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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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-09-24 17:00:00

633: Thor Family (8983727f-bde8-4040-8831-f59a0b3b07bb.mp3)

Russell Crowe! Christian Bale! Natalie Portman! Are they starring in a prestige film that we’re sure to hear about when Oscar time comes around? No, it’s “Thor: Love and Thunder!” But while this movie might not be able to live up to “Thor: Ragnarok,” there are a lot of things we appreciated about it. And also some things we didn’t. It’s all about tone.

Jason Snell with Kathy Campbell, Tony Sindelar and Chip Sudderth.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-09-16 19:00:00

632: Time Bandit Titanic (e2fac748-ddb2-4e80-96cf-d29f2d392aea.mp3)

Mum, Dad, it’s evil, don’t touch it! The Summer of Time Travel reaches its end—or is it the beginning?—with 1981’s “Time Bandits,” a children’s fantasy written and directed and even featuring some Monty Pythons. Does it work for adults? Does the tone still work? We fall through a time hole and give our verdict.

Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Shelly Brisbin.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-09-09 19:48:12

631: Time After Timecop (b341dd2d-296c-434b-909c-e7873401af95.mp3)

What if H.G. Wells used a time machine to chase Jack the Ripper into the present day (of 1979)? It would look an awful lot like 1979’s “Time After Time,” we’re guessing. David Warner and Malcolm McDowell match wits! Mary Steenburgen is a modern lady looking for an old-fashioned man! Also Jason observes the film’s (pretty good) depiction of San Francisco geography and Jean confronts her young moviegoing trauma.

Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Moisés Chiullan, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-09-02 16:30:00

630: Saunter in From the Future (aaa56b9c-d981-4896-a810-858e455ef463.mp3)

The Summer of Time Travel meets Rocket Surgery as we watch the very 90s, good-bad film “Timecop,” the movie that answers the question, “What would happen if you tried to kick time itself?”

Jason Snell with Joe Rosensteel, Annette Wierstra and Monty Ashley.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-08-26 19:00:00

629: Bum Bag Beatdown (9394b567-b50c-4e00-8d05-599a9faa8a03.mp3)

We take a sideways break from the Summer of Time Travel by verse-jumping across realities to Everything Everywhere All At Once, the multiverse movie directed by The Daniels and starring Michelle Yeoh. Is empathy the superpower Doctor Strange needed all along? Too bad, because he isn’t in this movie!

Moisés Chiullan with Brian Hamilton, Jean MacDonald and Sandra Wong.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-08-19 19:30:05

628: Dumbness is Timeless (56ec012b-8911-4294-b8a5-13e2fc6287d9.mp3)

The Summer of Time Travel begins/ends/continues (pick one) with 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” in which two dumb guys collect some of history’s greatest figures and take them to the mall. Party on, dudes!

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Lisa Schmeiser, Kelly Guimont and Moisés Chiullan.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-08-12 18:00:00

627: The Czech Office (dc988ce5-3888-40b2-98ea-2eab4bd64b0d.mp3)

The days of appointment television are long gone, but what if you could create a streaming service broadcasting the best that TV had to offer in the 21st century? What shows would be on your marquee? We’ve got you covered, with our very first Peak TV draft (patent pending)! Will your favorite shows get drafted? Tune in to find out!

Cicero Holmes with David J. Loehr, Jean MacDonald, Monty Ashley, Shareef Jackson and Moisés Chiullan.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-08-05 18:00:00

626: Don't Copy That Chip 'n Dale Floppy (b65a5edb-eb7e-4f80-88b2-4398f61f52d5.mp3)

The release of the super-meta “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” with John Mulaney and Andy Samberg on Disney+ put us in mind of a movie from which it borrowed a hunk of its DNA: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. We first toon, er, tune our dial to that classic, groundbreaking 1988 Robert Zemeckis-directed film, then look at its 2022 chip off the old block. Forget it, Dale, it’s Toontown.

Glenn Fleishman with David J. Loehr, Shelly Brisbin and Moisés Chiullan.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-07-29 18:00:00

625: Frisky Vulcans (489d3bbc-3de6-4b02-8096-15c9527d4fcb.mp3)

Thirty-three episodes of new live-action “Star Trek” have now concluded, and we’re going to talk about all of it. We bring some tough love for “Discovery” and “Picard”, which disappointed us. But all is not lost—there’s a lot of unabashed love for “Strange New Worlds.”

Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Joe Rosensteel, Tony Sindelar and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-07-22 18:00:00

624: You Got Ludlumed (40729386-8c10-456a-a18e-49a37e37b726.mp3)

On the occasion of the publication of “The Nova Incident,” Jason asks Dan a bunch of questions from readers (and listeners) about his writing career, techniques, tools, and more.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-07-15 18:00:00

623: Sand Tuna Thief (07653168-1d8f-4094-8aaf-e732d42216a3.mp3)

Hello there! We discuss “Obi-Wan Kenobi” on Disney+, including Ewan MacGregor’s delight in the role, the return of Hayden Christensen, and balancing the needs of superfans with movies-only fans.

