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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#206: It's All BBC to Me

August 9, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 33 minutes

Oi, guv'nor! In this episode five people from North America spend a lot of time talking about British TV we love. If you are not from the UK, you'll find a lot of fantastic "programmes" from the telly that are worth your attention. And if you are from jolly old Blighty, please laugh along as ignorant Americans assume that every TV show from England is produced by the BBC. Grab a cuppa and a curry and join us, won't you?

With panelists Erika Ensign, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.

#205: Love Machine

August 2, 2014 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

In the long tradition of big, giant robots came 1999's "The Iron Giant," the film Brad Bird made before he made "The Incredibles." It was kind of a flop in its initial release, but this animated feature has become rightfully recognized as a classic. We debate the Giant's original purpose, break down a surprisingly large succession of poop jokes, and ponder the Giant's ultimate destiny to be the benevolent robot-king of Iceland.

Featuring panelists Merlin Mann, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Tony Sindelar, and David J. Loehr.

#204: Where Cynicism Meets Optimism

July 27, 2014 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

On Comic-Con weekend, we convene to discuss the latest rash of re-casting comic book heroes. Thor is now a woman! Captain America is black! We're all for increasing diversity in a medium whose classic characters are dominated by white men, but what are the right ways to do it? And are there wrong ways, or does every little bit help?

With panelists Brianna Wu, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.

#203: Get to the Farting Aliens

July 19, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 56 minutes

"Doctor Who" will be returning shortly, with Peter Capaldi stepping into the role. But what if you're "Doctor Who"-curious, but intimidated about where to jump in? Our panel of extraordinary "Doctor Who" fans has lots of recommendations for you. Then we survey the highs and lows of the show's revival era, which featured Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant in the role of The Doctor.

With panelists Glenn Fleishman, Chip Sudderth, and Erika Ensign.

#202: The Partial Monty

July 11, 2014 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 49 minutes

Bury your dead in a Zeppelin and call your interplanetary accountant--it's time for our annual read of the Hugo Award nominees. We cover this year's award nominees, plus the "retro Hugos" from 1939, both of which will be awarded in August in London. Also, someone defends Mira Grant.

Panelists Monty Ashley, Scott McNulty, David J. Loehr, and our very own Hugo nominee, Erika Ensign.

#201: Democracy is Awful

July 4, 2014 at 12:15AM • 1 hour 47 minutes

Break out the stars and stripes, put on your tap shoes, crawl into your shame hole, and join us for a very patriotic edition of Old Movie Club. We discuss the musical "1776," which stars KITT from "Knight Rider" and the guy from "The White Shadow," and the biopic musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy," which stars James Cagney.

Featuring panelists Philip Michaels, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, Glenn Fleishman, and David J. Loehr.

#200: Butter Zone

June 27, 2014 at 5:45PM • 3 hours

We celebrate our 200th episode with this mega-sized installment. We discuss what it means to have geeky enthusiasms (and whether we should grow up), and then listen to some reader feedback. Plus there's a draft, some beer, and special guest stars.

#199: Get This Man Some New Paint

June 21, 2014 at 10:30PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

In this episode we recap our take on the TV season that recently concluded. In a segment with little to no spoilers, we largely discuss shows we like, including "Orphan Black," "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," and even "The Blacklist" and "The Good Wife." Then at the end of the show we slip into spoiler territory and talk about season 4 of "Game of Thrones."

With panelists Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr, Scott McNulty, and John Siracusa.

#198: A Critical Mass of Lady Geeks

June 14, 2014 at 10:15AM • 1 hour 25 minutes

In this episode we convene a panel of women who love geeky stuff to discuss portrayals of girls and women in geek media, how girls and women are received in geek culture, and the books, movies, comics and TV shows that do it right.

With panelists Lisa Schmeiser, Erika Ensign, and Brianna Wu.

#197: Fail Fast

June 7, 2014 at 10:15AM • 1 hour 31 minutes

We love Pixar, and we're a bunch of creative professional types. So as you can imagine, we devoured "Creativity Inc.", by Pixar president Ed Catmull. Is it a business book or an anti-business book? How do you foster creativity? Is Pixar's formula one that provides safety while preventing works of staggering genius? How much is a director or writer the author of a Pixar movie, and how much is the studio itself? And is the wild success of "Frozen" proof of anything?

Panelists John Siracusa, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser, and David J. Loehr.