The Incomparable



The Incomparable is a weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more, featuring a rotating panel of guests and hosted by Jason Snell.


  • 721: It's a Triangle!

    21/06/2024 Duração: 01h35min

    “Star Trek: Discovery” opened a new era in Star Trek TV, but now the series has reached its end. How did the new, slimmed-down season 5 storyline work? Were we happy with the series-ending payoff? How were the show’s many interesting characters served in their final go-round? We break it all down. Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Jean MacDonald, Joe Rosensteel and Erika Ensign.

  • 720: Law of Conservation of Boots

    14/06/2024 Duração: 01h30min

    With “Furiosa: A Mad Max Story” in theaters, we thought we would dip back to the original (aka, the fourth) Mad Max movie, “Mad Max: Fury Road” from 2015. It’s a big car chase followed by a race, it’s two hours long, and it’s considered one of the greatest films of all time. Witness us! Steven Schapansky with Erika Ensign, Merlin Mann, Brian Warren and Kelly Guimont.

  • 719: Three Novellas in a Trench Coat

    07/06/2024 Duração: 01h26min

    Our 2024 book club shortlist read continues with “Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon”, “The Terraformers,” and “Some Desperate Glory.” We enjoyed them all, to varying degrees! Plus: What else are we reading? Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign and Heather Berberet.

  • 718: Starfighters in Their Office Chairs

    31/05/2024 Duração: 01h10min

    It’s been 40 years since the release of 1984’s “The Last Starfighter,” so we finally give this visually groundbreaking film its due. Did we find the early CGI effects as charming as the plot of a small town kid becoming a galactic hero in the distant reaches of space? Steven Schapansky with Joe Rosensteel, Cicero Holmes, David J. Loehr and Erika Ensign.

  • 717: Swept up in the Deadpool of It All

    24/05/2024 Duração: 55min

    You just can’t kill us, unless we’re wearing something on our necks that means you can. We’re back to cover 2018’s “Deadpool 2,” which bring you… more Deadpool. Not necessarily a bad thing, but should it have tried to elevate its game? Does its ending completely invalidate the story? And what’s the serious plot element at the center of the ridiculous meta superhero action? Jason Snell with Kelly Guimont, Cicero Holmes and Dan Moren.

  • 716: The Real Villain is Trauma

    17/05/2024 Duração: 01h19min

    With a third movie on the way, it’s time for us to tackle an R-rated “X-Men” spinoff, everyone’s favorite glutton for punishment, 2016’s “Deadpool.” Did it pass the test of skeptical first-time viewers? Does its balance of humor and ultraviolence work? And why did we find this deeply unserious movie strangely affecting? Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Kelly Guimont and Dan Moren.

  • 715: Don't Let Books Make You Cry

    10/05/2024 Duração: 01h08min

    We begin our walk through the 2024 nominees for Best Novel from the Hugo and Nebula Awards. First up: “Starter Villain” by John Scalzi, “Translation State” by Ann Leckie, and “Witch King” by Martha Wells. Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Aleen Simms, Scott McNulty and Heather Berberet.

  • 714: You Can't Protect People From "Doctor Who"

    03/05/2024 Duração: 01h23min

    Put on your mouse ears and step into the TARDIS! We’re discussing the return (rebirth? regeneration?) of “Doctor Who” in 2024, this time on Disney+ (and the BBC). It’s a new era with an old showrunner. How did the 2023 specials hit us, where should curious viewers start watching, and what are our hopes for the coming season? Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky, Annette Wierstra and Kelly Guimont.

  • 713: Weird Guy in the Meat Locker

    26/04/2024 Duração: 01h19min

    Why does discussing the overlooked 1991 classic “Dead Again” feel like we’re living a past life? Maybe it’s the shock of seeing young Sir Kenneth Branagh (attempting a weird American accent) and Dame Emma Thompson. Maybe it’s Sir Derek Jacobi making us wonder if that stutter is an “I, Claudius” reference. Maybe it’s the whole romantic fantasy thing, with a Hitchcockian past intruding on a 1990s present. Jason Snell with Glenn Fleishman, Erika Ensign, Annette Wierstra, Dr. Drang and Shannon Sudderth.

