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345: Evil Giggle
Mar 25 • 70 min
“The Good Place.” - Rarely do we devote an episode to a television comedy, but “The Good Place” earned our love and your attention. It’s a single story told over 13 half-hour episodes, with twists and turns and a lot of laughs. Why has Eleanor been sent…
344: Metaphors All the Way Down
Mar 18 • 73 min
Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” - Tape plastic wrap to your windows and wear a heavy jacket, because we’re revisiting Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel “American Gods” (and its not-a-sequel, 2005’s “Anansi Boys”) before these books make it to TV screens. We…
343: Billy Campbell’s Soup
Mar 11 • 75 min
“The Rocketeer” - Put on your helmet, strap on your rocket pack, and stash that chewing gum somewhere, because it’s time to discuss 1991’s throwback adventure film “The Rocketeer.” Timothy Dalton chews the scenery! Billy Campbell is a bad boyfriend! Every…
342: Sad Superman
Mar 5 • 107 min
“Unbreakable” - In the wake of the enormous success of “The Sixth Sense”, M. Night Shyamalan’s follow-up “Unbreakable” was seen as a disappointment, but we think it deserves a critical reappraisal. 2000 was a desert for superhero movies, but “Unbreakable”…
341: Might As Well Keep Going
Feb 25 • 74 min
Rocket Surgery: “The Wizard of Mars” - Our survey of terrible movies from various decades returns with a stop in the 60s, to visit 1965’s low-budget spectacle, “The Wizard of Mars,” featuring John Carradine in the title role as one of the horrors of the…
340: Give the Robots Some Time
Feb 18 • 92 min
“Laputa - Castle in the Sky” - Our walk through the films of animation master Hayao Miyazaki continues with 1986’s “Castle in the Sky.” From floating princesses to angry pink pirates to exciting train chases, this film—set in a sort of steampunk Wales—has…
339: Burned Like Books
Feb 11 • 73 min
“Fahrenheit 451” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four” - The Incomparable’s Book Club reconvenes to discuss two books from the past about future dystopias: Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Is Bradbury just angry about…
338: All About Evey
Feb 4 • 74 min
“V for Vendetta” - Remember, remember, the fifth of November… We discuss the 2005 film “V for Vendetta” and the Alan Moore and David Lloyd comic series that inspired it. Who, if anyone, is the hero of the film? How did the Wachowskis adapt the 1980s…
337b: …But Too Much
Jan 29 • 58 min
The rest of “Black Mirror” - You’ve heard us talk about the best of “Black Mirror”, now hear us talk about… the rest of “Black Mirror.” Cut from the main episode for time, here’s our (unedited) discussion of “Fifteen Million Merits”, “The Entire History…
337: 20 Minutes Into the Future
Jan 28 • 86 min
“Black Mirror” - Charlie Brooker’s anthology TV series “Black Mirror” has been compared to “The Twilight Zone”, with its dark, twist-laden tales about the advance of technology and how it affects society. Does it live up to the hype? Our panel watched all…
336: You Had Me at ‘Splorch’
Jan 21 • 77 min
Comic book movie pitches - Comic book movies got you down? Too much of the same old thing? This episode has the cure for what ails you, as we pitch a bunch of great comics that we’d like to see get the big-screen treatment that would be guaranteed to…
335: Perfect Kid Logic
Jan 14 • 83 min
“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” - Grab your flowerpot and engage the rainbow drive! It’s time to discuss Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” the film that eclipsed “Star Wars” as the biggest grossing film of all time. What makes the film a…
334: Three Pillars of Batman
Jan 7 • 109 min
Tim Burton Batman movies - We begin an ongoing series of looks at the Batman film series with the first two modern entrants, Tim Burton’s “Batman” and “Batman Returns.” Tony educates us on the most important traits of Batman. We recall the marketing…
333: That’s How It Works: 2016 Year in Review
Jan 1 • 95 min
Best of 2016 - It’s time to send 2016 into oblivion! Our four most commonly-heard panelists join Jason for a look back at our favorite media stuff of last year. Then we recall some of the best episodes and moments from The Incomparable in 2016. Host Jason…
332: She’s the Han Solo
Dec 24, 2016 • 112 min
“Rogue One” rebel podcaster opinions - Striking from a hidden base, our rebellious European podcasters have once again taken over the Incomparable Death Star—er, Zeppelin—to provide their own unique opinions on “Rogue One,” the latest Star Wars film. Host…
331: I Refuse To Call It a Prequel
Dec 17, 2016 • 107 min
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” - Put on your Kyber crystal necklace, don a stylish white cape, and keep the Force with you! It’s time to break down “Rogue One,” the first big-budget live-action non-saga “Star Wars” film. We discuss how the film juggles…
330: Team Killer Robot
Dec 10, 2016 • 81 min
“Westworld” Season 1 - Get your cowboy hat and your favorite Radiohead playlist, because it’s time to venture into the park for our first-season review of HBO’s “Westworld.” Is Anthony Hopkins running Westworld the park or “Westworld” the show we’re…
329: He’s More Man than Puppet
Dec 3, 2016 • 94 min
“Star Wars” travesty draft - As a new “Star Wars” movie nears its release, we turn our attention to some of our least favorite features of this franchise we love. Our panelists draft our least favorite Special Edition changes, retcons, Original Trilogy…
328: Panspermia, but for Clothes
Nov 27, 2016 • 85 min
“Arrival” - We deconstruct and reconstruct the recent release “Arrival,” staring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, and based on a story by Ted Chiang that we discussed nearly 300 episodes ago. There’s praise for the story’s restraint, quiet…
327: This Robot is Eisenhower
Nov 19, 2016 • 81 min
“The Twilight Zone” - Submitted for your approval: A discussion of one of the finest and most influential television series of all time, “The Twilight Zone.” We dive into a few handpicked episodes and try to explain the reason why the show still resonates…
326: Likeable Jerkability
Nov 12, 2016 • 94 min
“The Right Stuff.” - The epic film about the early days of the space race, 1983’s “The Right Stuff,” is on the launch pad this week. What does the film say about modern mythmaking? Can you have too much Chuck Yeager? Is this peak Dennis Quaid? Why do…
325: The Monster Mash
Nov 5, 2016 • 81 min
Monster/Supervillain Draft - Live from the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim, it’s our supervillain/monster draft. What makes a villain super? When is hating a monster actually just a misguided case of space racism? Who—other than Lex Friedman—is…
324: Pants-Wearing Dragons
Oct 31, 2016 • 90 min
Marvel Unlimited Draft - We’ve spoken many times about the great deal the Marvel Unlimited all-you-can-read comic subscription service can be… but if you’ve got tens of thousands of comics available to you, where do you start? We convened our Comic Book…
323: Abe Vigoda Knows All the Toilets
Oct 22, 2016 • 102 min
“The Godfather” - Leave the gun and take the cannoli—it’s time for us to discuss 1972’s “The Godfather,” truly one of the most lauded films of all time. We discuss why Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone is truly the main character, ponder how that horse head…
322: Tastes Like College
Oct 14, 2016 • 103 min
The beer episode. - We’ve done episodes where we’ve sat around and drunk beer before, but we always had the thin veneer of some other topic to guide us. This time, however, the topic of the episode is beer, and we’ve conscripted listener (and Almanac Beer…
321: Purgatoy Box
Oct 8, 2016 • 104 min
“Toy Story 3.” - Our review of Pixar movies reaches 2010’s “Toy Story 3”, the first film in more than a decade for a bunch of classic characters. Are the toys traveling from purgatory to hell to heaven, Divine Comedy-style? Who’s working on that garbage…
320: The Power! The Power! The Power!
Oct 1, 2016 • 97 min
Rocket Surgery: “Frankenstein Island” - Our rocket surgeons take on 1981’s “Frankenstein Island,” Jason’s go-to bad movie from his high school days. What do balloons have to do with Frankenstein? What’s that brain doing in that tupperware container? Why…
319: Squirting Milky Fluid
Sep 24, 2016 • 79 min
“Alien” - Get out your space pen and take the cat out of its hibernation chamber, because it’s time to take on the 1979 classic “Alien.” We discuss how the film cleverly layers sci-fi and horror movie conventions, discuss its initially slow pace, and…
318: Creepy Hug
Sep 17, 2016 • 103 min
“Inside” - We discuss Playdead’s video game “Inside”, a compelling and meticulously realized side-scrolling puzzle game with some amazing surprises along the way. Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Tiffany Arment, James Thomson and Dan Moren.
317: You Broke Your Little Ships
Sep 8, 2016 • 72 min
“Star Trek: First Contact” - On the occasion of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, we’re talking about one of our very favorite Star Trek movies: 1996’s “Star Trek: First Contact.” (What? We already did a two-parter about TOS!) Featuring zombie-like Borg, a…
316: Just Add Jesuits!
Sep 4, 2016 • 86 min
“The Sparrow” - After 20 years, we revisit Mary Doria Russell’s first-contact classic “The Sparrow.” It’s a story about aliens, spirituality, and why God allows terrible things to happen to good people. And boy, do terrible things happen to people in this…
315: Show Some Respect for the Chimp
Aug 28, 2016 • 82 min
“Sunset Boulevard” and “Stalag 17” - Old Movie Club returns with two classic films directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden: The darkly tragi-comic Hollywood story “Sunset Boulevard” and the dramati-comic World War II prisoner-of-war story…
314: Vampire Batman
Aug 20, 2016 • 65 min
“Astro City” - There are a million stories in Kurt Busiek’s “Astro City”—and that’s why we love this comic-book anthology series. From alien invaders to creepy floating protectors to regular everyday people, the broad canvas of “Astro City” awards the…
313: The Ziggurats of Yavin IV
Aug 14, 2016 • 112 min
“Star Wars: Rogue One” trailer analysis - Nope, Jason, John, Serenity, and Dan aren’t going to analyze the trailer for “Star Wars: Rogue One.” It’s not going to happen. It would take rebel podcasters, striking from a hidden studio, to bring this podcast…
312: A Cyborg Dolphin
Aug 7, 2016 • 78 min
“Johnny Mnemonic”. - Our Rocket Surgery series returns to the heady days of the ’90s, home of questionable cyberpunk movies, to watch Keanu Reeves in “Johnny Mnemonic.” How can a movie written by the godfather of cyberpunk, William Gibson, be such a…
311: Chekhov with Two H’s
Jul 30, 2016 • 76 min
“Star Trek Beyond” - We review “Star Trek Beyond,” the latest installment in the J.J. Abrams-produced “Star Trek” movie universe. What are the best cast pairings? Why was Idris Elba’s character in need of simplification? When does the spin-off about…
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.” Host Jason Snell with Shannon Sudderth, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser and Helene Wecker.
309: Boats in Space
Jul 16, 2016 • 92 min
Spaceship draft - Strap in and prepare for the jump to lightspeed—it’s time for us to pick the very best (and weirdest) spaceships throughout film, TV, books, and more. Let’s hope this thing where we draft spaceships doesn’t get too nerdy! Host Jason…
308: Is Winter Coming?
