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A weekly show about geeky cultural topics in numerous media, including books, comics, movies, and TV. Host Jason Snell talks with with regular guests like Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren, Serenity Caldwell, Jason Brightman, Lisa Schmeiser, Scott McNulty, John Siracusa.

A weekly show about geeky cultural topics in numerous media, including books, comics, movies, and TV. Host Jason Snell talks with with regular guests like Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren, Serenity Caldwell, Jason Brightman, Lisa Schmeiser, Scott McNulty, John Siracusa.
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Austin, TX

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A weekly show about geeky cultural topics in numerous media, including books, comics, movies, and TV. Host Jason Snell talks with with regular guests like Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren, Serenity Caldwell, Jason Brightman, Lisa Schmeiser, Scott McNulty, John Siracusa.

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5by5 Broadcasting 5114 Balcones Woods Drive Suite 307-292 Austin, TX 78759-5273


Episodes

442: Sword is Definitely a Personality

1/19/2019
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"Cowboy Bebop" - We convene a special panel of anime mavens to discuss the iconic series “Cowboy Bebop.” Why has this series made such an impression? We cover all the best characters, episodes, and moments. Host Tony Sindelar with Dan Moren, Moisés Chiullan, Aleen Simms, John Siracusa and Joe Rosensteel.

Duration:01:25:05

441: Evil Dukes Are the Worst

1/13/2019
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Book-to-TV-series pitch session - In this era of peak TV, with more than 500 scripted English-language series on the agenda for 2019, what better time for our very well-read panel to suggest books and book series they’d like to see turned into new TV shows? If you’re a TV producer, you’d better act fast—since we recorded this episode, one of our picks has already been announced as a new project! If you’re not a TV producer, consider this a great reading list of books that you’ll like so much...

Duration:01:13:01

440: Full Disclosure - The Best of 2018

1/6/2019
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The best stuff of 2018, plus clip show - Happy New Year! We take this opportunity to look back at 2018, as a collection of panelists shares some of their favorite works from the past year. Then a second group discusses their favorite Incomparable (and related podcast) moments and we play some classic audio clips. Host Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Monty Ashley, David J. Loehr, Antony Johnston, Dan Moren, Chip Sudderth, Erika Ensign and Steve Lutz.

Duration:02:41:07

439: Dad Bod Spider-Man

12/31/2018
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"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" - We all suspected Sony’s new animated Spider-Man movie would be a slapdash cash grab. Instead, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is one of the best animated movies of this or any other year, with great characters, an exciting story, and a mind-boggling visual style that changes the game for animation and superhero movies alike. We come in praise of Miles Morales, Peter B. Parker, and all the other spiders who populate this delightful gift of a film....

Duration:01:01:48

438: There's a World of Biscuits

12/23/2018
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"Doctor Who" series 11 - The latest “Doctor Who” season—and the first featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and Chris Chibnall as showrunner—is now in the books. In this episode we bring Doctor Who podcasters, experts, and fans to discuss what worked about the new season, what didn’t, and what our hopes are for the next series when the show returns in (gasp) 2020. Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Alyssa Franke, Jean MacDonald, Steven Schapansky, Chip Sudderth and James Thomson.

Duration:01:26:48

437: Whale Logistics Movie

12/16/2018
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"Star Trek IV" - In this holiday season, what could be more emblematic of the spirit of Peace on Earth (of the past) and Goodwill toward men (who aren’t whalers or aquarium directors) than 1986’s “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”? We celebrate “the one with the whales”, an enjoyable romp through 1980s San Francisco that also features a soundtrack that sounds like a Christmas carol, nuclear wessels with terrible security practices, and Admiral Kirk’s to-go pizza box. Host Jason Snell with Tony...

Duration:01:28:37

436: Most Important Chimpanzee

12/8/2018
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"Planet of the Apes" - Consult the lawgiver’s scrolls and watch out for talking dolls! It’s a madhouse! A madhouse! And also, the 50th anniversary of “Planet of the Apes.” Join us as we explore the world of spaceman Taylor (Charlton Heston) and his long journey through an empty desert into a land populated by officious orangutans, plucky chimpanzee scientists, and wry yet violent gorillas. Does it hold up? Why did such a dark vision generate kids’ lunch boxes and multiple sequels and...

Duration:01:06:22

435: Fun Facts!

12/2/2018
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Board Game Draft II - Break the shrink wrap and lift off the lid! It’s time to get together with friends and family to play some games. In this second Incomparable Board Game Draft, we’re allowing all sorts of tabletop (non-roleplaying) games. The result: 21 more games you might want to consider playing this holiday season—some classics, some brand new. Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Dan Moren, Quinn Rose, Tony Sindelar, Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton.

Duration:01:24:03

434: All Wormholes Go to Heaven

11/24/2018
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Rocket Surgery: "The Black Hole" - Jason chose Disney’s “The Black Hole” for this edition of Rocket Surgery, and after viewing it, he’s pretty confident in his decision. But there is dissention in the ranks! Some panelists will stick up for Disney’s strange 1979 horror-as-sci-fi film, which features ranting scientists, robot ESP, laser contests, a giant rolling gumball on fire, a down-home robot prospector, and one hell of a chandelier. Oh, and did we mention there’s a black hole? Host Jason...

