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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#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.

#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.