Jul 9, 2016 • 83 min
2015-16 TV season, Game of Thrones season six - We convene a panel to discuss the TV shows we’re watching and liking from the past year, and then take our traditional deep dive into the latest “Game of Thrones” season. Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign,…
307: Mascot Hands
Jul 3, 2016 • 110 min
“Cool Cat Saves the Kids” - Our Rocket Surgery panel attempts to apply logic to “Cool Cat Saves the Kids,” an inexplicable educational film featuring a couple of people in animal suits, some music videos, parade footage, and many questionable lessons for…
306: Only One Spaceship
Jun 25, 2016 • 82 min
Professor Siracusa’s Anime 103 - Professor Siracusa’s Anime class is back in session, as we watch two short films with similar themes, both by director Makoto Shinkai. First there’s “The Voices of a Distant Star,” which features a boy and a girl separated…
305: Mint in Box
Jun 18, 2016 • 105 min
“Toy Story 2” - Ride like the wind, Bullseye! Our survey of Pixar films continues with “Toy Story 2,” the movie that introduced us to that Pixar Moment. You know the one. (Bring tissues.) We also discuss the philosophy of the Toy Story movies, a bunch of…
304: Law of Diminishing Ninja Returns
Jun 11, 2016 • 87 min
Superhero TV season wrap-up - We convene a panel of superhero TV experts to recap the past year’s superhero series, including “Arrow”, “The Flash”, “Gotham”, “Agents of SHIELD”, “Agent Carter”, “Daredevil”, “Supergirl”, “Legends of Tomorrow”, and “Jessica…
303: Kitty’s in Space Now
Jun 4, 2016 • 84 min
The X-Men - We celebrate all of mutantkind with a broad discussion of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men, especially the versions we grew up reading in comics. What makes their outsider status resonate? Where should new readers start? And we choose some of our…
302: Keep Watching the Skies
May 29, 2016 • 75 min
“HIs Girl Friday” and “The Thing from Another World” - Old Movie Club views two films produced—and some would say directed—by Howard Hawks. The fast-paced comedy “His Girl Friday” leads us off, followed by the original sci-fi horror film “The Thing from…
301: All the Best Words
May 21, 2016 • 106 min
2016 Nebula Novels - It’s time for our annual survey of some of the best science fiction and fantasy novels of the year, as we read all seven of the nominees for the Nebula Award. If you’re looking for some new books to read, check out our discussion—we…
300: The Incomparable Is People
May 14, 2016 • 157 min
Our 300th episode. - After 300 episodes, we discuss how our media-consumption habits have changed because of the podcast. Then we shift gears for a couple of drafts, and we answer a bunch of questions from listeners. Host Jason Snell with Glenn Fleishman,…
299: Stark Differences
May 8, 2016 • 89 min
“Captain America: Civil War” - Flash! Direct from theaters to this podcast, we convene a panel of recent viewers of the latest Marvel superhero epic, “Captain America: Civil War.” Do the rationales of the two sides hold together in the face of reality? Is…
298: Tumblr Would Have Loved It
Apr 30, 2016 • 78 min
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” season one - It’s a cult show that could’ve hit the zeitgeist if it had just happened a few years later. From angsty vampire-human romances to a butt-kicking lead in a nice dress, the first season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”…
297: The Ohm Whisperer
Apr 23, 2016 • 83 min
“Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” - Our survey of director Hayao Miyazaki’s work continues with 1984’s “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” in which a post-apocalyptic world (of the 1980s nuclear armageddon variety) is populated by princesses, bugs…
296: The Official Batman
Apr 16, 2016 • 88 min
“Batman: The Animated Series” - You asked for it, and we delivered! Batman University is in session, as we dive into “Batman: The Animated Series.” Lifelong Batman fan Tony Sindelar has provided us with a 10-episode watch list, which served as a refresher…
295: A History of Things That Never Happened
Apr 8, 2016 • 97 min
“Rogue One” teaser trailer breakdown - The first teaser trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has dropped, and so in the spirit of our “Force Awakens” teaser breakdown, we’re back to provide frame-by-frame analysis of all 90 seconds. This is the…
294: Science Is Never Frightening!
Apr 2, 2016 • 72 min
Rocket Surgery: “GOG” - Our survey of questionable science fiction films moves to the 1950s for “GOG,” a story featuring a secret nuclear base, a couple of “robuts,” a shifty Swiss scientist, a neglected Coke machine, a whole lot of science lectures, and…
293: I Think I’m Still Confused
Mar 26, 2016 • 68 min
“The Wicked + The Divine” - Comic Book Club returns with a discussion of Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie’s “The Wicked + The Divine.” It’s a story about the temporary return of a pantheon of gods, and touches on issues of fame, youth culture, and—as…
292: I Have an Appointment with the Tholian Ambassador
Mar 18, 2016 • 84 min
Bad Star Trek: “Insurrection” and “Nemesis” - The worst of the Next Generation “Star Trek” movies, “Insurrection” and “Nemesis”, are in our sights. Why don’t they work? What were the producers thinking? How tenuous was Star Trek’s life as a franchise that…
291: I Like Complicated Books, Glenn
Mar 12, 2016 • 93 min
“Aurora” and “Luna: New Moon” - Our Book Club returns to read two recent, highly praised science fiction novels. From Kim Stanley Robinson comes “Aurora,” the story of a spaceship sent from Earth to a far-off star in a trip that will take generations. And…
290: Team Bucket
Mar 5, 2016 • 91 min
“Firewatch” - The recently released video game “Firewatch,” by Campo Santo and Panic, is the subject of our discussion this week. This is a game that’s got a plot, but so much of the richness comes from characters and dialogue. Also, there are a lot of…
289: It’s Not “Hamilton”
Feb 27, 2016 • 81 min
Album Draft, part 2 - Our draft of favorite albums concludes! Opera, classical, and show tunes are heard from, amid the squalls of electric guitars. Also, we lose our Canadian government funding. But you’re sure to find (or rediscover) some music of…
288: I Wish I Was Back in Norway
Feb 20, 2016 • 67 min
Album Draft, part 1 - And now for something completely different: A draft of our favorite albums. Live from that metaphorical desert island, we select some favorite collections of music for you to listen to again and again—or to discover for the very…
287: Hole Farmers
Feb 13, 2016 • 81 min
Star Trek TMP and V - What does God need with a starship? We take a look at the two most (justly) maligned films starring the original “Star Trek” cast, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.” What do these two films have in…
286: No One in a Powdered Wig is Scrappy
Feb 6, 2016 • 80 min
“Hamilton”, the musical - It’s taking the culture by storm, the biggest Broadway musical in years—and it’s about… the first U.S. secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton? It seems unlikely, but nothing about the “Hamilton” story is likely. Lin-Manuel…
285: The Answer is One Elephant
Jan 30, 2016 • 69 min
Ms. Marvel - In this edition of Comic Book Club, we discuss one of Marvel’s newest heroes, Kamala Khan, the star of G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s “Ms. Marvel.” She’s a Muslim from New Jersey, so in some ways she’s a very different kind of Marvel…
284: She Scullys Herself
Jan 23, 2016 • 85 min
The X-Files - Just as “The X-Files” is revived for a limited-run miniseries, we take time to look back at this classic TV series from the 90s. (With gorgeous new HDTV versions available on Netflix!) We discuss some classic episodes, the dynamic between…
283: The Stars Look Very Different Today
Jan 16, 2016 • 81 min
Remembering David Bowie - We celebrate the amazing life and career of David Bowie, from his stunningly varied music career (yes, including those collaborations with Queen, Mick Jagger, and Bing Crosby) to his film and theater roles. (And between Major Tom…
282: Head Clara
Jan 9, 2016 • 111 min
“Doctor Who” series 9 wrap-up - Jump in your TARDIS, visit the Space Lions, and get prepared for a 24-year-long night! This week our panel takes on the recently-concluded ninth series of “Doctor Who.” How does this season measure up to the previous ones?…
281: I Love a Lot of Awful People - The Best of 2015
Jan 2, 2016 • 157 min
The Best of 2015 - In this year-end review episode, our panelists discuss their favorite bits of entertainment from 2015. When that’s done, we review the top moments from The Incomparable in 2015, complete with clips—and a mysterious visitor. Host Jason…
280: They’re Not Alone
Dec 24, 2015 • 71 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a fourth view - Our many-part analysis of “The Force Awakens” continues. In this episode we praise the casting of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, and ponder how the diversity of the “Star Wars” universe has…
279: They Were Jerk Planets
Dec 23, 2015 • 79 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a third view - In this installment of our continuing coverage of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” our East Coast panel gushes a little, complains about Starkiller Base a little, ponders “The Force Awakens” as a buddy movie,…
278: Fake Jedi Boy
Dec 22, 2015 • 113 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, a second view - Lots of people have opinions about “The Force Awakens,” and it’s sort of our charter to overdo it when it comes to “Star Wars.” So this week we’re presenting several follow-up panels about this new film. In…
277: Stormtroopers Are People
Dec 19, 2015 • 200 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” - After three years of anticipation, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is finally here, and our panel of “Star Wars” fans is ready to review it. So here we go. Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Serenity Caldwell and Dan…
276: Don’t Drink the Bacta Tea
Dec 11, 2015 • 58 min
Star Wars Anticipation - With “The Force Awakens” only a week away, we pause to ponder why we’ve anticipated this film release for more than three years. What spoilers have we avoided? (This episode certainly contains none.) What does it mean that “Star…
275: Comprehensive Tapestry Policy
Dec 6, 2015 • 86 min
“Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Lion in Winter” - On this Old (Holiday) Movie Club, we review a certifiable Christmas classic, “Miracle on 34th Street.” Then we watch a very different sort of film set on Christmas, “The Lion in Winter.” Host Jason Snell…
274: Rudolph’s Hideous Mutation
Nov 27, 2015 • 62 min
Classic Christmas specials - Join us as we revisit three childhood holiday TV classics, 1964’s “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and 1966’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” You’ll learn about Big Santa’s despotic…
273: The Long-Term Plan Is Kill All Humans
Nov 21, 2015 • 81 min
“Her” and “Ex Machina” - We tackled “Her” and “Ex Machina,” two films about artificial women and the men who love them. But while Scarlett Johansson’s Samantha wants to send a ‘Dear John’ update to all humanity, Alicia Vikander’s Ava has more in mind than…
