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Latest Episode: November 29, 2022

643 Shouty Oscar Winners

50 years later, we watch Irwin Allen’s disaster classic “The Poseidon Adventure.”

Host Jean MacDonald with panelists Steve Lutz, Shelly Brisbin, and John Chidgey.

Previous Episodes

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    November 21, 2022
    642 Management Advice From Mobsters

    Are you calling us funny? Are we like a clown? Do we amuse you? More than thirty years later, “GoodFellas” still stands up. In honor of the late Ray Liotta, we break down Martin Scorsese’s classic film about street-level gangsters.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, and Philip Michaels.

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    November 16, 2022
    641 Miles Ahead of Lou Ferrigno

    Put on a magic bangle and pick up your briefcase, because it’s time for us to discuss two Marvel Disney+ series that push the universe in some new and interesting directions, “Ms. Marvel” and “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.”

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Erika Ensign, Cicero Holmes, Moises Chiullan, and Chip Sudderth.

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    November 10, 2022
    640 Did He Really Date Madonna?

    “Weird” is the direct-to-Roku movie that accurately chronicles every aspect of Al Yankovic’s life. This podcast accurately chronicles every aspect of the movie.

    Host Lex Friedman with panelists Brian Hamilton, Quinn Rose, and Kelly Guimont.

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    November 5, 2022
    639 Prologue: The Television Series

    We watched “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” and “House of the Dragon” and have thoughts.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists John Siracusa, Moises Chiullan, Erika Ensign, and Joe Rosensteel.

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    October 25, 2022
    638 A Loose Assemblage of Goo and Blobs

    Put on a jacket and charge up your flamethrower, because it’s almost halloween, and that means it’s time for Old Spooky Club to discuss 1982’s “The Thing.” It’s foul and drippy and gooey—the Thing, that is, and not the movie. The movie’s not foul. It’s the other two, though.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Steve Lutz, Philip Michaels, and Erika Ensign.

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    October 21, 2022
    637 Sorry, Charlie, It's Chinatown

    Our Old Movie Club sits down with a nice plate of fish and a large glass of water to watch 1972’s “Chinatown.” We discuss the merits of Jack Nicholson, the horror of John Huston’s character, and perhaps the perfect noir screenplay.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Steve Lutz, Philip Michaels, Shelly Brisbin, Dr. Drang, and David J. Loehr.

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    October 13, 2022
    636 The Elephant in the Trenchcoat

    Mystery and mayhem are on the menu as we draft favorite TV detectives. Thomas Magnum is off the board, but everyone else is fair game. Who will our panelists choose to figure out whodunit? Will it be the usual suspects? Surely Jim Rockford will be on the list, unless he didn’t get his voicemail…

    Host David J. Loehr with panelists Katie Siegel, Tom McGrath, Shelly Brisbin, Nathan Alderman, and Chris Klimek.

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    October 8, 2022
    635 Throw a Rock at a Reader

    It’s time to reconvene our Book Club, not to talk about an awards shortlist but to recommend books from arbitrarily selected categories. So many books! And not many rocks, we promise.

    Host Antony Johnston with Panelists Erika Ensign, Jason Snell, and James Thomson.

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    September 30, 2022
    634 Addicted to Sand

    Netflix’s “The Sandman.”

    Host Tony Sindelar with panelists Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Sarah Bickerton, Shannon Sudderth, and Chip Sudderth.

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    September 23, 2022
    633 Thor Family

    Russell Crowe! Christian Bale! Natalie Portman! Are they starring in a prestige film that we’re sure to hear about when Oscar time comes around? No, it’s “Thor: Love and Thunder!” But while this movie might not be able to live up to “Thor: Ragnarok,” there are a lot of things we appreciated about it. And also some things we didn’t. It’s all about tone.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Tony Sindelar, Chip Sudderth, and Kathy Campbell.

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    September 15, 2022
    632 Time Bandit Titanic

    Mum, Dad, it’s evil, don’t touch it! The Summer of Time Travel reaches its end—or is it the beginning?—with 1981’s “Time Bandits,” a children’s fantasy written and directed and even featuring some Monty Pythons. Does it work for adults? Does the tone still work? We fall through a time hole and give our verdict.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Annette Wierstra, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, and Shelly Brisbin.

