Oh, this SyFy TV movie is going to be so, so bad. I’m sure Felicia Day will give it her all, and Evil flying Jesus bless her for it, but when the producers don’t even care enough to examine the basic common sense behind lines like “the real story behind the classic tale” in the promos, there’s just no hope. Unless someone can explain to me how a silly, low-budget Buffy rip-off set in modern times was “the real story” behind a 14th century European fairy tale, in which case I take it all back.
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.