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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.

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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.

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By Rayne🖤🖤🦇 - Mar 07 2019
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Funny, great, creative. I love listening to this podcast. Also, the quality is awesome!

No one does it better

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I can’t imagine how I existed in the world of fandom before I discovered the incomparable.

iTunes Ratings

531 Ratings
Average Ratings
466
41
8
6
10

Love it!

By Rayne🖤🖤🦇 - Mar 07 2019
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Funny, great, creative. I love listening to this podcast. Also, the quality is awesome!

No one does it better

By Hypersonicbunny - Feb 21 2019
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I can’t imagine how I existed in the world of fandom before I discovered the incomparable.
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The Incomparable

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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.

Rank #1: 492: The Sith You've Dated

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The Dead Speak, and so do we! It’s our first panel reviewing “The Rise of Skywalker.” Can this film bear the gravitational pull of the eight previous Skywalker Saga films? Does it provide a proper ending? We discuss Rey’s parentage, Finn’s increasing abilities, Poe’s lessons in leadership, whether Kylo Ren can possibly be redeemed, Zen and the Art of X-Wing Maintenance, how the film balances honoring Carrie Fisher with serving Leia’s character arc, and much more.

"Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker"

Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, Tony Sindelar, Kelly Guimont and Aleen Simms

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Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

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Dec 22 2019

2hr 39mins

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Rank #2: 413: How Ironic, Tony!

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"Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2" - The Incomparable’s Summer of Marvel begins with a look back at 2008’s “Iron Man” and 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” How unlikely was it that a B-list Marvel Comics superhero nobody had ever heard of would end up kicking off one of the most successful film franchises of all time? How did perfect casting and a light touch with the subject matter pay off in this unlikely success? And how does the sequel balance being a second “Iron Man” film and the launch of a much larger franchise?

Host Jason Snell with Brian Hamilton, Chip Sudderth, Jean MacDonald and Dan Moren.

Jun 30 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #3: 331: I Refuse To Call It a Prequel

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"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" - Put on your Kyber crystal necklace, don a stylish white cape, and keep the Force with you! It’s time to break down “Rogue One,” the first big-budget live-action non-saga “Star Wars” film. We discuss how the film juggles its many characters and settings, the issues with reviving past film elements through CGI, the splendor of Darth Vader’s bachelor pad (and the weirdness of his bathroom), the unexpectedly spectacular space battle, the vacation plans of the Empire’s records division, the film’s strange disconnection with its teaser trailer, and a whole lot more.

Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Serenity Caldwell, Monty Ashley and Tony Sindelar.

Dec 17 2016

1hr 47mins

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Rank #4: 357: It's Above Average

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"Wonder Woman" - “Wonder Woman”, the first female-led superhero movie in ages, has arrived! After praising director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Godot in a pre-spoiler segment, we discuss the necessity of the post-“Batman v. Superman” framing sequence, the choreography of the fight scenes, the innate humanity of Gal Godot’s Diana, how this compares to recent superhero fare, the World War I setting, and maybe even Chris Pine’s watch.

Host Erika Ensign with Shannon Sudderth, David J. Loehr, Alyssa Franke, Kelly Guimont and Steven Schapansky.

Jun 10 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #5: 210: You Ain't No Nice Guy

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Stephen King's "The Stand." - Take your flu medication, head west out of the abandoned cities, and join us for our discussion of Stephen King’s classic novel “The Stand.” We discuss why we enjoy (literary) apocalypses, question King’s setting of the revised edition in 1990, and join forces with an impossibly wise Yoda figure to plan the ultimate battle between the forces of good and the forces of Vegas. Baby, can you dig your man? Post-show: Our own personal apocalypse plans, revisited.

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley and John Siracusa.

Sep 05 2014

1hr 26mins

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Rank #6: 344: Metaphors All the Way Down

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Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" - Tape plastic wrap to your windows and wear a heavy jacket, because we’re revisiting Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel “American Gods” (and its not-a-sequel, 2005’s “Anansi Boys”) before these books make it to TV screens. We appreciate Gaiman’s writing style and the tightrope he walks to tell the story he wants to tell, but have some questions about invisible gods, tall tales, roadside landmarks, and the rules of this world.

