Michael Bay showed off some new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen footage at ShoWest recently, and Bay kindly made it available on the internet. The clip starts with an incredibly awful scene of Shia the Beef and Bumblebee having a heart-to-heart in a garage, and then moves to action stuff around the 1:30 mark. Just to break it down for you, the footage contains: ? Bumblebee playing a clip of ’80s music to denote an emotion ? Shia the Beef repeatedly and awkwardly calling Bumblebee “Bee” ? Bumblebee releasing a bodily fluid you wouldn’t expect an alien robot to possess ? Megan Fox gratuitously undressing ? A robot leaping through a building ? A lot of tight shots of overcomplicatedly designed robots fighting so you have no idea who they are or who is winning ? One actually clear shot of Optimus Prime getting the shit kicked out of him ? An elderly robot walking with a cane and complaining
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.