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#150: I Look Forward to Ignoring Your Criticism

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

It's our 150th episode! Since we don't normally answer listener questions and read comments on the show, we're devoting this episode to that very topic. We read your emails, your iTunes reviews, and your tweets, and announce a contest that will let one lucky listener choose the topic of a future episode. Are we too critical or not critical enough? Do we disagree too much or not enough? Plus: Why we're not kidnapping Stephen Fry, a new magazine for apes, light eatage, and some Glenning.

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

#149: Gleekless (A Superhero Draft)

July 13, 2013 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

The Incomparable's Superhero Draft is now in session, and justice is on the clock! Hear our collection of panelists assemble several excellent super-teams. Who will inhabit the Hall of Justice? And why are Superman and Batman looking on forlornly? Are they just not team players? Take your Sharknado to the Evil Museum and ponder just why Iron Man might not be the hero you think he is.

Special guests Dan Moren, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, and Scott McNulty.

#148: Between Two Obelisks (D&D part 3)

July 4, 2013 at 9:00AM • 2 hours 47 minutes

Jason's on vacation this week, so instead of a conventional episode, here's an edited third installment of our Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Hot on the heels of the death of Eglath, our heroes step into the maelstrom and discover the secret of the stone temple on the other side. Also, is that a lobster? And who is that guy wearing a hat?

Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.

#147: Space Fish

June 29, 2013 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Though we were tempted to release this episode in eight 10-minute installments, we refrained. Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss John Scalzi's novel "The Human Division," which was initially released as a serial and later as a single-volume novel. Does the serialized format help or hurt? Is Scalzi's return to his "Old Man's War" universe a triumph? PLUS! We discuss all the short fiction nominated for the Hugo Award this year.

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, and Scott McNulty.

#146: Bashing Two Action Figures Together

June 21, 2013 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 32 minutes

Quick! Before the planet is destroyed! Climb on your Kryptonian dragonfly-horse thing and join us to discuss "Man of Steel," the first in a new cycle of Superman movies. We debate the talents of director Zack Snyder, question the movie artistically and as a calculated act of commerce, praise a lot of very good things about the movie, and complain a whole lot about gleeful destruction and the accompanying property damage.

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Moisés Chiullan.

#145: He Lives By a Stupid Code

June 15, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Winter is coming! Any day now. No, really... Wait for it... Hmm. In the meantime, here's our review of this year's "Game of Thrones" season, recorded with all of us in the same room! Haven't seen it? Skip ahead an hour and listen to us talk about other TV shows we watched during the 2012-2013 TV season, including the finale of "Fringe."

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Serenity Caldwell.

#144: Hangin' With the Totes

June 9, 2013 at 1:15PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

"My Neighbor Totoro" is an animated classic in which nothing much happens, but we love it anyway. We discuss how the movie is all about children's fears of change, ponder the differences between subtitled and dubbed versions, and contemplate corn as a cure for tuberculosis. CREEPY!

Special guests John Siracusa, Merlin Mann, and Steve Lutz.

#143: The Best "Star Wars" Movie In Years

June 1, 2013 at 6:30PM • 1 hour 47 minutes

Press down on the warp lever and hide away your out-of-date continuity reference materials. It's time for us to discuss J.J. Abrams' reimagined Star Trek, with an emphasis on the new film "Star Trek Into Darkness." Among our topics: The great casting in both movies, the merits of a Spock-to-Spock Skype call, McCoy's Tribble-based scientific method, and the themes of self-sacrifice in the new movie. Plus we reference every single classic Star Trek movie along the way! And yes, there are spoilers. Lots and lots of spoilers.

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, and David J. Loehr.

#142: Free Public WiFi

May 24, 2013 at 10:45PM • 1 hour 38 minutes

From aliens in the wi-fi to a brain leech under a hat, from some bad nannying to a trio of idiots with a really big space magnet, it's been an odd half-season for our favorite Time Lord. Here's our recap of the second half of series 7 of "Doctor Who." Plus: The Spoiler Horn makes it safe for everyone who wanted to learn the Doctor's real name.

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, and Chip Sudderth.

#141: Tony Stark Wants the Credit

May 20, 2013 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Put on your high-tech suit of armor and join us for our discussion of "Iron Man 3." We talk about Tony's post-traumatic stress, his problematic relationship with technology, and his questionable choice to use remote armor to give a present to his girlfriend. We also discuss the pros and cons of the first two Iron Man movies, analyze how this film fits in as a post-"Avengers" story, and appreciate Tony's MacGyver moment.

Special guests Lisa Schmeiser & Scott McNulty.