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Hey, there’s a new “Ghostbusters” trailer! From 2011, here’s our discussion of the original 1984 film.

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Die Hard

Rest in peace, Hans Gruber. In 2010 we declared “Die Hard” the best Christmas movie ever.

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Inside Out

If you didn’t listen to our episode about “Inside Out” back in July, well, the movie’s available on video now. So watch it. And then listen as we draw a circle around our own parental sadness and instead focus on the joy of an instant Pixar classic.

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Back to the Future

From 2011: Turn on your flux capacitors, calculate how many “jigabytes” your hard drive contrains, and prepare for our deconstruction of the “Back to the Future” movie series. Which film reigns supreme? Plus, we talk about other time-travel movies we love. This episode recorded entirely live in a tiny, enclosed space.

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Man Versus Mars

“The Martian” is about to hit theaters, but we talked about the book version in early 2014. Get caught up!

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John Scalzi and more

We hear that sci-fi writer John Scalzi is popular. Back in 2011 we talked about a bunch of his books, especially the Old Man’s War series.

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The Comic-Con Episode

This may or may not be one of our best episodes, but it’s our best episode recorded outdoors. In the spirit of summer, please enjoy this somewhat rambly but quite amusing discussion with Steve, Greg, and Jason, along with some special surprise guests—no, seriously, we get interrupted a couple of times—at a beer garden in San Diego County.

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Star Wars Episode 3 - The Complete Omnibus

Earlier this year we watched “Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith” and then reviewed it with our usual precision and cruelty. This is a special, never-before-released cut of the two-part episode, putting everything back together in a single audio file for your listening pleasure.

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Star Wars Episode 1 - The Complete Omnibus

Back in 2014 we watched “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace” and then reviewed it. Mercilessly. This is a special, never before released cut of the two-part episode, putting everything back together in a single audio file for your listening pleasure.

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A Superhero Draft

From 2013: The Incomparable’s Superhero Draft is now in session, and justice is on the clock! Hear our collection of panelists assemble several excellent super-teams. Who will inhabit the Hall of Justice? And why are Superman and Batman looking on forlornly? Are they just not team players? Take your Sharknado to the Evil Museum and ponder just why Iron Man might not be the hero you think he is.

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Emperor Aquaman

Same as it ever was. Right now Marvel is undergoing a major comic-book reboot, and DC Comics is in the throes of its own continuity-charged event. So let’s go back to 2011 and remember the last time this happened…

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TV Fantasy Pitches

We conclude our TV Fantasy Draft with the unveiling of our series pitches. Vampire and ghost detectives! Star Trek meets the West Wing! A sitcom starring a robot and an omnipotent being! A gritty techno-drama. A psychedelic drama set on a Zeppelin! And John Siracusa’s pitch seems awfully familiar somehow.

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Glenn Won on Jeopardy!

Our very own Glenn Fleishman was on three episodes of “Jeopardy!” in 2012. We debriefed him about his adventures immediately on his return, and then banked the episode until they aired. This episode also talks about game shows and their modern reality-competition show equivalents, and harkens back to the heyday of the panel show, where drunk celebrities engaged in witty repartee.

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Superman v Audience

If you saw the “Batman v Superman” trailer and went eeeuuuuuuuggggh, well, enjoy our review of “Man of Steel.” We start out with a lot of praise, but then we get to the last half of the movie and start beating it up just like how Zod and Superman beat up the buildings of Metropolis.

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Cancelled TV Shows Draft

This might have been our first fantasy draft episode! In this one we pick TV shows who died before their natural lifespan.

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Summer Reading List

From 2012: An enormous list of books we think you should read. They’re all still as good as they were three years ago, so dig in!

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The original "Star Wars", part 2

From 2011: The second part of our “Star Wars” episode. We were so innocent then.

(You can see all our Star Wars episodes in one handy list, if you like. There’s even a podcast feed.)

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The original "Star Wars"

From 2011: We were so innocent then.

(You can see all our Star Wars episodes in one handy list, if you like. There’s even a podcast feed.)

