 • 94 min
“Portal” and “Portal 2”
228: It’s Not a Draft: Our 2014 Favorites
Jan 2, 2015 • 129 min
Best of 2014
227: The Europeans Do It Better
Dec 27, 2014 • 85 min
The Marx Brothers
226: Stop Circulating the Tapes
Dec 20, 2014 • 114 min
The Star Wars Holiday Special
225: A Very Different Idea of Fun
Dec 13, 2014 • 65 min
“The Last Policeman”
224: Canonical Space Goo
Dec 6, 2014 • 79 min
“Galaxy Quest.”
223: Picking My Shorts
Nov 29, 2014 • 84 min
Mystery Science Theater 3000
222: Forcegiving
Nov 28, 2014 • 72 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser trailer
221: Do the Hand-Wavy Thing
Nov 22, 2014 • 94 min
Doctor Who season 8 recap
220: Authentic Cop Mustache
Nov 15, 2014 • 74 min
Webcomics
219: Terrible Things for Awful Reasons
Nov 7, 2014 • 82 min
Film Noir movie club
218: Three Dads and a Superfast Baby
Nov 1, 2014 • 84 min
2014 Fall TV shows
217: Weird Reverse Hidden Charisma
Oct 25, 2014 • 78 min
“The Terminator.”
216: Maps of London
Oct 18, 2014 • 67 min
Urban fantasy novels set in London.
215: Someone Is Threatening My Whales
Oct 11, 2014 • 88 min
More of the best and worst of “Star Trek.”
214: Fun is Underrated
Oct 4, 2014 • 72 min
“The Expanse” book club.
213: You Need an Agent of Chaos
Sep 27, 2014 • 106 min
Fantasy “Saturday Night Live” draft
212: A MacGyver in the Making
Sep 20, 2014 • 106 min
“Toy Story.”
211: These Are All Good Ideas
Sep 13, 2014 • 81 min
TV show reboot pitches.
210: You Ain’t No Nice Guy
Sep 5, 2014 • 86 min
Stephen King’s “The Stand.”
209: One Gorn Limit
Aug 30, 2014 • 107 min
The best and worst of the “Star Trek” franchise.
208: The Good People Are Dead Already
Aug 23, 2014 • 133 min
“The Last of Us.”
207: I Am Groot
Aug 15, 2014 • 80 min
“Guardians of the Galaxy.”
206: It’s All BBC to Me
Aug 9, 2014 • 93 min
British TV picked by silly Americans.
205: Love Machine
Aug 2, 2014 • 78 min
“The Iron Giant.”
204: Where Cynicism Meets Optimism
Jul 27, 2014 • 76 min
Re-casting classic comics characters.
203: Get to the Farting Aliens
Jul 19, 2014 • 116 min
Getting started with “Doctor Who,” and the show’s Eccleston/Tennant era.
202: The Partial Monty
Jul 11, 2014 • 109 min
The 2014 Hugo Award nominees.
201: Democracy is Awful
Jul 4, 2014 • 107 min
Patriotic musicals.
200: Butter Zone
Jun 27, 2014 • 163 min
Our 200th episode!
199: Get This Man Some New Paint
Jun 21, 2014 • 103 min
2013-14 TV season in review, plus “Game of Thrones.”
198: A Critical Mass of Lady Geeks
Jun 14, 2014 • 85 min
Women in geek culture.
197: Fail Fast
Jun 7, 2014 • 91 min
Pixar and Ed Catmull’s “Creativity Inc.”
196: Golem and Jinni Detective Agency
May 31, 2014 • 99 min
2014 Nebula Award nominees
195: Peak Crate
May 17, 2014 • 117 min
Computer game draft.
194: A Real Imaginary Friend
May 10, 2014 • 114 min
“Kiki’s Delivery Service.”
193: Don’t Worry, We Got This
May 2, 2014 • 79 min
Casting “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
192: Murderous Roomba
Apr 26, 2014 • 78 min
A draft of favorite robots.
191: They Don’t Make Them Anymore
Apr 19, 2014 • 50 min
Computer draft, live from Macworld/iWorld.
190: The Cloud is Run by Hydra
Apr 12, 2014 • 67 min
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
189: Using Computers to Impress Girls
Apr 5, 2014 • 120 min
“WarGames.”