Dan Moren with Kathy Campbell, Chip Sudderth, Tony Sindelar and James Thomson.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-07-08 19:00:00

622: The MacGuffin Twins (a3a40bc8-6caa-4381-800d-af2023d0613c.mp3)

Put on your flying cloak and load up on pizza balls, because we’re here to talk about “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” This is an interesting one, because most of us agree that the movie is fun and inventive in a lot of enjoyable ways—but also entirely mishandles its villain. Can you love a movie that also make you angry? We try! Some of us fail.

Jason Snell with Sarah Hendrica Bickerton, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley and Glenn Fleishman.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-07-01 18:00:00

621: They Built the Halos (148dd36b-807d-486c-825f-d7daa531c126.mp3)

Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of evidence to support the cause of adapting video games for movies or TV. And yet we tried the “Halo” TV series from Paramount+ and… liked it? We discuss making the Master Chief a real character with a strong supporting cast, why the UNSC is not trustworthy, the origin of Cortana, and the show’s connections to Star Wars, Firefly, and… 2001?!

Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-06-24 22:12:09

620: Alien Donut Lady (36ac9c45-bbfc-4a92-836c-150a984e6aed.mp3)

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.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Aleen Simms, Scott McNulty and Dan Moren.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-06-17 16:20:00

619: Who Will Speak For Fish Police? (c12a3c2c-2f9d-4dbe-ae20-c1c815d4e1f6.mp3)

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 inexplicable) even came to be.

Glenn Fleishman with David J. Loehr, John McCoy, Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan and Tony Sindelar.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-06-10 17:00:00

618: Mars Monkey Dance Number (ff8f55c8-2bb0-487c-aed0-2180249ad2dc.mp3)

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.

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Moisés Chiullan, Shelly Brisbin, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-06-03 17:00:00

617: Group Therapy for One Guy (a6eb136d-e6ca-4262-876b-1f2d520bd507.mp3)

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?

Chip Sudderth with Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman and Moisés Chiullan.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-05-27 18:30:00

616: Bad Decision Theater (d2386425-c8ca-4229-94e7-1e998a7688b5.mp3)

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.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty, Aleen Simms and Dan Moren.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-05-20 18:30:00

615: People-Positive Management Style (603efa72-d316-4278-aa58-c096b83dd7ef.mp3)

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.

Cicero Holmes with Annette Wierstra, Moisés Chiullan, Joe Rosensteel and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-05-13 19:34:44

614: Eternal Spotlight of the Sunless Mind (7893788f-5a85-4547-8753-fc7860ce3fb5.mp3)

Step into this elevator and leave your personal biographical memories behind… Welcome, Listener I., you’re now part of Lumen, a Very Friendly Company that always has your best interests at heart. We discuss the Apple TV+ series “Severance,” and try to explain why you should watch it, what shows it resembles, and just how much we liked the twists and turns of its first season.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Lex Friedman, Glenn Fleishman and Dr. Drang.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-05-06 17:00:00

613: Kaiju Panda (fc145c2d-4a05-46e4-9b23-0ddb561a8aea.mp3)

Put on your toque and be sure you’ve got your 4*Town tickets—we’re here to discuss Pixar’s “Turning Red,” a delightful coming-of-age movie about a Chinese-Canadian girl whose body is undergoing some telltale adolescent changes—you know, becoming interested in boys, rebelling against her parents, and transforming into a giant fuzzy red panda. The usual.

Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Sandra Wong, Monty Ashley and Joy Piedmont.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-04-29 19:01:03

612: YABM: Yet Another Batman Movie (38cddd4f-460c-4cb6-9e73-f35c693d5307.mp3)

Our panel of caped crusaders assemble to dissect 2022’s “The Batman.” The last thing we may have needed was another Batman movie, especially the grimmest, darkest, and longest one ever… but what if we actually liked it? We take apart the new approaches to classic batman stories, Robert Pattinson’s performance, supped-up batmobiles, and Gotham’s weather patterns.

Tony Sindelar with Lisa Schmeiser, Guy English, Cicero Holmes and Dan Moren.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-04-22 17:00:00

611: Distributed Disinterested Dystopia (5e852f70-f954-4338-9b82-f8e37ec8c39e.mp3)

Our annual shortlist book club is back! We read two novels that were nominated for Best Novel in the Nebula Awards! SB Divya’s “Machinehood” is a near-future story of gig workers, weak AI servants, and rebellious space stations. Jason Sanford’s “Plague Birds” is a post-apocalyptic story about strong AIs and gene-altered people that’s so far in the future that it feels almost like fantasy. Plus: We recommend other books we’ve enjoyed recently!

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign and Scott McNulty.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-04-15 17:00:00

610: No, Mr. Blond, I Expect You to Die (e6f65433-7486-4cde-aedf-ab6cf2c3c1b0.mp3)

Cue the electric bass and the full brass section, we’re talking Bond, James Bond this week. We make time for “No Time to Die,” of course, and the rest of the Daniel Craig era. How does it hold up, where does it go from here, what would we like to see? How does the latest movie reset the table? Were we shaken, stirred, or something in between?