Host Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Monty Ashley, Glenn Fleishman and David J. Loehr.

Mar 18 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #7: 458: San Francisco Rat

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"Avengers: Endgame" (Panel 1 of 2) - We’re in the endgame now. In this, the first of two episodes about “Avengers: Endgame,” we break down the plot of perhaps the biggest movie of all time. How does time travel work? How do we feel about the final destinations of beloved characters? Why does the Hulk need to take the stairs? Who is worthy of wielding the power of Thor? Also, Jason has a pitch for a new Captain America TV series.

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Kelly Guimont, Myke Hurley, Tony Sindelar and James Thomson.

May 04 2019

1hr 56mins

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Rank #8: 235: Plot Advancement Tribune

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Underappreciated Hitchcock - Our Old Movie Club, featuring classic films many of us haven’t seen selected just for us by Philip Michaels, is back! In this edition, we look at two underappreciated films of Alfred Hitchcock: 1943’s “Shadow of a Doubt” and 1948’s “Rope.” The former features Joseph Cotten shooting up through the ceiling of creepy, a battle of telepathy versus telegraphy, the special bond of people named Charlie, murder by soda, and an appearance by the Exposition Radio Network. The latter offers long unbroken scenes, drunk Farley Granger, a perfect murder perpetrated by Batman villains, and Jimmy Stewart as Columbo. Both films have Hitchcock in common, as well as Hume Cronyn… and murder!

Host Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Steve Lutz, Monty Ashley, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr and Andy Ihnatko.

Feb 22 2015

1hr 34mins

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Rank #9: 393: The Ol' Reverse Lucifer

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"The Good Place" season 2 - “The Good Place” just finished its second season, and we still couldn’t love this show more. We discuss the moral growth of all the show’s characters in season two, break down the meaning of the final episode, and float a bunch of theories about where the show might be headed next.

Host Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Glenn Fleishman, Kathy Campbell, Chip Sudderth and Brian Hamilton.

Feb 10 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #10: 345: Evil Giggle

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"The Good Place." - Rarely do we devote an episode to a television comedy, but “The Good Place” earned our love and your attention. It’s a single story told over 13 half-hour episodes, with twists and turns and a lot of laughs. Why has Eleanor been sent to heaven by mistake? Why did a 70s dude high on mushrooms figure out the secret to eternal life? Why do we keep being gently reminded of Douglas Adams? Why is there a lava man in the conference room? Why does purgatory feature warm beer and Eagles live albums? We break it all down, and leave space after the Spoiler Horn to discuss the many surprising plot developments as the season went along.

Host Jason Snell with Kelly Guimont, David J. Loehr and Glenn Fleishman.

Mar 26 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #11: 354: Sons of Caledonia

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Dan Moren wrote a book! - A panelist from the very first episode, Dan Moren is now a published science-fiction novelist. Dan’s book, “The Caledonian Gambit,” was released today. Seven years ago, before The Incomparable even existed, Jason read a draft of Dan’s book… proving that sometimes the road to having your book published can be a long one, but with talent and perseverance it can be done. In this special episode, Jason talks to Dan about how he started writing novels, when he started working on what would become “The Caledonian Gambit”, how he got an agent, the revision process, and where his novel-writing career takes him from here. (The episode doesn’t have any spoilers for the book.)

Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren.

May 23 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: 450: A Surprising Number of Spider-Meetings

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Alternate Spider-Man characters and "Spider-Verse" - Spin a web, any size, and join us as our Comic Book Club discusses the comics from 2014 that inspired “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and, more generally, the concept of alternate versions of Spider-Man. We read “Edge of Spider-Verse,” which introduces Spider-Gwen and Peni Parker, and the “Spider-Verse” issues of “Amazing Spider-Man.” Along the way we talk about our favorite alternate spiders and what path the makers of “Into the Spider-Verse” might choose as they ponder sequels and spin-offs.

