The Incomparable Mothership is the flagship of the Incomparable podcast network. It’s all about geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, and more, featuring a rotating panel of guests and hosted by Jason Snell and friends.
Alien Donut Lady
2022 Awards Book Club concludes with three Hugo-nominated novels: Andy Weir’s deep-space problem-solver “Project Hail Mary”; Shelley Parker Chan’s historical epic “She Who Became the Sun”; and Ryka Aoki’s alien-and-demon-packed “Light from Uncommon Stars.” Also, Erika and Jason highlight some of their favorite short-fiction Hugo nominees....
Who Will Speak For Fish Police?
From Duckman to Dicktown, this week we’re covering cartoons… for grown-ups. These animated series have an adult sensibility, and they don’t all feature obscenity, graphic violence, or sexual acts… though some do! Shows like The Legend of Vox Machina, Harley Quinn, Hit Monkey, and Invincible have an adult audience clearly or primarily in mind, while others, like Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law or The Tick require a deep well of cultural references that might leave children (and many adults) baffled. We discuss the overall trend, highlight shows past and present we love, and puzzle out how some shows (good and...
Mars Monkey Dance Number
Rocket Surgery takes a time machine back to 1930 for “Just Imagine,” a visionary view of the far future of 1980 that’s three movies in one—and feels like it. Then we jump to the real 1980 where, instead of evil martian twins, we find “Flash Gordon,” quarterback, New York Jets....
Group Therapy for One Guy
Moon Knight—the butt of a thousand jokes on this very network who improbably made the Sweet Sixteen of our infamous Summer Superhero Spectacular—got his own limited series on Disney+. We talk about the Oscar Isaac of it all, the loving attention to modern Egypt, whether the show is well served by its near-total disconnection to the MCU, and how it might have held up as a ’90s syndicated actioner. (Think “Relic Hunter” production values. You can see it, can’t you?)...
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....
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.