David J. Loehr with Kelly Guimont, Nathan Alderman and Tom McGrath.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-04-08 16:30:00

609: Chekhov's Toy Store (f0870891-d6c7-4fd0-814c-4d9a159b866f.mp3)

Old Movie Club returns with two films that imagine attempts to disrupt the United States government. In 1954’s “Suddenly,” Frank Sinatra’s going to try to kill the President. In 1964’s “Seven Days In May,” Burt Lancaster is plotting a military coup. Both films are in black and white from more than 50 years ago, and yet for some reason Phil thinks their themes may resonate even today…

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Shelly Brisbin, Moisés Chiullan and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-04-01 17:30:00

608: A Centaur, Only for Cars (0e70ba72-4fee-434e-9069-5d3a81bdbd0d.mp3)

Fire up your Bernoulli Conversionator and check your trunk for stowaways, because we’re entering the Wachowski sisters’ candy-colored 2008 road rally through the Uncanny Valley, “Speed Racer.” It’s an eye-searing acid trip of a movie, with groundbreaking storytelling, an earnest heart, and a curious void at its center. (There is also a chimp.) We’ll discuss how this film fits into the Wachowskis’ canon, the supporting character whose story is way more interesting than the lead‚ and the only other big-budget film since that has dared to get this stylistically weird.

Nathan Alderman with Lisa Schmeiser and Shelly Brisbin.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-03-25 17:00:00

607: I Regret So Many Great Movies (b581079b-53a3-4a2f-b68a-8424dff79eb1.mp3)

We’re back with our third Incomparable Film Festival! Nine of us are programming a day’s worth of films, all with secret themes which will be revealed as the podcast progresses! And while we are currently unable to pull off the Incomparable Film Festival in an actual movie theater, we encourage you to watch these great movies in the comfort of your own home.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Moisés Chiullan, Shelly Brisbin, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr, Cicero Holmes, Steven Schapansky and Dan Moren.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-03-18 16:00:00

606: The Bears Did It (1fa92154-eff6-4262-8c70-2fa704a733dd.mp3)

We’ve drafted many things on many episodes of this podcast, but we’ve never drafted podcasts! You get it: Panelists share (and draft!) their favorite podcasts, in categories like Comedy, Narrative, Fiction, Entertainment, and more.

Lex Friedman with Brian Hamilton, Monty Ashley, Shelly Brisbin and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-03-11 17:00:00

605: Apocalypse Doctoring (d6ee161a-4002-4ab3-84fa-867f22e5435d.mp3)

Get out your pocket knife and stick to the Wheel—we’re a traveling band of podcasters who move from town to town to re-enact conversations from before the apocalypse! Or at least that’s who we’d be in our version of the HBO Max miniseries, “Station Eleven.” We discuss the moving, optimistic post-apocalyptic tale that is told in a fractured time sequence and features lots of Shakespeare and a suspiciously powerful self-published graphic novel. And though there’s definitely no “Station Twelve” on the horizon, we can’t help but imagine what other stories are there just waiting to never be told.

Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Annette Wierstra, Jean MacDonald and John Siracusa.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-03-04 18:00:00

604: Team Creepy (afbf1749-3099-4eb2-a8d6-a95b2219eb92.mp3)

Let’s hold hands and sneak through some eerie city ruins. Video game club is back in session to discuss “Little Nightmares II”, the creepy prequel to the beloved spooky platformer, Little Nightmares. We play as Mono, a bag-faced boy, as he and his companion navigate a world of puzzles and monsters lurking in the dark, only to be led to his own nightmare.

Tiff Arment with James Thomson and Brian Hamilton.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-02-25 17:00:00

603: Witness for the Airship (0124fe2f-fafd-4291-b7db-f5bb9a7ff9b1.mp3)

This episode features a book with fantasy zombies and a book with alien hive minds. Talk about range! Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss the fantasy mystery “Witness for the Dead,” a standalone book set in the world of “The Goblin Emperor”, and “A Desolation Called Peace,” the conclusion of the duology begun in the award-winning “A Memory Called Empire.” Plus: What are we reading?

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Scott McNulty and Erika Ensign.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-02-18 22:34:11

602: The Show You Think You Saw (1bf68dc2-6079-4b7d-be37-307ee4af7428.mp3)

Remember that cool bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back? What happens when you give him his own show? “The Book of Boba Fett” is the answer—or is it? After all, parts of this show are really episodes of a different, arguably better show. Our panel discusses the seven-episode season and tries to figure out if this mess is hot or cold.

Dan Moren with Erika Ensign, Chip Sudderth and Kathy Campbell.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-02-11 20:00:00

601: The Most Holden Move (theincomparable601.mp3)

In this episode we break down the final season of Prime Video’s “The Expanse.” Was it too abrupt? What was all that Laconia stuff? Then, after a brief intermission for TV viewers to depart, we discuss “Leviathan Falls” and the end of the Expanse book series. One story, so many endings!

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Aleen Simms, Jen Burt and Chip Sudderth.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-02-04 20:00:00

600: The Machine Was a Vampire (theincomparable600.mp3)

In this six-hundredth episode of The Incomparable, recorded across two separate sessions, we talk about a whole bunch of novels—namely, our picks for the best SF/F novels of the first decade of The Incomparable, the 2010s! For our purposes, we’re designating the “decade” as 2010-2019. Along the way, we may ponder the most important question a reader should ask: Are there Zeppelins?