Host Jason Snell with Tony Sindelar, Moisés Chiullan, Dan Moren and Chip Sudderth.

Mar 09 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: 336: You Had Me at 'Splorch'

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Comic book movie pitches - Comic book movies got you down? Too much of the same old thing? This episode has the cure for what ails you, as we pitch a bunch of great comics that we’d like to see get the big-screen treatment that would be guaranteed to enliven the genre. And maybe along the way, we’ll add to your comics reading list, too.

Host Jason Snell with John McCoy, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, Moisés Chiullan and Lisa Schmeiser.

Jan 21 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #14: 268: Let's Hear It for Botanists

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"The Martian" - We all went and watched “The Martian” at movie theaters and then came home and joined together to talk about it! From Vicodin-topped potatoes to shiny zoomy space stuff, we work the problem to provide something a bit more informative than a Tumblr full of sad pictures.

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Andy Ihnatko, Stephen Hackett, Lisa Schmeiser and Chip Sudderth.

Oct 17 2015

1hr 16mins

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Rank #15: 328: Panspermia, but for Clothes

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"Arrival" - We deconstruct and reconstruct the recent release “Arrival,” staring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, and based on a story by Ted Chiang that we discussed nearly 300 episodes ago. There’s praise for the story’s restraint, quiet tone, beautiful scenes of solitary obelisks in remote cow pastures, and realistic portrayal of its main characters. We also enter a spirited debate about the film’s sci-fi plot mechanism, the way its aliens (and alien language) are portrayed, and the morality of a choice that one character may—or may not—have made.

Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Glenn Fleishman, Aleen Simms and Joe Rosensteel.

Nov 27 2016

1hr 25mins

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Rank #16: 195: Peak Crate

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Computer game draft. - Following in the footsteps of our video-game draft, it’s time for us to select some of our favorite computer games of all time. Real-time strategy! Arcade style! Text adventures! From the earliest days of video games up to the present, we’ve got it covered. Now if we could just figure out what was in those crates…

Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Monty Ashley, Erika Ensign, Tony Sindelar, Steve Lutz and John Siracusa.

May 17 2014

1hr 57mins

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Rank #17: 437: Whale Logistics Movie

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"Star Trek IV" - In this holiday season, what could be more emblematic of the spirit of Peace on Earth (of the past) and Goodwill toward men (who aren’t whalers or aquarium directors) than 1986’s “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”? We celebrate “the one with the whales”, an enjoyable romp through 1980s San Francisco that also features a soundtrack that sounds like a Christmas carol, nuclear wessels with terrible security practices, and Admiral Kirk’s to-go pizza box.

Host Jason Snell with Tony Sindelar, Jean MacDonald, Joe Rosensteel, Moisés Chiullan, Chip Sudderth and Scott McNulty.

Dec 16 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #18: 238: Caucus with the Dark Side

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"Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" part 2 - Finished, this podcast torture is. We conclude our conversation about “Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” taking you all the way through the dissatisfying ending. As a bonus, we try to rank the prequels, and discover a surprising winner. (part 2 of 2)

Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, Dan Moren and Andy Ihnatko.

Mar 14 2015

1hr 35mins

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Rank #19: 373: Great Joy and Gratitude

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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" at 30 - On the 30th anniversary of the debut of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, we watched the show’s first and last episodes and used them to appreciate what worked right out of the gate (casting) and what took a bit longer to jell together into one of the great science fiction TV series of all time.

Host Jason Snell with Helene Wecker, Jean MacDonald, Lisa Schmeiser and David J. Loehr.

Oct 01 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #20: 206: It's All BBC to Me

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British TV picked by silly Americans. - Oi, guv’nor! In this episode five people from North America spend a lot of time talking about British TV we love. If you are not from the UK, you’ll find a lot of fantastic “programmes” from the telly that are worth your attention. And if you are from jolly old Blighty, please laugh along as ignorant Americans assume that every TV show from England is produced by the BBC. Grab a cuppa and a curry and join us, won’t you?