272: Laid a Lot of Foundations
Nov 14, 2015 • 70 min
Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy - We have seen tens of thousands of years into the future, and our best psychohistorians think the Galactic Empire will once again reign supreme… so long as there aren’t any surprise mutants or aliens. In this episode, we…
271: Nostalgia Bomb
Nov 7, 2015 • 69 min
Anticipating a new “Star Trek” series - This week came the announcement we’ve been waiting for: A new “Star Trek” series is in the works. But with the announcement came a bunch of interesting details (it’s going to be exclusive to CBS’ streaming service,…
270: Love Blooms Naturally on a Vespa
Oct 31, 2015 • 73 min
“Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster” - On Halloween, our Rocket Surgery series takes us to the swinging ’60s and the height of NASA space exploration at Kennedy Space Center! In this corner, a robot astronaut named Frank! In that corner, a horde of…
269: Crazy Ivan
Oct 25, 2015 • 83 min
“The Hunt for Red October” - It is a great day, comrades. We will sail our submarine to America, and watch one of their greatest thrillers, 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October.” Join us as we talk about how time has made the cold-war themes feel even more…
268: Let’s Hear It for Botanists
Oct 17, 2015 • 76 min
“The Martian” - We all went and watched “The Martian” at movie theaters and then came home and joined together to talk about it! From Vicodin-topped potatoes to shiny zoomy space stuff, we work the problem to provide something a bit more informative than…
267: I Read It All
Oct 10, 2015 • 80 min
“The Water Knife” and “Seveneves” - Our Book Club reconvenes to cover two books that are both sort of about the end of the world: Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Water Knife” and Neal Stephenson’s “Seveneves.” Regional apocalypses versus worldwide apocalypses!…
266: It’s Impossible Being Green
Oct 3, 2015 • 71 min
The Muppets - The premiere of ABC’s new comedy “The Muppets” prompts us to look at the entirety of the Muppet universe and lore, from TV to movies to viral videos. We also ponder what’s wrong with the new ABC series, posit some theories about how Kermit…
265: Summer Superhero Spectacular: Final Rounds
Sep 26, 2015 • 77 min
So it’s come to this - Our pointless search for the best superhero concludes. In these final rounds, we challenge our heroes (and their advocates) with devilish scenarios suggested by Incomparable listeners! Our advocates face a jury of their peers,…
264: Passwords Are Wrong, Man
Sep 19, 2015 • 64 min
Classic books about computers and technology - Our interests in reading and technology collide in this survey of books about computers and the tech industry, using the 20th anniversary of Douglas Coupland’s “Microserfs” as the jumping off point. Soldering…
263: Television Shaped Like a Mom
Sep 12, 2015 • 96 min
“Mr. Robot” and “Humans” - We discuss two notable TV series from the summer of 2015, “Mr. Robot” and “Humans.” They’re both excellent. One is about humans, and one is about robots (or not), but not the ones you might think from the titles. Host Jason…
262: District Attorney Doofus
Sep 5, 2015 • 79 min
“Anatomy of a Murder” and “The Hustler” - Old Movie Club returns with two films featuring George C. Scott: “The Hustler” (featuring an electric performance by Paul Newman) and “Anatomy of a Murder” (starring Jimmy Stewart as a simple country lawyer). One…
261: Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round Three
Aug 29, 2015 • 64 min
Taco Paradox - Our summertime superhero tournament continues, as 16 champions are reduced to eight. This round brings new judges and a requirement to argue against the opposite opponent! Who will withstand the withering assaults? Only time will tell. The…
260: High Five
Aug 22, 2015 • 57 min
Fifth anniversary episode - On the occasion of our fifth anniversary, we present this special episode where Jason and five of our favorite panelists come together live around a table to talk about nothing in particular. Host Jason Snell with David J.…
259: Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round 2
Aug 15, 2015 • 114 min
You’re Three Feet from a Spider - Our ridiculous celebration of superheroes continues in round 2, in which 32 heroes enter and 16 depart! This round incorporates your comments and votes, which we solicited after our last round. This also marks the final…
258: Chekhov’s Bob-omb
Aug 8, 2015 • 95 min
Super Mario Bros. - Our survey of terrible films continues with 1993’s “Super Mario Bros.”, which features surprisingly little of the characters, setting, or joy that one might attribute to the beloved video-game franchise. Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo,…
257: Raptor Sipping Tea
Aug 1, 2015 • 76 min
Vaughan and Alphona’s “Runaways” - Our Comic Book Club reconvenes to discuss “Runaways,” the 2003-2004 comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. This is a Marvel Comic that’s also an original creation, and we’re tackling the 18 issues of the…
256: Space Bureaucracy
Jul 25, 2015 • 96 min
2015 Hugo Award nominees - It’s time for our annual dive into the Hugo Awards, focused mostly on the five nominated novels, but also touching on short fiction, comics, films, and TV episodes, as well as this year’s big Hugo controversy. Host Jason Snell…
255: Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round One
Jul 11, 2015 • 153 min
Summer Superhero Spectacular round 1 - In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of…
254: You’ve Ruined Pizza
Jul 4, 2015 • 98 min
Pixar’s “Inside Out” - Pixar’s latest film, “Inside Out,” tells the unlikely story of the conflict of emotions inside the head of a young girl. Join us as we draw a circle around our own parental sadness and instead focus on the joy of an instant Pixar…
253: Ignoring the Movie Completely
Jun 27, 2015 • 83 min
“The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man” - Old Movie Club reconvenes to watch two films based on the works of Dashiell Hammett: 1934’s “The Thin Man” and 1941’s “The Maltese Falcon.” We appreciate the drunken aplomb of Nick and Nora and the shifty glory of…
252: Three Shames and a Ding
Jun 19, 2015 • 74 min
TV season wrap, and Game of Thrones Season 5 - Time to once again wrap up the TV season as a whole and “Game of Thrones” in particular. First we discuss shows we’ve enjoyed watching this year (including the final seasons of “Justified” and “Mad Men”), and…
251: Tea, Sandwiches, and Mushrooms
Jun 13, 2015 • 86 min
2015 Nebula Award Novels - Time for our annual review of the Nebula Award nominees for the best SF or Fantasy novel of the year, with podcasters from Skiffy and Fanty, SF Signal, and The Three Hoarsemen! We’ll cover (in a spoiler-light fashion) books…
250: Stay Inside My Aura
Jun 6, 2015 • 83 min
Zardoz - Draw a beard on your face with a Sharpie, prepare to learn math via touch, and we’ll take you to the second level! Our trek into films of questionable quality continues with John Boorman’s 1974 sci-fi epic “Zardoz,” starring Sean Connery in a red…
249: Critical Batman Deficit
May 30, 2015 • 98 min
Superhero TV wrap-up - After a season full of comic-book superhero TV shows, we’re here to chart the highs and lows of “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Agents of SHIELD,” “Agent Carter,” “Daredevil,” and “Constantine.” Some of them were great, some quite…
248: Most Poetic Sledgehammer
May 23, 2015 • 98 min
Ghost in the Shell (Anime 102) - Professor Siracusa’s Anime 102 is in session! This week we’re discussing the 1995 anime classic “Ghost in the Shell” and touching on its follow-up TV series, “Stand Alone Complex.” This is a cyberpunky action story about…
247: Monkey Cam
May 15, 2015 • 66 min
Farewell, David Letterman - On the occasion of David Letterman’s retirement after 33 years of hosting a late-night talk show, Jason Snell presents his take on Letterman’s significance, told with the help of a few friends. Host Jason Snell with John…
246: The Shmoop Index
May 9, 2015 • 82 min
Assigned reading - This episode is all about assigned reading from our school days. Stuff we loved and, more importantly, stuff we hated. Does Jason hate all French literature, or just Emma Bovary? Whose teachers assigned Ursula LeGuin and Kurt Vonnegut?…
245: Incomparable, Assemble!
May 3, 2015 • 82 min
Avengers: Age of Ultron - Six members of The Incomparable panel went to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron” together, in person! And afterward we convened at Dan Moren’s house to discuss it over pizza and beverages. This is that conversation. Host Jason Snell…
244: The Adventures of Maggie the Mutant
Apr 25, 2015 • 94 min
Marvels and Kingdom Come - Comic Book Club returns to discuss two ’90s stories featuring art by Alex Ross, “Marvels” and “Kingdom Come.” These books—one each for Marvel and DC, each available in a single trade paperback—feature lavish art and intriguing…
243: Find My Lightsaber
Apr 17, 2015 • 96 min
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Trailer 2 analysis - A new “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” trailer has appeared! And, as was fated, we are here to deconstruct it within an inch of its life. Dark Side IKEA end tables! John Boyega quotes us the odds!…
242: ‘B’ for Bad Captain
Apr 11, 2015 • 107 min
Star Trek Debate Club part 3 - Lay in a course and engage the warp drive! Our “Star Trek” Debate Club returns with spirited discussion of the best and worst captains in the galaxy, along with the best and worst aliens. Plus we get controversial with our…
241: Shopping With Mrs. Gehrig
Apr 4, 2015 • 101 min
“Pride of the Yankees” and “The Bad News Bears” - Play ball! It’s opening weekend, so Old Movie Club returns with two classic baseball movies: “Pride of the Yankees” and “The Bad News Bears.” Even if you don’t like baseball (like Erika), you may enjoy…
240: Pooping Alien
Mar 27, 2015 • 105 min
“The Ice Pirates” - Our Rocket Surgery visit to bad sci-fi movies returns with a look at 1984’s “The Ice Pirates.” Foam robots! Swords and lasers! A mysterious water world! A strange balance of racism and social commentary! Bad effects! Baby animals!…
239: The Colour Blue
Mar 20, 2015 • 65 min
Terry Pratchett - In honor of Sir Terry Pratchett, who died a week ago, four voracious Pratchett readers discuss what made Pratchett great, their favorite Pratchett works, and recommend places for newcomers to Terry Pratchett to get started. Host Jason…
238: Caucus with the Dark Side
Mar 13, 2015 • 95 min
“Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” part 2 - Finished, this podcast torture is. We conclude our conversation about “Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” taking you all the way through the dissatisfying ending. As a bonus, we try to…
237: Force Denier
Mar 6, 2015 • 95 min
“Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” part 1 - War! We begin our final battle with the “Star Wars” prequels with our take on “Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” After a long string of opening statements, we take on the crawl and the…
236: Lived Long and Prospered
Feb 28, 2015 • 79 min
Celebrating Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock - We celebrate Leonard Nimoy, pondering what made us love Mr. Spock, discussing some of Spock’s finest moments, and even bringing up some lesser known corners of the Nimoy canon. Host Jason Snell with Scott McNulty,…
