I saw this commercial for Spike’s horrible Scream award show early this morning, and decided to pass on it. Yes, it’s an homage/remake of the original Back to the Future teaser trailer, and yes it stars Michael J. Fox in his Marty McFly duds and in a DeLorean, but… I don’t know. It just made me sad — probably because it stars a visibly unwell Fox awkwardly shilling Spike’s horrible award show. Obviously, it’s awesome that Fox was game, and great that he was healthy enough to film it at all, but overall, it just bums me out. Anyways, every nerd site in existence has run it, so I decided I should too. Whee.
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.