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr.

Aug 09 2014

1hr 33mins

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498: That Puppet Has an Agent

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Grab a tracking fob and saddle up a bluurg, because it’s time to discuss “The Mandalorian,” the first live-action Star Wars TV series. Why is the show’s main character always wearing a mask? How much merchandise money did Disney forego in order to keep Baby Yoda a secret? Is the Mandalorian capable of providing an environment in which Baby Yoda can thrive? Why is serving tea so civilized? We’ve got to get us one of those jet packs.

"The Mandalorian"

Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Helene Wecker, Chip Sudderth and Aleen Simms

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Star Wars

The Mandalorian

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Jan 25 2020

1hr 12mins

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497: A Concerning Amount of Tootsie Rolls

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Hi Bob! We continue our early 2020 survey of late 2019 TV favorites with “For All Mankind”, an Apple TV+ series from Ron Moore about a NASA space program that has taken some dramatic turns since Soviet Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first person to set foot on the moon. We discuss the show’s balancing modern themes with its alt-historical context, how purely fictional and fictionalized historical characters fare, the merits of a weekly episode drop, lunar FaceTime and fax machines, and where it all might be headed in as the show’s second season (perhaps) reaches the 1980s.

"For All Mankind"

Host Jason Snell with Stephen Hackett, Kathy Campbell, Dan Moren and Moisés Chiullan

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For All Mankind

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"Voyage" by Steven Baxter


"The Calculating Stars" (Lady Astronaut series) by Mary Robinette Kowal


"Mercury 13" on Netflix


Our "The Right Stuff" episode

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Jan 18 2020

1hr 14mins

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496: Get Into the Elephant Stuff

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There was a lot of great TV released in 2019, but if you ask us, there was none better than HBO’s “Watchmen”, which took a classic comic and tried to match it as a modern TV series. We discuss how the series dealt with race, superheroes, empire, masks, eggs, and legacy. Also: Will there be a second season? Should there be? Nothing ever ends, Adrian, especially if the spin-offs remain profitable.

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HBO's "Watchmen" (2019)

Host Jason Snell with Cicero Holmes, Merlin Mann, Joe Rosensteel and Aleen Simms

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Watchmen (2019)

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Jan 12 2020

1hr 43mins

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495: Congratulations, You're All Pregnant - The Best of 2019

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Happy New Year! Another year has gone by, but we don’t want to miss the opportunity to take one last look back at 2019, as our most frequent panelists of the year share some of their favorite works and discuss their favorite Incomparable moments while we play some classic 2019 audio clips.

Our favorite works and audio clips of 2019

Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Moisés Chiullan, Monty Ashley and Steve Lutz

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Moises:

Dan:

Erika:

David:

Steve:

Monty:

Jason:

Thanks to Incomparable listeners for contributing clip suggestions and building this set of links to our favorite things.

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Jan 03 2020

2hr 4mins

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494: No Sith For You

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Our trilogy of panels about “The Rise of Skywalker” concludes with a discussion of the film’s themes, how Kylo Ren keeps sliding into Rey’s DMs, whether you can ever have enough “Star Wars”, and how “Star Wars” is a little bit like “Seinfeld.”

"Rise of Skywalker" Jedi Panel

Host Moisés Chiullan with Tiffany Arment, Marco Arment, Cicero Holmes and David J. Loehr

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Referenced Works

Star Wars

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

Show Notes & Links

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Dec 31 2019

2hr 7mins

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493: Maybe They've Got Evil Droids

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Our panel of rebel podcasters, striking again from their hidden base, present another perspective on “The Rise of Skywalker.” Why does James want to see evil droids? Does Liz find Ben Solo or Kylo Ren more intriguing? Can Chip be satisfied with the ending to this generation-defining saga? Why are we in the midst of a global Porg shortage? Guest host Antony Johnston will seek the answers.

