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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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


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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


387

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


383

Upstairs Christmas Tree

In this special episode we discuss our personal holiday traditions, including foods, travel, gift-giving, decorations, and media. We also debate the reality of tofurkey and learn many things about legendary bearded gift-giving characters courtesy of a country that’s shaped like a chicken.

Jason Snell with Antony Johnston, Anže Tomić, Kelly Guimont, Kathy Campbell, Erika Ensign, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr


382

She’s a Librarian

Stand above the icy river waters and ponder what life would be without 1946’s holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Would you be shocked to discover that not everyone likes it? In this episode we’ve got two fans of the film to tell us why it’s great, and a detractor who is attempting to crash this car into the town’s oldest tree. What are the pros and cons of one of the definitive Christmas movies of all time?

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Dr. Drang and Brian Hamilton


381

That’s Me Only Shirt!

Yeah, baby, we’re back! It’s time to return to Sunnydale and discuss the second season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” considered by many fans (including Jason) to be its best. The main adversaries are a trio of vampires, including Billy Idol, the bizarrely insane Drusilla, and Angelus—because Latin names are more evil. Plus there’s an evil smurf, a tragic rendezvous at Giles’ apartment, a big rock, inexplicable gypsy ensoulment curse strategies, and a whole whiteboard full of classic horror tropes.

Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Quinn Rose, Jean MacDonald, Steve Lutz, John McCoy and Monty Ashley


380

Floppy Shark

Our Video Game Club is back in action as we play two short artsy-fartsy narrative games. “What Remains of Edith Finch” is a game about a young woman returning home to the Pacific Northwest and exploring the mysteries left behind by her family—which sounds an awful lot like other games we’ve played, but it’s very different! We also played “Tacoma”, by the developers of “Gone Home”, which (despite its title) is not set in the Pacific Northwest but in outer space. Both games have interesting approaches to immersive storytelling, and they’re both worth playing.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Allison Truj and Brian Hamilton


379

High Fantasy with Muppets

Eat a peach, put on a white ball gown, and join us as we enter a fantasy world full of puppets and David Bowie musical numbers. In 1986’s “Labyrinth”, a teenager accidentally gets her baby brother kidnapped by goblins. To get him back, she has to enter a magical world and meet many strange creatures along the way. The credits are full of notable names, including Jennifer Connelly, Jim Henson, George Lucas, and Terry Jones. It’s Erika’s favorite movie, but Jason has never seen it! Are puppets people too? Let’s find out!

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Shannon Sudderth, Katie Mack, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr


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