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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The Battle of Control-V

Engage! Season one of “Star Trek: Picard” is in the books, and so now it’s time to break it all down. Is Data’s death the overriding theme of the season? Does Picard’s final destination live up to the set-up? How did Hugh and Seven fare? Were the other visits from past cast members cheesy or good? How cool are Romulan warrior nuns? Who’s your favorite synth? And can storytelling ever be described as “lumpy?”

Jason Snell with James Thomson, Jean MacDonald, Cicero Holmes, Anže Tomić and Erika Ensign


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But Who Would That Woman Be?

By the end of this episode we will sell several copies of “The Three E.P.s” by The Beta Band. It’s time to put on that horrible Cosby sweater and rearrange your record collection autobiographically. On the 20th anniversary of its release, we’re here to discuss one of our All-Time Top 5 movies featuring Lisa Bonet coming alive like Frampton, “High Fidelity.” Based on Nick Hornby’s novel, this film stars John Cusack as a bad boyfriend with a glimmer of hope at finding a clue, features a career-making performance from Jack Black as a gatekeeper fan with a surprising singing voice, and still resonates with us after two decades.

Jason Snell with Kelly Guimont, Andy Ihnatko and Moisés Chiullan


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Pandemic Bonus: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” commentary track

In the interest of keeping you entertained if you’re locked indoors, here’s a full-length commentary track for one of our favorite movies, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” recorded in 2017. Play this commentary, press play on the movie when we tell you to, and it’ll be like you’re watching the movie with a bunch of friends!

Note: You have to play it at 1x speed and with all silence-shortening features turned off on your podcast player or it won’t stay synced.

(If you’re in the UK or elsewhere that has a sped-up PAL version of the movie, you can listen to the re-timed version of our commentary.)

This track was originally made as a special for Incomparable members. We’ve done a bunch more since. If you’d like access to every members special we’ve ever done, consider becoming a member!

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr


507

No More Death Stars

The Skywalker Saga is over—so what’s next for “Star Wars”? This week we’re suggesting potential directions for the franchise to go, on both the big and small screens. What kinds of movies should come next? Is Disney+ a development platform or the next big thing? Our team of franchise fans has no fiduciary responsibility and plenty of ideas!

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Kelly Guimont and Monty Ashley


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Pandemic Bonus: “Star Wars” commentary track

In the interest of keeping you entertained if you’re locked indoors, here’s a full-length commentary track for one of our favorite movies, the original “Star Wars,” recorded in 2018. Play this commentary, press play on the movie when we tell you to, and it’ll be like you’re watching the movie with a bunch of friends!

Note: You have to play it at 1x speed and with all silence-shortening features turned off on your podcast player or it won’t stay synced.

This version has been edited to match the runtime of the Special Edition cut of “Star Wars”, which is the version you’ll find on DVD, iTunes, and Disney+.

(We actually watched the “despecialized” edition that matches the original 1977 version of this film, and you can find that version of our commentary track here. If you’re in the UK or elsewhere that has a sped-up PAL version of the movie, you can listen to re-timed versions of our commentary for PAL special edition and PAL despecialized.)

This track was originally made as a special for Incomparable members. We’ve done a bunch more since. If you’d like access to every members special we’ve ever done, become a member!

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren, Kelly Guimont, Monty Ashley and Shannon Sudderth


506

Hold My Infinite Beers

This week we review the just-completed season of “Doctor Who.” It’s the second year for showrunner Chris Chibnall and star Jodie Whittaker, and this one felt like a real return to form after a tentative set of episodes in 2018. What do we make of the show’s canon-altering revelations? Which episodes were good and which ones were stinkers? How do you make the Cybermen interesting? How’s the fam holding up? Curl up in a haunted house—or just go sit on a lounge chair for three hours—and listen to this episode, followed by the Master’s TED Talk.

Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, Steven Schapansky, Jean MacDonald and Helene Wecker


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It’s Always Overcast In Berlin

“Counterpart” is one of the best TV series in recent years, and in the U.S. it’s finally available in its entirety on Amazon Prime Video. In this episode, we generally discuss why this show is great and you should watch it, and then after the Spoiler Horn we dive in to discuss the show’s second and final season, how the world(s) come to be, and the meaning of the show’s final scenes.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Dan Moren and Moisés Chiullan


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Bullied by Local Toughs and Snails

We love NBC’s “The Good Place” so much, we couldn’t restrain ourselves to a single episode about its final season. Straight from The Medium Place, another group of Incomparable panelists wrap up The Good Place’s four-season run by walking through each season and reminiscing about the characters’ arcs. Plus, how well was the final season paced? Did we need more time to say goodbye to Team Cockroach?

Moisés Chiullan with Aleen Simms, Javier Matusevich and Kelly Guimont


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God Is a Job Nobody Wants

NBC’s “The Good Place” recently completed its fourth and final season. We send off this instant television classic with a discussion of its view of the afterlife, philosophy, and dumb jokes. Did the final season’s shift in perspective work? Did the final episode provide the closure we wanted? Shut up, Glenn!

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Glenn Fleishman, Sarah Gardner and Kathy Campbell


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He’ll Always Be Goldballs To Me

Comic Book Club

Make more mutants! Comic Book Club re-forms to discuss “House of X”/”Powers of X”, a paired set of comics miniseries that are an exciting new take on the X-Men. If you’re an old-school mutant fan who has been out of the business for years (like Jason), these 12 issues are a great read. They’re all available in a single collection, and the issues are also now rolling out weekly on Marvel Unlimited, so there are plenty of ways to partake. We discuss the politics of mutant separatism, the wisdom of backing up souls to a hard drive, the difference between Xavier and MLK, the many lives of Moira MacTaggart and how they free us from the burden of continuity, and much more. Finally, Moisés advises us on what to read among the follow-up series that were released in the wake of this book.

Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan and Sarah Gardner


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The Kickstarter of Space Exploration

Book Club

Climb aboard your spaceship and prepare your skin to be sparkly, because we’re discussing “To Be Taught, If Fortunate,” a novella from Becky Chambers, a writer we enjoy quite a lot. This is a story about science, adventure, sacrifice, and the difficulty of being away from home for a very, very long time. An interesting crew of characters explores strange, new worlds—while trying to fit in biologically. Sometimes it goes really well, and other times it doesn’t. Also: What are we reading?

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Aleen Simms, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr


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