235: Plot Advancement Tribune
Feb 21, 2015 • 94 min
Underappreciated Hitchcock - Our Old Movie Club, featuring classic films many of us haven’t seen selected just for us by Philip Michaels, is back! In this edition, we look at two underappreciated films of Alfred Hitchcock: 1943’s “Shadow of a Doubt” and…
234: The Only Way Out Is In
Feb 15, 2015 • 104 min
Rocket Surgery: “The Core” - Introducing a new recurring segment on The Incomparable that we call Rocket Surgery, in which we watch an unappreciated science fiction movie from the past and then talk about it. For our first installment, we watched the 2003…
233: Selective Amnesia
Feb 7, 2015 • 80 min
Comic book continuity and events - We convene our Comic Book Club not to talk about a specific comic, but more generally the plight of the comic-book reader when it comes to events and continuity. Marvel and DC are both in the process of revisiting and…
232: Learning to Love Heidi II
Jan 31, 2015 • 93 min
“Groundhog Day” - Okay campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties because it’s coooold out there! We partake in our midwinter ritual of watching “Groundhog Day” over and over again, not because we have to, but because we want to. How does…
231: Eat Pray Love Die Survive
Jan 24, 2015 • 88 min
“Station Eleven” and “The Peripheral” - The end of the world is here, or in the near future, or in the far future, or maybe all three? Our Book Club reconvenes to talk about three somewhat apocalyptic novels: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel,…
230: World-Class Weirdo
Jan 17, 2015 • 82 min
Alan Moore’s “Promethea” - Comic Book Club returns, with a look at a work by legendary writer Alan Moore. This one’s “Promethea” (1999-2005), a strange mixture of Wonder Woman and mysticism and tarot cards and… well, there’s a lot. We discuss the amazing…
229: Divorce Mode
Jan 10, 2015 • 94 min
“Portal” and “Portal 2” - Hello and, again, welcome to the Aperture Science computer-aided enrichment center. We hope your brief detention in the relaxation vault has been a pleasant one. You are now in possession of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal…
228: It’s Not a Draft: Our 2014 Favorites
Jan 2, 2015 • 129 min
Best of 2014 - It’s a new year! So as is traditional, we spend some time looking back at our favorite stuff from the past year. Plus we pick some of our favorite moments from the podcast and listen to listener choices for favorite Incomparable moments of…
227: The Europeans Do It Better
Dec 27, 2014 • 85 min
The Marx Brothers - In just moments, Rufus T. Firefly will appear, and all the people of Freedonia will cheer at the presence of their new leader. In the meantime, let’s take some time in our Old Movie Club to discuss the enduring and hilarious works of…
226: Stop Circulating the Tapes
Dec 20, 2014 • 114 min
The Star Wars Holiday Special - It’s the holiday season, when it’s time to consider what’s truly important. We spend time with family and friends and maybe even reserve a few moments to ponder some of life’s mysteries: Is Bea Arthur really Boba Fett? Does…
225: A Very Different Idea of Fun
Dec 13, 2014 • 65 min
“The Last Policeman” - It’s your usual detective story, with a guy obsessed with a mystery, a femme fatale, and… an asteroid that’s about to kill most of the living things on the earth? That’s the premise for “The Last Policeman” by Ben Winters. We liked…
224: Canonical Space Goo
Dec 6, 2014 • 79 min
“Galaxy Quest.” - Not many people remember the ’80s sci-fi TV series “Galaxy Quest,” starring Jason Nesmith and Alexander Dane, let alone remember it with fondness. But we’ve assembled a panel full of Questarians who will change your mind. By Grabthar’s…
223: Picking My Shorts
Nov 29, 2014 • 84 min
Mystery Science Theater 3000 - In the not too distant future—next Sunday A.D.—there was a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me. He worked at Gizmonic Institute, just another face in a red jumpsuit. He did a good job cleaning up the place, but…
222: Forcegiving
Nov 28, 2014 • 72 min
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser trailer - There’s now a teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and you know we have opinions. And so, in great Incomparable fashion, we’re here to talk about 80 seconds of video for more than an hour. How…
221: Do the Hand-Wavy Thing
Nov 22, 2014 • 94 min
Doctor Who season 8 recap - With this season of “Doctor Who” completed, it’s time to break down the start of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as our favorite Time Lord. Is he a good man or a cosmic hobo? Why are hugs untrustworthy? Why does Jason keep watching…
220: Authentic Cop Mustache
Nov 15, 2014 • 74 min
Webcomics - We wade into the world of webcomics, discussing the explosion of sequential art on the Internet and our very favorite webcomics. If you don’t spend hours and hours reading comics after listening to this episode, we haven’t done our jobs. Host…
219: Terrible Things for Awful Reasons
Nov 7, 2014 • 82 min
Film Noir movie club - Old Movie Club returns! And things get dark awfully fast, because we watched two Film Noirs: “Kiss Me Deadly” (1955) and “Out of the Past” (1947). These films contain action, punching, unlikely romance, death by fishing line,…
218: Three Dads and a Superfast Baby
Nov 1, 2014 • 84 min
2014 Fall TV shows - We review the new TV shows of the fall, including the influx of new comic-book based series such as “The Flash,” “Gotham,” and “Constantine.” Also we highlight some of the best shows the fall has to offer, and laugh at some of the…
217: Weird Reverse Hidden Charisma
Oct 25, 2014 • 78 min
“The Terminator.” - Come with us if you want to live! It’s time for our re-watch of 1984’s classic sci-fi/horror/monster/car chase movie “The Terminator.” It’s a film that offers a fine distillation of everything ’80s, from Linda Hamilton’s Guess jeans to…
216: Maps of London
Oct 18, 2014 • 67 min
Urban fantasy novels set in London. - London is a thriving modern metropolis, but beneath its streets and behind its doors are ancient, magical secrets. In this episode, a group of (North) Americans discuss some of our favorite London-based urban fantasy…
215: Someone Is Threatening My Whales
Oct 11, 2014 • 88 min
More of the best and worst of “Star Trek.” - Set your phasers to stun and get ready for another round of our panel’s choices for the best and worst of “Star Trek.” This time, we’re debating the best and worst Trek series and movies. Jason and Brianna’s…
214: Fun is Underrated
Oct 4, 2014 • 72 min
“The Expanse” book club. - Space detectives! Pathologically honest spaceship captains! Murderous alien molecules! Solar-system-wide diplomacy! You’ll find all this and more in “The Expanse,” a sci-fi novel series by James S.A. Corey that’s soon to become…
213: You Need an Agent of Chaos
Sep 27, 2014 • 106 min
Fantasy “Saturday Night Live” draft - Why build fantasy sports teams when you can build a fantasy sketch-comedy team? On the occasion of the debut of season 40 of “Saturday Night Live,” we assemble six different SNL fantasy casts from the very first cast…
212: A MacGyver in the Making
Sep 20, 2014 • 106 min
“Toy Story.” - Wind the frog and acquire more monkeys! It’s time for us to discuss the very first computer-animated feature film, 1995’s “Toy Story.” We ponder the rules of when toys can reveal themselves to people, question the physics of the Pizza…
211: These Are All Good Ideas
Sep 13, 2014 • 81 min
TV show reboot pitches. - Dear Network Executives, We know your libraries of intellectual property are full of perfectly good shows, ready to be dusted off and revived for modern audiences. That’s why our panel of esteemed Idea Men is here to provide you…
210: You Ain’t No Nice Guy
Sep 5, 2014 • 86 min
Stephen King’s “The Stand.” - Take your flu medication, head west out of the abandoned cities, and join us for our discussion of Stephen King’s classic novel “The Stand.” We discuss why we enjoy (literary) apocalypses, question King’s setting of the…
209: One Gorn Limit
Aug 30, 2014 • 107 min
The best and worst of the “Star Trek” franchise. - Set your phasers to stun and join us for a celebration of everything we love… and hate… about Star Trek. Our panel of Star Trek fans picks their favorite episodes and characters! But we balance out the…
208: The Good People Are Dead Already
Aug 23, 2014 • 133 min
“The Last of Us.” - Sharpen your shivs and barbecue some rats, because it’s time for us to talk about the apocalyptic video game “The Last of Us.” We talk about the story and the characters in this relentlessly bleak story of a man and a girl trying to…
207: I Am Groot
Aug 15, 2014 • 80 min
“Guardians of the Galaxy.” - Put in your mix tape and get ready for a climactic dance-off! We’re talking “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s latest hit movie and a real departure in so many ways. What makes the movie work? What are its flaws? We break it…
206: It’s All BBC to Me
Aug 9, 2014 • 93 min
British TV picked by silly Americans. - Oi, guv’nor! In this episode five people from North America spend a lot of time talking about British TV we love. If you are not from the UK, you’ll find a lot of fantastic “programmes” from the telly that are worth…
205: Love Machine
Aug 2, 2014 • 78 min
“The Iron Giant.” - In the long tradition of big, giant robots came 1999’s “The Iron Giant,” the film Brad Bird made before he made “The Incredibles.” It was kind of a flop in its initial release, but this animated feature has become rightfully recognized…
204: Where Cynicism Meets Optimism
Jul 27, 2014 • 76 min
Re-casting classic comics characters. - On Comic-Con weekend, we convene to discuss the latest rash of re-casting comic book heroes. Thor is now a woman! Captain America is black! We’re all for increasing diversity in a medium whose classic characters are…
203: Get to the Farting Aliens
Jul 19, 2014 • 116 min
Getting started with “Doctor Who,” and the show’s Eccleston/Tennant era. - “Doctor Who” will be returning shortly, with Peter Capaldi stepping into the role. So what if you’re “Doctor Who”-curious, but intimidated about where to jump in? Our panel of…
202: The Partial Monty
Jul 11, 2014 • 109 min
The 2014 Hugo Award nominees. - Bury your dead in a Zeppelin and call your interplanetary accountant—it’s time for our annual read of the Hugo Award nominees. We cover this year’s award nominees, plus the “retro Hugos” from 1939, both of which will be…
201: Democracy is Awful
Jul 4, 2014 • 107 min
Patriotic musicals. - Break out the stars and stripes, put on your tap shoes, crawl into your shame hole, and join us for a very patriotic edition of Old Movie Club. We discuss the musical “1776,” which stars KITT from “Knight Rider” and the guy from “The…
200: Butter Zone
Jun 27, 2014 • 180 min
Our 200th episode! - We celebrate our 200th episode with this mega-sized installment. We discuss what it means to have geeky enthusiasms (and whether we should grow up), and then listen to some reader feedback. Plus there’s a draft, some beer, and special…
199: Get This Man Some New Paint
Jun 21, 2014 • 103 min
