The band Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling likes the show The Prisoner. A lot. Not only have they named themselves after the series (the title of the 13th episode, specifically), but they’re making an album with one song for every episode of the cult favorite British TV series. Moreover, they’ve made a video for the first song, aptly titled “Episode 01 – Arrival,” where they’ve recreated a shot-for-shot remake of The Prisoner‘s opening credits. Now, this is impressive enough, but the fact that the band shot their video in Boston and New England — and not the actual England — yet managed to recreate shots so accurately, but also somehow got their hands on a vintage Lotus 7 car complete with the correct license plate… well, it’s beyond amazing. That’s lead singer/drummer Sophia Cacciola as Number 6/Patrick McGoohan, by the way. Somewhere in the pantheon of Impressive Acts of Nerdery, this thing ranks near the top.
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.