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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#136: We Waited 16 Years For This?

April 20, 2013 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

They said it couldn't be done! They said it shouldn't be done! But here we are, talking about "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace." Why are the Jedi such jerks? A little Jedi goes a long way. Also, the biggest letdown of John Siracusa's life to date, stupid droids, good actors being boring, text versus subtext, the merits of prequels in general, and why this is a movie that makes us dream... of a better movie. Exqueeze me? (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.

#135: Total Party Kill (D&D part 1)

April 14, 2013 at 12:30AM • 1 hour 36 minutes

Get out your 20-sided dice and join us in a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Scott McNulty is our DM. Jason, Ren, Dan, Steve, and Tony are our party. Things don't go well.

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

#134: Obligatory Cannibalism

April 7, 2013 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Load your shotgun and gather your platonic apocalypse friends around you! It's time for us to discuss two books about the end of the world, Peter Heller's "The Dog Stars" and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." Do names matter when the world has ended? We also revisit John Siracusa's doomsday plans (a moat is involved), Lex offers a depressing death plan, Jason extolls the virtue of dirty apocalypses, and Scott laughs it up from his apartment full of canned food.

Special guests John Siracusa, Lex Friedman, and Scott McNulty.

#133: Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air

March 31, 2013 at 11:00PM • 47 minutes

How much do we love old-time radio dramas and full-cast audioplays? This much.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Ben Boychuk, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Lex Friedman, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, and David J. Loehr.

#132: Kind of Like a Dinosaur

March 23, 2013 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Don't make us angry... you wouldn't like us when we're angry. Our Comic Book Club talks all things Hulk. We begin with a discussion of two She-Hulk series, by John Byrne and Dan Slott, and then move to talk about Proper Hulk, Gray Hulk, Red Hulk, Planet Hulk, Ruffalo Hulk, and more! Plus: What are we reading? (Jason gets really excited about "Hawkeye," who is not a Hulk.) And, other than being green, how is the Hulk like parsley? Channel your inner rage and listen to this episode.

Special guests Lisa Schmeiser & Jason Brightman.

#131: Professor Siracusa's Anime 101

March 16, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

John Siracusa assigns us two animated films from director Satoshi Kon, "Perfect Blue" and "Millennium Actress." Then we watch them! Featuring: What to look for in Anime tropes, blurring of reality and fantasy, when animation is better than live action, and the lovingly rendered start-up sequence of a Macintosh Performa.

Special guests John Siracusa, Lisa Schmeiser, and Tony Sindelar.

#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.