2013-14 TV season in review, plus “Game of Thrones.” - In this episode we recap our take on the TV season that recently concluded. In a segment with little to no spoilers, we largely discuss shows we like, including “Orphan Black,” “Marvel’s Agents of…
198: A Critical Mass of Lady Geeks
Jun 14, 2014 • 85 min
Women in geek culture. - In this episode we convene a panel of women who love geeky stuff to discuss portrayals of girls and women in geek media, how girls and women are received in geek culture, and the books, movies, comics and TV shows that do it…
197: Fail Fast
Jun 7, 2014 • 91 min
Pixar and Ed Catmull’s “Creativity Inc.” - We love Pixar, and we’re a bunch of creative professional types. So as you can imagine, we devoured “Creativity Inc.”, by Pixar president Ed Catmull. Is it a business book or an anti-business book? How do you…
196: Golem and Jinni Detective Agency
May 31, 2014 • 99 min
2014 Nebula Award nominees - Every year Scott and Jason read all the Hugo Award-nominated novels, which supposedly show off the best science fiction has to offer. That hasn’t always gone well, so this year they’ve read the eight novels nominated for the…
195: Peak Crate
May 17, 2014 • 117 min
Computer game draft. - Following in the footsteps of our video-game draft, it’s time for us to select some of our favorite computer games of all time. Real-time strategy! Arcade style! Text adventures! From the earliest days of video games up to the…
194: A Real Imaginary Friend
May 10, 2014 • 114 min
“Kiki’s Delivery Service.” - Grab your black cat and portable radio, climb on your mom’s broomstick, and join us for a king-sized discussion of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animated film “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” This film features a climactic scene…
193: Don’t Worry, We Got This
May 2, 2014 • 79 min
Casting “Star Wars: Episode VII.” - The casting for “Star Wars: Episode VII” has been announced, and so our team of interested “Star Wars” fans has arrived to break down the returning actors, the new faces, and our hopes for the future of the franchise.…
192: Murderous Roomba
Apr 26, 2014 • 78 min
A draft of favorite robots. - Danger, Will Robinson! It’s time to think outside the bots. We follow up our computer draft with a draft of favorite robots, androids, and other artificial intelligences. Also, we debate a whole lot about what makes a robot…
191: They Don’t Make Them Anymore
Apr 19, 2014 • 50 min
Computer draft, live from Macworld/iWorld. - Live from Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco, it’s the Incomparable Computer Draft! We pick the best computers of all time—real and fictional. (It goes off the rails quickly.) Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren,…
190: The Cloud is Run by Hydra
Apr 12, 2014 • 67 min
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” - Grab your shield, steal your old uniform, and hop on your motorcycle, because it’s time for us to discuss “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It’s the latest Marvel movie, and even though Steve Rogers is the…
189: Using Computers to Impress Girls
Apr 5, 2014 • 120 min
“WarGames.” - Warm up your modem and turn your nuclear-launch key—it’s time to play Global Thermonuclear War! We discuss “WarGames,” the 1983 John Badham film starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Is this the ultimate film for…
188: Game Show II
Mar 30, 2014 • 96 min
Another Incomparable game show. - In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, we present the second edition of The Incomparable Game Show. Two teams match up in a battle of trivia and pointlessness. (Or is that redundant?) Host Jason Snell with Glenn Fleishman,…
187: Man versus Mars
Mar 24, 2014 • 73 min
Book Club: “The Martian” by Andy Weir. - Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss “The Martian” by Andy Weir. It’s a nuts-and-bolts adventure about a stranded astronaut who uses his botany and engineering skills to stay alive on Mars. Did we mention botany?…
186: Kazoo Parade
Mar 15, 2014 • 84 min
Old Movie Club: “Get Carter” and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.” - We reconvene our Old Movie Club to watch two gritty early-1970s films that have been unfortunately remade in the last decade: “Get Carter” starring Michael Caine, and “The Taking of…
185: A Three-Edged Sword
Mar 7, 2014 • 129 min
“Babylon 5,” for new viewers as well as veterans. - It was the dawn of a new age—the rise of sci-fi shows with story arcs, complex characters, and computer-based special effects. “Babylon 5” was a trailblazing TV series and we give it the treatment it…
184: Genius Edition
Mar 1, 2014 • 84 min
A draft of favorite board games. - Do you love cardboard and hate sanity? Then join us for our draft of favorite board games! We do some uranium mining on a donkey, propose a new trivia-themed podcast, debate the merits of Sanka versus Yuban, and discuss…
183: How I Sold Your Mother
Feb 22, 2014 • 86 min
“Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” (Part 2 of 2.) - Do you like sand? Then you may get upset as we conclude our discussion of “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” in which we ponder the mystery of droid consciousness, fail to get…
182: Full-Fledged Force Mullet
Feb 14, 2014 • 83 min
“Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” (Part 1 of 2.) - Against the advice of our doctors, we’re back with more prequels. This time it’s “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” With three different opening statements, our podcast is about…
181: You’re the Christopher Reeviest
Feb 8, 2014 • 81 min
Casting new actors in iconic parts. - Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, but will he always be? We discuss the interesting problem of replacing the face of your franchise, whether it’s Doctor Who or James Bond or Captain Kirk or Batman or Superman.…
180: Locked-Shower Mystery
Feb 1, 2014 • 85 min
Season 3 of the BBC’s “Sherlock.” - Unlock the front door to your mind palace, fake your death in numerous ways, and draw on a fake mustache! Season 3 of “Sherlock” is on our agenda, and we discuss all three episodes in turn. How does the introduction of…
179: Thief-Based Economy
Jan 25, 2014 • 76 min
“The Lies of Locke Lamora” and “Ancillary Justice.” - Our book club returns with discussion of two books! First we talk Scott Lynch’s “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” a fantasy book about a gang of thieves that are even outlaws to other thieves (spoiler horn…
178: A Smoother Yar
Jan 18, 2014 • 61 min
Console video games. (Part 2 of 2) - We continue selecting our favorite all-time console video games. John chooses the classics. Steve has a bad fur day. And Moisés continues his descent into madness. Boop beep beep boop! (Part 2 of 2) Host Jason Snell…
177: Six-Pixel Sword
Jan 10, 2014 • 58 min
Console video games. (Part 1 of 2) - It’s time for us to select some of the very best console video games of all time. From Mario to Zelda, from sports to music, from Atari to Intellivision, we’ve got the entire history of the video-game industry covered.…
176: Solo Adventures (Our 2013 Favorites)
Jan 1, 2014 • 120 min
Best stuff of 2013, plus our favorite podcast moments. - We say goodbye to 2013 by listing our favorite stuff from the past year. We also recall our favorite podcast moments and read a whole bunch of listener comments. (This is a new episode, though it…
175: War on Christmas
Dec 25, 2013 • 60 min
“The Time of the Doctor” - A live, unedited reaction. - “Doctor Who” said farewell to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith on Christmas Day. In an Incomparable Christmas tradition, we convened almost immediately after the airing of the episode to discuss “The Time…
174: The Incomparable Christmas Spectacular
Dec 22, 2013 • 84 min
The Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air wishes you all the best. - The Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air wishes a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Host Jason Snell with Andy Ihnatko, David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman,…
173: Santa-Based Christmas
Dec 14, 2013 • 98 min
Best and worst of Christmas music. - ‘Tis the season for holiday music! Unfortunately, while we unabashedly love the holidays, only some holiday music strikes our fancy. Join us as we talk about what makes a good holiday song and then stick around (if you…
172: The Incomparable Holiday Vault 3
Dec 7, 2013 • 64 min
Some favorite (and not so favorite) holiday TV. - Holiday TV: There’s a lot of it, and some of it is good. A lot of it is bad. We talk about classics great and not-so-great and induct some very special shows into the Incomparable Holiday Vault. Also,…
171: Pirate Politics (A Winter Reading List)
Nov 29, 2013 • 97 min
A large collection of books we think you should read. - Winter’s here and it’s time to light a fire, get under a blanket, and curl up with a good book. Our panelists are well read and of exquisite taste, so we’ve got a boatload of suggestions for you.…
170: Let Zygons Be Zygons
Nov 23, 2013 • 44 min
The 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, “The Day of the Doctor.” - In this special unedited flashcast edition, we talk about the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, “The Day of the Doctor,” immediately after viewing it! It just about made our…
169: A Man with a Long Scarf
Nov 21, 2013 • 91 min
50 years of “Doctor Who.” - 50 years ago some very clever people invented “Doctor Who.” 50 years later we still love it. On the occasion of the show’s golden anniversary, here’s our unabashed lovefest for the BBC’s most clever invention. Four American…
168: A Different Kind of Sleeper Agent
Nov 16, 2013 • 84 min
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and more fall TV. - Pick up the clicker and join us for our conversation about the new TV season. We talk ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Blacklist,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The…
167: Space Wizard Musical
Nov 9, 2013 • 86 min
“Singin’ in the Rain,” “High Noon,” and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” - Old Movie Club returns! We look at three films from 1952: “Singin’ in the Rain,” “High Noon,” and Best Picture winner (!) “The Greatest Show on Earth.” One of these movies is not like…
166: I Assume Everyone is Awful
Nov 2, 2013 • 75 min
Separating authors from their art, and series that have disappointed us. - Awful people can make great art. Nice people can write bad books. Can you separate the creator from the art? We struggle with Orson Scott Card and his (rightfully) classic novel…
165: Grieving for My Left Thumb
Oct 28, 2013 • 111 min
Video games “Brothers” and “Gone Home.” - In this double-length episode we talk about two video games even non-gamers like Jason can enjoy, “Gone Home” and “Brothers.” We ponder what makes a game challenging, and if a game must be challenging to be good.…
164: Put In the Zom and Out Comes Com
Oct 19, 2013 • 85 min
Pegg and Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy” films. - Grab a pint and marinate your brain as we discuss the “Cornetto Trilogy,” three films by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright that are linked in theme if not in characters: “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and recent…
163: What If Galactus Was Made of Jello?