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    September 7, 2022
    631 Timecop After Timecop

    What if H.G. Wells used a time machine to chase Jack the Ripper into the present day (of 1979)? It would look an awful lot like 1979’s “Time After Time,” we’re guessing. David Warner and Malcolm McDowell match wits! Mary Steenburgen is a modern lady looking for an old-fashioned man! Also Jason observes the film’s (pretty good) depiction of San Francisco geography and Jean confronts her young moviegoing trauma.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Jean MacDonald, Moises Chiullan, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.

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    August 23, 2022
    630 Saunter in From the Future

    The Summer of Time Travel turns to “Timecop.” It’s not time science, it’s kicking surgery.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Monty Ashley, Annette Wierstra, and Joe Rosensteel.

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    August 23, 2022
    629b: Laundry and Taxes 629b: Laundry and Taxes

    In the second of two panels discussing Everything Everywhere All At Once, we abandon a linear discussion of the plot in favor of jumping from place to place across the multiverse of our FEELINGS. Do we get lost, or is this the only way we could truly find ourselves?

    Host Moises Chiullan with panelists Joy Piedmont and Sarah Hendrica Bickerton.

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    August 22, 2022
    629 Bum Bag Beatdown

    We take a sideways break from the Summer of Time Travel by verse-jumping across realities to Everything Everywhere All At Once, the multiverse movie directed by The Daniels and starring Michelle Yeoh. Is empathy the superpower Doctor Strange needed all along? Too bad, because he isn’t in this movie!

    Host Moises Chiullan with panelists Brian Hamilton, Jean MacDonald, and Sandra Wong.

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    August 18, 2022
    628 Dumbness is Timeless

    The Summer of Time Travel begins/ends/continues (pick one) with 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” in which two dumb guys collect some of history’s greatest figures and take them to the mall. Party on, dudes!

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Kelly Guimont, Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan, and Steve Lutz.

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    August 3, 2022
    627 The Czech Office

    The days of appointment television are long gone, but what if you could create a streaming service broadcasting the best that TV had to offer in the 21st century? What shows would be on your marquee? We’ve got you covered, with our very first Peak TV draft (patent pending)! Will your favorite shows get drafted? Tune in to find out!

    Host Cicero Holmes with David J. Loehr, Jean MacDonald, Monty Ashley, Shareef Jackson, and Moisés Chiullan.

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    August 3, 2022
    626 Don't Copy That Chip 'n Dale Floppy

    The release of the super-meta “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” with John Mulaney and Andy Samberg on Disney+ put us in mind of a movie from which it borrowed a hunk of its DNA: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” We first toon, er, tune our dial to that classic, groundbreaking 1988 Robert Zemeckis-directed film, then look at its 2022 chip off the old block. Forget it, Dale, it’s Toontown.

    Host Glenn Fleishman with David J. Loehr, Moisés Chiullan, and Shelly Brisbin.

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    July 27, 2022
    625 Frisky Vulcans

    We wrap up three seasons of new live-action Star Trek with some tough love for “Discovery” and “Picard”, and some unabashed love for “Strange New Worlds.”

    Host Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Tony Sindelar, Joe Rosensteel, and David J. Loehr.

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    July 14, 2022
    623 Sand Tuna Thief

    Hello there! We discuss “Obi-Wan Kenobi” on Disney+, including Ewan MacGregor’s delight in the role, the return of Hayden Christensen, and balancing the needs of superfans with movies-only fans.

    Host Dan Moren with panelists Kathy Campbell, Tony Sindelar, James Thomson, and Chip Sudderth.

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    June 27, 2022
    621 They Built the Halos

    Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of evidence to support the cause of adapting video games for movies or TV. And yet we tried the “Halo” TV series from Paramount+ and… liked it? We discuss making the Master Chief a real character with a strong supporting cast, why the UNSC is not trustworthy, the origin of Cortana, and the show’s connections to Star Wars, Firefly, and… 2001?!

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Moisés Chiullan, Dan Moren and James Thomson.

