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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#183: How I Sold Your Mother

February 22, 2014 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Do you like sand? Then you may get upset as we conclude our discussion of "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones," in which we ponder the mystery of droid consciousness, fail to get excited about seeing our old friends from Episode I again, open a Variety Pack of monsters, debate Yoda's fighting strategy, and talk John Siracusa off the ledge. Finally, we ponder whether it's worse for a movie to be bad or boring. (Part 2 of 2.)

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

#182: Full-Fledged Force Mullet

February 14, 2014 at 8:15PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Against the advice of our doctors, we're back with more prequels. This time it's "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones." With three different opening statements, our podcast is about as bureaucratic as the Imperial Senate. We also discuss R2's incompetence as a security system, ponder Anakin's puzzling pick-up lines (and haircut), sympathize with the boring job of the Jedi, and question the plight of the Fett family and the clone troopers. (Part 1 of 2.)

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

#181: You're the Christopher Reeviest

February 8, 2014 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, but will he always be? We discuss the interesting problem of replacing the face of your franchise, whether it's Doctor Who or James Bond or Captain Kirk or Batman or Superman. Fortunately, we leave plenty of time for digressions into old TV shows (including "Three's Company," "Bewitched," and "Magnum P.I.") and anger the internet's foremost Robocopians. Spoiler: In the end, Hollywood ruins everything.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, and Jason Brightman.

#180: Locked-Shower Mystery

February 1, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Unlock the front door to your mind palace, fake your death in numerous ways, and draw on a fake mustache! Season 3 of "Sherlock" is on our agenda, and we discuss all three episodes in turn. How does the introduction of Mary improve the cast dynamic? Does the middle episode sag as in past seasons, or prove to be a highlight? The game is on, Watson.

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, John Siracusa, Moisés Chiullan, and Serenity Caldwell.

#179: Thief-Based Economy

January 25, 2014 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

Our book club returns with discussion of two books! First we talk Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora," a fantasy book about a gang of thieves that are even outlaws to other thieves (spoiler horn at 12:00). Then it's Ann Leckie's "Ancillary Justice," a space opera about AIs and ships and empires and corpse soldiers that brings Iain M. Banks to mind (starts at 28:48, spoilers at 33:22). Confusingly long prologues! Fun with gendered pronouns! Questionable burrito metaphors! Plus: What are we reading (starts at 68:13)?

Special guests Dan Moren, Monty Ashley, and Scott McNulty.

#178: A Smoother Yar

January 18, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

We continue selecting our favorite all-time console video games. John chooses the classics. Steve has a bad fur day. And Moisés continues his descent into madness. Boop beep beep boop! (Part 2 of 2)

Special guests Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Moisés Chiullan, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.

#177: Six-Pixel Sword

January 10, 2014 at 11:15PM • 58 minutes

It's time for us to select some of the very best console video games of all time. From Mario to Zelda, from sports to music, from Atari to Intellivision, we've got the entire history of the video-game industry covered. Are you a bad enough dude to listen? (Part 1 of 2)

Special guests Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Moisés Chiullan, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.

#176: Solo Adventures (Our 2013 Favorites)

January 1, 2014 at 3:15AM • 2 hours

We say goodbye to 2013 by listing our favorite stuff from the past year. We also recall our favorite podcast moments and read a whole bunch of listener comments. (This is a new episode, though it does contain a few classic Incomparable clips from 2013 and earlier.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Tony Sindelar, Scott McNulty, and David J. Loehr.

#175: War on Christmas

December 26, 2013 at 12:30AM • 60 minutes

"Doctor Who" said farewell to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith on Christmas Day. In an Incomparable Christmas tradition, we convened almost immediately after the airing of the episode to discuss "The Time of the Doctor" in great detail in an unedited live flashcast. Cyberman-head companions! A turkey that takes 300 years to cook in the vortex! Lots of past plot boxes checked! A teary farewell and regeneration! Kidneys of a dubious color! We break it all down.

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

#174: The Incomparable Christmas Spectacular

December 22, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 24 minutes

The Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air wishes a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.