Oct 11, 2013 • 68 min
Alt-history novels and military sci-fi. - The winner of our iTunes review contest had us read John Birmingham’s “Weapons of Choice,” which our Book Club used as a jumping-off point to talk about alt-history novels, time travel, military SF, and a whole…
162: Disintermediated Peep Shows
Oct 4, 2013 • 52 min
The indie content revolution, live from Portland, Oregon. - Live! From a (somewhat echoey, sorry) room in Portland Oregon, we talk about the exciting new world of Internet-aided content creation. How have sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo and even…
161: Southern Skeleton
Oct 1, 2013 • 105 min
Part 4 of our Dungeons and Dragons campaign. - Bonus episode! Here’s an edited fourth installment of our Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Our heroes have made it inside a strange desert temple and have mostly not died… yet. But the night is young and the…
160: Super-Secret Sony MiniDiscs
Sep 27, 2013 • 100 min
“The Matrix.” - Take the red pill and enter “The Matrix,” 1999’s influential sci-fi/action classic. Why does Morpheus talk like a fortune cookie? Is Keanu’s woodenness an asset or detriment? Was skeuomorphism the fall of man? And if we accept that living…
159: Full Shatner
Sep 19, 2013 • 76 min
The 2nd annual Incomparable Film Festival. (2 of 2) - We conclude the second Incomparable Film Festival with 21 more films we think are worth seeing, in fantasy draft format. Don’t miss the exciting Lightning Round, and stay tuned when it’s all over for…
158: Peak Clooney
Sep 14, 2013 • 69 min
The 2nd annual Incomparable Film Festival. (1 of 2) - It’s time for the second Incomparable Film Festival! We pick 35 films that we think are worth seeing, in fantasy draft format. From horror to comedy to drama to sci-fi to kung-fu, we’ve got just about…
157: Bros and Arrows
Sep 7, 2013 • 75 min
“Hawkeye” by Fraction and Aja. - An entire comic book about Hawkeye, the lesser Marvel superhero with a bow and arrow? Okay… this looks bad. But seriously, bro, this is one of the very best comics being published today. We cover the first two…
156: Airline of Snitches
Aug 31, 2013 • 75 min
Two caper movies from the 1950s: “The Lavender Hill Mob” and “The Killing.” - Special guest star Philip Michaels gives us an old-movie education with two caper movies from the 1950s, “The Lavender Hill Mob” and “The Killing.” One’s funny, one’s not, but…
155: The Cat Who Listened to Podcasts
Aug 24, 2013 • 64 min
Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” - A boy with no name travels to the end of the lane and discovers how a pond can be an ocean in Neil Gaiman’s brief and wonderful novel “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” Also Dan explains Jason’s perfect…
154: Seahorse on Line One
Aug 17, 2013 • 79 min
“Saga” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. - Do you like stories, love, and life? Then even if you’re not a regular comic book reader, you should read “Saga,” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. (Unless naked robot sex disturbs you, in which case…
153: Monkey with a Tinfoil Sandwich
Aug 10, 2013 • 80 min
Time-travel movies “Primer” “Looper” and “12 Monkeys.” - Load your shotgun, put on your clear plastic suit, and climb into that suspiciously humming box! We’re here to talk about three very different time-travel movies: “12 Monkeys,” “Looper,” and…
152: The Comic-Con Episode
Aug 3, 2013 • 66 min
A post-Comic-Con beer session with Steve Lutz and Greg Knauss. - Live! From San Diego County! It’s a podcast where Jason Snell, Steve Lutz, and Greg Knauss drink beer and talk about Comic-Con, a glut of too much good media, the pros and cons of wearing…
151: Not Technically Incest
Jul 27, 2013 • 86 min
The 2013 Hugo Award Nominees. - Put on your red shirt, renew your blogging license, and swallow some alien bacteria! It’s time for our annual read of the five Hugo Award nominees for best novel. We liked some of them, we hated some of them, but we talked…
150: I Look Forward to Ignoring Your Criticism
Jul 21, 2013 • 81 min
Listener feedback. - It’s our 150th episode! Since we don’t normally answer listener questions and read comments on the show, we’re devoting this episode to that very topic. We read your emails, your iTunes reviews, and your tweets, and announce a contest…
149: Gleekless (A Superhero Draft)
Jul 13, 2013 • 87 min
Superhero draft. - The Incomparable’s Superhero Draft is now in session, and justice is on the clock! Hear our collection of panelists assemble several excellent super-teams. Who will inhabit the Hall of Justice? And why are Superman and Batman looking on…
148: Between Two Obelisks
Jul 4, 2013 • 167 min
Our Dungeons and Dragons campaign, part 3. - Jason’s on vacation this week, so instead of a conventional episode, here’s an edited third installment of our Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Hot on the heels of the death of Eglath, our heroes step into the…
147: Space Fish
Jun 29, 2013 • 81 min
John Scalzi’s “The Human Division” and Hugo-nominated short stories. - Though we were tempted to release this episode in eight 10-minute installments, we refrained. Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss John Scalzi’s novel “The Human Division,” which was…
146: Bashing Two Action Figures Together
Jun 21, 2013 • 92 min
“Man of Steel.” - Quick! Before the planet is destroyed! Climb on your Kryptonian dragonfly-horse thing and join us to discuss “Man of Steel,” the first in a new cycle of Superman movies. We debate the talents of director Zack Snyder, question the movie…
145: He Lives By a Stupid Code
Jun 15, 2013 • 75 min
“Game of Thrones” season 3, and other 2012-13 TV. - Winter is coming! Any day now. No, really… Wait for it… Hmm. In the meantime, here’s our review of this year’s “Game of Thrones” season, recorded with all of us in the same room! Haven’t seen it? Skip…
144: Hangin’ With the Totes
Jun 9, 2013 • 86 min
“My Neighbor Totoro.” - “My Neighbor Totoro” is an animated classic in which nothing much happens, but we love it anyway. We discuss how the movie is all about children’s fears of change, ponder the differences between subtitled and dubbed versions, and…
143: The Best “Star Wars” Movie In Years
Jun 1, 2013 • 107 min
“Star Trek Into Darkness” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.” - Press down on the warp lever and hide away your out-of-date continuity reference materials. It’s time for us to discuss J.J. Abrams’ reimagined Star Trek, with an emphasis on the new film “Star…
142: Free Public WiFi
May 24, 2013 • 98 min
“Doctor Who” season 7 wrap-up. - From aliens in the wi-fi to a brain leech under a hat, from some bad nannying to a trio of idiots with a really big space magnet, it’s been an odd half-season for our favorite Time Lord. Here’s our recap of the second half…
141: Tony Stark Wants the Credit
May 20, 2013 • 72 min
“Iron Man 3.” - Put on your high-tech suit of armor and join us for our discussion of “Iron Man 3.” We talk about Tony’s post-traumatic stress, his problematic relationship with technology, and his questionable choice to use remote armor to give a present…
140: The Sublime Magicks of Exposition
May 12, 2013 • 85 min
Marvel Comics’ “House of M.” - No more mutants! We discuss the 2005 Marvel Comics miniseries “House of M,” in which writer Brian Michael Bendis gets to show off his love of meetings, Doctor Strange, and meetings chaired by Doctor Strange! Also, there’s a…
139: Flying Horse Angel People
May 4, 2013 • 73 min
“A Wrinkle In Time.” - We delve into the children’s literary classic “A Wrinkle In Time,” by Madeline L’Engle, as well as its recent graphic-novel adaptation by Hope Larson. Why is there a brain on that table? What are the pros and cons of cooking dinner…
138: All Hail the Lion!
Apr 30, 2013 • 208 min
Our Dungeons and Dragons campaign continues. - Bonus episode! Here’s the (warning: UNEDITED) result of our second Dungeons and Dragons session. After some dithering in the local vicinity, we venture out into the desert to meet glass spiders and some…
137: Go Wash a Droid
Apr 28, 2013 • 65 min
“Star Wars: Episode I” (part 2 of 2) - We conclude our discussion of “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.” We discuss the merits of podracing, debate who the Jedi’s version of Fonzie is, and grapple with tricky euphemisms. Plus, is the final…
136: We Waited 16 Years For This?
Apr 20, 2013 • 66 min
“Star Wars: Episode 1” (part 1 of 2) - They said it couldn’t be done! They said it shouldn’t be done! But here we are, talking about “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” Why are the Jedi such jerks? A little Jedi goes a long way. Also, the biggest…
135: Total Party Kill
Apr 14, 2013 • 96 min
We play “Dungeons & Dragons.” - Get out your 20-sided dice and join us in a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Scott McNulty is our DM. Jason, Ren, Dan, Steve, and Tony are our party. Things don’t go well. Host Scott McNulty with Jason Snell, Dan Moren,…
134: Obligatory Cannibalism
Apr 7, 2013 • 73 min
Apocalyptic novels “The Dog Stars” and “The Road.” - Load your shotgun and gather your platonic apocalypse friends around you! It’s time for us to discuss two books about the end of the world, Peter Heller’s “The Dog Stars” and Cormac McCarthy’s “The…
133: Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air
Apr 1, 2013 • 47 min
Our salute to old-time radio drama. - How much do we love old-time radio dramas and full-cast audioplays? This much. Host Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Serenity Caldwell, Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Lex Friedman, Lisa…
132: Kind of Like a Dinosaur
Mar 23, 2013 • 64 min
Hulk, She-Hulk, and other Hulks I’ve known. - Don’t make us angry… you wouldn’t like us when we’re angry. Our Comic Book Club talks all things Hulk. We begin with a discussion of two She-Hulk series, by John Byrne and Dan Slott, and then move to talk…
131: Professor Siracusa’s Anime 101
Mar 16, 2013 • 71 min
Anime director Satoshi Kon. - John Siracusa assigns us two animated films from director Satoshi Kon, “Perfect Blue” and “Millennium Actress.” Then we watch them! Featuring: What to look for in Anime tropes, blurring of reality and fantasy, when animation…
130: And the Children Shall Lead
Mar 2, 2013 • 71 min
The original “Star Trek.” (Part 2 of 2.) - Disconnect the intelligent computer that runs your entire planetary society, because it’s time for the second half of our discussion of the original “Star Trek.” What do today’s kids think of this nearly…
129: Prescription Salad
Feb 24, 2013 • 78 min
The original “Star Trek.” (Part 1 of 2.) - Lay in a course and set your phaser to stun! We discuss our favorite (and least favorite) episodes of the original “Star Trek” series. Was Dr. McCoy promoting vegetarianism? Why did Spock have such a lovely…
128: Bureaucracy Is Her Superpower
Feb 16, 2013 • 59 min
“The Rook” by Daniel O’Malley. - Cut off your thumb and send it to a friend just to see what grows! In this episode of our Book Club, we talk about Daniel O’Malley’s modern supernatural fantasy novel, “The Rook.” (We liked it a lot!) It’s sort of about a…
127: Walking and Talking
Feb 9, 2013 • 42 min
Aaron Sorkin. - We convened on the Macworld Live stage at Macworld/iWorld 2013 to discuss the works of Aaron Sorkin. From “The West Wing” to “Sports Night,” “The American President” to “The Social Network,” it’s all here. Host Dan Moren with Dan Frakes,…
126: A Dark, Dark Narnia
Feb 2, 2013 • 69 min
“Locke and Key.” - Get out your magical key ring and prepare for our discussion of “Locke and Key” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. It’s a dark fantasy/horror comic with some touches of Stephen King, fitting since Joe Hill is Stephen King’s kid! It’s…
125: Kiss the Elf
Jan 26, 2013 • 75 min
The “Lord of the Rings” films (part 2 of 2) - Our fellowship is sundered, as we wrap up our look at the “Lord of the Rings” movies with a discussion of our favorite (and some least-favorite) performances. Also, is Yoda better than Gollum? Who likes Orcs,…
124: Hobbit Hanukkah
Jan 19, 2013 • 71 min
