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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#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.

#184: Genius Edition

March 1, 2014 at 12:00AM • 1 hour 24 minutes

Do you love cardboard and hate sanity? Then join us for our draft of favorite board games! We do some uranium mining on a donkey, propose a new trivia-themed podcast, debate the merits of Sanka versus Yuban, and discuss two different versions of Risk--three, if you count the version Tony invented where each Risk battle is settled by a full game of Monopoly.

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Monty Ashley, and Tony Sindelar.

#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.