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Star Trek TOS, part 2

From 2013, part two of our celebration of Star Trek: The Original Series. What do today’s kids think of this nearly 50-year-old show? We ponder the gender politics of splitting Captain Kirk (and a little dog in a weird costume) into good and evil halves. And what about the low standards of the Enterprise’s Engineering department? Please listen: It will only take 71 of your Earth minutes!

Also, Captain Kirk thinks your civilization is stupid.

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Star Trek TOS, part 1

From 2013, part one of our two-part celebration of Star Trek: The Original Series. Was Dr. McCoy promoting vegetarianism? Why did Spock have such a lovely collection of hats? What does Bob Barker have to do with the Guardian of Forever? Join us as we boldly go where so many have gone before.

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Favorite Geek Comedies

From 2012: We travel to where geekiness and comedy come together, to discuss our favorite geek TV comedies. From traditional sitcoms to animation to movie commentary, we’ve got you covered. Plus there’s a lot of singing.

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As Marvel’s groundbreaking, critically lauded “Hawkeye” heads toward its final issue, here’s our celebration of its greatness from 2013. This episode covers the first two trade-paperback editions of Fraction and Aja’s series, including Lucky the Pizza Dog, 50 Shades of Purple, and how hooking up a laserdisc player is similar to defusing a bomb. We’re still great at boats!

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Game Show

For April Fool’s Day 2012 we played a nerdy game show devised and hosted by Jason Snell. Aren’t game shows fun? Maybe we should do more of these. Plus, there’s a visit from a parallel-version edition of The Incomparable, hosted by Lex Friedman.

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The Wrath of Khan

In 2012 we discussed on one of our favorite movies, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” while also acknowledging the flaws that make it all the more lovable. Topics included: How Genesis is the galaxy’s worst Kickstarter project; Why it’s always important to count the planets, especially at Ceti Alpha; The size of the Botany Bay library and why it makes Khan so mad at Kirk; Why Scott’s email is more secure than the Reliant; The real name of Khan’s right-hand man; and how Spock’s death solves Kirk’s mid-life crisis.

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Funny Business

In this episode from April Fool’s Day 2011, we talk about stuff we think is funny.

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Star Wars Episode II - The Complete Epic

Originally aired as episodes 182 and 183 of The Incomparable, and released here in a Special Edition format with no ad or episode breaks, it’s our take on “Star Wars Episode II” that was probably our fan-favorite episode of last year.

You can see all of our Star Wars episode on our Star Wars page, and even subscribe to it as a podcast.

Look for our “Episode III” episode this spring.

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Greyskull Anonymous

From 2011: Who are the best TV characters of all time? Six people set out to draft teams of 10 characters each, from which they would form some of the strangest TV ensembles ever seen. Will Captain Kirk, Columbo, and The Fonz end up on the same show? Perhaps the craziest episode we’ve ever done highlights dozens of our favorite characters from TV history.

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Top Men

“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and why it’s so great. Also, “Star Wars” comes up a few times. Special guest John Gruber joins Dan Moren and Jason Snell.

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Brain Crabs in Your Stocking

This year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special reviewed.

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A Visit from St. Nicholas

We had a Pop Up Book edition of this poem, which my father dutifully read to me on Christmas Eve every year.

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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Rehearsing in the Zeppelin

Did you know that we’re releasing a season of Incomparable Radio Theater in 2015? It’s true! In fact, right now we are rehearsing the script on the Incomparable Zeppelin…

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Bang! Bang! Bang!

At the end of a secret recording session last week, Jason asked for holiday anecdotes. And then things fell apart.

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War on Christmas

Last year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special saw Matt Smith say goodbye to the TARDIS, but not before an adventure in the town of Christmas on the planet of Trenzalore. Cyberman-head companions! A turkey that takes 300 years to cook in the vortex! Lots of past plot boxes checked! A teary farewell and regeneration! Kidneys of a dubious color! Onward to Peter Capaldi!

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Ice Mary Poppins

Our “Doctor Who” Christmas special flashcasts continue with this one from 2012 covering “The Snowmen.” Jenna Coleman returns to the show, but is this the Clara we’ve been waiting for?

