When a trailer to Ridley Scott’s non-prequel/kinda prequel to the sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien drops, I post it, no questions asked. But now that I’ve posted it, I do have one question …uh, can anyone tell me what the fuck is going on in here? There’s some walking and running, there’s a spaceship and an explosion, and then I think maybe I saw some shots of people looking upset, which seems pretty plausible. Also, I think the movie has some sort of self-esteem issue, because it keeps telling us to “SKIP FILM.” Hey, Prometheus, I know Ridley Scott’s made a few misses over the last decade, but that seems unnecessarily harsh. Tell you what — let’s all just ignore this and agree to meet back here when the real Prometheus trailer comes out, okay?
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.