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    June 27, 2022
    622 The MacGuffin Twins

    Put on your flying cloak and load up on pizza balls, because we’re here to talk about “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” This is an interesting one, because most of us agree that the movie is fun and inventive in a lot of enjoyable ways—but also entirely mishandles its villain. Can you love a movie that also make you angry? We try! Some of us fail.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Sarah Hendrica Bickerton, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, and Glenn Fleishman.

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    June 24, 2022
    624 You Got Ludlumed

    On the occasion of the publication of “The Nova Incident,” Jason asks Dan a bunch of questions from readers (and listeners) about his writing career, techniques, tools, and more.

    Host Jason Snell with very special author-panelist Dan Moren.

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    June 24, 2022
    620 Alien Donut Lady

    2022 Awards Book Club concludes with three Hugo-nominated novels: Andy Weir’s deep-space problem-solver “Project Hail Mary”; Shelley Parker Chan’s historical epic “She Who Became the Sun”; and Ryka Aoki’s alien-and-demon-packed “Light from Uncommon Stars.” Also, Erika and Jason highlight some of their favorite short-fiction Hugo nominees.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Erika Ensign, Aleen Simms, Scott McNulty, and Dan Moren.

    Collective rankings:

    1. “The Galaxy and the Ground Within” (4 first-place votes, 1.2 average)
    2. “A Desolation Called Peace” (1, 2.2)
    3. Light from Uncommon Stars (0, 3.5)
    4. “Project Hail Mary” (0, 4)
    5. “A Master of Djinn” (0, 4.4)
    6. “She Who Became the Sun” (0, 5.2)
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    June 10, 2022
    619 Who Will Speak For Fish Police?

    From Duckman to Dicktown, this week we’re covering cartoons… for grown-ups. These animated series have an adult sensibility, and they don’t all feature obscenity, graphic violence, or sexual acts… though some do! Shows like The Legend of Vox Machina, Harley Quinn, Hit Monkey, and Invincible have an adult audience clearly or primarily in mind, while others, like Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law or The Tick require a deep well of cultural references that might leave children (and many adults) baffled. We discuss the overall trend, highlight shows past and present we love, and puzzle out how some shows (good and inexplicable) even came to be.

    Host Glenn Fleishman with panelists David J. Loehr, John McCoy, Moisés Chiullan, Lisa Schmeiser, and Tony Sindelar.

    Show Notes

    Notes: Undone season two is already out; we may have called the animated series Disenchantment by the name Disenchanted (an upcoming movie sequel to the Enchanted film); and it’s not clear yet if Hit Monkey has shot its only season.

    In this episode, we talked about a hundred or more series, but the following are ones a panelist called out in particular in a very rough order. Links to watch the show may largely work only in the United States.

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    May 28, 2022
    617 Group Therapy for One Guy

    Moon Knight—the butt of a thousand jokes on this very network who improbably made the Sweet Sixteen of our infamous Summer Superhero Spectacular—got his own limited series on Disney+. We talk about the Oscar Isaac of it all, the loving attention to modern Egypt, whether the show is well served by its near-total disconnection to the MCU, and how it might have held up as a ’90s syndicated actioner. (Think “Relic Hunter” production values. You can see it, can’t you?

    Host Chip Sudderth with Erika Ensign, Moisés Chiullan, Dan Moren, and Glenn Fleishman.

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    May 27, 2022
    618 Mars Monkey Dance Number

    Rocket Surgery takes a time machine back to 1930 for “Just Imagine,” a visionary view of the far future of 1980 that’s three movies in one—and feels like it. Then we jump to the real 1980 where, instead of evil martian twins, we find “Flash Gordon,” quarterback, New York Jets.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Steve Lutz, Moisés Chiullan, David J. Loehr, Shelly Brisbin, and Monty Ashley.

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    May 17, 2022
    616 Bad Decision Theater

    Awards Book Club returns for its second 2022 installment! This time it’s “The Galaxy and the Ground Within” by Becky Chambers, A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, and The Unbroken by C.L. Clark.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty, Dan Moren, and Aleen Simms.

