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 theincomparable.com.

Hosted by Jason Snell.


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#173: Santa-Based Christmas

December 14, 2013 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

'Tis the season for holiday music! Unfortunately, while we unabashedly love the holidays, only some holiday music strikes our fancy. Join us as we talk about what makes a good holiday song and then stick around (if you dare) as we complain about some of the worst the season has to offer. Happy holidays, folks!

Special guests David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, Philip Michaels, and Steve Lutz.


#172: The Incomparable Holiday Vault 3

December 7, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Holiday TV: There's a lot of it, and some of it is good. A lot of it is bad. We talk about classics great and not-so-great and induct some very special shows into the Incomparable Holiday Vault. Also, Steve reveals a deep, dark secret.

Special guests David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.


#171: Pirate Politics: A Winter Reading List

November 29, 2013 at 10:30PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

Winter's here and it's time to light a fire, get under a blanket, and curl up with a good book. Our panelists are well read and of exquisite taste, so we've got a boatload of suggestions for you. From funny to serious, there's a book in our list that will hit the spot the next time you're looking for something to read.

Special guests David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.


#170: Let Zygons Be Zygons

November 23, 2013 at 7:30PM • 44 minutes

In this special unedited flashcast edition, we talk about the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor," immediately after viewing it! It just about made our heads explode and we want to watch it again immediately. Join us for our post-episode breakdown of what we saw and what we liked.

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


#169: A Man with a Long Scarf

November 21, 2013 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 31 minutes

50 years ago some very clever people invented "Doctor Who." 50 years later we still love it. On the occasion of the show's golden anniversary, here's our unabashed lovefest for the BBC's most clever invention. Four American fans discuss how we discovered the show, our favorite Doctors and stories, and the unique and welcoming culture of sci-fi fandom.

Special guests Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, and Chip Sudderth.


#168: A Different Kind of Sleeper Agent

November 16, 2013 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

Pick up the clicker and join us for our conversation about the new TV season. We talk ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", "Sleepy Hollow," "The Blacklist," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Crazy Ones," "The Michael J. Fox Show," "Masters of Sex," and also NBC's "Dracula"--which we haven't actually seen. Plus returning shows of note like "Parks and Recreation," "Bob's Burgers," "How I Met Your Mother," and "The Big Bang Theory." We also talk about how exciting corporate synergy can be, Scott endorses a show you should watch if you have the channel it's on, and we provide our pitch for "CSI: Dracula."

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, and Scott McNulty.


#167: Space Wizard Musical

November 9, 2013 at 10:45AM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Old Movie Club returns! We look at three films from 1952: "Singin' in the Rain," "High Noon," and Best Picture winner (!) "The Greatest Show on Earth." One of these movies is not like the others. Plus: The haunting repetition of Tex Ritter! Charlton Heston's commitment to the circus! And Phil asks Jason what it feels like to have no soul! Travel back 61 years in time and join us, won't you?

Special guests David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser, Steve Lutz, Philip Michaels, and Monty Ashley.


#166: I Assume Everyone is Awful

November 2, 2013 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Awful people can make great art. Nice people can write bad books. Can you separate the creator from the art? We struggle with Orson Scott Card and his (rightfully) classic novel "Ender's Game" and go on to list other writers and series who we've had to break up with. To make things not entirely disappointing, we also talk about authors and series that have never let us down.

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.


#165: Grieving for My Left Thumb

October 26, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 51 minutes

In this double-length episode we talk about two video games even non-gamers like Jason can enjoy, "Gone Home" and "Brothers." We ponder what makes a game challenging, and if a game must be challenging to be good. John likes both games, but has a list of grievances. All disagreements will be settled with a duel of '80s mixtapes at dawn! Plus: What other games are we playing?

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.


#164: Put In the Zom and Out Comes Com

October 19, 2013 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Grab a pint and marinate your brain as we discuss the "Cornetto Trilogy," three films by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright that are linked in theme if not in characters: "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and recent release "The World's End." Why aren't there more smart genre comedies? How do Pegg and Wright so deftly handle different genres? How are these movies like the Commedia dell'arte? Why do Jason and Jeff want to punch Nick Frost, then hug him? Plus, we give even more Incomparable love to "Spaced."

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Serenity Caldwell, and Jeff Carlson.