"Rise of Skywalker" Rebel Panel

Host Antony Johnston with Lizbeth Myles, James Thomson and Chip Sudderth

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Referenced Works

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars

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Dec 27 2019

1hr 24mins

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492: The Sith You've Dated

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The Dead Speak, and so do we! It’s our first panel reviewing “The Rise of Skywalker.” Can this film bear the gravitational pull of the eight previous Skywalker Saga films? Does it provide a proper ending? We discuss Rey’s parentage, Finn’s increasing abilities, Poe’s lessons in leadership, whether Kylo Ren can possibly be redeemed, Zen and the Art of X-Wing Maintenance, how the film balances honoring Carrie Fisher with serving Leia’s character arc, and much more.

"Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker"

Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, Tony Sindelar, Kelly Guimont and Aleen Simms

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Referenced Works

Star Wars

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

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Dec 22 2019

2hr 39mins

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491: The Yellow Ones Don't Stop

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Get out your flask of maple syrup, warm up your Lite Brites and Etch-A-Sketches, and check the Clausometer, because it’s time to tell the story of Buddy the Elf. It’s 2003’s “Elf”, the modern Christmas classic starring Will Ferrell. What are the theological implications of the seven levels of the candy cane forest? Why so many “Lord of the Rings” references? How can James Caan and everyone else at the publishing company be so bad at their jobs? Wait a second… this isn’t maple syrup!

"Elf"

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Kathy Campbell, Annette Wierstra, Steve Lutz, Brian Hamilton and Joe Rosensteel

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Elf

[Amazon]

Holidays (topic)

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#71; The Holiday Movie Vault (2011)


Binging with Babish: Breakfast Dessert Pasta from Elf

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Dec 15 2019

1hr 12mins

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490: Treat It Like the Bible

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Though Disney’s purchase of Fox clears all final hurdles in terms of rights to the original “Star Wars”, there’s still no way for anyone to watch the historic theatrical cuts of any of the original films. Instead, the new Disney+ streaming service now offers a 4K Special Edition with even more changes to the beloved classic. Is this the definitive version of “Star Wars” for the rest of eternity? Does Disney’s assumption of the franchise provide a new hope? Can Disney honor history and give fans what they want without negating George Lucas’s insistence that his Special Editions are the only editions? What is “Star Wars” and what will it be in the future? In this episode, we solve the whole thing. You’re welcome.

What to do with "Star Wars"?

Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Moisés Chiullan and Kelly Guimont

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Star Wars

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Changes in Star Wars re-releases


Star Wars Visual Comparison on Twitter


Harmy's Despecialized Edition


The Guardian on Team Negative One


Team Negative One


Project 4K77


Moisés interviews Team Negative One

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Dec 09 2019

1hr 13mins

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489: He Likes Your Lemonade

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Old Movie Club finally takes on the big one, David Lean’s 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia.” Sand! Endurance! Men! Camels! Violence! Anticolonialism mixed with racism! Omar Sharif redefines thirst in the desert! The real romance in the movie without romance! This is a movie that builds myths with one hand and undermines them with the other. This episode has no overture, but there will be a brief intermission.

"Lawrence of Arabia"

Host Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Erika Ensign, Dan Moren and Moisés Chiullan

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Lawrence of Arabia

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Dec 01 2019

1hr 50mins

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488: What If Romeo and Juliet Were Terminators

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Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss “This Is How You Lose the Time War”, a beautiful novella about the relationship between two time-traveling operatives in a multiverse-wide struggle. Also, Erika keeps stuffing us full of food metaphors. Plus: What are we reading? This episode will go down like ice cream on your brain tongue.

"This Is How You Lose the Time War"

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty, Aleen Simms and David J. Loehr

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  • 51:33 — What Are You Reading?

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Referenced Works

This Is How You Lose the Time War

[Amazon] [Apple Books]

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What Are You Reading?