  • 712: Arguably the Saddest Record

    19/04/2024 Duração: 01h52min

    It’s time to celebrate the music of the first decade of this century via our 2000s album draft! From opera to show tunes, we’ve got several musical styles covered—and those are just Andy’s picks! Why do James’s picks leave us cold? What is Erika’s favorite Beat Saber band? Why does Kelly use karaoke as therapy? How does Shelly tactically use remixes? And why did Brian insist on editing this episode? Jason Snell with Brian Hamilton, James Thomson, Shelly Brisbin, Erika Ensign, Kelly Guimont and Andy Ihnatko.

  • 711: Creepy Bone Owl

    12/04/2024 Duração: 01h16min

    Our book club reconvenes to discuss the “Shades of Magic” series by V.E. Schwab, as well as the start of a second trilogy, “The Fragile Threads of Power.” Before the spoilers begin, we’ll explain the parallel fantasy world structure and explain why it’s such a great series. Then we’ll discuss the newest book in the series. Plus: What are we reading? Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign, Aleen Simms and Heather Berberet.

  • 710: Average Night at the Sicilian Opera

    05/04/2024 Duração: 01h58min

    Just when we thought we were out, they pulled us back in! Long after we recorded our first episodes about “The Godfather,” our panelists get back together to talk about the late-sequel “The Godfather Part III,” or is it “The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone” now? Only Francis knows for sure. Jason Snell with John Siracusa, John Gruber, Chip Sudderth and Moisés Chiullán.

  • 709: Worms All the Way Down

    29/03/2024 Duração: 01h33min

    Get on your sandworm and head south! It’s time to discuss “Dune Part 2,” a sequel with more sand, more Fremen, and more time spent at the super weird planet of the villainous Harkonnen family. Is Paul the hero, or… something else? Dust off the family atomics and join us, won’t you? Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Kelly Guimont, Guy English and Brian Warren.

  • 708: Wet Hot Mutagenic Summer

    22/03/2024 Duração: 01h33min

    It’s the first-ever Reboot a Bad Movie draft! In which our stalwart panelists grab an intellectual-property loser off the shelf, dust it off, and re-envision it in a new way that could maybe, possibly be a hit with modern audiences. Moisés Chiullán with Lisa Schmeiser, David J. Loehr, Cicero Holmes and Monty Ashley.

  • 707: Crime is Not Cozy

    15/03/2024 Duração: 01h06min

    Nobody is more surprised than Antony Johnston to find he’s now a cozy crime author. Dan Moren sniffs out the secrets of his “Dog Sitter Detective” series. Dan Moren with Antony Johnston.

  • 706: Riff on Biff

    08/03/2024 Duração: 01h25min

    We conclude our movie-by-movie review of the “Back to the Future” series with the western-themed third installment, which features less time travel shenanigans and more old-west shenanigans. Jason Snell with Lex Friedman, John Siracusa, Brian Warren, Monty Ashley and Moisés Chiullán.

  • 705: A Legacy of Biffs

    01/03/2024 Duração: 01h36min

    It’s time again. Time! To go forward in time, then backward—or is it sideways?—in time, then further back in time, and then maybe even further back in time. It’s time for the bland future of 2015, the apocalyptic alt-present of 1985, and a familiar 1955. But most of all, it’s time for a Crisis on Infinite Biffs. It’s “Back to the Future Part II.” Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Brian Warren and Shelly Brisbin.

  • 704: Kramer Before Kramer

    23/02/2024 Duração: 01h47min

    Great Scott! No time to be a slacker, McFly, because we’ve gotta go back in time to 1985 so we can go back to 1955 so we can perfectly time a lightning strike. That’s right, it’s time to talk about “Back to the Future.” Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, John Siracusa, Shelly Brisbin, Chip Sudderth and Lex Friedman.

  • 703: Communists? In Berkeley?

    16/02/2024 Duração: 01h19min

    Jason’s favorite movie of 2023 was the gray flipside to “Barbie,” Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.” And while none of us would exactly call ourselves Nolan fans, this one manages to grapple with a deep subject with great care. It’s got some spectacular scenes that will blow your mind—and a whole lot more scene of men in suits and hats standing around talking. Jason Snell with Shelly Brisbin, Kathy Campbell and Cicero Holmes.

  • 702: One Is Silly and One Is Wacky

    09/02/2024 Duração: 01h11min

    Two nations, two sitcoms, one premise: What if one of us could see ghosts? Infusing genre complications into the world of TV situation comedies, “Ghosts” has become a hit in both the UK and the U.S.! We recommend both, compare the different versions, and try to explain why the whole idea works so well. Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, Heather Berberet, Cicero Holmes and Erika Ensign.

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