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.
That Poor Pie
We discuss Marvel’s weird and epic “Eternals,” which breaks a lot of Marvel-movie conventions while attempting to tell a different kind of story with a whole lot of new characters. It’s full of interesting choices, some of which pay off, while others end up amounting to not very much....
The Car Explodes In Midair
We’ve gathered the family around the table to celebrate F’sgiving, a thing we just made up in which we care enough to watch a film featuring F. Murray Abraham. In this case it’s “Last Action Hero,” a movie that Wikipedia claims is a cult classic. We don’t know about that, but it certainly is unjustly maligned. This is a big, loud action movie that is also a parody and celebration of big, loud action movies. Sure, it’s got its flaws—we’re looking at you, kid—but there’s a whole lot to like....
Sometimes Beige Is Beautiful
Put on your stillsuit and prepare your sand compactor. We’re venturing out into the uncharted deserts of Arrakis with “Dune,” Denis Villeneuve’s cinematic take on the oft-filmed Frank Herbert novel. We do some comparing and contrasting with David Lynch’s version, question whether this adaptation is for fans for for people who know nothing about “Dune”, and basically stare at a bunch of big spaceships hanging in the air. Denis Villeneuve knows what we like....
All These Different Jackets
Buy those bongos and make it a 30-piece drum set, because legendary one-season wonder “Freaks and Geeks” is finally available to stream. This is an amazing show with a fantastic cast about a bunch of geeks and burnouts in Michigan in the early 1980s. It’s a sweet and funny and awkward and painful story about growing up and trying to figure out who you are, while everyone else in the world wants to label you and make sure you never forget your label. We discuss our favorite ancillary characters, the richness of the world of “Freaks and Geeks”, and how...
Is Dracula the Frankenstein?
Just in time for Halloween, our mega-sized Old Movie Club meets up in a spooky haunted house to discuss two horror-comedies that honor their source material more than you might think — it’s 1948’s “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and 1974’s “Young Frankenstein.” We learn that werewolves can fly, quoting film dialogue on the playground can be cruel, and in the end it turns out that none of us are the doctor—we’re the monster....
Discotheques in Disused Churches
We return to “Ted Lasso” to discuss the second season of the Apple TV+ comedy-become-dramedy, with an increased view into mental health, questions of relationship power dynamics, the power of Rom-Communism and Holiday Specials, and much more. [The original version had two minutes of weird audio at 18:30. You can press “forward 30 seconds” four times, or delete the file and re-download.]...
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.
PERFECT GEEK MIX
I have been looking for a geeky podcast for AGES!!!! This podcast has variety, humor, fun panelists , and great topics! I ESPECIALLY LOVE the episodes where they propose their ideas for movies like the “if all movies were muppet movies” episode! PLEASE NEVER STOP MAKING THESE KINDS I LOVE THEM❤️❤️
Jason, host of the Incomparable podcast, highlights all aspects of good books, TV and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!