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#100: Who Cares What We Think?

July 24, 2012 at 10:30PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

In our hundredth episode, we take a look at why we do The Incomparable. Can entertainment be appreciated without analysis and criticism? We also discuss how The Incomparable came to be, and pick some of our favorite (and least favorite) moments. Please forgive us for this self-indulgent meta-episode. We promise not to do another one until number 200.

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

#99: Convenience Store Clerk of Dune: A Summer Reading List

July 15, 2012 at 11:30PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

Summer's here and it's time to get to the beach with a good sci-fi novel. Our panelists are well read and of exquisite taste, so we've got a boatload of suggestions for you. From funny to serious, there's a book in our list that will hit the spot the next time you're looking for something to read.

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

#98: Obscure References and Sadness

July 6, 2012 at 11:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

We tackle the works of Jonathan Coulton as our Geek Music Appreciation series continues. Join guest host Lex Friedman as he and our panelists build a JoCo playlist and discuss why Coulton has so much geek appeal. But just because Lex is guest-hosting doesn't mean that Jason Snell won't make a dramatic appearance at the end, so keep listening!

Special guests Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, Jonathan Coulton, and Lex Friedman.

#97: Everybody Loves Hypnotoad

July 1, 2012 at 3:00PM • 59 minutes

Good news, everyone! We're here to talk about the animated TV comedy "Futurama." Join guest host Glenn Fleishman, special guest Andy Ihnatko, and virgin guests Jonathan Seff and Dean Putney as we discuss Bender, Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, and even Morbo.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko & Glenn Fleishman.

#96: Space Fedora

June 24, 2012 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

The 2012 Hugo Award Nominees. Of all the sci-fi novels published in the last year, these are five of them! (And four aren't actually sci-fi.) But that hasn't stopped us from reading them and giving you our opinions. Join our book club as we talk about five books and pick our favorites. Plus: Vomit Zombies! A unique novel-sponsorship opportunity for Coca-Cola! Our near-unconditional love of author Jo Walton! And what the locusts are reading this year!

Special guests Glenn Fleishman, Monty Ashley, and Scott McNulty.

#95: Don't Take the Cinnamon Challenge

June 16, 2012 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

Unfurl your banners, steal some dragons, slap your insolent nephew, and get ready to listen to us discuss the second season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in this special live session. Plus, John explains the Internet to Jason.

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

#94: If You Think It's Funny, That's Fine, You're Wrong

June 9, 2012 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

We travel to where geekiness and comedy come together, to discuss our favorite geek TV comedies. From traditional sitcoms to animation to movie commentary, we've got you covered. Plus there's a lot of singing.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

#93: Monstor

June 2, 2012 at 7:30PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Our book club takes a dive into the world of Paolo Bacigalupi, covering his award-winning novel "Ship Breaker" as well as its recently-released follow-up, "The Drowned Cities." These books are apparently considered YA (or Young Adult) fiction, leading us to discuss what that label means, if anything. We also talk about Bacigalupi's particular brand of eco-apocalypse, his use of science fiction to make us reconsider what's going on today in the world, and how to pronounce his name. And of course, we coin a new word: it's half monster, half mentor, all Scott McNulty.

Special guests Scott McNulty & Serenity Caldwell.

#92: Nick Fury's Google Hangout

May 26, 2012 at 7:15PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

Avengers assemble! We discuss Joss Whedon's Marvel movie, which has been a hit with audiences and critics. But some members of our panel don't agree. How much do expectations factor in to one's enjoyment of a movie? Has the bar for summer action blockbusters been set too low by the likes of "Transformers 2"? Should every action-adventure movie aspire to be something more? Why is this the first time that the Hulk has been portrayed properly in a film? Grab your cosmic cubes and prepare for 90 minutes of movie-smashing discussion.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Ben Boychuk.

#91: The Hungry Tributes of Catan

May 20, 2012 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

From despotic rulers to lethal hummingbirds, it's time for us to address the cultural phenomenon of "The Hunger Games." Join us as we discuss the movie and original book, as well as (following carefully placed Spoiler Horns) the other two books in the trilogy. Why do all households in Panem get the Bravo network? Should "1984" be a Little Golden Book? And why does Lisa know which district of Panem is in charge of making lumber? This episode has the odds ever in its favor.

Special guests Lisa Schmeiser & Serenity Caldwell.