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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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


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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


303

Kitty’s in Space Now

Comic Book Club

We celebrate all of mutantkind with a broad discussion of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men, especially the versions we grew up reading in comics. What makes their outsider status resonate? Where should new readers start? And we choose some of our favorite X-Men characters in a sequence of choices that is definitely not a draft.

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Merlin Mann, Helene Wecker and Monty Ashley


302

Keep Watching the Skies

Old Movie Club

Old Movie Club views two films produced—and some would say directed—by Howard Hawks. The fast-paced comedy “His Girl Friday” leads us off, followed by the original sci-fi horror film “The Thing from Another World.” Both feature snappy overlapping dialogue, but only one features a murderous alien carrot man.

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


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All the Best Words

Book Club

It’s time for our annual survey of some of the best science fiction and fantasy novels of the year, as we read all seven of the nominees for the Nebula Award. If you’re looking for some new books to read, check out our discussion—we tread lightly on the spoilers.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty, Aleen Simms and Shaun Duke


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