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Aleen Simms, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-01-28 20:00:00

599: Have You Tried This Arrow? (theincomparable599.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-01-21 22:40:00

598: Tropiest of Spaghetti Westerns (theincomparable598.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-01-15 17:00:00

597: Get Me Pictures of Seven Spider-Men! (theincomparable597.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-01-08 18:00:00

596: Tom Bombadilification (theincomparable596.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2022-01-01 08:07:22

595: I Didn't Have a Tab - The Best of 2021 (theincomparable595.mp3)

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 Jason down into mush? The answers are within!

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Erika Ensign, Jean MacDonald, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Moisés Chiullan.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-12-24 16:00:00

594: Money in His Underwear (theincomparable594.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-12-18 19:45:00

593: The Beatles Need Me! (theincomparable593.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-12-12 02:31:17

592: A Glorious Mess (theincomparable592.mp3)

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 Johnston.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-12-05 01:36:08

591: That Poor Pie (theincomparable591.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-11-21 19:22:17

590: The Car Explodes In Midair (theincomparable590.mp3)

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.

Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-11-14 18:02:27

589: Sometimes Beige Is Beautiful (theincomparable589.mp3)

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, Jean MacDonald and Joe Rosensteel.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-11-08 03:49:24

588: All These Different Jackets (theincomparable588.mp3)

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 upon rewatching the show 20 years later, we have gained even more appreciation for Mr. and Mrs. Weir.

Jason Snell with Tiff Arment, Steve Lutz, Annette Wierstra and Marco Arment.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-10-31 18:19:08

587: Is Dracula the Frankenstein? (theincomparable587.mp3)

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, Shelly Brisbin, Moisés Chiullan, Dr. Drang and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-10-24 17:17:28

586: Discotheques in Disused Churches (theincomparable586.mp3)

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.

Jason Snell with Myke Hurley, Kelly Guimont, James Thomson and Dan Moren.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-10-16 17:00:00

585: Remember the Soup (theincomparable585.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-10-11 04:45:52

584: Window and Chill (theincomparable584.mp3)

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 and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-10-02 20:10:39

583: Could They Reboot 'Supernatural'? (theincomparable583.mp3)

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 directions? Just a reminder, nobody is going to delete your favorite old episodes—not even the BBC.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Shannon Sudderth, Chip Sudderth and Steven Schapansky.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-09-25 22:36:12

582: We Have All Ridden Buses (theincomparable582.mp3)

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.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-09-19 17:00:00

581: Bad Dad, Cellphone Dad (theincomparable581.mp3)

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 many misguided creative decisions.

Jason Snell with John McCoy, Kathy Campbell, Moisés Chiullan and Annette Wierstra.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-09-12 17:43:12

580: We're Gonna Be Good CEOs (theincomparable580.mp3)

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 Snell with Brian Hamilton, Erika Ensign, Annette Wierstra, Moisés Chiullan and Chip Sudderth.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-09-04 17:00:00

579: Bad Dad, Crane Dad (theincomparable579.mp3)

Hop on your tripod killing machine and watch out for common cold viruses — if it’s New Jersey, it must be an alien invasion! We cover 2005’s “War of the Worlds,” starring Tom Cruise as a dad who just wants to protect his kids from the end of the world. Well, maybe one of his kids. Screaming! Explosions! Implausible plot points! Not enough Miranda Otto! Maybe too much Tim Robbins! The 9/11 influence is strong in this one.

Jason Snell with Shelly Brisbin, Monty Ashley and Jean MacDonald.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-08-28 15:40:00

578: Fish in the Milk (theincomparable578.mp3)

Stand up and prepare to operate your computer by waving your hands! The Summer of Spielberg continues with 2002’s “Minority Report,” a sci-fi noirish murder mystery combined with a vision of the future and a dose of social commentary. We discuss the future’s retinal-scanning obsession, Tom Cruise’s security eyes, and the amazing precog named Agatha. Is it now? I’m tired of the future.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, James Thomson, Monty Ashley and Annette Wierstra.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-08-21 17:00:00

577: Robot Monster Truck Rally (theincomparable577.mp3)

The Summer of Spielberg turns its eyes to “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” a project begun by Stanley Kubrick and completed by Steven Spielberg. Whether it works for you may hinge entirely on if you consider it a science-fiction story or a fairy tale. We marvel at some great performances, are frustrated by some creative choices, and in the end find ourselves applauding the boldness of the ending. (Now pass us some tissues, we’re ugly crying.)

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Cicero Holmes and Monty Ashley.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-08-15 00:29:45

576: Unlicensed Dinosaur Park (theincomparable576.mp3)

The Summer of Spielberg continues with what was once the biggest movie of all time, “Jurassic Park.” And you know what? It holds up, though we have an awful lot of questions about John Hammond and his business choices. Unfortunately, we also watched the Spielberg-directed cash-grab sequel, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”

Jason Snell with Cicero Holmes, Kathy Campbell, Tony Sindelar and Jean MacDonald.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-08-08 15:51:51

575: You're Going to Your Sister's? I'm Going to Space! (theincomparable575.mp3)

Prepare your mashed-potato sculpture and zip up your red jumpsuit, because we’re about to discuss the 1977 film classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” We discuss why this film is Steven Spielberg’s tapas, French-American UFO projects, “American Graffiti” with flying saucers, and much more. Plus Dan reveals a most unusual location to watch this film for the first time. It’s shaping up to be a real Summer of Spielberg.

