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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.

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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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515 Ratings
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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.

iTunes Ratings

515 Ratings
Average Ratings
453
40
7
6
9

Love it!

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

No one does it better

By Hypersonicbunny - Feb 21 2019
Read more
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: 207: I Am Groot

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"Guardians of the Galaxy." - Put in your mix tape and get ready for a climactic dance-off! We’re talking “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s latest hit movie and a real departure in so many ways. What makes the movie work? What are its flaws? We break it all down.

Host Jason Snell with Serenity Caldwell, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Tony Sindelar.

Aug 15 2014
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #2: 229: Divorce Mode

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"Portal" and "Portal 2" - Hello and, again, welcome to the Aperture Science computer-aided enrichment center. We hope your brief detention in the relaxation vault has been a pleasant one. You are now in possession of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. With it, you can create your own portals. These intra-dimensional gates have proven to be completely safe. You, Subject Name Here, must be the pride of Subject Hometown Here. You know what my days used to be like? I just tested. Nobody murdered me. Or put me in a potato. Or fed me to birds. I had a pretty good life. And then you showed up. You dangerous, mute lunatic. So you know what? You win. Just go. It’s been fun. Don’t come back.

Host Jason Snell with Tiffany Arment, Brianna Wu, John Siracusa and Tony Sindelar.

Jan 10 2015
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #3: 209: One Gorn Limit

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The best and worst of the "Star Trek" franchise. - Set your phasers to stun and join us for a celebration of everything we love… and hate… about Star Trek. Our panel of Star Trek fans picks their favorite episodes and characters! But we balance out the niceness by also picking the worst episodes and characters “Star Trek” has brought us over the years across five different TV series. Want more Star Trek? And don’t forget to listen to our very own Random Trek podcast, hosted by Scott McNulty.

Host Jason Snell with Brianna Wu, Tony Sindelar, Scott McNulty and David J. Loehr.

Aug 30 2014
1 hour 47 mins
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Rank #4: 299: Stark Differences

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"Captain America: Civil War" - Flash! Direct from theaters to this podcast, we convene a panel of recent viewers of the latest Marvel superhero epic, “Captain America: Civil War.” Do the rationales of the two sides hold together in the face of reality? Is Tony a bad dude for recruiting a kid to use against his opponents? How do the new faces, including Spider-Man and Black Panther, fare? And how well does this movie fit into the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe series as a whole?

Host Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan, Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky, David J. Loehr and James Thomson.

May 08 2016
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #6: 472: 33 Percent Rule

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Our Book Club returns with reviews of the six finalists for the Hugo Award for best science fiction/fantasy novel of the year. You’ll be thrilled by our panelists attempting to remember what happened in books they read months ago! We liked five out of the six, which is a great batting average—but oh, that sixth book. Also, we read some novellas and short stories, too! And Erika’s up for another Hugo!

2019 Hugo Nominees

Host Jason Snell

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Referenced Works

Trail of Lightning

[Amazon] [Apple Books]

The Calculating Stars

[Amazon] [Apple Books]

Spinning Silver

[Amazon] [Apple Books]

Record of a Spaceborn Few

[Amazon] [Apple Books]

Revenant Gun

[Amazon] [Apple Books]

Space Opera

[Amazon] [Apple Books]

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Our collective ratings this time:

  1. Trail of Lightning / Calculating Stars (tie, average place 2.25)
  2. Revenant Gun (2.5)
  3. Record of a Spaceborn Few (3.75)
  4. Spinning Silver (4.25)
  5. Space Opera (6)

Other stuff we mentioned:

Novellas: Artificial Condition, Beneath the Sugar Sky, Binti: The Night Masquerade,The Black God’s Drums, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, by Kelly Robson, The Tea Master and the Detective

Short Stories: The Court Magician, The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington, STET,The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat, A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies

and Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer.


461: Team Jerkface - our Nebula 2019 episode


List of all 2019 nominees

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Aug 03 2019
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #8: 292: I Have an Appointment with the Tholian Ambassador

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Bad Star Trek: "Insurrection" and "Nemesis" - The worst of the Next Generation “Star Trek” movies, “Insurrection” and “Nemesis”, are in our sights. Why don’t they work? What were the producers thinking? How tenuous was Star Trek’s life as a franchise that two bad movies in a row could kill it? You’ve got to laugh to keep from crying.

Host Jason Snell with Brianna Wu, Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty, Dan Moren and Joe Rosensteel.

Mar 19 2016
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #9: 404: Thoughts About Thanos

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"Avengers: Infinity War" - After seeing opening-weekend showings of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” our panelists got together for a quick discussion of our first impressions, favorite moments, key complaints, and thoughts about where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes from here. (If you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t listen!)

Host Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Alyssa Franke, Tony Sindelar, Dan Moren and Chip Sudderth.

