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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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English

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


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366: Spoon!

8/13/2017
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"The Tick." - Destiny has her hand on our backs, and she’s pushing! That’s why we’re talking about The Tick, Ben Edlund’s hilarious superhero satire, in all its forms. From the original comics to the groundbreaking animated series to the 2000s live-action series to the all-new series premiering on Amazon Prime Video this month, we’ll cover it all. The night is young and we have umbrellas in our drinks. Evildoers, eat our justice! Host Jason Snell with Glenn Fleishman and Tony Sindelar.

Duration: 01:07:08


365: Humour With a U in It

8/6/2017
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TV Hall of Fame Draft, Part 2 - We return to our first wave of inductees into The Incomparable’s Television Hall of Fame, as we enshrine 10 more series that our panelists consider among the greatest of all time. This second batch spans seven decades and includes sketch comedy, animation, sitcoms, dramas, and even a show that premiered less than a year ago. [Part two of two.] Host Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Dan Moren, Dr. Drang, John Siracusa, Erika Ensign, Andy Ihnatko, Moisés...

Duration: 01:08:55


364: The Show of Theseus

7/30/2017
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TV Hall of Fame Draft, Part 1 - Using our authority as a podcast about popular culture, The Incomparable has established a new Television Hall of Fame. Enshrined within will be the greatest TV series of all time, as chosen by a panel of 10 Incomparable experts in draft format. New inductees include shows created across six decades, and in every conceivable genre. [Part one of two.] Host Jason Snell with Glenn Fleishman, David J. Loehr, Moisés Chiullan, Andy Ihnatko, Erika Ensign, John...

Duration: 01:09:30


363: From Cold City to Atomic Blonde

7/23/2017
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Antony Johnston's journey from graphic novel to feature film - “Atomic Blonde,” a major motion picture opening this summer, started its life as a graphic novel written by Antony Johnston. In this special episode, Jason and Antony discuss the origin of the graphic novel “The Coldest City”, why some stories fit better as graphic novels rather than serialized comics, the value of taking some time to indulge passion projects, the process of having Hollywood option your story, and the choices...

Duration: 01:20:47


362: An Old Man With Wings

7/16/2017
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"Spider-Man: Homecoming" - Despite a lot of trepidation based on previous lackluster film efforts, our panel rushed out to their local cinemas to see “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and came away with a pleasant surprise! They made a good Spider-Man movie! But did Tony Stark save the day, or just get in the way? Does Michael Keaton give a better villain performance than he ever did as a superhero? Did Tom Holland wear the suit, or did the suit (which talks, by the way) wear him? Our very own...

Duration: 01:24:40


361: Things Inside Other Things

7/10/2017
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"Doctor Who" series 10 - The latest season/series of “Doctor Who” is over, and there’s only one last Christmas special to go before Peter Capaldi leaves the role. In this episode, we take a look at the season as a whole, including analysis of the Doctor, Bill, Nardole, and Missy. We pick our favorite episodes and then throw our least-favorites on the bonfire, before turning our attention to idle speculation about where Capaldi’s final episode might take us. Host Jason Snell with Alyssa...

Duration: 01:25:43


360: A Dwarf Named Elwood

7/3/2017
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Rocket Surgery: "Dungeons and Dragons" - Settle back with a bagel or two and get ready for a film that fails to bring all the excitement and world-building of fantasy roleplaying to life! Our brave panelists watch 2000’s “Dungeons & Dragons”, which features dungeons, dragons, a horribly unbalanced party, an infuriating lack of connection to the game, a set of polar-opposite performances by Jeremy Irons and Thora Birch, a six-foot-tall “dwarf”, political theater even more boring than The...

Duration: 01:26:34


359: I Tried to Quit This Book Twice

6/25/2017
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Hugo and Nebula novels 2017 - Looking for a good science fiction or fantasy book to read? Have we got a list for you. Our intrepid panel read all the novels nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards this year—eight in total—and has returned with the results. No spoilers, but we’ll share our feelings about all eight books. With any luck, you’ll come out with one, or four, or eight books to add to your reading list. Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty and Aleen Simms.

Duration: 01:27:08


358: I Kissed Them Both

6/18/2017
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"Life is Strange" - Our video game club is back in session, having played “Life is Strange”, the story of two young women in a town on the Oregon coast who become enmeshed in the town’s surprisingly dark underbelly. Every choice you make and every fact you uncover could completely change the story… or more likely, change the details a little bit. Plus there’s school politics, young love (or not—you decide!), diner food, beached whales, evidence dungeons, and more than a little time travel....

Duration: 01:39:31


357: It's Above Average

6/11/2017
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"Wonder Woman" - “Wonder Woman”, the first female-led superhero movie in ages, has arrived! After praising director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Godot in a pre-spoiler segment, we discuss the necessity of the post-“Batman v. Superman” framing sequence, the choreography of the fight scenes, the innate humanity of Gal Godot’s Diana, how this compares to recent superhero fare, the World War I setting, and maybe even Chris Pine’s watch. Host Erika Ensign with Shannon Sudderth, David J. Loehr,...

