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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It’s Impossible Being Green

The premiere of ABC’s new comedy “The Muppets” prompts us to look at the entirety of the Muppet universe and lore, from TV to movies to viral videos. We also ponder what’s wrong with the new ABC series, posit some theories about how Kermit went from “Sesame Street” to “The Muppet Show,” and participate in an impromptu Muppet draft. Don’t felt, don’t tell.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr

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Summer Superhero Spectacular: Final Rounds

Our pointless search for the best superhero concludes. In these final rounds, we challenge our heroes (and their advocates) with devilish scenarios suggested by Incomparable listeners! Our advocates face a jury of their peers, leading to a final confrontation with our two remaining heroic contestants.

Our final pairings are:

(1) Spider-Man vs. (2) Captain America
(5) Doctor Strange vs. (3) The Flash
(1) Batman vs. (2) Wonder Woman
(12) The Thing vs. (2) Wolverine

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar, Lisa Schmeiser, Chip Sudderth, Moisés Chiullan, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr


Passwords Are Wrong, Man

Our interests in reading and technology collide in this survey of books about computers and the tech industry, using the 20th anniversary of Douglas Coupland’s “Microserfs” as the jumping off point. Soldering irons and circuit boards! Berkeley hippies fighting German hackers! Early signs of the tech industry’s ongoing mistreatment of workers! Glenning! Join us in a trip through technology’s past, all the while keeping an eye on where we are today.

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, Glenn Fleishman and David J. Loehr


Television Shaped Like a Mom

We discuss two notable TV series from the summer of 2015, “Mr. Robot” and “Humans.” They’re both excellent. One is about humans, and one is about robots (or not), but not the ones you might think from the titles.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Merlin Mann and David J. Loehr


District Attorney Doofus

Old Movie Club

Old Movie Club returns with two films featuring George C. Scott: “The Hustler” (featuring an electric performance by Paul Newman) and “Anatomy of a Murder” (starring Jimmy Stewart as a simple country lawyer). One more outburst and I’ll clear this courtroom!

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Dr. Drang, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz and David J. Loehr


Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round Three

Our summertime superhero tournament continues, as 16 champions are reduced to eight. This round brings new judges and a requirement to argue against the opposite opponent! Who will withstand the withering assaults? Only time will tell.

The match-ups:

(1) Spider-Man vs. (4) Kitty Pryde
(11) Beta Ray Bill vs. (2) Captain America

(1) Superman vs. (5) Doctor Strange
(3) Barry Allen/The Flash vs. (2) The Hulk

(1) Batman vs. (13) Moon Knight
(6) Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle vs. (2) Wonder Woman

(1) Iron Man vs. (12) The Thing
(6) Rorschach vs. (2) Wolverine

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Chip Sudderth, Tony Sindelar, Dan Moren, Philip Mozolak, Moisés Chiullan and Monty Ashley


High Five

On the occasion of our fifth anniversary, we present this special episode where Jason and five of our favorite panelists come together live around a table to talk about nothing in particular.

5 years!

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz and Scott McNulty


Summer Superhero Spectacular: Round 2

Our ridiculous celebration of superheroes continues in round 2, in which 32 heroes enter and 16 depart! This round incorporates your comments and votes, which we solicited after our last round. This also marks the final round for judges Lutz and Michaels, who assure you that absolutely no cash has changed hands in exchange for their votes. We’ve also added some new advocates and shuffled the deck a little bit. Join us on the next segment of our journey to discover which superhero reigns supreme.

The match-ups:

(1) Spider-Man vs. (8) Aquaman
(5) Silver Surfer vs. (4) Kitty Pryde
(11) Beta Ray Bill vs. (14) Kate Bishop/Hawkeye
(10) Wally West/The Flash vs. (2) Captain America

(1) Superman vs. (9) The Falcon
(5) Doctor Strange vs. (4) The Tick
(11) Invisible Woman vs. (3) Barry Allen/The Flash
(7) Ghost Rider vs. (2) The Hulk

(1) Batman vs. (8) Black Widow
(5) Daredevil vs. (13) Moon Knight
(6) Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle vs. (3) Green Arrow
(7) Deadpool vs. (2) Wonder Woman

(1) Iron Man vs. (9) Gambit
(12) The Thing vs. (13) Big Barda
(6) Rorschach vs. (14) Invincible
(10) Nightcrawler vs. (2) Wolverine

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, Shannon Sudderth, Chip Sudderth, Philip Mozolak, Tony Sindelar, Dan Moren and Monty Ashley


Chekhov’s Bob-omb

Rocket Surgery

Our survey of terrible films continues with 1993’s “Super Mario Bros.”, which features surprisingly little of the characters, setting, or joy that one might attribute to the beloved video-game franchise. Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, and the directors of the original “Max Headroom” film collaborate on this dreadful tale about evolved dinosaurs, dystopian parallel-universe New Yorks, and a couple of plumbers named Mario, one of whom is also named Luigi.

Jason Snell with Joe Rosensteel, Philip Michaels, Tony Sindelar, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz and David J. Loehr


Raptor Sipping Tea

Comic Book Club

Our Comic Book Club reconvenes to discuss “Runaways,” the 2003-2004 comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. This is a Marvel Comic that’s also an original creation, and we’re tackling the 18 issues of the first volume, which form a self-contained story. How does the book alienate its teenage protagonists? Does the plot twist make sense? And why isn’t this a Marvel movie or TV show?

Jason Snell with Shannon Sudderth, Lisa Schmeiser, Tony Sindelar and Dan Moren


Space Bureaucracy

Book Club

It’s time for our annual dive into the Hugo Awards, focused mostly on the five nominated novels, but also touching on short fiction, comics, films, and TV episodes, as well as this year’s big Hugo controversy.

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr

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