    Dan:

    Scott:

    Erika:

    Aleen:

    Jason:

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    May 17, 2022
    615 People-Positive Management Style

    What do you get when you blend historical fiction, pirates, and Taika Waititi? You get “Our Flag Means Death,” an ensemble romantic comedy featuring both ship battles and biting insults.

    It only makes sense that Cicero Holmes brought the most loquacious of panelists: Annette Wierstra, Moises Chuillan, Joe Rosenteel, and David J. Loehr.

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    May 12, 2022
    614 Eternal Spotlight of the Sunless Mind

    Step through the door and leave your personal biographical memories behind. Welcome. You’re now part of Lumen, a Very Friendly Company that always has your best interests at heart. We discuss the Apple TV+ series “Severance,” and try to explain why you should watch it, what shows it resembles, and just how much we liked the twists and turns of its first season.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Lex F., Glenn F., Dr. D., and Erika E.

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    April 28, 2022
    613 Kaiju Panda

    Put on your toque and be sure you’ve got your 4*Town tickets—we’re here to discuss Pixar’s “Turning Red,” a delightful coming-of-age movie about a Chinese-Canadian girl whose body is undergoing some telltale adolescent changes—you know, becoming interested in boys, rebelling against her parents, and transforming into a giant fuzzy red panda. The usual.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Moisés Chiullan, Sandra Wong, Monty Ashley, and Joy Piedmont.

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    April 28, 2022
    612 YABM: Yet Another Batman Movie

    Our panel of caped crusaders assemble to dissect 2022’s “The Batman.” The last thing we may have needed was another Batman movie, especially the grimmest, darkest, and longest one ever… but what if we actually liked it? We take apart the new approaches to classic batman stories, Robert Pattinson’s performance, souped-up batmobiles, and Gotham’s weather patterns.

    Host Tony Sindelar with panelists Cicero Holmes, Dan Moren, Guy English, and Lisa Schmeiser.

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    April 20, 2022
    611 Distributed Disinterested Dystopia

    Our annual shortlist book club is back! We read two novels that were nominated for Best Novel in the Nebula Awards! SB Divya’s “Machinehood” is a near-future story of gig workers, weak AI servants, and rebellious space stations. Jason Sanford’s “Plague Birds” is a post-apocalyptic story about strong AIs and gene-altered people that’s so far in the future that it feels almost like fantasy. Plus: We recommend other books we’ve enjoyed recently!

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Erika Ensign and Scott McNulty.

    What have we been reading?

    Scott

    Erika

    Jason

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    April 13, 2022
    610 No, Mr. Blond, I Expect You to Die

    Cue the electric bass and the full brass section, we’re talking Bond, James Bond this week. We make time for “No Time to Die,” of course, and the rest of the Daniel Craig era. How does it hold up, where does it go from here, what would we like to see? How does the latest movie reset the table? Were we shaken, stirred, or something in between?

    Host David J. Loehr with panelists Kelly Guimont, Nathan Alderman, and Tom McGrath.

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    March 31, 2022
    609 Chekhov's Toy Store

    Old Movie Club returns with two films that imagine attempts to disrupt the United States government. In 1954’s “Suddenly,” Frank Sinatra’s going to try to kill the President. In 1964’s “Seven Days In May,” Burt Lancaster is plotting a military coup. Both films are in black and white from more than 50 years ago, and yet for some reason Phil thinks their themes may resonate even today…

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Philip Michaels, Shelly Brisbin, Moises Chiullan, and David J. Loehr.

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    March 30, 2022
    608 A Centaur, Only for Cars

    Fire up your Bernoulli Conversionator and check your trunk for stowaways, because we’re entering the Wachowski sisters’ candy-colored 2008 road rally through the Uncanny Valley, “Speed Racer.” It’s an eye-searing acid trip of a movie, with groundbreaking storytelling, an earnest heart, and a curious void at its center. (There is also a chimp.) We’ll discuss how this film fits into the Wachowskis’ canon, the supporting character whose story is way more interesting than the lead‚ and the only other big-budget film since that has dared to get this stylistically weird.

    Host Nathan Alderman with Lisa Schmeiser and Shelly Brisbin.

