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 including John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Steve Lutz, Serenity Caldwell, Scott McNulty, and Glenn Fleishman. Winner of the 2012 Parsec Award for best fan podcast!

Hosted by Jason Snell.


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#130: And the Children Shall Lead (Star Trek TOS, part 2)

March 2, 2013 at 11:45am • 1 hour 11 minutes

Disconnect the intelligent computer that runs your entire planetary society, because it's time for the second half of our discussion of the original "Star Trek." What do today's kids think of this nearly 50-year-old show? We ponder the gender politics of splitting Captain Kirk (and a little dog in a weird costume) into good and evil halves. And what about the low standards of the Enterprise's Engineering department? Please listen: It will only take 71 of your Earth minutes! (Part 2 of 2.)

Special guests Scott McNulty, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.


#129: Prescription Salad (Star Trek TOS, part 1)

February 24, 2013 at 3:30pm • 1 hour 18 minutes

Lay in a course and set your phaser to stun! We discuss our favorite (and least favorite) episodes of the original "Star Trek" series. Was Dr. McCoy promoting vegetarianism? Why did Spock have such a lovely collection of hats? What does Bob Barker have to do with the Guardian of Forever? Join us as we boldly go where so many have gone before. (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Scott McNulty, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.


#128: Bureaucracy Is Her Superpower

February 15, 2013 at 10:00pm • 59 minutes

Cut off your thumb and send it to a friend just to see what grows! In this episode of our Book Club, we talk about Daniel O'Malley's modern supernatural fantasy novel, "The Rook." (We liked it a lot!) It's sort of about a supernatural version of Britain's MI-5, written by an American-educated Australian civil servant. Also: What are Scott, Dan, and Jason reading?

Special guests Dan Moren & Scott McNulty.


#127: Walking and Talking

February 9, 2013 at 11:30am • 42 minutes

We convened on the Macworld Live stage at Macworld/iWorld 2013 to discuss the works of Aaron Sorkin. From "The West Wing" to "Sports Night," "The American President" to "The Social Network," it's all here.

Special guests Dan Frakes, Dan Moren, Lex Friedman, Serenity Caldwell, and Jeff Carlson.


#126: A Dark, Dark Narnia

February 2, 2013 at 10:00am • 1 hour 9 minutes

Get out your magical key ring and prepare for our discussion of "Locke and Key" by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. It's a dark fantasy/horror comic with some touches of Stephen King, fitting since Joe Hill is Stephen King's kid! It's also really good. We drop some mild spoilers for Vol. 1, "Welcome to Lovecraft," which you should go buy right now. Plus: What comics are we reading?

Special guests Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan, and Jason Brightman.


#125: Kiss the Elf

January 26, 2013 at 11:00am • 1 hour 15 minutes

Our fellowship is sundered, as we wrap up our look at the "Lord of the Rings" movies with a discussion of our favorite (and some least-favorite) performances. Also, is Yoda better than Gollum? Who likes Orcs, anyway? Why does Liv Tyler make Jason want to go to the bathroom? And there are many, many endings. (Part 2 of 2.)

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, and John Siracusa.


#124: Hobbit Hanukkah

January 19, 2013 at 12:00pm • 1 hour 11 minutes

It's a two-part podcast about a three-part movie series spread across six discs based on a novel divided into three parts! We tackle Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, from its epic length to the perils of adapting such rich source material. Plus a spotter's guide to differentiating between Dwarfy, Elfy, Beardy, and Hobbits One through Four. And Glenn proves that he knows Elvish. The road goes ever on, and on, and on... (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, and John Siracusa.


#123: Ski Lodge Pick

January 12, 2013 at 3:00pm • 1 hour 15 minutes

Insert a quarter and settle back to listen to us discuss the Oscar-nominated animated feature "Wreck-It Ralph," which is inspired by classic video games. If you make it past the first level, you'll also hear us discuss some of the video games our collection of elderly gentleman played when they were children back in the '70s and '80s. If you don't make it that far, keep trying--the change machine's right over there.

Special guests Dan Frakes, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.


#122: Recursive Clip Loop: Our 2012 Favorites

January 1, 2013 at 12:15am • 1 hour 37 minutes

We say goodbye to 2012 by listing our favorite stuff from the past year. We also recall our favorite podcast moments, read a whole bunch of listener comments, and celebrate the three brand-new words we popularized this year. (This is a new episode, though it does contain a few classic Incomparable clips from 2012--and beyond.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Lisa Schmeiser, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.


#121: Ice Mary Poppins

December 25, 2012 at 11:30pm • 40 minutes

A live "flash" episode recorded right after we watched the 2012 "Doctor Who" Christmas special, "The Snowmen." We welcome (back?) Jenna-Louise Coleman and discuss whether this new start for the Doctor has rekindled our enthusiasm for the show.

Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.