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The Incomparable

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#220: Authentic Cop Mustache

November 15, 2014 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 14 minutes

This is the last episode of The Incomparable we'll be posting to the 5by5 network. Thanks to Dan and company for all their support over the years. You can continue to find us on our own site.

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.

#219: Terrible Things for Awful Reasons

November 7, 2014 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

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, horrible ethnic stereotypes, questionable female characters, inexplicable plots, and a box containing a nuclear whatsit. Va-va-va-voom!

#218: Three Dads and a Superfast Baby

November 1, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

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 worst.

With panelists Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Lisa Schmeiser, Philip Michaels, and Monty Ashley.

#217: Weird Reverse Hidden Charisma

October 25, 2014 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 18 minutes

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 the pulsating Casio keyboard soundtrack. How do Kyle Reese's stolen pants remind him of home? And whatever you do, keep an eye out for a gigantic Austrian!

With panelists Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr, and Steve Lutz.

#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.