Scott:

Erika:

Aleen:

David:

Jason:

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Nov 24 2019

1hr 11mins

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487: Save It for the Sequel

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We live in a world of film sequels and franchises. And yet, some films we love, that were certainly worthy, never received a sequel. This episode attempts to correct that, but in order to create we must also destroy—and name the film sequels we would like to eradicate from memory. All of these momentous decisions are made via the most perfect decision-making process yet devised: a draft. This episode is so good, you’ll be begging for a sequel.

Sequel or Not Draft

Host Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, James Thomson, Moisés Chiullan, Annette Wierstra, Cicero Holmes and Anže Tomić

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creation round

  1. David - The Rocketeer
  2. James - Judge Dredd (2012)
  3. Moises - Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
  4. Annette - Ghostbusters (2016)
  5. Cicero - Do the Right Thing
  6. Anze - Stripes
  7. Jason - Galaxy Quest

destruction round

  1. David - Casablanca
  2. James - Tron
  3. Moises - The Land Before Time (Animated Sequels)
  4. Annette - Bridget Jones’s Diary
  5. Cicero - Cocoon (Steve Guttenberg sequels)
  6. Anze - Battle Royale
  7. Jason - Raiders of the Lost Ark

creation lightning round

  1. David - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  2. James - My Neighbor Totoro
  3. Moises - Super Mario Bros.
  4. Annette - Practical Magic (now)
  5. Cicero - Children of Men
  6. Anze - Ang Lee’s Hulk
  7. Jason - Sneakers

lightning destruction round

  1. David - Chinatown
  2. James - Blade Runner
  3. Moises - A Christmas Story
  4. Annette - Anne of Green Gables 2
  5. Cicero - 21 Jump Street
  6. Anze - Jurassic Park
  7. Jason - Aliens

bring out your dead - creation

David - Buckaroo Banzai, LA Confidential, Forbidden Planet, Thin Man (first three), Serenity, The Big Sleep, Beckett, The Lion In Winter

James - The Princess Bride, Chappie, Attack the Block

Moises - Masters of the Universe, Street Fighter, Addams Family Values

Annette - Spy

Cicero - Dark City

Anze - Goonies, Hoosiers

Jason - Real Genius, 12 Monkeys, Megamind, Elf, The Black Hole I guess?

bring out your dead - destruction

David - Sting, Jaws, Speed, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Animal House, Oceans 11, Blues Brothers, Godfather II

James - Matrix, Highlander (obviously), Mortal Kombat, The Incredibles, Avatar

Annette - Fantastic Beasts

Cicero - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Anze - Matrix, Hangover

Jason - Ghostbusters, Terminator 2, Austin Powers

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Nov 17 2019

1hr 11mins

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486: Crazy With the Lizard Juice

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In this final appendix to our Summer of Spider-Man, we watch a movie that’s probably much better than you’ve heard—2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Yes, it wasn’t necessary to re-tell Spidey’s origin ten years after the Tobey Maguire version, but you know what? This movie does it better, Andrew Garfield is pretty great as a mopey skateboarding Peter Parker, and Emma Stone is a fun and smart Gwen Stacy. We also discuss “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which is a movie that reminds us of Batman movies—the really awful ones.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" films

Host Jason Snell with Chip Sudderth, Jean MacDonald and Moisés Chiullan

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The Amazing Spider-Man

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Nov 10 2019

1hr 11mins

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485: Iterative Movies Are My Jam

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Watch movie. Do podcast. Repeat. We’re pretty sure this is our first time discussing “Edge of Tomorrow,” but can you ever really be sure? Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this film about fighting an alien invasion through countless iterations of a single event. But unlike “Groundhog Day”, the origin of the time loops is key to the plot. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re missing out on one of the decade’s most under-appreciated sci-fi films. Watch movie. Do podcast. Repeat.