Jason Snell with Cicero Holmes, Julia Skott, Annette Wierstra and Dan Moren.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-07-31 22:48:54

574: Time Cop, Not a Time Cop (theincomparable574.mp3)

Grab a TemPad and step through a Time Door, because we’re discussing “Loki”, Marvel’s Disney+ series about how the god of Mischief met his match and learned to love himself. Along the way we talk about the “Doctor Who” references, the deep-cut comics references, the mighty Richard E. Grant, and the spectacular look and sounds of this outstanding series.

Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Moisés Chiullan, Kathy Campbell and Nathan Alderman.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-07-18 00:40:57

573: Evil Helicarrier (theincomparable573.mp3)

Put on your catsuit and your tactical vest, because we’re about to talk about Marvel’s “Black Widow,” which some of us saw in theaters. (And some of us didn’t.) This is a movie delayed from pre-COVID times, it’s the first Marvel movie in the Disney+ era, and it’s set during 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War”—conveniently before the main character dies. With all that, it’s also a film that puts its title heroine at the center of a “Mission: Impossible” style story that’s also, strangely, about a couple of particularly messed-up families.

Jason Snell with Chip Sudderth, Dan Moren, Kelly Guimont and James Thomson.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-07-04 17:27:42

572: Selfie in the Weed Room (theincomparable572.mp3)

Get out your ice skates, baseball bats, kitchen knives, and samurai swords—pretty much any weapon at hand, because we’re watching 2011’s “Attack the Block”! While not officially part of the Cornetto Trilogy, this British alien-invasion film shares a lot of DNA with those movies, and it’s about as close an analog to “Shaun of the Dead” as you’ll find—but with the comedy dial turned down a bit. It features career-making performances by John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker, who went on to become the faces of famous sci-fi franchises. And after the last 10 years, some of the social commentary in this film hits home more than ever. Allow it!

Jason Snell with Antony Johnston, Lisa Schmeiser and James Thomson.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-06-26 17:31:13

571: You Paint Mushrooms Beautifully (theincomparable571.mp3)

Some people read with their eyeballs, and still others talk to their books—we do both! In part two of our three-part survey of novels shortlisted for 2021’s top SF and Fantasy awards, we’re discussing the magic and romance of “The Midnight Bargain” by C.L. Polk, the spooky “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and the murderbotiness of “Network Effect” by Martha Wells. Plus, what else are we reading?

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty and Aleen Simms.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-06-20 01:11:46

570: Why Can't All Movies Be Muppet Movies? (theincomparable570.mp3)

Look, we love the Muppets. But the franchise has been very quiet lately. It’s time to get Muppet movies back on the big screen! And so in this episode, all our panelists pitch new Muppet movies we’d like to see. And along the way they do a bunch of Muppet voices, too, because of course they do.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Stephen Hackett, Quinn Rose, Moisés Chiullan, Nathan Alderman, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Kelly Guimont.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-06-05 17:00:00

569: The Worst Way to Write a Book, Ever (theincomparable569.mp3)

Back in 2014, we read Helene Wecker’s novel “The Golem and the Jinni,” and we liked it! Little did we know that she was listening to us… and that she would end up as an Incomparable panelist! Now a sequel, “The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni” has arrived! In this special episode, Jason and Helene discuss the first novel, how real life can intrude on a publishing schedule, the value and temptation of research, and how “The Hidden Palace” ultimately came together.

Jason Snell with Helene Wecker.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-05-30 16:18:30

568: Collateral Damage (theincomparable568.mp3)

Put on your capes because we’re flying into superhero action with season one of Prime Video’s “Invincible,” based on Robert Kirkman’s long-running comic. Before the Spoiler Horn, we’ll tell you why this show is worth watching—and warn you about how it mixes its love of brightly colored superhero imagery and storylines with logical but unrestrained violence and gore. Then we break down some of this adaptation’s interesting story choices and ponder where it might be headed in season two and three.

Jason Snell with Glenn Fleishman, Moisés Chiullan and James Thomson.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-05-23 01:31:21

567: Summer of Man-Thing (theincomparable567.mp3)

We know there are a lot of superhero movies out there. Sometimes it seems like there are so many, it’s as if a random-number generator just assigned pieces of intellectual property to film directors. But where some might despair at this situation, we looked at it as an opportunity to harness the terrible power of the random-number generator and use our own creativity to assign the right directors to the right comic-book film projects. Now listen to our choices and try to tell us that any currently in-production films are any less ridiculous.

Jason Snell with Nathan Alderman, Monty Ashley, Lisa Schmeiser, Philip Michaels, Moisés Chiullan and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-05-15 18:00:00

566: Everyone Loves Metroman (theincomparable566.mp3)

Olo! It’s time to discuss an underappreciated superhero movie that’s only become more relevant after a decade full of superhero movies. It’s 2010’s “Megamind,” which transcends being an extrusion from the Dreamworks animation factory (well, except for its pop-music soundtrack) to become something greater. With an all-star cast led by Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, this is a great riff on the Superman mythos and the true meaning of destiny and heroism. Code: It’s great.