The “Lord of the Rings” films (part 1 of 2) - It’s a two-part podcast about a three-part movie series spread across six discs based on a novel divided into three parts! We tackle Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, from its epic length to the…
123: Ski Lodge Pick
Jan 12, 2013 • 75 min
“Wreck-It Ralph” and classic videogames. - Insert a quarter and settle back to listen to us discuss the Oscar-nominated animated feature “Wreck-It Ralph,” which is inspired by classic video games. If you make it past the first level, you’ll also hear us…
122: Recursive Clip Loop: Our 2012 Favorites
Jan 1, 2013 • 97 min
The best of 2012. - We say goodbye to 2012 by listing our favorite stuff from the past year. We also recall our favorite podcast moments, read a whole bunch of listener comments, and celebrate the three brand-new words we popularized this year. (This is a…
121: Ice Mary Poppins
Dec 26, 2012 • 40 min
“The Snowmen,” Doctor Who’s 2012 Christmas episode. - A live “flash” episode recorded right after we watched the 2012 “Doctor Who” Christmas special, “The Snowmen.” We welcome (back?) Jenna-Louise Coleman and discuss whether this new start for the Doctor…
120: A Horse with a Hat
Dec 23, 2012 • 71 min
Anticipating the blockbuster films of 2013. - Showing remarkable optimism, we gathered on the eve of the Mayan apocalypse to discuss movies we might see in 2013. In this episode, we discuss the trailers for much-anticipated films “Star Trek Into…
119: The Guilt-Trip Superhero
Dec 15, 2012 • 101 min
“The Amazing Spider-Man.” - With great power comes the responsibility to book great guests. And so when it came time to discuss “The Amazing Spider-Man” and Spidey in general, Jason turned to reknowned spider-fans Andy Ihnatko and Dan Benjamin. We discuss…
118: The Incomparable Holiday Vault 2
Dec 8, 2012 • 61 min
Five favorite holiday films or TV shows. - Trim the tree, wrap the presents, and watch out for the killer in your attic! It’s time for us to place five new gems into the Incomparable Holiday Vault! We discuss some beloved holiday classics and offer a few…
117: Intergalactic FedEx
Dec 2, 2012 • 68 min
“Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance” and reading on the iPhone. - We follow up on our previous episode to ask Serenity Caldwell how she uses her iPhone to read books (and discover her shocking method of scanning pages). Then there’s a discussion of Lois…
116: Very Well-Read Hobos
Nov 24, 2012 • 66 min
Ebooks versus paper books. Plus what we’re reading. - We talk a lot about what we read, but how do we read? Join our Book Club as we talk about ebooks, paper books, and libraries, and how we like to read today. Plus, we tell you some of the books we’re…
115: For Dunces, By Dunces, To Dunces
Nov 19, 2012 • 85 min
A review of new and returning fall TV shows. - Turn on your electrical generators, fire your nuclear missiles, and notch your bow and arrow—it’s time for our review of the fall TV season, including both new and returning shows. We discuss “Revolution,”…
114: When You Wish Upon a Star Wars
Oct 31, 2012 • 62 min
A review of new and returning fall TV shows. - Were we pranked, or did Disney really just buy Lucasfilm and announce a new Star Wars trilogy? We decided to just assume it’s happening and record a live flash podcast about this unexpected turn of events.…
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.” - Rob Reiner’s legendary heavy-metal mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap” is in our sights. This is one of our very favorite films, and so Jason, Andy Ihnatko, and Ben Boychuk talk about why they love it while regaling one another with…
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. Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman,…
109: Evil, Surfing Ronald McDonald
Sep 30, 2012 • 68 min
Soon to be a major motion picture you probably shouldn’t see, David Mitchell’s 2004 novel “Cloud Atlas” is in our sights. This novel consists of six separate stories set in different genres and timeframes from the 1850s to a post-apocalyptic future, and…
108: Journey: Then We Touched, Then We Sang
Sep 16, 2012 • 89 min
A video game beloved by John Siracusa, “Journey” for the PS3, is in the spotlight. We toot the biggest Spoiler Horn of all time — don’t listen if you haven’t played it! — and then talk about what we liked and didn’t like about Thatgamecompany’s…
107: A Little Obsessed With Kirk
Sep 9, 2012 • 107 min
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” - We take on one of our favorite movies, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” while also acknowledging the flaws that make it all the more lovable. Topics include: How Genesis is the galaxy’s worst Kickstarter project; Why…
106: Dance With a Dalek in the Pale Moonlight
Sep 4, 2012 • 47 min
FLASH! A bonus (unedited) episode, in which we react quickly to the premiere episode of this season of Doctor Who, “Asylum of the Daleks.” Plus: The Incomparable won an award! For podcasting! We react quickly to the announcement of the Hugo Awards. And we…
105: That Mr. Hitler Seems Nice
Sep 2, 2012 • 72 min
Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy of novels, “Farthing,” “Ha’Penny,” and “Half a Crown.” (We fire off the spoiler horn before each novel.) These novels explore an alternate-history in which Britain makes peace with Nazi…
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” - Our Comic Book Club returns to discuss super-team comics. What makes them work, and what makes them fail? And our primary subject is Top 10, Alan Moore’s other amazing twelve-issue superhero comic series. If you haven’t read it yet, you should!…
102: Princess Indiana Jones
Aug 12, 2012 • 88 min
“Brave.” - Pixar takes on princesses with the new film “Brave.” We discuss Pixar’s mother/bear-daughter story, but also the larger issues of female characters in animation and film in general. What’s wrong with the Disney Princesses? Why can’t girls play…
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 - Summer’s here and it’s time to get to the beach with a good sci-fi novel. Our panelists are well read and of exquisite taste, so we’ve got a boatload of suggestions for you. From funny to serious, there’s a book in our list that will…
98: Obscure References and Sadness
Jul 7, 2012 • 89 min
Jonathan Coulton. - We tackle the works of Jonathan Coulton as our Geek Music Appreciation series continues. Join guest host Lex Friedman as he and our panelists build a JoCo playlist and discuss why Coulton has so much geek appeal. But just because Lex…
97: Everybody Loves Hypnotoad
Jul 1, 2012 • 59 min
“Futurama” - Good news, everyone! We’re here to talk about the animated TV comedy “Futurama.” Join guest host Glenn Fleishman, special guest Andy Ihnatko, and virgin guests Jonathan Seff and Dean Putney as we discuss Bender, Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, and even…
96: Space Fedora
Jun 24, 2012 • 80 min
2012 Hugo Award nominees - The 2012 Hugo Award Nominees. Of all the sci-fi novels published in the last year, these are five of them! (And four aren’t actually sci-fi.) But that hasn’t stopped us from reading them and giving you our opinions. Join our…
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. Host Jason Snell with Dan…
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. Host Jason Snell with Andy Ihnatko, Dan…
93: Monstor
Jun 2, 2012 • 73 min
“Ship Breaker” and “The Drowned Cities” - Our book club takes a dive into the world of Paolo Bacigalupi, covering his award-winning novel “Ship Breaker” as well as its recently-released follow-up, “The Drowned Cities.” These books are apparently…
92: Nick Fury’s Google Hangout
May 26, 2012 • 94 min
“The Avengers” - Avengers assemble! We discuss Joss Whedon’s Marvel movie, which has been a hit with audiences and critics. But some members of our panel don’t agree. How much do expectations factor in to one’s enjoyment of a movie? Has the bar for summer…
91: The Hungry Tributes of Catan
May 20, 2012 • 70 min
“The Hunger Games” book series. - From despotic rulers to lethal hummingbirds, it’s time for us to address the cultural phenomenon of “The Hunger Games.” Join us as we discuss the movie and original book, as well as (following carefully placed Spoiler…
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) - We wrap up our six-part series on the classic “Star Wars” movies with the climactic final half of “Return of the Jedi.” We discuss how the Empire is ahead of the rebels every step of the way, question Luke’s choice of…
88: Skywalker’s Eleven
Apr 29, 2012 • 73 min
“Return of the Jedi” (part 1) - We tackle the last of the classic “Star Wars” trilogy, “Return of the Jedi.” Why does Jabba the Hutt enjoy avant-garde wall hangings and ’80s dance moves? Isn’t it sad how Boba Fett goes out with a whimper? Are the alien…
87: Where Do the Dragons Go to the Bathroom?
Apr 23, 2012 • 48 min
Dragons! - Here be dragons! Special guest hosts Glenn Fleishman and Lisa Schmeiser discuss books featuring winged and scaly creatures, from Anne McCaffrey to George R.R. Martin. Glenn and Lisa are joined by special guest stars Dori Smith and Sarah…
86: Like “Catcher in the Rye,” Except Crappier
Apr 14, 2012 • 73 min
Get out your magic wands, prepare your incantations, and prepare for a battle of wills involving ancient powers and callow youths. We discuss two recent novels with magic at the fore: Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” and Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night…
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 - Please join us for Jason and John’s survey of the films of director Hayao Miyazaki. Even if you don’t have kids, like animation, or care about Japan, we think these are some of the greatest films ever made. From “My Neighbor…
83: Nothing Ever Ends on Taco Tuesday
Mar 17, 2012 • 71 min
Watchmen - Who Watches the Watchmen? We discuss Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s classic comic “Watchmen.” What made it remarkable and influential? Is it too stuck in an ’80s sensibility? Did the movie ruin everything? And will the recently-announced…
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.) Host Jason Snell with…
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. Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman and Serenity Caldwell.
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! Host Jason Snell…
71: The Holiday Movie Vault
Dec 18, 2011 • 70 min
Favorite holiday movies and TV - Grab some eggnog and hitch up your reindeer! It’s time to put six holiday films in the Incomparable Film Vault! We discuss some beloved classics and offer a few surprise choices that redefine what “holiday” and “film”…
70: At the Time, They Were Just Average Height
Dec 10, 2011 • 70 min
They Might Be Giants. - It turns out we all like They Might Be Giants! So we did an entire episode about geeky music. We pick favorite TMBG songs, and then bring up some other geeky tracks we love by Fountains of Wayne, Moxy Früvous, and “Weird Al”…
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) - Gather some bounty hunters and warm up the carbon freezer! It’s time for the conclusion of our epic discussion of “The Empire Strikes Back.” We dissect the evolution of the Han-Leia relationship, the truly playful…
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” - Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” is a sci-fi novel that’s chock full of references to 1980s culture. But is it a good book, or are the references all that it’s got going for it? What will John Hughes movies be like in the future? And…
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” - Is Patrick Rothfuss’s “The Wise Man’s Fear” a rich fantasy novel about storytelling and myth-making, or is it a collection of good story elements scattered across an overlong plot? Could it be both? Ninjas! Off-camera shipwrecks!…
62: The Pig is Chekhov’s Gun
Oct 23, 2011 • 43 min
“A Dance With Dragons” - We discuss “A Dance With Dragons,” the latest 1000-page installment in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series. Is this series going to end well? Which parts of this book were good, and which just…
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.” Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Scott McNulty and Serenity Caldwell.