Duration:01:15:37

433: You Like Garbage

11/18/2018
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Thanksgiving dinner draft - Gather ‘round the dinner table and prepare to partake in an amazing feast produced by your podcast pals. To celebrate Thanksgiving we’re drafting an entire meal, dish by dish. Kathy reveals her hands-off approach to Thanksgiving dinner. Phil has follow-up questions. Monty has a plan for immortality. Moisés implores you not to eat the Bay Leaf. And once we’re all full, Brian will bring you coffee. Pull up a chair! Host Jason Snell with Kathy Campbell, Tiffany...

Duration:00:59:06

432: It's Called a Ballute

11/10/2018
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"2010: The Year We Make Contact" - Last week, we tackled the cinema classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” This week, we look at its sequel, 1984’s “2010: The Year We Make Contact.” There’s no denying it—this movie carries a heavy burden, and tries to explain a lot of things that fans of the original film didn’t need to have explained. And yet, at its core is a smart, entertaining mid-80s sci-fi movie with a great cast, some kitchen dolphins, and a few questionable Russian accents. Listening to...

Duration:01:43:06

431: Overture and Apes

11/3/2018
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"2001: A Space Odyssey" - Pick up a femur, order a moon sandwich, and always remember to bring your space helmet with you! On its 50th anniversary, we’re discussing Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” What is the Monolith’s purpose? When and why does HAL become murderous? And why is there so much solarized stock footage of landscapes? Watch out for cheetahs! Host Jason Snell with John Gruber, John Siracusa, Philip Michaels, Moisés Chiullan and Dr. Drang.

Duration:01:57:16

430: We're the Magnificent Seven

10/28/2018
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Film score draft. - Sit back and let our panelists take you into the world of movie music, as we draft our favorite film scores. (Songs with lyrics not eligible!) Who is this John Williams guy and why is he hogging the limelight? If James Horner’s scores all sound the same, why do we keep picking them? This is one episode that wasn’t overproduced by Hans Zimmer. Host Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Dan Moren, Joe Rosensteel, Kathy Campbell, Moisés Chiullan and David J. Loehr.

Duration:01:33:38

429: A Juicer For People

10/20/2018
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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 3 - Well, gosh! Our slow walk through all seven seasons of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” reaches season three, full of extra slayers and friendly-but-demonic mayors and all the hallmarks of your senior year in high school. Is Faith a good addition or does she disappoint? Does Xander continue to stink or does he grow up? Was the introduction of Anya (and the vampire version of Willow) all we could wish for? Did the WB network demand all of the romance and...

Duration:01:36:05

428: Sour and Smells Like Feet

10/13/2018
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The second beer episode. - Two years ago we drank beer on a podcast and talked about it, and wouldn’t you know it, we’re back for more beer! The Incomparable’s Oktoberfest returns with five polarizing beers chosen by listener (and Almanac Brewing co-founder) Jesse Friedman and mailed to all of our houses. We open them and drink them on air—in stereo, just like the flavor of a hazy IPA! Will we finally understand why people line up to drink Pliny the Elder? Who put coconut in our stout again?...

Duration:01:09:34

427: A Lot of Rocket Metaphors

10/6/2018
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Mary Robinette Kowal's "Lady Astronaut" novels - This summer we devoured two novels by Mary Robinette Kowal, “The Calculating Stars” and “The Fated Sky.” They’re both exciting tales of space exploration, with well-rounded characters having to navigate challenges both external and internal, cultural and scientific, personal and global. They’re set in an alternate timeline where the Space Race we know happened quite a bit differently, and at the center is the world-famous Lady Astronaut, Elma...

Duration:01:14:07

426: Up to the Puppies

9/29/2018
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Rocket Surgery: "Equilibrium". - After “The Matrix” was a hit, we got the inevitable plague of Matrix-like tales of ultraviolent dark pop philosophy. Of these, 2002’s “Equilibrium”… was one. At the pleading of Dan Moren, our Rocket Surgery team disassembles this tale of totalitarianism and gun-based martial arts starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, and Sean Bean. It’s a movie that thinks it’s very, very smart when it’s actually really dumb. Be sure to take your Prozium, or the...

Duration:01:26:59

425: Congratulations! You're Dead in Space

9/22/2018
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"Dark City." - Look, the ’90s was a dark time, okay? A year before “The Matrix” there was another film about identity and memory and the meaning of reality, cloaked in noir tropes and gunfire and mind-blowing revelations. It’s 1998’s “Dark City”, directed by Alex Proyas and starring Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, and a heavy-breathing Kiefer Sutherland. This is a film that was a favorite of both Roger Ebert and European video pirates. Why is Kiefer Sutherland the only being...

Duration:01:40:26

424: Never Not Wolves

9/15/2018
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"Princess Mononoke" - Grab your crystal dagger and leave your village forever! It’s time to discuss our latest Miyazaki movie, as selected by John Siracusa: 1997’s “Princess Mononoke.” We lend a certain ugly dignity to the proceedings by discussing this medieval fantasy tale featuring wolf gods, disgusting pig spirits, and the occasional cartoon beheading. Stand away from the leper holes! Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Merlin Mann and Aleen Simms.

Duration:01:35:43

423: Weird Alien Jiminy Cricket

9/8/2018
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"The Expanse" season 3 - Thanks to Amazon, this most recent season of “The Expanse” won’t be the last! The show has been saved, and it’s a good thing, because we really enjoyed season 3. In this episode, we discuss how the show’s producers made some clever diversions from their source material, space spies, hallucinatory cops with hallucinatory hats, David Strathairn’s amazing Belter accent, amoral fathers and the rage-monster daughters who love them, and the plethora of stolen spaceships...

Duration:01:09:44