Jason Snell.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-05-09 20:59:02

565: The Avengers of Cities (theincomparable565.mp3)

Our Book Club returns with a new way to approach this year’s SF novel shortlist: we’re reading all the Hugo and Nebula novels in three batches. First up: “Black Sun,” “The City We Became,” and “Piranesi.” Plus: What are we reading?

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty and Aleen Simms.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-05-01 17:00:00

564: The Millennial Falcon (theincomparable564.mp3)

Don your winged jetpack and strap on your cybernetic arm, because it’s time to fight over a shield. Marvel’s second Disney+ series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” picks up the story of two of Captain America’s pals as they confront serious societal issues, the representation of America in the modern age, and a gaggle of super-powered foes. It’s a show that takes some big swings, even if it does get a bit muddled, and we discuss its ambitions, what it gets right, and where it misses the mark.

Dan Moren with Kelly Guimont, Lisa Schmeiser, James Thomson and Nathan Alderman.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-04-23 17:00:00

563: When Harry Met Sally (With Monsters) (theincomparable563.mp3)

Drop the camcorder and whatever you do, don’t run toward the bridge! 2008’s “Cloverfield” mixes giant monsters, post-9/11 reactions to urban destruction, rom-com tropes, “Jaws” style monster hiding, and found footage shaky-cam into an incredibly intense movie experience. Does it matter that the main characters are generic, or does it actually help? Is this a slasher film or more of a smasher film? Why did it kick off a nonsensical franchise of unrelated movies? And if it was made today, how would it be different? (Hint: Less shaky-cam!) Find a quiet place to hide somewhere and join us!

Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, Moisés Chiullan, Jean MacDonald and James Thomson.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-04-18 01:21:17

562: The Gentleness Axis (theincomparable562.mp3)

We have reached the end (for now) of Miyazaki Club. So we gather back together to consider why we’re drawn to Hayao Miyazaki’s work, how we define the differences between films as different as “Ponyo” and “Spirited Away,” a list of the director’s favorite things, subs versus dubs, the music of Joe Hisaishi, and which of Miyazaki’s movies we all prefer.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Aleen Simms and Steve Lutz.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-04-11 19:14:21

561: Lackeys Don't Wear Khakis (theincomparable561.mp3)

After years of Monty telling us we should watch it, we’ve given in. It’s time to discuss 1981 South African karate movie “Kill and Kill Again,” a film featuring many middle-aged men kicking people, as well as a James Bond-style plot about a madman who wants to take over the world via an unusual application of potatoes. We cover strange ties to “CSI: Miami” and “The A-Team,” introduce you to the wonders of Hot Dog and his bag of tricks, weigh the movie’s knowing sexism against its unflinching racism, and contemplate Villanous Operations and how they are named. Also, Jason has a tight five about t-shirts.

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, Annette Wierstra, Moisés Chiullan and Tony Sindelar.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-04-04 17:44:39

560: Gaseous Anomaly Platform (theincomparable560.mp3)

In space, all warriors are cold warriors! An ecological disaster leads to the breakup of an enemy empire, but in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” it’s the Klingon moon Praxis subbing in for the Soviet power station Chernobyl. Kirk and company struggle with their animosity toward the Klingons, but we are more concerned with what graduate school Gorkon’s daughter went to, the Klingon guard who carries a box, the one Klingon who laughed at McCoy’s joke, the importance of gaseous anomalies to Federation politics, and the lack of respect given to the Enterprise court reporter. Discussing this movie must’ve been our lifelong ambition.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Steven Schapansky, David J. Loehr, Dan Moren and John Moltz.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-03-27 15:00:00

559: Men vs. Selves (theincomparable559.mp3)

Six episodes ago, Jason made Phil mad by suggesting that “Chariots of Fire” and “Amadeus” might not be worthy of their Academy Awards for Best Picture. This episode is Phil’s revenge, as we watch two acclaimed early-80s films and see how well they hold up. They’re both period pieces, but one is set to the electronic sounds of Vangelis and the other to the classical masterpieces of Mozart. Running in slow motion has never looked better, and there’s never been more braying laughter in a film!

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Philip Michaels and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-03-20 23:10:27

558: A Product of Its Time (theincomparable558.mp3)

Shakespeare Club returns! “The Taming of the Shrew” is a Shakespeare play that’s crying out to be adapted for modern audiences, which is why it keeps being adapted—with varying degrees of success. We discuss the play, the unpleasant Franco Zeffirelli 1967 film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, the film and TV versions of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate,” the teen rom-com “10 Things I Hate About You,” and even the 1980s TV adaptation on “Moonlighting,” which might be the best of the bunch? What we’re saying, Shakespeare, is that we’ve got some notes.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Shelly Brisbin, Moisés Chiullan and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-03-13 21:37:09

557: You Like Witches? Name Three (theincomparable557.mp3)

It’s a classic sitcom! It’s a Marvel movie! It’s both! It’s the first Disney+ MCU show, “WandaVision.” And it managed to be a walk through television history while simultaneously being an exploration of the stages of grief. Plus, an android in a turtleneck! We break it all down, from where Wanda and Vision go from here to what Monica Rambeau, Darcy Lewis, and Jimmy Woo should be doing next. Tune in, won’t you?

