I’m sure this is no great surprise to you, but it’s actually a bit of a relief to me. See, a lot of you first came to Topless Robot when my Transformers 2 FAQ got passed around, and I know expectation will be high for my inevitable TF3 FAQ — plus, if I do a good job with it, it could substantially increase TR‘s readership. In all honesty, I have a lot riding on Transformers 3 and I was genuinely worried that… well, not that it would be good, but that it would be okay and hard to make fun of.
Obviously, I shouldn’t have worried. The new trailer already makes zero sense — why are Decepticons taking over Earth? Why would they want to? What could they possibly gain? Where is Megatron, anyways? What the fuck are the giant flying bug robots? What are they “disguised” as? Do they even transform? Has Michael Bay even noticed that not a single scene set on the moon in his film titled Dark of the Moon takes place on the dark side? — so I think I can set my worried mind at ease.
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.