188: Game Show II
Mar 30, 2014 • 96 min
Another Incomparable game show.
187: Man versus Mars
Mar 24, 2014 • 73 min
Book Club: “The Martian” by Andy Weir.
186: Kazoo Parade
Mar 15, 2014 • 84 min
Old Movie Club: “Get Carter” and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”
185: A Three-Edged Sword
Mar 7, 2014 • 129 min
“Babylon 5,” for new viewers as well as veterans.
184: Genius Edition
Mar 1, 2014 • 84 min
A draft of favorite board games.
183: How I Sold Your Mother
Feb 22, 2014 • 86 min
“Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” (Part 2 of 2.)
182: Full-Fledged Force Mullet
Feb 14, 2014 • 83 min
“Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” (Part 1 of 2.)
181: You’re the Christopher Reeviest
Feb 8, 2014 • 81 min
Casting new actors in iconic parts.
180: Locked-Shower Mystery
Feb 1, 2014 • 85 min
Season 3 of the BBC’s “Sherlock.”
179: Thief-Based Economy
Jan 25, 2014 • 76 min
“The Lies of Locke Lamora” and “Ancillary Justice.”
178: A Smoother Yar
Jan 18, 2014 • 61 min
Console video games. (Part 2 of 2)
177: Six-Pixel Sword
Jan 10, 2014 • 58 min
Console video games. (Part 1 of 2)
176: Solo Adventures (Our 2013 Favorites)
Jan 1, 2014 • 120 min
Best stuff of 2013, plus our favorite podcast moments.
175: War on Christmas
Dec 25, 2013 • 60 min
“The Time of the Doctor” - A live, unedited reaction.
174: The Incomparable Christmas Spectacular
Dec 22, 2013 • 84 min
The Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air wishes you all the best.
173: Santa-Based Christmas
Dec 14, 2013 • 98 min
Best and worst of Christmas music.
172: The Incomparable Holiday Vault 3
Dec 7, 2013 • 64 min
Some favorite (and not so favorite) holiday TV.
171: Pirate Politics (A Winter Reading List)
Nov 29, 2013 • 97 min
A large collection of books we think you should read.
170: Let Zygons Be Zygons
Nov 23, 2013 • 44 min
The 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, “The Day of the Doctor.”
169: A Man with a Long Scarf
Nov 21, 2013 • 91 min
50 years of “Doctor Who.”
168: A Different Kind of Sleeper Agent
Nov 16, 2013 • 84 min
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and more fall TV.
167: Space Wizard Musical
Nov 9, 2013 • 86 min
“Singin’ in the Rain,” “High Noon,” and “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
166: I Assume Everyone is Awful
Nov 2, 2013 • 75 min
Separating authors from their art, and series that have disappointed us.
165: Grieving for My Left Thumb
Oct 28, 2013 • 111 min
Video games “Brothers” and “Gone Home.”
164: Put In the Zom and Out Comes Com
Oct 19, 2013 • 85 min
Pegg and Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy” films.
163: What If Galactus Was Made of Jello?
Oct 11, 2013 • 68 min
Alt-history novels and military sci-fi.
162: Disintermediated Peep Shows
Oct 4, 2013 • 52 min
The indie content revolution, live from Portland, Oregon.
161: Southern Skeleton
Oct 1, 2013 • 105 min
Part 4 of our Dungeons and Dragons campaign.
160: Super-Secret Sony MiniDiscs
Sep 27, 2013 • 100 min
“The Matrix.”
159: Full Shatner
Sep 19, 2013 • 76 min
The 2nd annual Incomparable Film Festival. (2 of 2)
158: Peak Clooney
Sep 14, 2013 • 69 min
The 2nd annual Incomparable Film Festival. (1 of 2)
157: Bros and Arrows
Sep 7, 2013 • 75 min
“Hawkeye” by Fraction and Aja.
156: Airline of Snitches
Aug 31, 2013 • 75 min
Two caper movies from the 1950s: “The Lavender Hill Mob” and “The Killing.”
155: The Cat Who Listened to Podcasts
Aug 24, 2013 • 64 min
Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.”
154: Seahorse on Line One
Aug 17, 2013 • 79 min
“Saga” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
153: Monkey with a Tinfoil Sandwich
Aug 10, 2013 • 80 min
Time-travel movies “Primer” “Looper” and “12 Monkeys.”
