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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You’ve Ruined Pizza

Pixar’s latest film, “Inside Out,” tells the unlikely story of the conflict of emotions inside the head of a young girl. Join us as we draw a circle around our own parental sadness and instead focus on the joy of an instant Pixar classic.

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

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253

Ignoring the Movie Completely

Old Movie Club

Old Movie Club reconvenes to watch two films based on the works of Dashiell Hammett: 1934’s “The Thin Man” and 1941’s “The Maltese Falcon.” We appreciate the drunken aplomb of Nick and Nora and the shifty glory of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, all while taking in the faint scent of gardenias.

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


252

Three Shames and a Ding

Time to once again wrap up the TV season as a whole and “Game of Thrones” in particular. First we discuss shows we’ve enjoyed watching this year (including the final seasons of “Justified” and “Mad Men”), and then we fire off the Spoiler Horn and talk about the controversial fifth season of “Game of Thrones.”

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


251

Tea, Sandwiches, and Mushrooms

Book Club

Time for our annual review of the Nebula Award nominees for the best SF or Fantasy novel of the year, with podcasters from Skiffy and Fanty, SF Signal, and The Three Hoarsemen! We’ll cover (in a spoiler-light fashion) books about space stations, alien invasions, empires, mushrooms, and tea ceremonies. There’s even a deadly incident involving a Zeppelin!

Jason Snell with Fred Kiesche, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer and Scott McNulty


250

Stay Inside My Aura

Rocket Surgery

Draw a beard on your face with a Sharpie, prepare to learn math via touch, and we’ll take you to the second level! Our trek into films of questionable quality continues with John Boorman’s 1974 sci-fi epic “Zardoz,” starring Sean Connery in a red diaper and a floating stone head. Even the writer/director/producer can’t explain what happened, and neither can we—except maybe for Glenn.

Jason Snell with Helene Wecker, Joe Rosensteel, Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz, David J. Loehr and Glenn Fleishman


249

Critical Batman Deficit

After a season full of comic-book superhero TV shows, we’re here to chart the highs and lows of “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Agents of SHIELD,” “Agent Carter,” “Daredevil,” and “Constantine.” Some of them were great, some quite surprising, and others crushing disappointments. (This episode contains light spoilers—nothing we consider completely earth-shattering, but if you wish to be completely spoiler free, listen after watching or consult the time code in our show notes.)

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Philip Mozolak, Guy English, Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar and David J. Loehr


248

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


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, Mois├ęs Chiullan and Monty Ashley


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