The Incomparable is all about geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, and more, featuring a rotating panel of guests and hosted by Jason Snell.
Bad Decision Theater
Our Book Club continues its walk through the Hugo and Nebula nominees for Best Novel with three books, “The Galaxy and the Ground Within” by Becky Chambers, “A Master of Djinn” by P. Djèlí Clark, and “The Unbroken” by C.L. Clark....
People-Positive Management Style
What do you get when you blend historical fiction, pirates and Taika Waititi? You get “Our Flag Means Death,” an ensemble romantic comedy featuring both ship battles and biting insults....
Eternal Spotlight of the Sunless Mind
Step into this elevator and leave your personal biographical memories behind… Welcome, Listener I., you’re now part of Lumen, a Very Friendly Company that always has your best interests at heart. We discuss the Apple TV+ series “Severance,” and try to explain why you should watch it, what shows it resembles, and just how much we liked the twists and turns of its first season....
Put on your toque and be sure you’ve got your 4*Town tickets—we’re here to discuss Pixar’s “Turning Red,” a delightful coming-of-age movie about a Chinese-Canadian girl whose body is undergoing some telltale adolescent changes—you know, becoming interested in boys, rebelling against her parents, and transforming into a giant fuzzy red panda. The usual....
YABM: Yet Another Batman Movie
Our panel of caped crusaders assemble to dissect 2022’s “The Batman.” The last thing we may have needed was another Batman movie, especially the grimmest, darkest, and longest one ever… but what if we actually liked it? We take apart the new approaches to classic batman stories, Robert Pattinson’s performance, souped-up batmobiles, and Gotham’s weather patterns....
Distributed Disinterested Dystopia
Our annual shortlist book club is back! We read two novels that were nominated for Best Novel in the Nebula Awards! SB Divya’s “Machinehood” is a near-future story of gig workers, weak AI servants, and rebellious space stations. Jason Sanford’s “Plague Birds” is a post-apocalyptic story about strong AIs and gene-altered people that’s so far in the future that it feels almost like fantasy. Plus: We recommend other books we’ve enjoyed recently!...
Great show: expunge the word “like”
Love this show, the host and guests; however, the use of “like” as every third word is fatiguing. I suppose this is how people talk today, but at this point, it’d be great to expunge “like” from our vocabulary (even when it’s appropriate)
Eh. It’s ok.
Quality of episodes depends on which guests are on. Some guests are good, like Antony Johnston, and others are awful.
It gets too woke at times. Attempts to cram feminism or pick your woke topic into conversations has left me rolling my eyes and deleting shows too often. Whether it’s lobbying for Hercules to be pansexual or counting the number of women in Batman Begins you can see where some conversations go.
Also yeah the girl who cannot like um speak you know like yeah without um and uh like needs to go you know like yeah.
Can’t recommend enough.
Even when they cover topics I couldn’t possibly care less about (Dr. Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) I thoroughly enjoy every single episode on the Incomparable. Jason Snell is the podcast world’s best host/moderator and that’s important when he has so many guests on at once in his weekly roundtable discussions.
And that’s what I love about this podcast: Jason and his rotating cast of guests. No matter who he has on any particular episode, every one of them express themselves thoughtfully, intelligently, and with humor and kindness. I get the sense they all genuinely enjoy one another and love celebrating the various corners of nerd culture together. They have, in turn, introduced me to a variety of movies, books, comics and video games I may never have tried were it not for their thoughtful passion for these genres. (And yes, I’m willing to give Dr. Who and Buffy a try because of the Incomparable.
As a self-employed father of three with very little time to talk about Hayao Miazaki, Spielberg movies, or the newest SF books with a group of friends every week, I look forward to new episodes with great interest. My favorite podcast out of all my favorite podcasts.