Duration: 01:35:04


356: I'm Smart, Not Like Everybody Says

6/4/2017
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"The Godfather Part II", Part Two - Our discussion of “The Godfather Part II” concludes with coverage of the street parade in Little Italy that leads to Vito’s murder of the previous Don, a peculiar congressional hearing, Fredo’s ultimate betrayal, Vito’s revenge, and the widening chasm between the approaches Vito and Michael take to being the head of a crime family. [Part two of two.] Host Jason Snell with Merlin Mann, John Gruber, Moisés Chiullan and John Siracusa.

Duration: 01:24:04


355: What Would Pop Do?

5/29/2017
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"The Godfather Part II", Part One - We take a deep dive into Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part II”, which is really two movies in one. Robert De Niro stars as young Vito Corleone, who comes to America and learns how to become The Godfather. And Al Pacino stars as Michael Corleone, trying to live up to the standard set by his father in the first film. In this episode we talk about its overarching themes, the two-timeframe approach, and the first portion of the film itself,...

Duration: 01:27:45


353: Young Sexy Harry Mudd

5/21/2017
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"Star Trek: Discovery" trailer - The first footage from the new Star Trek series, “Star Trek: Discovery” has arrived, and our crew of Trek fans has assembled to break down the details from the trailer and gauge their expectations. New Klingons! Mysterious alien objects! The potentially doomed crew of the USS Shenzhou! A holographic Sarek (and a lousy childhood on Vulcan)! A creepy alien who senses that death is near! In true Incomparable style, we talk for an hour about 143 seconds of...

Duration: 00:59:53


352: Hold My Space Beer

5/13/2017
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The Guardians of the Galaxy are back, and so we’ve convened our panel of moviegoers to break down the good and bad of “Vol. 2.” Ego’s weird art collection! Yondu’s true status as a Space Dad! Sylvester Stallone being himself! Fighting sisters, deadbeat dads, and Fleetwood Mac. We break it all down, as usual. Host Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Kelly Guimont, Helene Wecker and Chip Sudderth.

Duration: 01:23:42


351: You're Right, Father--Kill All Humans

5/8/2017
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AMC and Channel Four's "Humans" season 2. - Channel Four and AMC’s “Humans” intrigued us with its classic sci-fi premise—what if human-like androids integrated throughout society suddenly become sentient?—when it premiered in 2015. The show’s second season recently completed on American screens, so we’ve gathered to discuss the latest developments. It’s a unique mixing of big ideas and domestic life, but does the second season suffer from the show’s reluctance to make major changes at the...

Duration: 01:07:04


349: I've Got a Creamy Nougat

4/24/2017
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FX's "Legion" - FX’s “Legion” TV series is based on a character from the X-Men comics, but knowing the backstory isn’t important. This isn’t another superhero comic adaptation, but something unlike anything we’ve seen before—a visual and auditory feast, great actors, and smart writing that will make sure you sit up and pay attention. If you’ve written off comic-book TV shows and movies, time to circle back and appreciate this eight-episode first season from writer/producer Noah Hawley...

Duration: 01:10:28


348: He's Way Better Than Fonzie

4/16/2017
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"American Graffiti" and "Breaking Away" - A bunch of people born in the 1970s discuss two films from that decade about young people coming of age: 1973’s “American Graffiti” and 1979’s “Breaking Away.” The first is a film (set in 1962) featuring young people driving around a northern California town on the last night of summer before reality sets in; the second is about young people riding bikes (and swimming in a quarry) in Indiana. The first comes from the future director of “Star Wars”;...

Duration: 01:44:04


347: I Tore My Pants

4/9/2017
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Star Trek Episode Draft - We draft our favorite episodes across every “Star Trek” series, to induct 35 episodes into the Trek hall of fame. Human Play Dom-Jot? Host Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Justin Michael, Aleen Simms, Scott McNulty, Joe Rosensteel and Dan Moren.

Duration: 02:01:23


346: Go to the Moon

4/2/2017
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The books of N.K. Jemisin - Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss the works of novelist N.K. Jemisin, specifically her most recent books, “The Fifth Season” and “The Obelisk Gate.” We also discuss the Inheritance Trilogy, which started with “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.” Plus, what are we reading now? Host Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Scott McNulty and Erika Ensign.

Duration: 01:06:44


345: Evil Giggle

3/26/2017
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"The Good Place." - Rarely do we devote an episode to a television comedy, but “The Good Place” earned our love and your attention. It’s a single story told over 13 half-hour episodes, with twists and turns and a lot of laughs. Why has Eleanor been sent to heaven by mistake? Why did a 70s dude high on mushrooms figure out the secret to eternal life? Why do we keep being gently reminded of Douglas Adams? Why is there a lava man in the conference room? Why does purgatory feature warm beer...

Duration: 01:10:41

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