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    March 18, 2022
    607 I Regret So Many Great Movies

    We’re back with our third Incomparable Film Festival! Nine of us are programming a day’s worth of films, all with secret themes which will be revealed as the podcast progresses! And while we are currently unable to pull off the Incomparable Film Festival in an actual movie theater, we encourage you to watch these great movies in the comfort of your own home.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Monty Ashley, Moisés Chiullan, Shelly Brisbin, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr, Cicero Holmes, Steven Schapansky, and Dan Moren.

    Picks:

    • Monty: The Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Ace in the Hole (1951), Tabloid (2010), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) (Bad Journalism)
    • Moises: Fashions of 1934 (1934), The Red Shoes (1948), In the Mood for Love (2000), Moulin Rouge (2001) (Changed the visual language)
    • Shelly: Harold and Maude (1971), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Nashville (1975), The Station Agent (2003) (Brooding introverts with a heart)
    • Erika: Top Hat (1935), The Awful Truth (1937), My Favorite Wife (1940), Funny Face (1957) (Pajama day)
    • David: Knives Out (2019), The Last of Sheila (1973), Out of Sight (1998), Ocean’s Eleven (2001) (Intricately plotted)
    • Cicero: The Sandlot (1993), Swingers (1996), This is 40 (2012), Last Vegas (2013) (Diamonds are Forever-phases of life)
    • Steven: Star Wars (1977), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) (Alternate Oscars)
    • Dan: L.A. Confidential (1997), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), The Nice Guys (2016), Logan Lucky (2017) (Neo-noir crime)
    • Jason: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), The Iron Giant (1999), Labyrinth (1986), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) (friendly monsters)

    Extras

    • Monty: His Girl Friday (also The Front Page and Switching Channels)
    • Moises: Public Domain (all Horror), Nosferatu (1922), House on Haunted Hill (1959), Manos The Hands of Fate (1966), Night of the Living Dead (1968); Public Domain (one horror), short film intro: Popeye the Sailor Man Meets Sindbad The Sailor (1936), His Girl Friday (1940), Carnival of Souls (1962), Charade (1963), Just Imagine (1930); Nicolas Cage plus Paddington 2 Because Why Not, Wild at Heart (1992), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022), Paddington 2 (2017)
    • Shelly: Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Christopher Strong (1933), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), The Color Purple (1985)
    • Erika: Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, Goonies, Willow
    • David: Backups for the theme: Logan Lucky, The Brothers Bloom, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Sleuth (1972), The Sting; Modern Musicals: Encanto, In the Heights, West Side Story (2021), All That Jazz; Political Science: Manchurian Candidate, Good Night, and Good Luck, Fail-Safe, Dr. Strangelove
    • Steven: All the President’s Men (1976), The China Syndrome (1979), The Mosquito Coast (1986), Snatch (2000), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), United 93 (2006)
    • Dan: Knives Out (sniped), Zero Effect (ineligible), North by Northwest, Bridge over the River Kwai, The Sting, The Fugitive
    • Jason: Monsters Inc. (2001), ET, Ponyo, Gremlins (1984), Time Loops: Groundhog Day, Source Code, Edge of Tomorrow, Palm Springs, Looper, Primer
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    March 8, 2022
    606 The Bears Did It

    We’ve drafted many things on many episodes of this podcast, but we’ve never drafted podcasts! You get it: Panelists share (and draft!) their favorite podcasts, in categories like Comedy, Narrative, Fiction, Entertainment, and more.

    Host Lex Friedman with panelists David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, Shelly Brisbin, and Brian Hamilton.

    Comedy:
    * Shelly: ICYMI
    * Brian: The Flophouse
    * David: No Such Thing As A Fish
    * Lex: Judge John Hodgman
    * Monty: Comedy Bang Bang

    Narrative:
    * Shelly: Ear Hustle
    * Brian: The Dream
    * David: If I Go Missing: The Witches Did It
    * Lex: Over My Dead Body
    * Monty: Cocaine and Rhinestones

    Fiction:
    * Shelly: Bronzeville
    * Brian: Alice Isn’t Dead
    * David: Give Me Away
    * Lex: Hello From The Magic Tavern
    * Monty: Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast

