Close the doors. Bar the windows. Huddle with your children under the door frames and pray to your god or gods, because the apocalypse is nigh — there’s a new Transformers 3 TV spot and I saw something I actually liked. Well, I liked one specific part of the TV spot, the part where Bumblebee jumps into the air, transforms into robot mode with the Beef in him, causing Beef to flail about wildly in the air, then Bumblebee pulls him back into the driver’s seat as he transforms back into a car and lands. That… that’s actually pretty cool. But what I really liked was the Beef’s hilariously terrified shriek immediately afterwards. I laughed. I really did.
I don’t know what this means, for me, my TF3 FAQ or any of us. I think I may be dying, honestly. Or maybe I’ve already died, and seeing a small clip of Transformers 3 that I actually enjoyed is my hell or purgatory or something. I don’t know. I just don’t know. (Via Seibertron)
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.