152: The Comic-Con Episode
Aug 3, 2013 • 66 min
A post-Comic-Con beer session with Steve Lutz and Greg Knauss.
151: Not Technically Incest
Jul 27, 2013 • 86 min
The 2013 Hugo Award Nominees.
150: I Look Forward to Ignoring Your Criticism
Jul 21, 2013 • 81 min
Listener feedback.
149: Gleekless (A Superhero Draft)
Jul 13, 2013 • 87 min
Superhero draft.
148: Between Two Obelisks
Jul 4, 2013 • 167 min
Our Dungeons and Dragons campaign, part 3.
147: Space Fish
Jun 29, 2013 • 81 min
John Scalzi’s “The Human Division” and Hugo-nominated short stories.
146: Bashing Two Action Figures Together
Jun 21, 2013 • 92 min
“Man of Steel.”
145: He Lives By a Stupid Code
Jun 15, 2013 • 75 min
“Game of Thrones” season 3, and other 2012-13 TV.
144: Hangin’ With the Totes
Jun 9, 2013 • 86 min
“My Neighbor Totoro.”
143: The Best “Star Wars” Movie In Years
Jun 1, 2013 • 107 min
“Star Trek Into Darkness” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.”
142: Free Public WiFi
May 24, 2013 • 98 min
“Doctor Who” season 7 wrap-up.
141: Tony Stark Wants the Credit
May 20, 2013 • 72 min
“Iron Man 3.”
140: The Sublime Magicks of Exposition
May 12, 2013 • 85 min
Marvel Comics’ “House of M.”
139: Flying Horse Angel People
May 4, 2013 • 73 min
“A Wrinkle In Time.”
138: All Hail the Lion!
Apr 30, 2013 • 208 min
Our Dungeons and Dragons campaign continues.
137: Go Wash a Droid
Apr 28, 2013 • 65 min
“Star Wars: Episode I” (part 2 of 2)
136: We Waited 16 Years For This?
Apr 20, 2013 • 66 min
“Star Wars: Episode 1” (part 1 of 2)
135: Total Party Kill
Apr 14, 2013 • 96 min
We play “Dungeons & Dragons.”
134: Obligatory Cannibalism
Apr 7, 2013 • 73 min
Apocalyptic novels “The Dog Stars” and “The Road.”
133: Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air
Apr 1, 2013 • 47 min
Our salute to old-time radio drama.
132: Kind of Like a Dinosaur
Mar 23, 2013 • 64 min
Hulk, She-Hulk, and other Hulks I’ve known.
131: Professor Siracusa’s Anime 101
Mar 16, 2013 • 71 min
Anime director Satoshi Kon.
130: And the Children Shall Lead
Mar 2, 2013 • 71 min
The original “Star Trek.” (Part 2 of 2.)
129: Prescription Salad
Feb 24, 2013 • 78 min
The original “Star Trek.” (Part 1 of 2.)
128: Bureaucracy Is Her Superpower
Feb 16, 2013 • 59 min
“The Rook” by Daniel O’Malley.
127: Walking and Talking
Feb 9, 2013 • 42 min
Aaron Sorkin.
126: A Dark, Dark Narnia
Feb 2, 2013 • 69 min
“Locke and Key.”
125: Kiss the Elf
Jan 26, 2013 • 75 min
The “Lord of the Rings” films (part 2 of 2)
124: Hobbit Hanukkah
Jan 19, 2013 • 71 min
The “Lord of the Rings” films (part 1 of 2)
123: Ski Lodge Pick
Jan 12, 2013 • 75 min
“Wreck-It Ralph” and classic videogames.
122: Recursive Clip Loop: Our 2012 Favorites
Jan 1, 2013 • 97 min
The best of 2012.
121: Ice Mary Poppins
Dec 26, 2012 • 40 min
“The Snowmen,” Doctor Who’s 2012 Christmas episode.
120: A Horse with a Hat
Dec 23, 2012 • 71 min
Anticipating the blockbuster films of 2013.
119: The Guilt-Trip Superhero
Dec 15, 2012 • 101 min
“The Amazing Spider-Man.”
118: The Incomparable Holiday Vault 2
Dec 8, 2012 • 61 min
Five favorite holiday films or TV shows.