Jason Snell with Kelly Guimont, Dan Moren, Chip Sudderth and Nathan Alderman.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-03-07 18:58:23

556: Pig's Gotta Fly (theincomparable556.mp3)

Is this the end of Miyazaki Club? Probably not, but we’ve reached the end of our survey of all the feature films he’s directed with “Porco Rosso,” the story of a pig man, the airplane he loves, the woman he doesn’t feel worthy to love, and the seaplane pirates who terrorize the Adriatic after World War I. There are lots of clouds and planes and boats, as you might expect.

Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Moisés Chiullan, Steve Lutz and John Siracusa.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-02-27 19:09:41

555: Dawson's Crypt (theincomparable555.mp3)

The sixth season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” features dark and unpleasant themes, a painful magic-as-heroin allegory, and creative decisions that manage to be cruel to both the show’s characters and its audience. But there’s also a musical!

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Quinn Rose, Aleen Simms and Jean MacDonald.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-02-21 17:52:56

554: Don't Split the Party (theincomparable554.mp3)

We discuss the latest season of Amazon’s “The Expanse,” which separates its main characters for storylines all across the solar system. How well does that approach work? How do Amos and Peaches differ? Why should Alex never be a detective? And do we hate Marco Inaros the appropriate amount?

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Aleen Simms, Chip Sudderth, Jen Burt and Will Wagner.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-02-14 19:23:48

553: In the "King's Speech" Barrel (theincomparable553.mp3)

We’re using our powers over space and time to capriciously right wrongs throughout movie history. That’s right, it’s the Bad Best Picture Draft, in which our panelists will select a Best Picture Oscar winner, take its statuette away, and hand it to a more deserving winner.

Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Lisa Schmeiser, David J. Loehr, Shelly Brisbin, Steven Schapansky, Philip Michaels, Monty Ashley and Brian Hamilton.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-02-07 00:09:02

552: Oh No, My Elixirs! (theincomparable552.mp3)

Miyazaki Club gets weird with “Ponyo,” a story of a fish who gets the taste of human blood, lives in a bucket, can cure all diseases with a lick, and just wants to be human. Also there’s a plot for the sea to sweep away humanity, and the Moon comes perilously close to Earth. But cute!

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Aleen Simms and Jean MacDonald.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-01-30 21:15:22

551: Transdimensional Tech Warlord (theincomparable551.mp3)

After a long gap, our Book Club reconvenes, and if they can remember Micaiah Johnson’s “The Space Between Worlds,” they’ll recommend it to you. It’s a story about identity and society set across parallel worlds that are even more similar than they initially appear to be. Also, what else have we read lately? Curl up with a good book and keep an eye out for parallel-universe warlords!

Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-01-25 21:52:11

550: How Are Ya Now? (theincomparable550.mp3)

From Canada comes “Letterkenny,” an unlikely comedy series about rural hicks, burnouts, and hockey players that’s hyper-verbal, charmingly prone to a donnybrook, and one of the funniest things we’ve watched recently.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, Casey Liss and Don Schaffner .

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-01-17 17:58:55

549: Future of the Future (theincomparable549.mp3)

Let’s fly! Our panel discusses the just-completed third season of “Star Trek: Discovery,” including new characters, future technologies, turbolifts that are bigger on the inside, and how Saru is very much like Poochie.

Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Anže Tomić, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr and James Thomson.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-01-10 18:40:30

548: Conveyor Belt to Heaven (theincomparable548.mp3)

This week we’re discussing Pixar’s “Soul,” a film about the meaning of life, but also occasionally a wacky comedy about a talking cat or a dream pirate! But mostly the meaning of life. Watch out for the great Bug Zapper in the sky!

Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Chip Sudderth and Jean MacDonald.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2021-01-01 20:02:00

547: Catching Up On Stuff - The Best of 2020 (theincomparable547.mp3)

It’s time for our annual look back at the year gone by, and what a year it was! Still, we managed to watch, read, and listen to some great stuff this year. As is our custom, our panelists and listeners pick favorite Incomparable episodes and moments. This year, a panelist gets stuck inside a clip, and then Jason has to explain the Skeletor Clip Loop to a first-time Clip Show panelist who is not sure it really exists. It does—and 2021 is the year we fight back.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Erika Ensign, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Steve Lutz, Monty Ashley, Moisés Chiullan and Kelly Guimont.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-12-27 18:00:27

546: Cracks In His Armor (theincomparable546.mp3)

Is this the way? We break down the second season of “The Mandalorian,” which sees our title character struggle with his own identity as a Mandalorian as well as coming to grips with the important task of protecting the child that he’s been caring for. What’s the difference between good and bad fan service? How many different spin-off shows were being set up this season? And we workshop a Baby Yoda sitcom.

Jason Snell with Antony Johnston, Dan Moren, James Thomson, Helene Wecker and Kelly Guimont.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-12-20 18:06:55

545: Chekhov's Disappearing Pig (theincomparable545.mp3)

The Kilmas season reaches its peak with a fantasy film about a fellowship of people small and large who must journey far at the behest of a wizard, carrying something that may lead to the complete destruction of a kingdom. Except the thing isn’t a ring, it’s a baby. It’s 1988’s “Willow,” a charming movie with swords, sorcery, brownies (the bad kind), love potions, cartoonish snowballs, magic acorns, dangerous dragons, and even a magic trick or two. Merry Kilmas, one and all!

