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.

536

Sometimes the Drawer is Empty

Video Game Club

Duck into the prone position and aim your bow, because it’s time for us to talk about “The Last of Us Part II”, the sequel to a beloved apocalyptic video game. We follow the characters on their pursuit of cross-country revenge, filled with flashbacks and the infected. But on this journey, as we trade our adrenaline for tears, we learn that we were the last of us all along.

Video Game Club Tiffany Arment with John Siracusa and Brian Hamilton


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535

The Internet is for Muppets

It’s time to play the music
It’s time to light the lights
It’s time to draft the Muppets
On the Incomparable tonight

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Kelly Guimont, Moisés Chiullan, Philip Michaels, Monty Ashley, Nathan Alderman, Shelly Brisbin and Quinn Rose


534

The Young Henry Chronicles

Once more unto the breach, dear friends! This episode kicks off a new recurring feature, Shakespeare Club. Our first subject is “Henry V.” We watch Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 film and discuss Shakespeare’s Expanded Henry Universe, tennis balls, d’elbow, and what a jerk young Harry actually is.

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Philip Michaels, Scott McNulty and Moisés Chiullan


533

Confiscate the Trumpeter’s Mute

Old Movie Club

Our Old Movie Club takes on two Billy Wilder comedies from 1939 and 1959, to see if they still hold up 81 and 61 years later. Erika Ensign’s selection is “Midnight,” starring Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche, and Philip Michaels counters with “Some Like It Hot,” starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe. Both films are about people pretending to be something they aren’t. And then the fun begins… hopefully!

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Philip Michaels, Tiffany Arment and Steve Lutz


532

Most Crushable Crew

Launch the Photon Torpedoes! In this episode we’re drafting mostly obscure characters from all of Star Trek lore, and creating our own TV series pitches with the results. If you think our drafts have gone off the rails before, you haven’t seen anything yet!

Jason Snell with Jim Metzendorf, David J. Loehr, Moisés Chiullan, Cicero Holmes, Jean MacDonald, Brianna Wu and Scott McNulty


531

Linda Hamilton Bicep Fan Club

Grab a shotgun, climb on a stolen motorcycle, and get out your 90s slang phrasebook, because it’s time to watch one of the definitive summer blockbusters, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” We marvel at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s perfectly robotic demeanor, Robert Patrick’s steely stare and creepy walk, and Linda Hamilton’s—well, pretty much everything. Hasta la vista, baby.

Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Annette Wierstra, Brian Hamilton and Kelly Guimont


530

Let’s Talk About Turnips!

Video Game Club

Hop a flight piloted by a Dodo and leave behind the world you know! Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect escape. Journey to a deserted island to do digital equivalents of chores you’re avoiding doing in the real world! One of the most subjective experiences in all of gaming turned out to be just what millions of us needed this summer. Guest host Moisés Chiullan and his six panelists are proof that “the friends you make along the way” really is the whole point after all. Well, that and draft-format podcasts.

Moisés Chiullan with Brian Hamilton, Tiffany Arment, Kathy Campbell, James Thomson, Allison Truj and Kelly Guimont


529

Ancient Goat Lettering

Grab a wad of counterfeit cash and get ready to swim up a waterfall! Our Miyazaki Club goes back to the beginning, to the great animation director’s first feature, “The Castle of Cagliostro.” It’s a franchise work-for-hire being executed by a budding genius, which is a fascinating combination. The film mixes cartoony action and heist-movie tropes with clouds and landscapes and flying machines that come straight from Miyazaki’s brain.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, Aleen Simms, Tony Sindelar and Steve Lutz


528

To Quantity!

Ten years ago today, The Incomparable began. To celebrate a decade of whatever this is, Jason gathered a dozen of the podcast’s top panelists for a round of toasts.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign, Monty Ashley, Glenn Fleishman, Serenity Caldwell, Moisés Chiullan, Tony Sindelar, Aleen Simms and Chip Sudderth


527

Quantum Physics Training Montage

Inflate your pool floaties, prepare a wedding speech, and whatever you do, don’t go in the glowing red cave, because we’re discussing the delightful film “Palm Springs,” starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons, and currently available (to Americans, anyway) on Hulu. It’s the kind of movie we’ve seen before, but with so many interesting twists on the concept that it always feels fresh. In addition to pointing out what makes the movie work, we’ve got a bunch of nerdy questions about its premise, the multiverse, where you can find C4 and a policeman’s uniform on short notice, and the ultimate disposition of one very strange goat.

Andy Samberg in a pool floatie

A high five.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Sage Young, Shelly Brisbin and James Thomson


526

The Years Have Pants

Comic Book Club

Want to pick up a comic book or graphic novel and don’t know where to start? Our panel has a bunch of very different ideas for you to choose from! We’ve made a list of nearly two dozen for you to try—all available in collections, all ready to pick up without knowing anything about history or backstory or continuity or anything.

Jason Snell with Chip Sudderth, David J. Loehr, Lisa Schmeiser, John McCoy and Nathan Alderman


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