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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Eat Pray Love Die Survive

The end of the world is here, or in the near future, or in the far future, or maybe all three? Our Book Club reconvenes to talk about three somewhat apocalyptic novels: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, “The Peripheral” by William Gibson, and “Slow Apocalypse” by John Varley.

  • 3:49 — Station Eleven
  • 56:19 — The Peripheral
  • 80:40 — Slow Apocalypse

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Scott McNulty

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230

World-Class Weirdo

Comic Book Club returns, with a look at a work by legendary writer Alan Moore. This one’s “Promethea” (1999-2005), a strange mixture of Wonder Woman and mysticism and tarot cards and… well, there’s a lot. We discuss the amazing visuals, coloring, and lettering, and ponder the difference between appreciating a work of art and being entertained.

(Ideally you’d read Promethea Book 1 and Promethea Book 2 before listening, but the choice is yours.)

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, Chip Sudderth, Erika Ensign and Tony Sindelar


229

Divorce Mode

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.

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


228

It’s Not a Draft: Our 2014 Favorites

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.

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


227

The Europeans Do It Better

In just moments, Rufus T. Firefly will appear, and all the people of Freedonia will cheer at the presence of their new leader. In the meantime, let’s take some time in our Old Movie Club to discuss the enduring and hilarious works of the Marx Brothers in general and the films “Duck Soup” and “A Night at the Opera” in particular.

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


226

Stop Circulating the Tapes

It’s the holiday season, when it’s time to consider what’s truly important. We spend time with family and friends and maybe even reserve a few moments to ponder some of life’s mysteries: Is Bea Arthur really Boba Fett? Does Han Solo have a secret Wookie bride? What is Tobor spelled backward? And does C-3PO have eyelids?

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


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


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


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