I have been remiss in telling you about College Humor’s new webseries Troopers. That’s on me. See, when I first saw the pretty good first episode, I assumed it was a one-shot deal, and that it would be invariable compared to the classic Troops video. Well, now that four episodes have aired, I feel safe in saying it’s its own, enjoyable thing — it’s all set on a Death Star massive, planet-sized space station of death, and it’s all about the Stormtroopers troopers of some indeterminate kind dealing with Leia a space princess, played by Aubrey Plaza, and other travails. The newest episode is above, and you can watch the other three here (the best is still the first one, “Forcefield”). It might not end up a internet classic like Troops, but anything starring Aubrey Plaza as a surlier version of Princess Leia is okay in my book.
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.