117: Intergalactic FedEx
Dec 2, 2012 • 68 min
“Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance” and reading on the iPhone.
116: Very Well-Read Hobos
Nov 24, 2012 • 66 min
Ebooks versus paper books. Plus what we’re reading.
115: For Dunces, By Dunces, To Dunces
Nov 19, 2012 • 85 min
A review of new and returning fall TV shows.
114: When You Wish Upon a Star Wars
Oct 31, 2012 • 62 min
A review of new and returning fall TV shows.
113: Indiana Jones is Immortal Now!
Oct 26, 2012 • 50 min
We discuss the Indiana Jones movie series, including a brief revisitation of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the good parts of “Temple of Doom,” Dan’s childhood love for “Last Crusade,” and utter denial about “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Also, Lex hasn’t…
112: Schrodinger’s Cat Box
Oct 20, 2012 • 85 min
Our very own Glenn Fleishman’s was on “Jeopardy!” We debriefed him about his adventures immediately on his return. In this episode, Jason and Glenn are also joined by Andy Ihnatko and Steve Lutz, and we talk about game shows and their modern…
111: These Go to Eleven
Oct 15, 2012 • 114 min
“This Is Spinal Tap.”
110: Cyborg Cowboy
Oct 5, 2012 • 64 min
Robot sheriff, coming through! We break down the first half of “Doctor Who” season 7, and discover the truth about the Siracusa Threshold. Today we are all John Siracusa, except for Scott. He’s our Rory….
109: Evil, Surfing Ronald McDonald
Sep 30, 2012 • 68 min
“Cloud Atlas”
108: Then We Touched, Then We Sang
Sep 16, 2012 • 89 min
“Journey”
107: A Little Obsessed With Kirk
Sep 9, 2012 • 107 min
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”
106: Dance With a Dalek in the Pale Moonlight
Sep 4, 2012 • 47 min
Doctor Who flashcast: “Asylum of the Daleks”
105: That Mr. Hitler Seems Nice
Sep 2, 2012 • 72 min
Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy
104: Kids Have Bad Taste
Aug 25, 2012 • 90 min
Believe it or not, some of us have managed to breed successfully. Even Steve Lutz. So we talk about what media we provide for our kids. Topics include dealing with the Star Wars prequels, Spongebob Squarepants, how young you need to be to watch…
103: Fat-Guy Comics
Aug 19, 2012 • 68 min
“Top 10”
102: Princess Indiana Jones
Aug 12, 2012 • 88 min
“Brave.”
101: Insular Nerdosphere
Aug 5, 2012 • 62 min
Our Book Club discusses “Redshirts” by John Scalzi. It’s a book that’s far more complex than its elevator-pitch premise would suggest, but did our panel appreciate its winking narrative-within-narrative structure? And more broadly, why are we worried…
100: Who Cares What We Think?
Jul 25, 2012 • 79 min
In our hundredth episode, we take a look at why we do The Incomparable. Can entertainment be appreciated without analysis and criticism? We also discuss how The Incomparable came to be, and pick some of our favorite (and least favorite) moments. Please…
99: Convenience Store Clerk of Dune (A Summer Reading List)
Jul 16, 2012 • 82 min
Summer Reading List
98: Obscure References and Sadness
Jul 7, 2012 • 89 min
Jonathan Coulton.
97: Everybody Loves Hypnotoad
Jul 1, 2012 • 59 min
“Futurama”
96: Space Fedora
Jun 24, 2012 • 80 min
2012 Hugo Award nominees
95: Don’t Take the Cinnamon Challenge
Jun 16, 2012 • 91 min
Unfurl your banners, steal some dragons, slap your insolent nephew, and get ready to listen to us discuss the second season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in this special live session. Plus, John explains the Internet to Jason….
94: If You Think It’s Funny, That’s Fine, You’re Wrong
Jun 10, 2012 • 70 min
We travel to where geekiness and comedy come together, to discuss our favorite geek TV comedies. From traditional sitcoms to animation to movie commentary, we’ve got you covered. Plus there’s a lot of singing….
93: Monstor
Jun 2, 2012 • 73 min
“Ship Breaker” and “The Drowned Cities”
92: Nick Fury’s Google Hangout
May 26, 2012 • 94 min
“The Avengers”
91: The Hungry Tributes of Catan
May 20, 2012 • 70 min
“The Hunger Games” book series.
