Admittedly, this one doesn’t have Bea Arthur in it. However, it also doesn’t have a decrepit Wookiee named Itchy delightedly watching human pornography, Luke Skywalker covered in make-up, Art Carney, or a goateed man in terrifyingly crotch-hugging green tights prancing about for 10 straight minutes, and is thus, without question, superior to the original Star Wars Holiday Special. (The High Definite)
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.