"Edge of Tomorrow"

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign and John Siracusa

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Jason recommends "Replay" by Ken Grimwood


The Incomparable 449: "Source Code"


The Incomparable 153: Time-Loop Movies

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Nov 02 2019

1hr 24mins

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484: Werewolfism

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It’s almost Halloween and we’re watching a horror movie! As recommended by Steve Lutz 475 episodes ago, it’s a Canadian tale of girls becoming women, and women becoming wolves: “Ginger Snaps.” We discuss parallels to “Buffy”, connections to “Orphan Black”, and ultimately whether this film can live up to its feminist aspirations or if it’s yet another case where a girl is punished for becoming a woman—er, werewolf.

"Ginger Snaps"

Host Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, Steve Lutz, Kathy Campbell and Brian Hamilton

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Ginger Snaps

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The Incomparable #9: Get the Bone Saw!

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Oct 26 2019

1hr 27mins

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483: Light Mode Batman

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Holy Nostalgia! Our tour of live-action Batman features comes to an end with 1966’s “Batman”, in which a rogues gallery of villains from the Batman TV series—Joker, Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman—take on Batman and Robin. We praise the… acting stile of Adam West and why…. he… was perfect for this part. We ponder how influential the 1960s Batman was on public perception of superheroes and comic books for decades thereafter. And we finally answer the question you’ve all been asking: What weighs five ounces and is very dangerous? To the batcave!

"Batman" (1966)

Host Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Dr. Drang and David J. Loehr

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Batman (1966)

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Batman University 10: The Color of Revenge!

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Oct 20 2019

1hr 17mins

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482: A Problematic Hen

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Your voice is your passport, so prepare to be verified. We discuss 1992’s “Sneakers,” a spy/heist thriller in which a team of smart people solve puzzles while trying to navigate the NSA, Russian spies, and an angry genius who works for the mob and is trying to overthrow the world order. Yes, star Robert Redford rolled a very high Charisma score, but the rest of the cast is also amazing.

"Sneakers"

Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, John Siracusa and Casey Liss

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Sneakers

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Nacho jar is us!


Memories of the Sneakers Shoot

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Oct 13 2019

1hr 31mins

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481: An All-Puppet Production

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Grab a shard, climb up your orrery, and get ready for the conjunction—it’s time to watch 1982’s “The Dark Crystal”, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. This is a fantasy film featuring a prophecy, a young hero, a plucky animal sidekick, and villains so scary that it scarred several of our panelists’ young minds. And did we mention everyone’s a Muppet? Netflix has a new “Dark Crystal” prequel series, but we won’t spoil that—this is all about the original 1982 film.

"The Dark Crystal" (1982)

Host Jason Snell with Antony Johnston, Shannon Sudderth, Kelly Guimont and Moisés Chiullan

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Oct 05 2019

1hr 11mins

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480: The Whole McCoy

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Jason’s commitment to drafting things as a lifestyle continues in this episode, in which he’s joined by six panelists to draft X-Men from across movies, TV, and comics. The goal is to form a four-person X-Team, complete with names. Along the way we learn a lot about childhood loves, softball, vampires, the basics of German, and how the coolest and worst X-Men can co-exist.

X-Men Draft

Host Jason Snell with Merlin Mann, Cicero Holmes, Moisés Chiullan, Monty Ashley, Quinn Rose and Dan Moren

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We are judged in a new episode of Phil & Lisa Ruin the Movies.

Draft picks:

  1. Merlin - Phoenix/Jean Grey
  2. Moises - Magneto as Played by Ian McKellan
  3. Monty - Negasonic Teenage Warhead
  4. Cicero - Storm
  5. Dan - Beast
  6. Quinn - Kitty Pryde
  7. Jason - Dazzler
  8. Merlin - Mystique
  9. Moises - Wolverine ‘92 from X-Men The Animated Series
  10. Monty - X-23
  11. Cicero - Forge
  12. Dan - Havok
  13. Quinn - Scarlet Witch
  14. Jason - Blink
  15. Merlin - Domino
  16. Moises - Bloodstorm
  17. Monty - Longshot
  18. Cicero - Cypher
  19. Dan - Gambit
  20. Quinn - Molly Hayes/Bruiser
  21. Jason - Warlock
  22. Merlin - Psylocke
  23. Moises - Kid Omega w/ Phoenix Force
  24. Monty - Nightcrawler
  25. Cicero - Maggott
  26. Dan - Cyclops
  27. Quinn - Jubilee
  28. Jason - Magik