    Entertainment:
    * Shelly: Gates McFadden Investigates
    * Brian: The Besties
    * David: Films To Be Buried With
    * Lex: Smartless (not Conan, HDTGM, or WTF)
    * Monty: Blank Check

    Wildcard:
    * Shelly: NitrateVille Radio [You Must Remember This, Crimetown, NYT Book Review, Hit Parade]
    * Brian: My Brother, My Brother, and Me [You’re Wrong About, We Have Concerns]
    * David: The Memory Palace [99% Invisible, Twenty Thousand Hertz, Infinite Monkey Cage, A Degree Absolute ]
    * Lex: Threedom [Missing Richard Simmons, The West Wing Weekly, Reply All]
    * Monty: Bonusnanas for Bonusnanza [Bonanas for Bonanza, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Podcast: The Ride, Good Christian Fun]

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    March 7, 2022
    605 Apocalypse Doctoring

    Get out your pocket knife and stick to the Wheel—we’re a traveling band of podcasters who move from town to town to re-enact conversations from before the apocalypse! Or at least that’s who we’d be in our version of the HBO Max miniseries, “Station Eleven.” We discuss the moving, optimistic post-apocalyptic tale that is told in a fractured time sequence and features lots of Shakespeare and a suspiciously powerful self-published graphic novel. And though there’s definitely no “Station Twelve” on the horizon, we can’t help but imagine what other stories are there just waiting to never be told.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists John Siracusa, Aleen Simms, Jean MacDonald, and Annette Wierstra.

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    February 16, 2022
    604 Team Creepy

    Let’s hold hands and sneak through some eerie city ruins. Video game club is back in session to discuss “Little Nightmares II”, the creepy prequel to the beloved spooky platformer, Little Nightmares. We play as Mono, a bag-faced boy, as he and his companion navigate a world of puzzles and monsters lurking in the dark, only to be led to his own nightmare.

    Host Tiff Arment with panelists Brian Hamilton and James Thomson.

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    February 15, 2022
    603 Witness for the Airship

    This episode features a book with fantasy zombies and a book with alien hive minds. Talk about range! Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss the fantasy mystery “Witness for the Dead,” a standalone book set in the world of “The Goblin Emperor”, and “A Desolation Called Peace,” the conclusion of the duology begun in the award-winning “A Memory Called Empire.” Plus: What are we reading?

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, Glenn Fleishman, and Erika Ensign.

    What are we reading?

    Scott:

    Erika:

    Glenn:

    Dan

    Jason:

    Time codes for skippers:

    00:06:53 - Discussion of “Witness for the Dead”

    00:35:43 - Discussion for “A Desolation Called Peace”

    01:02:51 - “What Are we Reading?”

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    February 14, 2022
    602 The Show You Think You Saw

    Remember that cool bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back? What happens when you give him his own show? “The Book of Boba Fett” is the answer—or is it? After all, parts of this show are really episodes of a different, arguably better show. Our panel discusses the seven-episode season and tries to figure out if this mess is hot or cold.

    Hosted by Dan Moren with panelists Kathy Campbell, Erika Ensign, and Chip Sudderth.

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    February 4, 2022
    601 The Most Holden Move

    In this episode we break down the final season of Prime Video’s “The Expanse.” Was it too abrupt? What was all that Laconia stuff? Then, after a brief intermission for TV viewers to depart, we discuss “Leviathan Falls” and the end of the Expanse book series. One story, so many endings!

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Chip Sudderth, Jen Burt, Dan Moren, and Aleen Simms.

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    January 31, 2022
    600 The Machine Was a Vampire

    In this six-hundredth episode of The Incomparable, recorded across two separate sessions, we talk about a whole bunch of novels—namely, our picks for the best SF/F novels of the first decade of The Incomparable, the 2010s! For our purposes, we’re designating the “decade” as 2010-2019. Along the way, we may ponder the most important question a reader should ask: Are there Zeppelins?

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Scott McNulty, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman. And also Host Jason Snell with panelists Aleen Simms, Erika Ensign, and David J. Loehr.