90: A Suspiciously Efficient Morgue
May 13, 2012 • 60 min
Take off all your clothes and set the lock code on your mobile phone! It’s time for us to discuss the second season of the BBC’s “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. We walk through all three movie-length episodes, starting with…
89: Also Known as Endor
May 6, 2012 • 90 min
“Return of the Jedi” (part 2)
88: Skywalker’s Eleven
Apr 29, 2012 • 73 min
“Return of the Jedi” (part 1)
87: Where Do the Dragons Go to the Bathroom?
Apr 23, 2012 • 48 min
Dragons!
86: Like “Catcher in the Rye,” Except Crappier
Apr 14, 2012 • 73 min
“The Magicians” and “The Night Circus”
85: Game Show
Apr 1, 2012 • 82 min
It’s the Incomparable Game Show! In a clash of young(ish) versus old(ish), two teams vie for the honor of being the team who wins. Sci-fi questions, confused androids, and a visit from a parallel-universe version of The Incomparable are all part of the…
84: Wind is the Enemy
Mar 24, 2012 • 93 min
The films of Hayao Miyazaki
83: Nothing Ever Ends on Taco Tuesday
Mar 17, 2012 • 71 min
Watchmen
82: Apocalypse Book Club
Mar 10, 2012 • 71 min
It’s the end of the world! And since our eyeglasses are intact, we have time enough at last, to read. We discuss Maureen McHugh’s “After the Apocalypse” short-story collection, Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” and other apocalypse tales we have known. Do…
81: McRibs and Bacon Martinis
Mar 5, 2012 • 53 min
We close the books on the first Incomparable Film Festival with this special follow-up episode. We provide the show times for each day of the festival, share your feedback, and reveal the results of your vote for the best slate of films. We also check in…
80: Khan Film Festival
Feb 25, 2012 • 57 min
Continuing our assembly of the Incomparable Film Festival! We fill out our list of 35 classic films for imaginary display to imaginary crowds. Find out our final 21 (or is it 22?) choices! Then vote for your favorites. (Part 2 of 2.)…
79: Everything Sounds Beautiful in German
Feb 19, 2012 • 65 min
We’re creating the Incomparable Film Festival! Each day for a week, one of us will introduce five films (to be screened at an imaginary location not to be determined). To prevent duplication of selections, our seven participants will choose favorite films…
78: Clones and Telepaths vs. Love
Feb 11, 2012 • 58 min
Our Comic Book Club gets in a romantic mood with a discussion of comic-book romances—the (very) few that have stood the test of time and the (very) many that have been thwarted by clones, telepaths, cloned telepaths, and—worst of all—Satan’s Annulment.…
77: Women’s Libber
Feb 5, 2012 • 72 min
Step through your time portal, buy some cheap 1950s hamburger, and prepare for our discussion of Stephen King’s new novel 11/22/63. How does a 21st century man react to the racism and sexism of the south in the mid-20th century? Would the world have been…
76: Robert Redford’s Foot
Jan 29, 2012 • 45 min
Live from the Macworld |iWorld Live Stage, it’s a discussion of our favorite (and least favorite) uses of technology in movies, TV shows, books, and more….
75: My Gazebox is Full of Menhirs
Jan 21, 2012 • 59 min
Go north, get lamp, and check your inventory, as guest host Greg Knauss takes you on a journey into the world of interactive fiction, also known as “text adventures.” Did families in the ’80s really sit around the Apple II playing “Mystery House?” Will…
74: I’m Definitely Not a Girl
Jan 15, 2012 • 60 min
It’s fun for the whole family, as we discuss some of our favorite movies for kids (and their parents). Did we really recommend an animated movie from Dreamworks? And a movie with Melanie Griffith? And a German fantasy film? Well, yes, but you’ll have to…
73: Ugh - A 2011 Clip Show
Jan 7, 2012 • 64 min
We bid farewell to 2011 by listing the favorite things we inhaled into our brains during the past year. We also recall our favorite podcast moments, read a whole bunch of listener comments, and more. (Although this is a clip show, two-thirds of the…
72: The Screams of Trees
Dec 26, 2011 • 40 min
All hail the power of motherhood! We discuss this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special, “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe.” Plus, why Christmas episodes make us feel warm inside, and the amazing scanner-blocking powers of wool!…
71: The Holiday Movie Vault
Dec 18, 2011 • 70 min
Favorite holiday movies and TV
70: At the Time, They Were Just Average Height
Dec 10, 2011 • 70 min
They Might Be Giants.