Team names:

  • Merlin: Xempla Optimi
  • Moises: All-New X-Treme Alternative X-Men
  • Monty: X-Ploits
  • Cicero: X-G7 “Helsinki X-Cord”
  • Dan: “Crappy Knock-Off Avengers” The X-Vengers/ AXE-Vengers
  • Quinn: RiotX
  • Jason: Chancellors of the Xchecquer (TechnomechaniX)

Bring out your dead:

  • Merlin: Hope Summers
  • Moises: Elixir, Legion, Proteus, Vulcan, Sunfire, Rogue, Iceman, Adult Franklin Richards, Hope
  • Monty: Legion, Rogue, Toad, Unidentified Skrull, Forget-Me-Not
  • Cicero: Polaris, White Queen
  • Dan: Storm, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Juggernaut, Iceman
  • Quinn: Jean Grey, Magik, Emma Frost
  • Jason: Bailey Hoskins (X-Ceptional)


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Sep 29 2019

1hr 13mins

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479: Specifically Boo Berry

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Pour a sugary bowl of cereal and sit down in front of the TV for a long morning of entertainment. It’s time for our Saturday Morning draft, in which nine people of various ages draft favorite their favorite kid programming from their childhood. Plus cereal. Did we mention cereal?

Saturday Morning Draft

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr, Chip Sudderth, Allison Truj, Monty Ashley, Kelly Guimont, Kathy Campbell and Brian Hamilton

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Draft results (spoilers!)

  1. Erika - Kidd Video
  2. Kelly - Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
  3. Brian - Fairly Oddparents
  4. Monty - Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Hour
  5. David - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
  6. Kathy - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  7. Chip - Dungeons & Dragons
  8. Truj - The Powerpuff Girls
  9. Jason - Super Friends
  10. Erika - Galaxy High
  11. Kelly - Muppet Babies
  12. Brian - Rugrats
  13. Monty - Time for Timer
  14. David - Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour
  15. Kathy - Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  16. Chip - Flash Gordon
  17. Truj - Spongebob Squarepants
  18. Jason - Ark II

Bring out your dead

Erika - Jem and the Holograms, Snorks, Voltron, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, My Pet Monster, Inspector Gadget, Mr. T, Hulk Hogan, Gobots, Transformers, Real Ghostbusters

Kelly - Rocky and Bullwinkle, American Bandstand, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Laffalympics, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Pink Panther and Sons, Spider-Woman, Pryor’s Place, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Cartoon

Brian - Catdog, Spongebob, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, Rocket Power, Angry Beavers, Ed Edd and Eddy, Cow and Chicken

Monty - Josie and the Pussycats, Laffalympics, Yogi’s Gang, Battle of the Planets, The Robonic Stooges

David - Star Trek, Pink Panther, Riders in the Sky, Schoolhouse Rock, Space Academy, Freakazoid, The Tick, Ghost Busters, Far-Out Space Nuts, Krofft Supershow

Kathy - Care Bears, Gadget, Alvin, Sesame Street, My Little Pony

Chip - Blackstar, Tarzan and the Super 7, Real Ghostbusters, Batman Beyond, Droids

Truj - Skydancers

Jason - Land of the Lost, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Tick, Maisy

Cereal Draft

  1. Erika - Apple Jacks
  2. Kelly - Cocoa Pebbles (in a Peach Fire King Bowl)
  3. Brian - Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  4. Monty - Cookie Crisp
  5. David - Lucky Charms
  6. Kathy - Cap’n Crunch’s Crunchberries
  7. Chip - Boo Berry
  8. Truj - Golden Grahams
  9. Jason - Cap’n Crunch

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Sep 22 2019

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