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. Host Jason Snell…
50: We Apologize for the Extinction of the Clownfish
Aug 8, 2011 • 50 min
The films of Pixar (part 2) - Talking “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story 2,” and “Wall-E.” Plus, we discuss what Pixar should do next to challenge itself, try to understand why “Cars 2” was made, and pick out our least favorite thing Pixar has ever done. Hint:…
49: It’s Like “Working Girl” With Monsters
Aug 1, 2011 • 59 min
The films of Pixar (part 1) - Old men with balloons! Wisecracking monsters! Superheroes with mid-life crises! The films of Pixar are in our sights this week. Join us as we pick our favorite films and explore why Pixar’s movies are better than those from…
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) - Continuing our discussion of “Star Wars,” the original film. We praise the jump to hyperspace, explain why TIE fighter pilots wear black, ponder how Han and Leia somehow turn up in an Aaron Sorkin scene, reveal why there is no Space…
46: I Like My Coffee Like My Evil Sith Lords
Jun 25, 2011 • 59 min
“Star Wars” (part 1 of 2) - “Star Wars,” the original film, is finally in our crosshairs, and if we can bulls-eye a Womp Rat we can take on this classic sci-fi film. We talk about our first memories of Star Wars, pretend the prequels didn’t happen, give…
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” - DC decides to stick a fork in continuity and reboot its universe. Publicity stunt, bold creative move, or both? Andy Ihnatko joins Lisa, Jason, and the good Jason to discuss this latest attempt to save the comics industry. Host Jason Snell…
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” - After long delays, our Comic Book Club discusses Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s “Planetary,” which is only fitting given that the 27-issue series took 10 years to be released. We also talk about how hard it is to write a satisfying ending…
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. Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman and…
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.” Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren…
36: Impossible Astronauts
May 2, 2011 • 31 min
Flashcast: Doctor Who S6E1 and S6E2 - Flash! A discussion about the first two episodes of this season of “Doctor Who,” “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon.” Who is in that spacesuit? Who is the little girl? Are the Silence just lazy? We…
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 - Everybody wants to rule the world, er, the kingdom of Westeros. As the “Game of Thrones” series continues on HBO, we discuss the source material: George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “Song of Ice and Fire” books. If you…
34: The Wrath of James Caan
Apr 23, 2011 • 65 min
The “Game of Thrones” books - Based on the best-selling novel! Inspired by HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” in this episode we discuss the translation of books to the screen. Should movies be faithful to the book? Is it better if filmmmakers take liberties? And…
33: “I Drank What?”
Apr 18, 2011 • 63 min
“Real Genius” - The lesson learned? Never share anything you love with John Siracusa. Like, for example, “Real Genius.” Or any ’80s movie. Or any ’80s anything. Or from-any-other-time anything. Fear John Siracusa, for he is the destroyer of dreams. Host…
32: The Story of Ted Chiang and Others
Apr 11, 2011 • 76 min
SF short stories by Ted Chiang - Stories by science-fiction writer Ted Chiang, including the anthology “The Story of Your Life and Others.” Plus, enough recommendations to get you through every bathroom break and bus ride for the next three years. Host…
31: Supernatural
Apr 1, 2011 • 61 min
Stuff we think is funny. - An entire hour devoted to The CW’s “Supernatural.” Can you imagine it? Brr. Fortunately, that’s not what this podcast is about. It’s about stuff we think is funny. Only one of likes “Supernatural.” To find out who, you will need…
30: Let Me Show You My Warp Bubble
Mar 27, 2011 • 66 min
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” - Make it so, Number One! Star Trek: The Next Generation is on our agenda. We talk favorite episodes, least-favorite episodes, killer snowflakes, why Jean-Luc Picard is catnip to the ladies, why everyone loves Geordi, and…
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 - Zombie, Spaceship, or Wasteland? We explore the reasons Geek Culture exists, what it means, and if it really exists. Also: are nerds just as awful and exclusionary as jocks? Why will Oprah sit astride the apocalypse? Find out what happened…
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?”Host Jason Snell…
26: Hitler Was a Rules Lawyer
Feb 28, 2011 • 58 min
Roleplaying Games - Grab your pound of dice, a bag of Cheetos and your +1 wit, to join the Incomparable Podcast as we venture forth into the world of “Dungeons and Dragons” and other role-playing games. Hey, at least we don’t LARP. Host Dan Moren with…
25: Studied His Agrippa
Feb 21, 2011 • 58 min
The Princess Bride - Hello. Our name is The Incomparable. You killed our father. Prepare to listen to a spoiler-filled podcast about the most quotable movie in the universe, “The Princess Bride.” Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Greg…
24: My Word as Vorkosigan
Feb 13, 2011 • 61 min
The Vorkosigan Saga - Dive through a wormhole to defend the honor of the Imperium! We discuss Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series of novels, which we really can’t recommend highly enough. It’s swashbuckling Sci-Fi adventure with some great characters…
23: Origin Story
Feb 6, 2011 • 64 min
Underrated Superhero Movies - Don your mask and cape and join us for a discussion of the good, the underrated, and the overrated in the realm of superhero movies. And you think we’re going to praise “The Dark Knight” you might be in for quite a shock… No,…
22: Stephen Fry (Does Not Appear)
Jan 30, 2011 • 58 min
Pointless, Endless Rambling - Recorded live and in person before a studio audience (of one)! We discuss Stephen Fry, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Sean Connery, Scottish accents, corpulent detectives, V for Vendetta, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury,…
21: Event Crisis
Jan 23, 2011 • 55 min
Special Event Comics - Comic Book Club returns with a discussion of comic-book “special events,” and why they are (in most cases) amazingly disappointing. We discuss our favorite and least-favorite events, from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Civil War to…
20: Everyone’s a Redshirt in Real Life
Jan 17, 2011 • 58 min
The Walking Dead - Get your hat and your shotgun and prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse! We discuss AMC’s TV series “The Walking Dead,” as well as touch on some zombie movies including “Zombieland” and “Dawn of the Dead.” Host Jason Snell with John…
19: This Podcast Never Existed
Jan 9, 2011 • 65 min
Time Travel Books - Hop in your time machine and listen to our latest Book Club installment—and then be sure to travel back and prevent the podcast from having ever been recorded, because time travel is tricky like that. We discuss “How to Live Safely in…
18: Christmas with the Doctor
Dec 25, 2010 • 50 min
Doctor Who Christmas Special (2010) - If you do something every Christmas for six years, it’s time to call it a tradition. And so we have to add the “Doctor Who” Christmas special to our lists. We enjoyed this year’s episode, “A Christmas Carol,” so much,…
17: We’re Going to Need Some More Christmas Movies, I Guess
Dec 22, 2010 • 56 min
“Die Hard” - Is “Die Hard” the greatest Christmas movie ever made? Dan Moren thinks so. Others are less sure, but there’s no denying how great this seminal ’80s action flick is. We discuss John McClane’s adventure at Nakatomi Plaza, as well as other…
16: If You Love an Autobot, Set it Free
Dec 19, 2010 • 52 min
Christmas Gifts - Happy holidays from everyone at The Incomparable. In this pre-Christmas edition we talk about beloved gifts from our childhood, and discover a strange collection of cruel parents as well as a Transformer tragedy. Host Jason Snell with…
15: My Computer is Powered by Frisbees
Dec 13, 2010 • 54 min
Tron Movies - Greetings, programs! It’s time to talk about “Tron” and the new sequel, “Tron Legacy.” Also, what’s the appropriate use of CGI? When should creators go back and use computers to “improve” their work? And does Jeff Bridges’ CGI doppelganger…
14: There’s Guacamole on the Holodeck
Dec 5, 2010 • 61 min
Video Games - A new topic on the podast: video games! We talk classic (okay, OLD) games as well as the latest and greatest motion-controlled games. From Pong to the Kinect, we’ve got it covered—plus why the human race is doomed if someone invents a…
13: Harry Potter and the Picasso P.I.
Nov 29, 2010 • 72 min
The Harry Potter Series - In honor of the release of the seventh Harry Potter film, we convene a collection of panelists to discuss the books, the movies, the phenomenon that is J.K. Rowling’s young-wizard saga. (If you haven’t read the series, there are…
12: He Who Controls Mr. Peanut Controls the World
Nov 23, 2010 • 68 min
Joss Whedon - Discussing Joss Whedon, from Buffy to Firefly (to the Avengers?) and everything in between. What’s the appeal? What are our favorite episodes? Why did Firefly die young and leave a great-looking corpse? Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John…
11: To Be Continued?
Nov 10, 2010 • 67 min
Spin, Hyperion, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union - Three Hugo winners enter our Book Club. “Spin” by Robert Charles Wilson, “Hyperion” by Dan Simmons, and “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union” by Michael Chabon. Also: Why sequels suck. And we’ll work you like a…
10: It’s Clobberin’ Time!
Oct 31, 2010 • 57 min
The Fantastic Four - The Fantastic Four is the topic of this installment of our Comic Book Club! We talk “Unstable Molecules,” a strange mini-series about the fictional “inspiration” for the Fantastic Four. Also: the bad movies and worse TV shows,…
9: Get the Bone Saw!
Oct 24, 2010 • 58 min
Horror movies - Booooo! We get ready for Halloween with a discussion of horror and scary movies featuring two horror aficionados and also Jason, who doesn’t have a stomach for it. Plus, we highlight a neglected horror classic. Host Jason Snell with Ben…
8: Top Men
Oct 17, 2010 • 64 min
Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark - “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and why it’s so great. Also, “Star Wars” comes up a few times. Host Jason Snell with John Gruber and Dan Moren.
7: Law & Order: Atlantis
Oct 10, 2010 • 55 min
Fall 2010 TV Season - Dissecting the fall TV season, including “The Event,” “No Ordinary Family,” and the promising third season of “Fringe.” Plus other sci-fi shows we have loved and hated, why trying to ape “Lost” is a bad idea, and Dan suggests a new…
6: Go Ahead, Lisa, Destroy My Childhood
Sep 27, 2010 • 61 min
TV Adaptations of Comic Books - Comic Book Club returns! This week we talk about TV adaptations of comic books, TV shows inspired by comic books, comic books that would make good TV shows, and more. Plus, random discussion of X-Men Annuals, the…
5: Shakespeare is a Hack!
Sep 20, 2010 • 57 min
Nick Harkaway, Cherie Priest, William Gibson - Our Book Club reconvenes, to discuss Nick Harkaway, Cherie Priest, William Gibson, favorite prose stylists (Shakespeare? Please!), and multiple Shatners. Also in this episode, we introduce listeners to two…
4: This Film Presented in Mummy-Vision
Sep 12, 2010 • 54 min
Movie Sound Tracks - Movies and movie soundtracks are on the agenda, as we talk Giacchino, Star Trek soundtracks, bad movies we have loved, Blade Runner, Kick Ass, and the prospect of a “Dark Tower” movie/TV series combo platter. Host Jason Snell with Dan…
3: Doctor Sherlock vs. The Melty Man
Sep 5, 2010 • 63 min
Sherlock, Doctor Who - It’s British TV time. Steven Moffat’s “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” are on the agenda. We mention his sitcom “Coupling” too. And Glenn cranks the pretension meter up to ten, only for Jason to crank it right back down to one. Host…
2: A Feeling of Vertigo
Aug 30, 2010 • 54 min
The Unwritten - I call this meeting of Comic-Book Club to order! Today we will be discussing “The Unwritten” by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, published by Vertigo. But of course, we end up talking about much more than just “The Unwritten,” as any good book…
1: We’ll Always Have Zeppelins
Aug 22, 2010 • 53 min
The City in the City, The Windup Girl, For the Win - In the very first episode ever of The Incomparable, recorded before we even knew what we were going to be called, we talk about a whole bunch of novels, including China Mieville’s “The City and The…