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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#216: Maps of London

October 18, 2014 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 7 minutes

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 novels. This is a spoiler-light episode, so listen in and get ready to add a whole bunch of books to your to-read list. Plus, what are we reading?

With panelists Erika Ensign, Dan Moren, and David Burkhart.

#215: Someone Is Threatening My Whales

October 11, 2014 at 8:30AM • 1 hour 28 minutes

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 mirror-universe duplicates are revealed. And Tony spends a lot of time talking about sea life.

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

#214: Fun is Underrated

October 4, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

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 a SyFy channel series. The members of our Book Club highly recommend it. Also: What are we reading?

#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.