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Roller Derby and Canadian Spies

From 2013’s Incomparable Radio holiday special: A roller-derby champion discovers what it means to be a legend; Canadian separatists threaten a ship on New Year’s Eve, and only The Fog and Margo can stop them. Brought to you by Cornet Blue Disposable Facial Tissue and Chock Full Of Coffee.

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Not in the Vault

The follow-on to yesterday’s episode, this Bonus Track features 12 minutes of additional holiday talk and silliness.

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Holiday Vault 3

From 2013: We talk about Holiday TV, good and bad, and Steve Lutz reveals a deep, dark secret about his own Holiday TV past.

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Hallmark Holiday

New! Phil and Lisa ruin Christmas with their critiques of holiday movies from the Hallmark channel. Lisa suggests that Hallmark should tap the polyamory market.

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Two-Fisted Tales of Tesla

In a special holiday episode from 2013, Dot and Nik run into an unexpected set of fellow time travelers. And Dot is confronted with memories of her own Christmas past. Brought to you by Lohengrin Beer.

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The Screams of Trees

Our Doctor Who flashcast from 2011 discusses “The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe,” and why Christmas episodes make us feel warm inside.

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Treasured Holiday Gifts

This is one of my favorite episodes from 2010. It’s a look at the favorite gifts we received during childhood. Dan still misses his Transformer.

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Batman Meets Santa

From 2012: This is the Bonus Track before and after our Holiday Vault 2 episode. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from us during the holidays. And Glenn praises “Bad Santa.”

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Holiday Vault 2

From 2012: Five new gems go in our Incomparable Holiday Vault. Plus we talk about some uncovered racism in holiday classics, Andy champions the annual David Letterman Christmas episode, and Steve inducts a horror movie.

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Paul Citron, Marjorie Carter

Part of our 2013 holiday radio drama: Paul Citron runs into a holy mess in postwar Vienna; Marjorie, Milo, and Rudolph venture deep into Finland’s interior to find a magic item and discover an old friend. Plus, regular holiday updates from Carl Phillips and the Gotham News Roundup. Brought to you by Kleinman’s House of Music and Bushmill-Schmichaels Distillery.

We’ll be back with a full season of Incomparable Radio Theater in 2015.

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Yes, They Know It's Christmas

A celebration of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with an outtake from this weekend’s The Incomparable, plus a bit about it from last year’s holiday music episode.

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Christmas with the Doctor

It’s Saturday, which is traditionally “Doctor Who” day. So here, from 2010, is our flashcast review of Matt Smith’s first Christmas special, the excellent “A Christmas Carol” starring Michael Gambon.

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The Holiday Movie Vault

From 2011: We induct six holiday films into the Incomparable Holiday Film Vault. It’s a great excuse to talk about favorite holiday movies of ours. And so we do!

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Die Hardy Boys

Continuing our exploration of “Die Hard,” this is the episode of “Not Playing” where Dan got to show Lex one of his very favorite movies for the very first time.

As this is a podcast about an R-rated movie, there is swearing.

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We're Going to Need Some More Christmas Movies, I Guess

From 2010: We discuss “Die Hard,” which is totally a Christmas movie, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Yippie ki-yay, my friends.

[This is a podcast about an R-rated movie, so it contains some swearing.]

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Human Santapede

Our holiday songs episode from 2013, which was yesterday’s Holiday Box selection, was one of our more raucous recording sessions ever. There was the┬ápositive stuff, which formed the first half of that episode. Then came the negative stuff, which formed the second half. But then there was all the dark, weird stuff. Stuff so dark and weird that Jason, who was hoping it would be an episode that required no editing, ended up spending more than five hours extracting the weirdest and darkest stuff so that it didn’t poison anyone’s holiday mood in the main show.

This Bonus Track contains all of that weird, dark stuff. (Plus a delightfully dark song by our very own Steve Lutz.) Burn after listening.

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Santa-Based Christmas

From 2013: We take a look at the best (and worst) of holiday music.