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, John Siracusa and Annette Wierstra.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-12-13 22:46:06

544: Let Go and Let Kilmer (theincomparable544.mp3)

Kilmas rolls on with Val Kilmer’s first screen role, as the Elvis-like Nick Rivers—who is sent to East Germany and falls into a plot to destroy NATO submarines. But don’t sweat it, this is “Top Secret!”, from the same people who made “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” so it’s really all about the jokes. So many jokes. We rave about some, and remain extremely perplexed about others. But you know who makes the whole thing work? Yep, Val Kilmer, that’s who.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Lisa Schmeiser, Steve Lutz, Kelly Guimont and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-12-05 22:23:57

543: I Want to Go to Dog Heaven (theincomparable543.mp3)

Merry Kilmas! We begin our seasonal celebration of actor Val Kilmer with one of his most mysterious works, 1996’s “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” You’ll go in wanting to see Marlon Brando and David Thewlis, but you’ll exit talking about Goat Man and Dog Butler and why the last half hour of the film makes no sense at all. It’s a legendary disaster of a movie, and maybe that’s what Kilmas is all about!

Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, Jean MacDonald, Steve Lutz, Tony Sindelar and David J. Loehr.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-11-28 18:45:35

542: Don't Open the Cthulhu Box (theincomparable542.mp3)

Pick up a baseball bat and climb into the Woodie car that’s bigger on the inside, because it’s time to discuss HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” This is a breathtakingly ambitious multi-genre anthology series with recurring characters. It’s about race and sex and society and love and hideous supernatural monsters. It’s set in the Jim Crow era, but also the past and the future and other planes of existence. And if you like the genres that we cover on The Incomparable, it’s worth your time.

Jason Snell with Cicero Holmes, Dan Moren, Kelly Guimont and Moisés Chiullan.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-11-17 17:00:00

541: The Incomparable Life Day Special (theincomparable541.mp3)

Happy Life Day! To celebrate this important occasion, The Incomparable hereby presents a commentary track, to be viewed alongside The Star Wars Holiday Special. You’ll need to find the Holiday Special via the usual rebel channels. We watched the version with ads in it, so if you find a different version, pause the show during the ads.

Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Kelly Guimont, Steve Lutz and Chip Sudderth.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-11-14 22:56:23

540: Too Good to Live (theincomparable540.mp3)

It’s silly draft time! In this episode we’re drafting TV series that only lasted a single season. No, miniseries and unaired pilots and shows that got a second season don’t count! Also, everyone gets “Firefly.”

Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Monty Ashley, Philip Michaels, Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren, Quinn Rose, James Thomson, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr and Cicero Holmes.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-11-07 17:00:00

539: There Will Never Be Another Alien Movie (theincomparable539.mp3)

Game over, man, game over! We return to the world of xenomorphs and Weyland-Yutani Corp. as we discuss 1986’s “Aliens,” James Cameron’s fascinating follow-up to the Ridley Scott original. We discuss space marines, alien-friendly elevators, white milky blood, and subsequent Alien movies that are very much uncanonical.

Jason Snell with Antony Johnston, James Thomson, Sandra Wong, Kelly Guimont and Monty Ashley.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-10-31 16:24:26

538: Creepy Paper (theincomparable538.mp3)

It’s one of the best things on television right now. It’s “What We Do in the Shadows,” a show that honors vampire lore while placing them in ridiculous mundane situations. A mockumentary sitcom featuring vampires might seem like an entry from TV Mad Libs, but this show (based on an indie feature film also by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi) uses its stellar cast and sharp writing to create a bizarre world of energy vampires, complaining familiars, new-age witches, and—the horror—local politics.

Jason Snell with Sage Young, Monty Ashley, Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan and Tony Sindelar.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-10-24 19:08:04

537: Roast Me, Amigo! (theincomparable537.mp3)

Football is life! But even if you don’t care about sports, you should still watch “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+. It’s a very funny show that’s also full of empathy and respect for its characters, which never goes for the cheap joke, and takes the tropes of every sports movie you’ve seen and uses them in ways you’re not expecting. And we’ve left plenty of space before the Spoiler Horn for our cross-Atlantic panel to explain why you should watch it and why we love this fusion of American and English sensibilities. We believe in Ted Lasso, and you will too.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-10-17 17:00:00

536: Sometimes the Drawer is Empty (theincomparable536.mp3)

Duck into the prone position and aim your bow, because it’s time for us to talk about “The Last of Us Part II”, the sequel to a beloved apocalyptic video game. We follow the characters on their pursuit of cross-country revenge, filled with flashbacks and the infected. But on this journey, as we trade our adrenaline for tears, we learn that we were the last of us all along.

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-10-10 17:46:21

535: The Internet is for Muppets (theincomparable535.mp3)

It’s time to play the music It’s time to light the lights It’s time to draft the Muppets On the Incomparable tonight

From The Incomparable Mothership at 2020-10-03 23:31:26

534: The Young Henry Chronicles (theincomparable534.mp3)

Once more unto the breach, dear friends! This episode kicks off a new recurring feature, Shakespeare Club. Our first subject is “Henry V.” We watch Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 film and discuss Shakespeare’s Expanded Henry Universe, tennis balls, d’elbow, and what a jerk young Harry actually is.