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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#194: A Real Imaginary Friend

May 10, 2014 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 54 minutes

Grab your black cat and portable radio, climb on your mom's broomstick, and join us for a discussion of Hayao Miyazaki's classic animated film "Kiki's Delivery Service." This film features a climactic scene featuring an out-of-control dirigible, so you know we love it.

With panelists Merlin Mann, John Siracusa, and Steve Lutz.

#193: Don't Worry, We Got This

May 2, 2014 at 9:15PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

The casting for "Star Wars: Episode VII" has been announced, and so our team of interested "Star Wars" fans has arrived to break down the returning actors, the new faces, and our hopes for the future of the franchise. Plus we talk Kremlinology and Soviet industrial design, lament a bag of villains, and confuse screenwriters with pasta.

Featuring panelists Serenity Caldwell, Lisa Schmeiser, John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko, and Dan Moren.

#192: Murderous Roomba

April 26, 2014 at 3:00AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Danger, Will Robinson! It's time to think outside the bots. We follow up our computer draft with a draft of favorite robots, androids, and other artificial intelligences. Also, we debate a whole lot about what makes a robot different from a computer. Kill all humans!

With panelists David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.

#191: They Don't Make Them Anymore

April 19, 2014 at 10:00AM • 50 minutes

Live from Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco, it's the Incomparable Computer Draft! We pick the best computers of all time--real and fictional. (It goes off the rails quickly.)

With panelists David Sparks, Serenity Caldwell, Dan Moren, Dan Frakes, and Jeff Carlson.

#190: The Cloud is Run by Hydra

April 12, 2014 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

Grab your shield, steal your old uniform, and hop on your motorcycle, because it's time for us to discuss "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." It's the latest Marvel movie, and even though Steve Rogers is the title character, there's an awful lot of SHIELD in this movie, too. Does the franchise aspect of these films help or hurt? Are the action scenes more interesting than the urban disasters featured in most recent superhero movies? And is the Falcon really Cap's only friend outside SHIELD? Also, we reveal the Hydra secret handshake.

Featuring panelists Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar, Guy English, Rene Ritchie, and Moisés Chiullan.

#189: Using Computers to Impress Girls

April 5, 2014 at 3:00PM • 2 hours

Warm up your modem and turn your nuclear-launch key--it's time to play Global Thermonuclear War! We discuss "WarGames," the 1983 John Badham film starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Is this the ultimate film for computer nerds like us? How do the film's Cold War themes contrast with its anti-technology themes? Can a computer make moral decisions? Why is there so much nerd shaming and sexism? And why do they let tour buses into the heart of America's nuclear command? So many questions, Professor Falken, and so few remote-controlled pterodactyls.

Featuring panelists John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko, Greg Knauss, and David J. Loehr.

#188: Game Show II

March 29, 2014 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

In the spirit of April Fool's Day, we present the second edition of The Incomparable Game Show. Two teams match up in a battle of trivia and pointlessness. (Or is that redundant?)

Team Pacific Time: Glenn Fleishman, Greg Knauss, Philip Michaels, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz.

Team East and Also Canada: John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr.

#187: Man versus Mars

March 22, 2014 at 8:15AM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss "The Martian" by Andy Weir. It's a nuts-and-bolts adventure about a stranded astronaut who uses his botany and engineering skills to stay alive on Mars. Did we mention botany? And engineering? There's a lot of both. Also, we tell you what we're reading.

Featuring guests Lex Friedman, John Moltz, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.

#186: Kazoo Parade

March 15, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

We reconvene our Old Movie Club to watch two gritty early-1970s films that have been unfortunately remade in the last decade: "Get Carter" starring Michael Caine, and "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" starring Walter Matthau. We learn about slide-based pornography, metaphors involving stick-shift cars, angry New York transit officers, kazoo parades, and so much more.

Special guests David J. Loehr, Philip Michaels, and Steve Lutz.

#185: A Three-Edged Sword

March 7, 2014 at 4:45PM • 2 hours 9 minutes

It was the dawn of a new age--the rise of sci-fi shows with story arcs, complex characters, and computer-based special effects. "Babylon 5" was a trailblazing TV series and we give it the treatment it deserves in this double-sized episode. The curious can join us for a lengthy pre-Spoiler Horn conversation about why we like the show, and the veterans can stick around for detailed, spoilery conversations about where the show went during its five seasons on the air.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Chip Sudderth, Erika Ensign, and Michael Gartenberg.