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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Vampire Batman

Comic Book Club

There are a million stories in Kurt Busiek’s “Astro City”—and that’s why we love this comic-book anthology series. From alien invaders to creepy floating protectors to regular everyday people, the broad canvas of “Astro City” awards the reader with short stories and longer arcs. Plus: What are we reading?

Comic Book Club Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, David J. Loehr, Shannon Sudderth and Tony Sindelar


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313

The Ziggurats of Yavin IV

Nope, Jason, John, Serenity, and Dan aren’t going to analyze the trailer for “Star Wars: Rogue One.” It’s not going to happen. It would take rebel podcasters, striking from a hidden studio, to bring this podcast to its knees…

Antony Johnston with Liz Myles, Chip Sudderth and Mois├ęs Chiullan


312

A Cyborg Dolphin

Rocket Surgery

Our Rocket Surgery series returns to the heady days of the ’90s, home of questionable cyberpunk movies, to watch Keanu Reeves in “Johnny Mnemonic.” How can a movie written by the godfather of cyberpunk, William Gibson, be such a disaster? We’ll fax you the answer.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Joe Rosensteel and David J. Loehr


311

Chekhov with Two H’s

We review “Star Trek Beyond,” the latest installment in the J.J. Abrams-produced “Star Trek” movie universe. What are the best cast pairings? Why was Idris Elba’s character in need of simplification? When does the spin-off about Jaylah in Starfleet Academy start filming? And what is this franchise’s best destiny?

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


310

I Hated Mrs. Slimer

Women instead of men! Slimer with a girlfriend! Dogs and hats living together! Mass hysteria! We review the 2016 version of “Ghostbusters.”

Jason Snell with Shannon Sudderth, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser and Helene Wecker


309

Boats in Space

Strap in and prepare for the jump to lightspeed—it’s time for us to pick the very best (and weirdest) spaceships throughout film, TV, books, and more. Let’s hope this thing where we draft spaceships doesn’t get too nerdy!

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, Brian Hamilton, Chip Sudderth, Joe Rosensteel and Scott McNulty


308

Is Winter Coming?

We convene a panel to discuss the TV shows we’re watching and liking from the past year, and then take our traditional deep dive into the latest “Game of Thrones” season.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Brian Hamilton, John Siracusa, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr and Aleen Simms


307

Mascot Hands

Rocket Surgery

Our Rocket Surgery panel attempts to apply logic to “Cool Cat Saves the Kids,” an inexplicable educational film featuring a couple of people in animal suits, some music videos, parade footage, and many questionable lessons for children. But there are cameos by Erik Estrada and Vivica A. Fox! Anyway, our logic slides right off.

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Philip Michaels, Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton


306

Only One Spaceship

Professor Siracusa’s Anime class is back in session, as we watch two short films with similar themes, both by director Makoto Shinkai. First there’s “The Voices of a Distant Star,” which features a boy and a girl separated by light-years as she fights an alien scourge. Then there’s “5 Centimeters Per Second,” in which a boy and a girl are separated by… a long train journey. Both are beautiful explorations of teenage romantic angst and isolation, with images that will stick with our panelists for a long time.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Erika Ensign and Aleen Simms


305

Mint in Box

Ride like the wind, Bullseye! Our survey of Pixar films continues with “Toy Story 2,” the movie that introduced us to that Pixar Moment. You know the one. (Bring tissues.) We also discuss the philosophy of the Toy Story movies, a bunch of amazing gags, the state of the art of computer animation in 1999, and a whole lot more.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Merlin Mann, Steve Lutz, Aleen Simms and Dr. Drang


304

Law of Diminishing Ninja Returns

We convene a panel of superhero TV experts to recap the past year’s superhero series, including “Arrow”, “The Flash”, “Gotham”, “Agents of SHIELD”, “Agent Carter”, “Daredevil”, “Supergirl”, “Legends of Tomorrow”, and “Jessica Jones.”

(If you’re a complete spoiler-phobe, you may want to avoid some of these segments, though there is probably not a single character death or other twist that couldn’t be reversed at any point…)

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Lisa Schmeiser, Tony Sindelar, Philip Mozolak and Dan Moren


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