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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Tumblr Would Have Loved It

It’s a cult show that could’ve hit the zeitgeist if it had just happened a few years later. From angsty vampire-human romances to a butt-kicking lead in a nice dress, the first season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” delivers. We break down our favorite episodes, marvel at the show’s great casting, and appreciate the unlikely nature of a smart, character-driven teen series emerging from the wasteland that was The WB network in the late ’90s.

Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr


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The Ohm Whisperer

Our survey of director Hayao Miyazaki’s work continues with 1984’s “NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind,” in which a post-apocalyptic world (of the 1980s nuclear armageddon variety) is populated by princesses, bugs that can’t help but be buggin’, a bunch of flying vehicles, and a suspicious fall through quicksand.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Erika Ensign, Aleen Simms and Steve Lutz


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The Official Batman

You asked for it, and we delivered! Batman University is in session, as we dive into “Batman: The Animated Series.” Lifelong Batman fan Tony Sindelar has provided us with a 10-episode watch list, which served as a refresher for our panel and an introduction for our host. What makes many people call this version of Batman the definitive one? How does a show that’s for kids end up being so strikingly adult? How is the character of this Batman not like recent movie depictions? We’ve got the answers.

Jason Snell with Tony Sindelar, Shannon Sudderth, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr and Nathan Alderman


295

A History of Things That Never Happened

The first teaser trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has dropped, and so in the spirit of our “Force Awakens” teaser breakdown, we’re back to provide frame-by-frame analysis of all 90 seconds. This is the first in a new series of “Star Wars” anthology movies, this one set before and around 1977’s original film. How do you make a period piece about a fictional period? What’s Felicity Jones’s character all about? Why does Forrest Whitaker have a Darth Vader breathing harmonica? And why does Jason refer to all droids like they’re vacuum cleaners? For some questions there are no good answers.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren and Serenity Caldwell


294

Science Is Never Frightening!

Rocket Surgery

Our survey of questionable science fiction films moves to the 1950s for “GOG,” a story featuring a secret nuclear base, a couple of “robuts,” a shifty Swiss scientist, a neglected Coke machine, a whole lot of science lectures, and then many dead scientists.

Jason Snell with Glenn Fleishman, Steve Lutz, Brian Hamilton and David J. Loehr


293

I Think I’m Still Confused

Comic Book Club

Comic Book Club returns with a discussion of Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie’s “The Wicked + The Divine.” It’s a story about the temporary return of a pantheon of gods, and touches on issues of fame, youth culture, and—as Wikipedia informs us—pop music. Fortunately, there’s also a murder-mystery plot to drive everything forward. Plus: Lisa tells us what comics to read next!

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Aleen Simms, Shannon Sudderth and Tony Sindelar


292

I Have an Appointment with the Tholian Ambassador

The worst of the Next Generation “Star Trek” movies, “Insurrection” and “Nemesis”, are in our sights. Why don’t they work? What were the producers thinking? How tenuous was Star Trek’s life as a franchise that two bad movies in a row could kill it? You’ve got to laugh to keep from crying.

Jason Snell with Brianna Wu, Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty, Dan Moren and Joe Rosensteel


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I Like Complicated Books, Glenn

Book Club

Our Book Club returns to read two recent, highly praised science fiction novels. From Kim Stanley Robinson comes “Aurora,” the story of a spaceship sent from Earth to a far-off star in a trip that will take generations. And from Ian McDonald comes “Luna: New Moon,” a sort of “Dallas” (or is it “The Godfather”?) set on and under the surface of the moon. Plus, what else are we reading?

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Aleen Simms, Erika Ensign and Glenn Fleishman


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Team Bucket

The recently released video game “Firewatch,” by Campo Santo and Panic, is the subject of our discussion this week. This is a game that’s got a plot, but so much of the richness comes from characters and dialogue. Also, there are a lot of trees.

Jason Snell with Tiffany Arment, John Siracusa, Brian Hamilton, Serenity Caldwell and Tony Sindelar


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It’s Not “Hamilton”

Our draft of favorite albums concludes! Opera, classical, and show tunes are heard from, amid the squalls of electric guitars. Also, we lose our Canadian government funding. But you’re sure to find (or rediscover) some music of interest! (Part 2 of 2.)

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Antony Johnston, Steve Lutz, David J. Loehr and Andy Ihnatko


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I Wish I Was Back in Norway

And now for something completely different: A draft of our favorite albums. Live from that metaphorical desert island, we select some favorite collections of music for you to listen to again and again—or to discover for the very first time. (Part 1 of 2.)

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Antony Johnston, Steve Lutz, Andy Ihnatko and David J. Loehr


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