The Incomparable

by Jason Snell

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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289: It's Not "Hamilton"

Album Draft, part 2 - Our draft of favorite albums concludes! Opera, classical, and show tunes are heard from, amid the squalls of electric guitars. Also, we lose our Canadian government funding. But you’re sure to find (or rediscover) some music of interest! (Part 2 of 2.)

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Antony Johnston, Steve Lutz, David J. Loehr and Andy Ihnatko.

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Posted on 27 February 2016 | 5:19 pm

288: I Wish I Was Back in Norway

Album Draft, part 1 - And now for something completely different: A draft of our favorite albums. Live from that metaphorical desert island, we select some favorite collections of music for you to listen to again and again—or to discover for the very first time. (Part 1 of 2.)

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Antony Johnston, Steve Lutz, Andy Ihnatko and David J. Loehr.

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Posted on 20 February 2016 | 6:35 pm

287: Hole Farmers

Star Trek TMP and V - What does God need with a starship? We take a look at the two most (justly) maligned films starring the original “Star Trek” cast, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.” What do these two films have in common? Do they have any redeeming qualities? We watched them so you didn’t have to, because we need our pain!

Host Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, David J. Loehr, Glenn Fleishman, Chip Sudderth, Andy Ihnatko and Monty Ashley.

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Posted on 13 February 2016 | 5:00 pm

286: No One in a Powdered Wig is Scrappy

"Hamilton", the musical - It’s taking the culture by storm, the biggest Broadway musical in years—and it’s about… the first U.S. secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton? It seems unlikely, but nothing about the “Hamilton” story is likely. Lin-Manuel Miranda took the biography of a lesser-known early American figure and turned it into a story full of catchy songs and social commentary, including the rapid-fire hip-hop lyrics and the casting of non-white actors in most of the parts. Four of our “Hamilton”-mad panelists discuss the appeal of the show and why it works so incredibly well. (This we’ve also launched an entire podcast devoted to “Hamilton”, so if you want to hear various panels discuss the show song by song, you may want to subscribe to that, too.) Piano intro and outro music from Hamilton played by Christopher Breen.

Host Jason Snell with Serenity Caldwell, Monty Ashley, David J. Loehr and Chip Sudderth.

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Posted on 6 February 2016 | 7:54 pm

285: The Answer is One Elephant

Ms. Marvel - In this edition of Comic Book Club, we discuss one of Marvel’s newest heroes, Kamala Khan, the star of G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s “Ms. Marvel.” She’s a Muslim from New Jersey, so in some ways she’s a very different kind of Marvel super hero, but she’s also a tortured teen trying to come to terms with her identity—so in other ways, she’s very much the model of a Marvel super hero. Plus: What are we reading?

Host Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Shannon Sudderth, Aleen Simms and Tony Sindelar.

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Posted on 30 January 2016 | 7:15 pm

284: She Scullys Herself

The X-Files - Just as “The X-Files” is revived for a limited-run miniseries, we take time to look back at this classic TV series from the 90s. (With gorgeous new HDTV versions available on Netflix!) We discuss some classic episodes, the dynamic between Scully and Mulder that really made the show work, and a whole lot more. The truth is in here—you just have to want to believe.

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, John Siracusa and David J. Loehr.

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Posted on 24 January 2016 | 12:57 am

283: The Stars Look Very Different Today

Remembering David Bowie - We celebrate the amazing life and career of David Bowie, from his stunningly varied music career (yes, including those collaborations with Queen, Mick Jagger, and Bing Crosby) to his film and theater roles. (And between Major Tom and the Spiders From Mars, who was more sci-fi than Bowie?)

Host Antony Johnston with Erika Ensign, Dr. Drang and David J. Loehr.

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Posted on 17 January 2016 | 3:00 am

282: Head Clara

"Doctor Who" series 9 wrap-up - Jump in your TARDIS, visit the Space Lions, and get prepared for a 24-year-long night! This week our panel takes on the recently-concluded ninth series of “Doctor Who.” How does this season measure up to the previous ones? Was the more character-focused conclusion a good change of pace? How did Missy, Ashildr, and Clara make things feel a bit different? And how well did the show handle the moment when Clara faced the raven? This episode is bigger on the inside.

Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, Steven Schapansky and David J. Loehr.

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Posted on 9 January 2016 | 7:57 pm

281: I Love a Lot of Awful People - The Best of 2015

The Best of 2015 - In this year-end review episode, our panelists discuss their favorite bits of entertainment from 2015. When that’s done, we review the top moments from The Incomparable in 2015, complete with clips—and a mysterious visitor.

Host Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Erika Ensign, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Glenn Fleishman and Monty Ashley.

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Posted on 2 January 2016 | 7:25 pm