69: Love Conquers All, But So Do Guns
Dec 5, 2011 • 75 min
Break out your gaming laptop and pass the ammunition: It’s time to discuss Neal Stephenson’s “REAMDE.” Why does the book’s plot take a hard left turn halfway through? Why does Stephenson struggle to write endings—and does he succeed this time? Is this…
68: Jedi Weekend
Nov 25, 2011 • 87 min
“The Empire Strikes Back” (part 2)
67: Darth Vader’s Office is Really Weird
Nov 20, 2011 • 84 min
Launch your probe droids and cut open your tauntaun! It’s time for part one of our two-part discussion of “The Empire Strikes Back.” Does Han Solo just want to be loved? Is Chewie sabotaging the Falcon on purpose? Why is snowy Hoth the setting? Why is Ben…
66: Regular People Like Us
Nov 14, 2011 • 60 min
“Ready Player One”
65: Maine is Purgatory
Nov 6, 2011 • 80 min
A new TV season is here! We analyze the new shows, plus some returning favorites. Among our targets: Revenge, Homeland, Terra Nova, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Person of Interest, American Horror Story, Ringer, A Gifted Man, Boss, and returning shows The…
64: Ghosts Cause Cancer
Oct 30, 2011 • 82 min
When you want to get in the Halloween spirit, who you gonna call? Join us in celebrating 1984’s supernatural comedy classic, “Ghostbusters.” Are ghosts a serious environmental hazard requiring the intervention of the EPA? Why do the Ghostbusters transform…
63: Like a Good Book Exploded
Oct 27, 2011 • 48 min
“The Wise Man’s Fear”
62: The Pig is Chekhov’s Gun
Oct 23, 2011 • 43 min
“A Dance With Dragons”
61: Number Ones
Oct 15, 2011 • 60 min
Our Comic Book Club tackles the topic of #1 issues, especially those in DC’s recent relaunch. We recommend some books and talk about some of our favorite Number Ones. Also we touch on a few of the controversial #1 DC issues and question whether DC is…
60: Thanks For Everything… Now Go Die
Oct 7, 2011 • 66 min
Why do secret agents wear make-up under their eyepatches? When do text messages not properly convey thanks for saving the universe? Are the Cybermen the worst villians ever? We wrap up the sixth season of “Doctor Who” with discussion of the last three…
59: Flitting is in (TV Fantasy Pitches)
Oct 2, 2011 • 81 min
We conclude our TV Fantasy Draft with the unveiling of our series pitches. Vampire and ghost detectives! Star Trek meets the West Wing! A sitcom starring a robot and an omnipotent being! A gritty techno-drama. A psychedelic drama set on a Zeppelin! And…
58: Greyskull Anonymous (TV Fantasy Draft)
Sep 24, 2011 • 74 min
Who are the best TV characters of all time? Six people set out to draft teams of 10 characters each, from which they would form some of the strangest TV ensembles ever seen. Will Captain Kirk, Columbo, and The Fonz end up on the same show? Perhaps the…
57: Weird Subplots About Fondue
Sep 18, 2011 • 61 min
This past summer’s superhero movies are in the spotlight! Are the gods just aliens? When are mutant strippers unrealistic? Why would you beat up people after costing them their jobs? And why do the Stark boys enjoy themselves—and cheesy foodstuffs—so…
56: Let Me in the Frickin’ TARDIS!
Sep 12, 2011 • 58 min
Press the Green Anchor and jump into a parallel timestream: it’s time to talk “Doctor Who.” In this flash episode we deconstruct the two most recent episodes, “Night Terrors” and “The Girl Who Waited.” And here’s a hint: we liked one of them way more than…
55: If a Show Never Airs, Can It Be Cancelled?
