The Incomparable

The Incomparable

A weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more. Jason Snell talks with a rotating panel of regular guests. Winner of the 2012 Parsec Award for best fan podcast! Find out more at

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#213: You Need an Agent of Chaos

September 27, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 46 minutes

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 to the most recent vintage. Almost everyone gets a Phil Hartman! But only after a whole bunch of rules debates.

With panelists Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, and Lex Friedman.

#212: A MacGyver in the Making

September 20, 2014 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 46 minutes

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 Planet claw, and speak in defense of Sid (but not of Randy Newman). Also: Is this the end of Slinky Dog?

With panelists Merlin Mann, John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko, Steve Lutz, and David J. Loehr.

#211: These Are All Good Ideas

September 13, 2014 at 1:00AM • 1 hour 21 minutes

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 with some suggestions about what shows to bring back, and how.

Also, please consider casting John Hodgman in everything.

Featuring panelists Andy Ihnatko, Philip Michaels, David J. Loehr, and Moises Chiullan.

#210: You Ain't No Nice Guy

September 5, 2014 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

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 revised edition in 1990, and join forces with an impossibly wise Yoda figure to plan the ultimate battle between the forces of good and the forces of Vegas. Baby, can you dig your man?

Post-show: Our own personal apocalypse plans, revisited.

With panelists John Siracusa, Lisa Schmeiser, Erika Ensign, and Monty Ashley.

#209: One Gorn Limit

August 30, 2014 at 9:15AM • 1 hour 47 minutes

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 niceness by also picking the worst episodes and characters "Star Trek" has brought us over the years across five different TV series.

With panelists Scott McNulty, Brianna Wu, Tony Sindelar, and David J. Loehr.

Want more Star Trek? Then don't forget to listen to our very own Random Trek podcast, hosted by Scott McNulty.

#208: The Good People Are Dead Already

August 23, 2014 at 2:00PM • 2 hours 13 minutes

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 survive both zombies and people. If you want even more, stay tuned after the music for an entire bonus episode about gameplay and technical aspects of the game.

With panelists Brianna Wu, Tiffany Arment, John Siracusa, and Steve Lutz.

#207: I Am Groot

August 15, 2014 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

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 all down.

With panelists Serenity Caldwell, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, and Tony Sindelar.

#206: It's All BBC to Me

August 9, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 33 minutes

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 your attention. And if you are from jolly old Blighty, please laugh along as ignorant Americans assume that every TV show from England is produced by the BBC. Grab a cuppa and a curry and join us, won't you?

With panelists Erika Ensign, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.

#205: Love Machine

August 2, 2014 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

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 as a classic. We debate the Giant's original purpose, break down a surprisingly large succession of poop jokes, and ponder the Giant's ultimate destiny to be the benevolent robot-king of Iceland.

Featuring panelists Merlin Mann, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Tony Sindelar, and David J. Loehr.

#204: Where Cynicism Meets Optimism

July 27, 2014 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

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 dominated by white men, but what are the right ways to do it? And are there wrong ways, or does every little bit help?

With panelists Brianna Wu, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.