    Round One:

    • Scott - The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer
    • Dan - The Rook - Daniel O’Malley
    • Glenn - This Is How You Lose the Time War - Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
    • Jason - Among Others - Jo Walton
    • Aleen - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
    • Erika - A Closed and Common Orbit - Becky Chambers
    • David - The Human Division - John Scalzi

    Round Two:

    • Scott - My Real Children - Jo Walton
    • Dan - Caliban’s War - James S.A. Corey
    • Glenn - The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstein
    • Jason - 11/22/63 - Stephen King
    • Aleen - The Calculating Stars - Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Erika - The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
    • David - The Haunting of Tram Car 015 - P. Djeli Clark

    Round Three:

    • Scott - Luna: New Moon - Ian McDonald
    • Dan - Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
    • Glenn - The Magician’s Land - Lev Grossman
    • Jason - A Memory Called Empire - Arkady Martine
    • Aleen - The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin
    • Erika - Borderline - Mishell Baker
    • David - The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi

    Round Four:

    • Scott - Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City - KJ Parker
    • Dan - Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance - Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Glenn - The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker
    • Jason - Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
    • Aleen - Strange Practice - Vivian Shaw
    • Erika - Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines
    • David - Day of the Doctor - Steven Moffat

    Round Five:

    • Scott - New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Dan - City of Miracles - Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Glenn - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
    • Jason - Gnomon - Nick Harkaway
    • Aleen - Hollow Kingdom - Kyra Jane Buxton
    • Erika - Delia’s Shadow - Jamie Lee Moyer
    • David - Noir - Christopher Moore

    Also Mentioned/Not Picked (Compiled by Listener AJ):

    Glenn:

    • Uprooted - Naomi Novik (also Jason, Erika)
    • Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik
    • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
    • Exhalation: Stories (including The Lifecycle of Software Objects) - Ted Chiang

    Scott:

    • Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee
    • Barsk - Lawrence M. Schoen (also Jason)
    • Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
    • Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone

    Dan:

    • Gideon the Ninth (but not so much Harrow the Ninth) - Tamsyn Muir
    • The Martian - Andy Weir
    • The “Penric and Desdemona” series of novellas, starting with Penric’s Demon - Lois McMaster Bujold
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman (also Aleen)
    • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton
    • Foundryside - Robert Jackson Bennett

    Jason:

    • The Galaxy and the Ground Within - Becky Chambers (also Dan)
    • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter - Theodora Goss
    • Tiamat’s Wrath - James S A Corey
    • A Psalm for the Wild-Built - Becky Chambers (2020s)

    Aleen:

    • The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo (also the Netflix series)
    • The Caledonian Gambit - Dan Moren

    Erika: - The Midnight Bargain - C. L. Polk (bonus 2020s pick!) - Summer in Orcus - T Kingfisher - Terminal Alliance - Jim C. Hines - School for Sidekicks - Kelly McCullough

    David:

    • Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang (also kind of Glenn, on his blog)
    • The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu
    • Blackout (but maybe not All Clear, which is the second half of the same book?) - Connie Willis
    • Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty
    • Trail of Lightning - Rebecca Roanhorse
    • Alif the Unseen - G Willow Wilson
    • The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle
    • The Light Brigade - Kameron Hurley
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    January 21, 2022
    599 Have You Tried This Arrow?

    It’s time to channel that Tired Dad Energy, because we’re going to discuss Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” bro. Kate Bishop! Yelena! Echo! Surprise cameos, including one by an owl! It’s a TV series nobody watching “The Avengers” would have ever wanted, yet a worn and exasperated Jeremy Renner as the mentor to a young woman with strong archery skills ends up being a delightful holiday adventure.

    Host Jason Snell with guests Cicero Holmes, Dan Moren, Lisa Schmeiser, and Chip Sudderth.

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    January 18, 2022
    598 Tropiest of Spaghetti Westerns

    We’ve rounded up a posse and are saddling up to discuss the Netflix original film “The Harder They Fall,” a revisionist western starring Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, and Regina King. This movie is more ornery than a pole cat with a hangnail! We ride at noon!

    Host Cicero Holmes with panelists Nathan Alderman and Shareef Jackson.

    Link: The Resurrection of Bass Reeves

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    January 12, 2022
    597 Get Me Pictures of Seven Spider-Men!

