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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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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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 Moisés Chiullan, Brianna Wu, David J. Loehr, Scott McNulty and Tony Sindelar


214

Fun is Underrated

Space detectives! Pathologically honest spaceship captains! Murderous alien molecules! Solar-system-wide diplomacy! You’ll find all this and more in “The Expanse,” a sci-fi novel series by James S.A. Corey that’s soon to become a SyFy channel series. The members of our Book Club highly recommend it. Also: What are we reading?

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Scott McNulty and David J. Loehr


213

You Need an Agent of Chaos

Why build fantasy sports teams when you can build a fantasy sketch-comedy team? On the occasion of the debut of season 40 of “Saturday Night Live,” we assemble six different SNL fantasy casts from the very first cast to the most recent vintage. Almost everyone gets a Phil Hartman! But only after a whole bunch of rules debates.

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, Lex Friedman and Monty Ashley


212

A MacGyver in the Making

Wind the frog and acquire more monkeys! It’s time for us to discuss the very first computer-animated feature film, 1995’s “Toy Story.” We ponder the rules of when toys can reveal themselves to people, question the physics of the Pizza Planet claw, and speak in defense of Sid (but not of Randy Newman). Also: Is this the end of Slinky Dog?

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Merlin Mann, Andy Ihnatko, Steve Lutz and David J. Loehr


211

These Are All Good Ideas

Dear Network Executives,

We know your libraries of intellectual property are full of perfectly good shows, ready to be dusted off and revived for modern audiences. That’s why our panel of esteemed Idea Men is here to provide you with some suggestions about what shows to bring back, and how.

Also, please consider casting John Hodgman in everything.

Jason Snell with Andy Ihnatko, Philip Michaels, Moisés Chiullan and David J. Loehr


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