Apr 30 2018
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #10: 182: Full-Fledged Force Mullet

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"Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones." (Part 1 of 2.) - Against the advice of our doctors, we’re back with more prequels. This time it’s “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” With three different opening statements, our podcast is about as bureaucratic as the Imperial Senate. We also discuss R2’s incompetence as a security system, ponder Anakin’s puzzling pick-up lines (and haircut), sympathize with the boring job of the Jedi, and question the plight of the Fett family and the clone troopers. (Part 1 of 2.)

Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Serenity Caldwell, Dan Moren and Monty Ashley.

Feb 14 2014
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #11: 431: Overture and Apes

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"2001: A Space Odyssey" - Pick up a femur, order a moon sandwich, and always remember to bring your space helmet with you! On its 50th anniversary, we’re discussing Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” What is the Monolith’s purpose? When and why does HAL become murderous? And why is there so much solarized stock footage of landscapes? Watch out for cheetahs!

Host Jason Snell with John Gruber, John Siracusa, Philip Michaels, Moisés Chiullan and Dr. Drang.

Nov 03 2018
1 hour 57 mins
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Rank #12: 347: I Tore My Pants

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Star Trek Episode Draft - We draft our favorite episodes across every “Star Trek” series, to induct 35 episodes into the Trek hall of fame. Human Play Dom-Jot?

Host Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Justin Michael, Aleen Simms, Scott McNulty, Joe Rosensteel and Dan Moren.

Apr 08 2017
2 hours 1 min
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 47 mins
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Rank #14: 228: It's Not a Draft: Our 2014 Favorites

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Best of 2014 - It’s a new year! So as is traditional, we spend some time looking back at our favorite stuff from the past year. Plus we pick some of our favorite moments from the podcast and listen to listener choices for favorite Incomparable moments of the year.

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

Jan 03 2015
2 hours 9 mins
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Rank #15: 439: Dad Bod Spider-Man

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"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" - We all suspected Sony’s new animated Spider-Man movie would be a slapdash cash grab. Instead, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is one of the best animated movies of this or any other year, with great characters, an exciting story, and a mind-boggling visual style that changes the game for animation and superhero movies alike. We come in praise of Miles Morales, Peter B. Parker, and all the other spiders who populate this delightful gift of a film.

Host Jason Snell with Kelly Guimont, Kathy Campbell, Moisés Chiullan, Monty Ashley and Tony Sindelar.

Dec 31 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #16: 183: How I Sold Your Mother

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"Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones." (Part 2 of 2.) - Do you like sand? Then you may get upset as we conclude our discussion of “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” in which we ponder the mystery of droid consciousness, fail to get excited about seeing our old friends from Episode I again, open a Variety Pack of monsters, debate Yoda’s fighting strategy, and talk John Siracusa off the ledge. Finally, we ponder whether it’s worse for a movie to be bad or boring. (Part 2 of 2.)

Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, Serenity Caldwell and Steve Lutz.

Feb 22 2014
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #17: 372: Jedi Inflation is a Serious Problem

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels overview - With Jason away “on assignment,” a Rebel force of podcasters takes over The Incomparable’s transmission tower to celebrate (and introduce you to, if you haven’t watched them yet) Lucasfilm’s animated extensions to the Star Wars canon: the six-season Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, which is entering its fourth and final season. Why do adult fans love them? Did they actually redeem the prequels? Who are the breakout characters who became as important as anyone in the movies? We steer clear of the big spoilers!

Host Chip Sudderth with Dan Moren, Liz Myles, David Sparks, Alyssa Franke and Tony Sindelar.

Sep 23 2017
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #18: 458: San Francisco Rat

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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.

"Avengers: Endgame" (Panel 1 of 2)

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

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Referenced Works

Avengers: Endgame

Marvel Cinematic Universe (franchise)

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May 04 2019
1 hour 56 mins
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Rank #19: 397: Mystical Herbologist

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"Black Panther" - It’s already one of the most successful superhero films of all time, but it’s so much more than that. Our topic this episode is “Black Panther,” which dives into issues from feminism to the long-term effects of imperialism to the legitimacy of monarchies. Plus there’s spectacular production design, some amazing action scenes, and one of the most memorable (and sympathetic) villains in recent movie history. Wakanda Forever!

Host Jason Snell with Cicero Holmes, Mikah Sargent, Lisa Schmeiser and Moisés Chiullan.

Mar 11 2018
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #20: 368: This Movie Ends, Right?

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"Batman & Robin" - Time for 1997’s “Batman & Robin”, featuring George Clooney as Batman, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl. At least we can laugh about it now… to keep from crying. (Part two of two.)

Host Jason Snell with Tony Sindelar, Moisés Chiullan, Steve Lutz, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Joe Rosensteel.

Aug 26 2017
1 hour 23 mins
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