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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#80: Khan Film Festival

February 24, 2012 at 10:15pm • 57 minutes

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.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.


#79: Everything Sounds Beautiful in German

February 19, 2012 at 12:00pm • 1 hour 5 minutes

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 in a draft format. When all is said and done, 35 classic movies will be chosen by our panel of geeks. (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.


#78: Clones and Telepaths vs. Love

February 11, 2012 at 1:30pm • 58 minutes

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. Also, what are we reading?

Special guest Lisa Schmeiser.


#77: Women's Libber

February 4, 2012 at 8:00pm • 1 hour 12 minutes

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 a better place if Kennedy hadn't been assassinated? Is Canada really eyeing the state of Maine anxiously? Like the book, we have some--but not all--of the answers.

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


#76: Robert Redford's Foot

January 28, 2012 at 11:45pm • 45 minutes

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.

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


#75: My Gazebox is Full of Menhirs

January 21, 2012 at 2:00pm • 59 minutes

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 saving a game really erase your floppy disc? Listen if you dare, but watch out for grues!

Special guests Greg Knauss, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.


#74: I'm Definitely Not a Girl

January 15, 2012 at 4:30pm • 60 minutes

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 listen to find out which ones.

Special guests John Siracusa & Lex Friedman.


#73: Ugh - A 2011 Clip Show

January 7, 2012 at 6:30pm • 1 hour 4 minutes

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 running time is actually original material!)

Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.


#72: The Screams of Trees

December 26, 2011 at 12:00am • 40 minutes

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!

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


#71: The Holiday Movie Vault

December 18, 2011 at 11:30am • 1 hour 10 minutes

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" actually mean. What is a realistic depiction of Santa? Is Bill Murray's best Scrooge not actually in "Scrooged"? Has Clarence the angel left a trail of dead bodies behind him? Is Kris Kringle the original Apple Genius? Happy holidays, everyone!

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Frakes, Glenn Fleishman, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.