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 including John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Steve Lutz, Serenity Caldwell, Scott McNulty, and Glenn Fleishman. Winner of the 2012 Parsec Award for best fan podcast!

Hosted by Jason Snell.


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#90: A Suspiciously Efficient Morgue

May 13, 2012 at 1:45pm • 60 minutes

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 the exemplary "Scandal in Belgravia," moving on to the not-so-exemplary "Hounds of Baskerville," and concluding with the mind-blowing "Reichenbach Fall."

Special guests Dan Moren, Greg Knauss, and John Siracusa.


#89: Also Known as Endor

May 6, 2012 at 5:45pm • 1 hour 30 minutes

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 forest camouflage, and explain why Ewoks are better unsubtitled. Also, how is Luke's journey to being a Jedi not like what you see in most action movies? Who is more heroic in the end, Luke or Vader? Why does the Emperor wait so long to show us his lightning fingers? Why are rebel ships equipped with fireworks? And is Endor the name of the moon, or the name of the planet the moon is orbiting, or both?

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Serenity Caldwell.


#88: Skywalker's Eleven

April 29, 2012 at 7:00pm • 1 hour 13 minutes

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 languages in "Star Wars" too fake-sounding? And what's up with Leia's metal bikini? (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Serenity Caldwell.


#87: Where Do the Dragons Go to the Bathroom?

April 22, 2012 at 10:15pm • 48 minutes

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 Barbour, who are also knowledgeable in the ways of the dragon.

Special guests Glenn Fleishman & Lisa Schmeiser.


#86: Like "Catcher in the Rye," Except Crappier

April 14, 2012 at 12:00pm • 1 hour 13 minutes

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 Circus." One of them we liked a lot... the other, not so much! Prepare yourself for a magical podcast.

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.


#85: Game Show

March 31, 2012 at 11:00pm • 1 hour 22 minutes

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 story. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you won't learn a darned thing. Join us, won't you?

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, and Steve Lutz.


#84: Wind is the Enemy

March 24, 2012 at 6:45pm • 1 hour 33 minutes

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 Totoro" and "Kiki's Delivery Service" to "Spirited Away" and "Nausicaa," we cover the highlights (and oddities) of his filmmaking career.

Special guest John Siracusa.


#83: Nothing Ever Ends on Taco Tuesday

March 17, 2012 at 1:00pm • 1 hour 11 minutes

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 prequels stink?

Special guests Ben Boychuk, Lisa Schmeiser, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.


#82: Apocalypse Book Club

March 10, 2012 at 2:15pm • 1 hour 11 minutes

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 zombies have their own David Attenborough, leading expeditions into Cleveland? Why should you be afraid if heavy snowfall combines with the appearance of strange invisible magic ghost sex-dragon monsters? And why does John Siracusa plan to ride out the apocalypse in style? We ask several of these questions, but you'll have to listen to see if we ever answer any of them.

Special guests John Siracusa, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.


#81: McRibs and Bacon Martinis

March 5, 2012 at 1:00am • 53 minutes

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 with two panelists who couldn't make the original draft, one of whom has a bone to pick with John Siracusa. The other one instead tells a heartwarming tale of projectile vomiting. (Part 3 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Greg Knauss, Lex Friedman, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.