August 12, 2012 at 3:00pm • 1 hour 28 minutes
Pixar takes on princesses with the new film "Brave." We discuss Pixar's mother/bear-daughter story, but also the larger issues of female characters in animation and film in general. What's wrong with the Disney Princesses? Why can't girls play Belle or Ariel as if they were an action hero, anyway? How does Merida compare with the female protagonists in Miyazaki's work? Did Pixar change its own fate?
Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Frakes, John Siracusa, and Serenity Caldwell.
August 5, 2012 at 3:45pm • 1 hour 2 minutes
Our Book Club discusses "Redshirts" by John Scalzi. It's a book that's far more complex than its elevator-pitch premise would suggest, but did our panel appreciate its winking narrative-within-narrative structure? And more broadly, why are we worried about some of our favorite geek creators turning inward and pandering to the nerd audience?
Special guests Glenn Fleishman, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.
July 24, 2012 at 11:30pm • 1 hour 19 minutes
In our hundredth episode, we take a look at why we do The Incomparable. Can entertainment be appreciated without analysis and criticism? We also discuss how The Incomparable came to be, and pick some of our favorite (and least favorite) moments. Please forgive us for this self-indulgent meta-episode. We promise not to do another one until number 200.
Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.
July 16, 2012 at 12:30am • 1 hour 22 minutes
Summer's here and it's time to get to the beach with a good sci-fi novel. 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 Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Lex Friedman, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.
July 7, 2012 at 12:00am • 1 hour 29 minutes
We tackle the works of Jonathan Coulton as our Geek Music Appreciation series continues. Join guest host Lex Friedman as he and our panelists build a JoCo playlist and discuss why Coulton has so much geek appeal. But just because Lex is guest-hosting doesn't mean that Jason Snell won't make a dramatic appearance at the end, so keep listening!
Special guests Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, Jonathan Coulton, and Lex Friedman.
July 1, 2012 at 4:00pm • 59 minutes
Good news, everyone! We're here to talk about the animated TV comedy "Futurama." Join guest host Glenn Fleishman, special guest Andy Ihnatko, and virgin guests Jonathan Seff and Dean Putney as we discuss Bender, Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, and even Morbo.
Special guests Andy Ihnatko & Glenn Fleishman.
June 24, 2012 at 1:00pm • 1 hour 20 minutes
The 2012 Hugo Award Nominees. Of all the sci-fi novels published in the last year, these are five of them! (And four aren't actually sci-fi.) But that hasn't stopped us from reading them and giving you our opinions. Join our book club as we talk about five books and pick our favorites. Plus: Vomit Zombies! A unique novel-sponsorship opportunity for Coca-Cola! Our near-unconditional love of author Jo Walton! And what the locusts are reading this year!
Special guests Glenn Fleishman, Monty Ashley, and Scott McNulty.
June 16, 2012 at 1:00pm • 1 hour 31 minutes
Unfurl your banners, steal some dragons, slap your insolent nephew, and get ready to listen to us discuss the second season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in this special live session. Plus, John explains the Internet to Jason.
Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, and Serenity Caldwell.
June 9, 2012 at 9:00pm • 1 hour 10 minutes
We travel to where geekiness and comedy come together, to discuss our favorite geek TV comedies. From traditional sitcoms to animation to movie commentary, we've got you covered. Plus there's a lot of singing.
Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.
June 2, 2012 at 8:30pm • 1 hour 13 minutes
Our book club takes a dive into the world of Paolo Bacigalupi, covering his award-winning novel "Ship Breaker" as well as its recently-released follow-up, "The Drowned Cities." These books are apparently considered YA (or Young Adult) fiction, leading us to discuss what that label means, if anything. We also talk about Bacigalupi's particular brand of eco-apocalypse, his use of science fiction to make us reconsider what's going on today in the world, and how to pronounce his name. And of course, we coin a new word: it's half monster, half mentor, all Scott McNulty.
Special guests Scott McNulty & Serenity Caldwell.