Sep 5, 2011 • 61 min
This podcast is cancelled! We discuss TV shows that failed to reach their proper natural lifespan. When all is said and done, you’ll hear recommendations for 25 excellent series that burned bright and weren’t allowed to fade away. Fantasy football drafts…
54: Put on this Mask and Strut for Mama
Aug 30, 2011 • 65 min
Strap on your jet pack and locate your pet monkey! Our Comic Book Club reconvenes to discuss works by writer Brian K. Vaughan, who excels at the high-concept premise. In the spotlight: “Runaways,” “Y: The Last Man,” and “Ex Machina.” With plenty of…
53: Let’s Quilt Hitler
Aug 29, 2011 • 42 min
Flash podcast! A largely unedited Skype conversation after this weekend’s “Doctor Who” midseason premiere, “Let’s Kill Hitler.”…
52: A Cthuluesque Vomiting of Ideas
Aug 22, 2011 • 59 min
Rip off your hearing limbs and join us for the first anniversary edition of The Incomparable. As with the first podcast, the Book Club discusses a China Mieville novel: in this case, “Embassytown.” Also: What are we reading? Glenn is reading a comic book.…
51: Zombie Marmaduke (Hugo Awards 2011)
Aug 14, 2011 • 66 min
We read the 2011 Hugo nominees for Best Novel. Sit back and enjoy our reviews of “Blackout/All Clear,” “Cryoburn,” “The Dervish House,” “Feed,” and “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.” Plus, we recommend a few of the nominated short stories….
50: We Apologize for the Extinction of the Clownfish
Aug 8, 2011 • 50 min
The films of Pixar (part 2)
49: It’s Like “Working Girl” With Monsters
Aug 1, 2011 • 59 min
The films of Pixar (part 1)
48: Can I Get Some Extra Dragons on That, Please?
Jul 11, 2011 • 72 min
From the Wall in the north (behind which lurk the fearsome White Walkers) to across the Narrow Sea (which is sort of dull), the first season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has everything the George R. R. Martin book has, with perhaps more attractive naked…
47: Death Star University
Jul 1, 2011 • 64 min
“Star Wars” (part 2)
46: I Like My Coffee Like My Evil Sith Lords
Jun 25, 2011 • 59 min
“Star Wars” (part 1 of 2)
45: Lesbian, Silurian, Victorian
Jun 19, 2011 • 64 min
Pour yourself a White Mickey and listen to our discussion of the first half of “Doctor Who’s” split season. We discuss “The Rebel Flesh,” “A Good Man Goes to War,” and the season as a whole. Or half? We also debate the merits of Lesbian Victorian…
44: Emperor Aquaman
Jun 12, 2011 • 57 min
DC’s “New 52”
43: Mulder and Pacey in “The F-Files”
Jun 7, 2011 • 76 min
Everybody’s got an adorable parallel-universe nickname — The Walternate! Flauxlivia! Pacey! — on the always unpredictable Fox sci-fi show Fringe. Sure, it’s no Lost (nor X-Files, nor “Enemy Within”) but it’s got its charms, including high-speed pregnancy,…
42: 42
May 30, 2011 • 66 min
Do you know where your towel is? Are you a hoopy frood? Have you just consumed your fifth Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? We have. And you’d better catch up. In honor of our 42nd podcast and the recent Towel Day, The Incomparable celebrates the life and work…
41: …But Your Kids Are Gonna Love It
May 22, 2011 • 74 min
Turn on your flux capacitors, calculate how many “jigabytes” your hard drive contrains, and prepare for our deconstruction of the “Back to the Future” movie series. Which film reigns supreme? Plus, we talk about other time-travel movies we love. This…
40: An Ending Ten Years in the Making
May 17, 2011 • 52 min
“Planetary”
39: Bigger on the Inside
May 15, 2011 • 32 min
Neil Gaiman breathes life into the TARDIS in this week’s “Doctor Who” episode, “The Doctor’s Wife.” We discuss what we liked about this much-hyped episode, as well as detailing how Rory dies this week….
37: Shadow War of the Night Dragons
May 9, 2011 • 63 min
Our Book Club discusses the works of sci-fi writer John Scalzi, including “Old Man’s War.” We also talk about “The Forever War” and many other books. We play the “new author remakes classic novel” game we just invented. Find out why Dan says “Ce Podcast…
38: Curse of the Bad Plot
May 7, 2011 • 24 min
Flash discussion of Doctor Who’s “Curse of the Black Spot.” We try to give it CPR, but we do it wrong and the patient dies. Or, no, wait! It came back to life! Hooray! Unrelated: why Rory is like Kenny from “South Park.”…
36: Impossible Astronauts
May 2, 2011 • 31 min
Flashcast: Doctor Who S6E1 and S6E2
35: The Only Way to Win the Game of Thrones is Not to Play
May 1, 2011 • 65 min
The “Game of Thrones” book series
34: The Wrath of James Caan
Apr 23, 2011 • 65 min
The “Game of Thrones” books
33: “I Drank What?”
