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.

225

A Very Different Idea of Fun

It’s your usual detective story, with a guy obsessed with a mystery, a femme fatale, and… an asteroid that’s about to kill most of the living things on the earth? That’s the premise for “The Last Policeman” by Ben Winters. We liked the book (and its two sequels) quite a lot, though that comes with a big caveat based on what your definition of “fun” is, and apparently if you’re a soulless monster or not. Plus: What are we reading?

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser and David J. Loehr

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224

Canonical Space Goo

Not many people remember the ’80s sci-fi TV series “Galaxy Quest,” starring Jason Nesmith and Alexander Dane, let alone remember it with fondness. But we’ve assembled a panel full of Questarians who will change your mind. By Grabthar’s hammer, what a topic!

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, David J. Loehr, Scott McNulty and Joe Rosensteel


223

Picking My Shorts

In the not too distant future—next Sunday A.D.—there was a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me. He worked at Gizmonic Institute, just another face in a red jumpsuit. He did a good job cleaning up the place, but his bosses didn’t like him, so they shot him into space. And thus began “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Andy Ihnatko, Philip Michaels, Scott McNulty and Steve Lutz


222

Forcegiving

There’s now a teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and you know we have opinions. And so, in great Incomparable fashion, we’re here to talk about 80 seconds of video for more than an hour. How could we not?

Jason Snell with John Siracusa and Dan Moren


221

Do the Hand-Wavy Thing

With this season of “Doctor Who” completed, it’s time to break down the start of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as our favorite Time Lord. Is he a good man or a cosmic hobo? Why are hugs untrustworthy? Why does Jason keep watching episodes in hotel rooms? These questions and many others are asked, and some of them are even answered.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren and David J. Loehr


220

Authentic Cop Mustache

We wade into the world of webcomics, discussing the explosion of sequential art on the Internet and our very favorite webcomics. If you don’t spend hours and hours reading comics after listening to this episode, we haven’t done our jobs.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, John Siracusa, Tony Sindelar and Glenn Fleishman


219

Terrible Things for Awful Reasons

Old Movie Club returns! And things get dark awfully fast, because we watched two Film Noirs: “Kiss Me Deadly” (1955) and “Out of the Past” (1947). These films contain action, punching, unlikely romance, death by fishing line, horrible ethnic stereotypes, questionable female characters, inexplicable plots, and a box containing a nuclear whatsit. Va-va-va-voom!

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz and David J. Loehr


218

Three Dads and a Superfast Baby

We review the new TV shows of the fall, including the influx of new comic-book based series such as “The Flash,” “Gotham,” and “Constantine.” Also we highlight some of the best shows the fall has to offer, and laugh at some of the worst.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, Dan Moren, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr


217

Weird Reverse Hidden Charisma

Come with us if you want to live! It’s time for our re-watch of 1984’s classic sci-fi/horror/monster/car chase movie “The Terminator.” It’s a film that offers a fine distillation of everything ’80s, from Linda Hamilton’s Guess jeans to the pulsating Casio keyboard soundtrack. How do Kyle Reese’s stolen pants remind him of home? And whatever you do, keep an eye out for a gigantic Austrian!

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz and David J. Loehr


216

Maps of London

London is a thriving modern metropolis, but beneath its streets and behind its doors are ancient, magical secrets. In this episode, a group of (North) Americans discuss some of our favorite London-based urban fantasy novels. This is a spoiler-light episode, so listen in and get ready to add a whole bunch of books to your to-read list. Plus, what are we reading?

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Dan Moren and David Burkhart


215

Someone Is Threatening My Whales

Set your phasers to stun and get ready for another round of our panel’s choices for the best and worst of “Star Trek.” This time, we’re debating the best and worst Trek series and movies. Jason and Brianna’s mirror-universe duplicates are revealed. And Tony spends a lot of time talking about sea life.

Jason Snell with Mois├ęs Chiullan, Brianna Wu, David J. Loehr, Scott McNulty and Tony Sindelar


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