The Wendy's to HBO's McDonald's

A column article, Paranoid Video by: Dylan Garsee, Nick Hanover


No longer content to merely review television through the creative use of Friskies gifs and awkward jokes, Dylan Garsee and Nick Hanover have moved on to the internet airwaves, co-hosting CB's own entertainment podcast, Paranoid Video.

Paranoid Video Episode 1.08- "The Wendy's to HBO's McDonald's"

Hopefully you all remember that tomorrow is Father's Day, but in case you didn't, Dylan and Nick devoted this week's Paranoid Video to the holiday and have rounded up some cheery suggestions for what to watch with good ol' dad. But first, some entertainment news, beginning with Dallas' surprising smash success, which leads to the the world's greatest metaphor courtesy of Dylan. After that nuggest of wisdom from the Garsee, they took a look at what's going on in the land of NBC because, hey, that's always an exciting glimpse at network insanity and then the segment closes out with R. Kelly's IRS woes and the Trapped in the Closet sequel that has predictably spawned. From there, the terrible twosome discuss whether genre tropes trump artistic expectations, specifically as that relates to Prometheus and then the episode ends with a look at the Top 10 Most Awkward Father-Children Relationships in Entertainment. As always, you can listen to the episode at the player below or download it here

The entertainment news portion of the episode starts at 3:24 and runs until 17:14

This may or may not be the John Mulaney bit Dylan referenced:


And this is the first part of R. Kelly's commentary for Trapped in the Closet, which Nick mentioned:


The discussion of using genre trappings as an excuse for lacklustre filmmaking starts at 17:45 and goes until 37:21

Comics Bulletin's Slugfest of Prometheus, which Dylan took part in, can be found here. And Nick's write-up of Pontypool, for the Cinema of Loneliness chapter of Celluloid International, can be found here.

And the Father's Day Top 10 starts at 37:59 and continues until the end of the episode. These are the works discussed, in order:

World's Greatest Dad


Breaking Bad


The Royal Tenenbaums


Arrested Development

(not a real trailer, but it's funny and it will have to do)



Twin Peaks




Veronica Mars




Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father


The theme song and namesake for the show is Total Control's excellent "Paranoid Video". The bumper music this week was Gary Numan's "Films" and The Cramps' "The Mad Daddy," respectively.

And in case you want to know what they look like, here are some visual representations of Nick and Dylan, courtesy of Emily Marie Palmer:

Dylan Garsee is a freelance writer/bingo enthusiast currently living in Austin, TX. He is studying sociology, and when he's not winning trivia nights at pork-themed restaurants, writing a collection of essays on the gay perspective in geek culture. An avid record collector, Dylan can mostly be seen at Waterloo Records, holding that one God Speed You! Black Emperor record he can't afford and crying. You can follow him on twitter @garseed.

When he's not writing about the cape and spandex set and functioning as the Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin, Nick Hanover is a book, film and music critic for Spectrum Culture and has contributed to No Tofu Magazine, Performer Magazine, Port City Lights and various other international publications. By which he means Canadian rags you have no reason to know anything about. He also translates for "Partytime" Lukash's Panel Panopticoand you can follow him on twitter @Nick_Hanover

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