Apr 18, 2011 • 63 min
“Real Genius”
32: The Story of Ted Chiang and Others
Apr 11, 2011 • 76 min
SF short stories by Ted Chiang
31: Supernatural
Apr 1, 2011 • 61 min
Stuff we think is funny.
30: Let Me Show You My Warp Bubble
Mar 27, 2011 • 66 min
“Star Trek: The Next Generation”
29: Magic Fridge
Mar 22, 2011 • 61 min
A hero with an unpronounceable name, magic that doesn’t actually do much, cardboard female characters, a story where nothing really happens, and the first and inconclusive part of a longer series? Sounds like an acclaimed fantasy novel to us! “The Name of…
28: Bad at High School
Mar 13, 2011 • 61 min
Geek Culture
27: Coal Mound Sex Scene
Mar 7, 2011 • 65 min
Turn on your perpetual-motion machine, man your Zeppelin, and fly away for our next edition of the Incomparable Book Club. We discuss “The Dream of Perpetual Motion” by Dexter Palmer, as well as answer the question, “What are you reading?”…
26: Hitler Was a Rules Lawyer
Feb 28, 2011 • 58 min
Roleplaying Games
25: Studied His Agrippa
Feb 21, 2011 • 58 min
The Princess Bride
24: My Word as Vorkosigan
Feb 13, 2011 • 61 min
The Vorkosigan Saga
23: Origin Story
Feb 6, 2011 • 64 min
Underrated Superhero Movies
22: Stephen Fry (Does Not Appear)
Jan 30, 2011 • 58 min
Pointless, Endless Rambling
21: Event Crisis
Jan 23, 2011 • 55 min
Special Event Comics
20: Everyone’s a Redshirt in Real Life
Jan 17, 2011 • 58 min
The Walking Dead
19: This Podcast Never Existed
Jan 9, 2011 • 65 min
Time Travel Books
18: Christmas with the Doctor
Dec 25, 2010 • 50 min
Doctor Who Christmas Special (2010)
17: We’re Going to Need Some More Christmas Movies, I Guess
Dec 22, 2010 • 56 min
“Die Hard”
16: If You Love an Autobot, Set it Free
Dec 19, 2010 • 52 min
Christmas Gifts
15: My Computer is Powered by Frisbees
Dec 13, 2010 • 54 min
Tron Movies
14: There’s Guacamole on the Holodeck
Dec 5, 2010 • 61 min
Video Games
13: Harry Potter and the Picasso P.I.
Nov 29, 2010 • 72 min
The Harry Potter Series
12: He Who Controls Mr. Peanut Controls the World
Nov 23, 2010 • 68 min
Joss Whedon
11: To Be Continued?
Nov 10, 2010 • 67 min
Spin, Hyperion, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
10: It’s Clobberin’ Time!
Oct 31, 2010 • 57 min
The Fantastic Four
9: Get the Bone Saw!
Oct 24, 2010 • 58 min
Horror movies
8: Top Men
Oct 17, 2010 • 64 min
Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark
7: Law & Order: Atlantis
Oct 10, 2010 • 55 min
Fall 2010 TV Season
6: Go Ahead, Lisa, Destroy My Childhood
Sep 27, 2010 • 61 min
TV Adaptations of Comic Books
5: Shakespeare is a Hack!
Sep 20, 2010 • 57 min
Nick Harkaway, Cherie Priest, William Gibson
4: This Film Presented in Mummy-Vision
Sep 12, 2010 • 54 min
Movie Sound Tracks
3: Doctor Sherlock vs. The Melty Man
Sep 5, 2010 • 63 min
Sherlock, Doctor Who
2: A Feeling of Vertigo
Aug 30, 2010 • 54 min
The Unwritten
1: We’ll Always Have Zeppelins
Aug 22, 2010 • 53 min
The City in the City, The Windup Girl, For the Win