So I was in a bit of a snit yesterday. The combination of what by all indications will be another needlessly mopey Superman film and a preposterously unnecessary prequel/sequel to Blade Runner, a sci-fi masterpiece that still holds up in every way 30 years later, left me… grumpy. So I’m going to try and be positive this morning, and only talk about things that make me happy.
So! Things that make me happy: The title of the first new episode of Doctor Who season 6 part 2, “Let’s Kill Hitler.” Frankly, I would watch any TV show if it had “Let’s Kill Hitler” as an episode title, and that includes Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The fact that Doctor Who is pretty much the only show on TV where the necessity of not killing Hitler is an established tenet is just beyond awesome. There’s another fun preview clip at Blastr, but it was less Hitler-y than this one, so I left it there.
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.