    Get your college applications ready and prepare to gross out about organic web shooters—it’s time for us to discuss “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the conclusion of Tom Holland’s origin trilogy as the web-slinging hero… and a surprisingly substantial follow-up to five other Spider-Man movies, too. It’s “Spider-Man: Endgame,” and with great podcasts, there must also come great responsibility… to talk about Spider-Man.

    Host Jason Snell with panelists Dan Moren, Kelly Guimont, and Chip Sudderth.

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    January 7, 2022
    596 Tom Bombadilification

    More than three decades since the Wheel of Time book series began, it’s arrived as a TV series on Prime Video. We discuss the first season with the help of our resident Wheel of Time book expert and three non-book-readers. How much is or isn’t it the “next Game of Thrones?” Why would it need to be be? And how does a book series that was wildly progressive for the 1990s approach a modern audience?

    Guest Host Moisés Chiullan with panelists Glenn Fleishman, Kathy Campbell, and John Siracusa.

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    December 28, 2021
    595 I Didn't Have a Tab - The Best of 2021

    Hot dog! It’s time for our annual look back at the year gone by. And it was certainly a year! Some of us caught up on stuff, while others who usually abandon their lists as winter turns to spring decided not to bother making lists at all! As is traditional, our panelists and listeners pick favorite Incomparable episodes and moments in this episode. Did the best moment of the year happen in last year’s clip show? Are there multiple clip loops running now? Has The Incomparable finally ground Jason down into mush? The answers are within!

    Our picks:

    • Steve - Ted Lasso (TV), One Cut of the Dead (Film), Persona 4 Golden (VG)
    • Erika - Covert Affairs (TV), Local Podcasts
    • Jean - Dune (Film), WandaVision (TV), Vera Stanhope series (audiobooks)
    • Dan - No Time To Die (Film), Leverage: Redemption (TV), The Mask of Mirrors (book), Learned League (game)
    • David - In The Heights (Film), Only Murders in the Building (TV), Murder Under Her Skin (Books)
    • Monty - RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars S6E3 (TV), Malignant (Movie), Cyberpunk 2077 (VG)
    • Moises - Metroid Dread (VG), The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (documentary), What We Do in the Shadows (TV), For All Mankind (TV), Killing Eve (TV), Search Party, The Other Two
    • Jason - Piranesi (Book), For All Mankind/Hacks (TV), Promising Young Woman (Film)
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    December 20, 2021
    594 Money in His Underwear

    Merry Kilmas to all who celebrate the works of Val Kilmer! This year, our Kilmas selection is “The Saint,” a very 90s spy movie featuring surprise sweater reveals, tension-free water pipe escapes, and a wide collection of accents, wigs, and pseudonyms—all from Val Kilmer, of course.

    Host Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Jean MacDonald, and Moisés Chiullan.

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    December 17, 2021
    593 The Beatles Need Me!

    We watched all eight hours of the Disney+ documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” and now we’re going to talk about it. Toast, vests, London Bobbies sucking on their chin straps, Debbie the receptionist, Paul as “second boss”, Yoko’s knitting, George Harrison’s pinstripes, and most importantly, the amazing view of a bunch of musical geniuses having a very difficult time creating anything at all.

    Extras: Podcast app features we could use, and jazz gummies are legal in Canada.

    Host Jason Snell with guests Amy Gruber, Guy English, Monty Ashley, and Steven Schapansky.

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    December 11, 2021
    592 A Glorious Mess

    Grab your Tamagotchi Baby Monitor, because it’s time to discuss “Doctor Who: Flux,” a six-episode season that had a lot of plot, a lot of characters, and a lot of questions, many of them unanswered! We discuss what worked this season and what didn’t, anticipate the 2022 run of specials to end Jodie Whitaker’s era, and ponder what Modern Doctor Who looks like when Russell T Davies takes over the show (again) in 2023.

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    December 4, 2021
    591 That Poor Pie

    We discuss Marvel’s weird and epic “Eternals,” which breaks a lot of Marvel-movie conventions while attempting to tell a different kind of story with a whole lot of new characters. It’s full of interesting choices, some of which pay off, while others end up amounting to not very much.