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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.

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.

Location:

Austin, TX

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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.

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

599: Have You Tried This Arrow?

1/28/2022
It’s time to channel that Tired Dad Energy, because we’re going to discuss Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” bro. Kate Bishop! Yelena! Echo! Surprise cameos, including one by an owl! It’s a TV series nobody watching “The Avengers” would have ever wanted, yet a worn and exasperated Jeremy Renner as the mentor to a young woman with strong archery skills ends up being a delightful holiday adventure. Jason Snell with Cicero Holmes, Dan Moren, Chip Sudderth and Lisa Schmeiser.

Duration:01:16:48

598: Tropiest of Spaghetti Westerns

1/21/2022
We’ve rounded up a posse and are saddling up to discuss the Netflix original film “The Harder They Fall,” a revisionist western starring Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, and Regina King. This movie is more ornery than a pole cat with a hangnail! We ride at noon! Cicero Holmes with Nathan Alderman and Shareef Jackson.

Duration:01:05:41

597: Get Me Pictures of Seven Spider-Men!

1/15/2022
Get your college applications ready and prepare to gross out about organic web shooters—it’s time for us to discuss “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the conclusion of Tom Holland’s origin trilogy as the web-slinging hero… and a surprisingly substantial follow-up to five other Spider-Man movies, too. It’s “Spider-Man: Endgame,” and with great podcasts, there must also come great responsibility… to talk about Spider-Man. Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Chip Sudderth and Kelly Guimont.

Duration:01:05:38

596: Tom Bombadilification

1/8/2022
More than three decades since the Wheel of Time book series began, it’s arrived as a TV series on Prime Video. We discuss the first season with the help of our resident Wheel of Time book expert and three non-book-readers. How much is or isn’t it the “next Game of Thrones?” Why would it need to be be? And how does a book series that was wildly progressive for the 1990s approach a modern audience? Moisés Chiullan with Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa and Kathy Campbell.

Duration:01:31:21

595: I Didn't Have a Tab - The Best of 2021

1/1/2022
Hot dog! It’s time for our annual look back at the year gone by. And it was certainly a year! Some of us caught up on stuff, while others who usually abandon their lists as winter turns to spring decided not to bother making lists at all! As is traditional, our panelists and listeners pick favorite Incomparable episodes and moments in this episode. Did the best moment of the year happen in last year’s clip show? Are there multiple clip loops running now? Has The Incomparable finally ground...

Duration:01:54:20

594: Money in His Underwear

12/24/2021
Merry Kilmas to all who celebrate the works of Val Kilmer! This year, our Kilmas selection is “The Saint,” a very 90s spy movie featuring surprise sweater reveals, tension-free water pipe escapes, and a wide collection of accents, wigs, and pseudonyms—all from Val Kilmer, of course. Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Jean MacDonald and Moisés Chiullan.

Duration:01:07:38

593: The Beatles Need Me!

12/18/2021
We watched all eight hours of the Disney+ documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” and now we’re going to talk about it. Toast, vests, London Bobbies sucking on their chin straps, Debbie the receptionist, Paul as “second boss”, Yoko’s knitting, George Harrison’s pinstripes, and most importantly, the amazing view of a bunch of musical geniuses having a very difficult time creating anything at all. Jason Snell with Steven Schapansky, Monty Ashley, Guy English and Amy Gruber.

Duration:01:33:15

592: A Glorious Mess

12/12/2021
Grab your Tamagotchi Baby Monitor, because it’s time to discuss “Doctor Who: Flux,” a six-episode season that had a lot of plot, a lot of characters, and a lot of questions, many of them unanswered! We discuss what worked this season and what didn’t, anticipate the 2022 run of specials to end Jodie Whitaker’s era, and ponder what Modern Doctor Who looks like when Russell T Davies takes over the show (again) in 2023. Jason Snell with Steven Schapansky, Erika Ensign, James Thomson and Antony...

Duration:01:34:03

591: That Poor Pie

12/5/2021
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. Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Quinn Rose and Chip Sudderth.

Duration:01:19:49

590: The Car Explodes In Midair

11/21/2021
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....

Duration:00:58:27

589: Sometimes Beige Is Beautiful

11/14/2021
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. Jason Snell with John Siracusa,...

Duration:01:27:55

588: All These Different Jackets

11/8/2021
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...

Duration:01:27:25

587: Is Dracula the Frankenstein?

10/31/2021
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. Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz,...

Duration:01:18:15

586: Discotheques in Disused Churches

10/24/2021
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.] Jason Snell with Myke Hurley, Kelly Guimont, James Thomson and Dan Moren.

Duration:01:25:14

585: Remember the Soup

10/16/2021
Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss two final 2021 Best Novel nominees, “Harrow the Ninth” and “The Relentless Moon.” We also discuss all the Hugo Award nominees for short fiction, rank the books, and recommend some books we’ve been reading lately! Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign and Aleen Simms.

Duration:01:24:01

584: Window and Chill

10/11/2021
Old Movie Club likes to watch… old movies. And these are old movies about the price and perils of watching (and listening). We view the Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” and visit the smelly, greasy, fuzzy ’70s film for “The Conversation.” Also, we call back to the Summer of Spielberg with a discussion of how Francis Ford Coppola’s career making art films like “The Conversation” was derailed by fantastic commercial success. Jason Snell with Dr. Drang, Philip Michaels, Dan Moren, Erika Ensign...

Duration:01:21:14

583: Could They Reboot 'Supernatural'?

10/2/2021
In this flash episode we discuss the head-scratching news from two of our favorite franchises, as the prodigal showrunners have returned! First it’s the news that Russell T Davies, who brought “Doctor Who” back in 2005, is reuniting with his producers from that era to produce and write the show. Then came the announcement that J. Michael Straczynski has been contracted with The CW to write a pilot for a rebooted “Babylon 5.” Can you go home again? Will they play the hits or strike out in new...

Duration:01:01:42

582: We Have All Ridden Buses

9/25/2021
Get out your bus ticket and get ready to go live on the Internet, because it’s time to talk “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Marvel returns exclusively to theaters, and so do we, as we discuss Tony Leung, the dangers of deferred maintenance on articulated buses, hanging a lantern on a dragon, and the emotional weight of a single arrow. Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Kelly Guimont and David J. Loehr.

Duration:01:09:54

581: Bad Dad, Cellphone Dad

9/19/2021
Arr, matey! Not only be it days from the equinox, but it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. What better time to wrap up the Summer of Spielberg with “Hook,” a (misguided?) Peter Pan sequel starring Robin Williams as Peter, Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, and Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, all gallivanting around a very crowded and overlit stage-set version of Neverland. We discuss the movie’s appeal to early-nineties kids, Spielberg’s commercial sensibility as a director, and the film’s...

Duration:01:25:00

580: We're Gonna Be Good CEOs

9/12/2021
As we prepare to exit the Summer of Spielberg, things have taken a bit of a turn. We’ve taken out our surgical tools to diagnose just what went wrong with “Ready Player One,” in which a director who is much more interested in movies than video games and who himself deeply influenced 80s culture is put in charge of a too-faithful adaptation of a book about video games and 80s culture. We spent a lot of our time imagining a much better movie that could have been made instead of this one. Jason...

Duration:01:31:46