I feel like I have failed as a nerd for never having heard of Jambe Davdar before. The man has made incredible awesome fan documentaries on Empire Strikes Back,Return of the Jedi, and has just released one for Star Wars — and if you’re scoffing at the idea of a fan documentary, well, let me set you straight. Davdar’s Star Wars Begins is essentially the entirety of Star Wars, but with all shit you’ve never heard or seen before. Seriously, he’s found alternate takes, deleted scenes, original audio, quotes from various interviews and commentaries and recordings — it’s unbelievable, and it’s unbelievably interesting. It’s certainly a hell of a lot more interesting that the actual Star Wars DVD commentaries, that’s for sure. I swear, if Lucas had any true love for Star Wars fans, he’d buy Davdar’s work and include them as an alternate version on the upcoming Blu-rays. He won’t, but he should. Anyways, part 1 is above, and you can see the other 13 parts (I told you it was the whole damn movie) here.
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.