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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High on Mushrooms

Hop into your spore chamber and prepare for Black Alert — “Star Trek” has returned to television, and we’ve got our overview of the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery.” Did it meet our expectations? Was it more comfort food or modern TV drama? “Star Trek” shows live or die by their characters, so did Burnham, Saru, Tilly, Stamets, and company find their way into our hearts? Why were there so many plot twists? And what are we hoping for in season two? We break the whole thing down.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Mikah Sargent, Aleen Simms, Joe Rosensteel and Scott McNulty


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393

The Ol’ Reverse Lucifer

“The Good Place” just finished its second season, and we still couldn’t love this show more. We discuss the moral growth of all the show’s characters in season two, break down the meaning of the final episode, and float a bunch of theories about where the show might be headed next.

Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Glenn Fleishman, Kathy Campbell, Chip Sudderth and Brian Hamilton


392

Quantum Computer for Violence

Comic Book Club

Step through a teleportation door and boot up your brain’s fight computer, because our Comic Book Club has returned to discuss DC’s “Midnighter.” He’s was once a Batman analogue but now he’s his own man, with no secret identity, a penchant for strategic violence, and an amazing dating profile. And thanks to three recent trade-paperback collections written by Steve Orlando, you can get to know this singular superhero as he journeys from Oakland to Boston to various made-up DC Comics cities.

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser and Joe Rosensteel


391

You Stole My Layer

In the 54 years of “Doctor Who” there have been roughly 275 different stories. We collected seven “Doctor Who” fans and forced them to pick favorites in a draft format! The result is a great selection of 28 stories from both the classic and modern eras, unless you’re a fan of the single Doctor who did not have a single episode picked.

Jason Snell with James Thomson, Liz Myles, Alyssa Franke, Erika Ensign, Chip Sudderth and Steven Schapansky


390

Ice Cream Headache from the Future

Welcome to the 21st! Your mission is to listen to us discuss “Travelers”, an enjoyable time-travel TV series available in most of the world on Netflix. With a twisty science-fictional premise, some fascinating character complications, and a dose of humor, this Canadian import is worth your time. We discuss the basic premise of the show and why we like it a lot, and then fire off the Spoiler Horn to discuss the details of the show’s first two seasons.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Erika Ensign and Lex Friedman


389

Tales from the Spirit Bathhouse

Our survey of the films of director Hayao Miyazaki continues with 2001’s “Spirited Away.” It’s a real weird one, and sure to be turbocharged nightmare fuel for kids… but as adults, we have more capacity to appreciate a film as absolutely bugnuts as this.

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Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Aleen Simms and Moisés Chiullan


388

Lyrics Are for Losers

Here’s the story
Of nine lovely people
Who were picking songs from favorite TV shows
It was a very short draft
Just four rounds
With some picks no one knows

Jason Snell with Brian Hamilton, Dan Moren, Jean MacDonald, Moisés Chiullan, David J. Loehr, Steve Lutz, Monty Ashley and Kathy Campbell


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Good Job, Jerks - The Best of 2017

Happy New Year! We take this opportunity to look back at 2017, as our top hosts and panelists of the year talk about their favorite stuff from the year gone by. And then it’s time to list our favorite Incomparable moments and play some clips.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Dan Moren, Monty Ashley, Tony Sindelar, David J. Loehr, Brian Hamilton, Aleen Simms, Steve Lutz and Glenn Fleishman


386

Sometimes He Doesn’t Bother With That Bottle

Our (increasingly inaccurately named) team of rebel UK podcasters takes on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Join us for another deep dive into the themes, performances, and surprises of the latest “Star Wars movie.” We promise not to mention Porgs until the very end!

Antony Johnston with Serenity Caldwell, James Thomson and Moisés Chiullan


385

Delta and the Porgs

“Time and Relative Dimension in Space” meets “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” as a hardy rebel band of podcasters who are “Doctor Who” fans form The Incomparable’s second panel about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. We take on the themes of failure and redemption, the unexpected fan reactions, and specious comparisons between “Doctor Who” showrunners and Star Wars directors. And porgs. Always porgs.

Chip Sudderth with Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky, Alyssa Franke and Warren Frey


384

An Old Sock Full of Diamonds

Grab a porg, put on your matching necklaces, and get out your ancient Jedi texts—it’s time to discuss “The Last Jedi,” episode VIII of the “Star Wars” saga. (And if we missed something, please understand that we’ve only seen it once so far!)

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Kelly Guimont, Aleen Simms and Tony Sindelar


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