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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Most Poetic Sledgehammer

Professor Siracusa’s Anime 102 is in session! This week we’re discussing the 1995 anime classic “Ghost in the Shell” and touching on its follow-up TV series, “Stand Alone Complex.” This is a cyberpunky action story about cyborgs and the meaning of life, and it’s full of guns, car chases, ninjas, weird outfits, and exposition.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Erika Ensign and Tony Sindelar

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247

Monkey Cam

On the occasion of David Letterman’s retirement after 33 years of hosting a late-night talk show, Jason Snell presents his take on Letterman’s significance, told with the help of a few friends.

Jason Snell with John Gruber, Andy Ihnatko, Tim Goodman, Philip Michaels and Aaron Barnhart


246

The Shmoop Index

Book Club

This episode is all about assigned reading from our school days. Stuff we loved and, more importantly, stuff we hated. Does Jason hate all French literature, or just Emma Bovary? Whose teachers assigned Ursula LeGuin and Kurt Vonnegut? And will Charles Dickens tear our friendly group of podcasters apart? Be sure to do the reading—there might be a quiz tomorrow.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Andy Ihnatko and David J. Loehr


245

Incomparable, Assemble!

Six members of The Incomparable panel went to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron” together, in person! And afterward we convened at Dan Moren’s house to discuss it over pizza and beverages. This is that conversation.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar, Serenity Caldwell and Andy Ihnatko


244

The Adventures of Maggie the Mutant

Comic Book Club

Comic Book Club returns to discuss two ’90s stories featuring art by Alex Ross, “Marvels” and “Kingdom Come.” These books—one each for Marvel and DC, each available in a single trade paperback—feature lavish art and intriguing themes about the relationship between superhumans and regular humans. How do they told up two decades later? Our panel of longtime comic experts and babes in the continuity woods weighs in.

Jason Snell with Chip Sudderth, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan and Monty Ashley


243

Find My Lightsaber

A new “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” trailer has appeared! And, as was fated, we are here to deconstruct it within an inch of its life. Dark Side IKEA end tables! John Boyega quotes us the odds! Bespoke evil ships! And is that a glimmer in your eye, or just some lens flare? Plus we give some love to BB8, everyone’s favorite robotic soccer ball.

Dan Moren reports in from the Star Wars celebration, and Serenity Caldwell phones in from her car. This is serious business, people.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Serenity Caldwell and Dan Moren


242

‘B’ for Bad Captain

Lay in a course and engage the warp drive! Our “Star Trek” Debate Club returns with spirited discussion of the best and worst captains in the galaxy, along with the best and worst aliens. Plus we get controversial with our choices for the most overrated and underrated things in “Star Trek,” and engage in a bit of lightning philosophy. Live long and prosper!

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


241

Shopping With Mrs. Gehrig

Old Movie Club

Play ball! It’s opening weekend, so Old Movie Club returns with two classic baseball movies: “Pride of the Yankees” and “The Bad News Bears.” Even if you don’t like baseball (like Erika), you may enjoy these movies just fine! One’s a biopic from the 1940s complete with a song, and the other is an appropriately gross 1970s comedy. Join us, won’t you?

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


240

Pooping Alien

Rocket Surgery

Our Rocket Surgery visit to bad sci-fi movies returns with a look at 1984’s “The Ice Pirates.” Foam robots! Swords and lasers! A mysterious water world! A strange balance of racism and social commentary! Bad effects! Baby animals! Robert Urich! A space herpe! Questional castration methods! Poop jokes! Oakland Raiders! John Carradine! Please, someone make it stop.

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Andy Ihnatko, David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Joe Rosensteel and Monty Ashley


239

The Colour Blue

Book Club

In honor of Sir Terry Pratchett, who died a week ago, four voracious Pratchett readers discuss what made Pratchett great, their favorite Pratchett works, and recommend places for newcomers to Terry Pratchett to get started.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Lisa Schmeiser, Steve Lutz and Dan Moren


238

Caucus with the Dark Side

Finished, this podcast torture is. We conclude our conversation about “Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” taking you all the way through the dissatisfying ending. As a bonus, we try to rank the prequels, and discover a surprising winner. (part 2 of 2)

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, Dan Moren and Andy Ihnatko


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