Seriously. This guy fixes The Phantom Menace. In less than 10 minutes — and with shockingly few changes — this guy has made Phantom Menace not just infinitely less bad, but… good. Like, I would like to watch the movie he describes, and yet it’s still recognizably The Phantom Menace. It’s astounding. Now, when it starts, you’re going to think he’s just stealing Plinkett’s criticism of Episode 1, but he very quickly moves from criticism to solutions, and explains the benefits of each change. Just… just watch it, and weep for what could so easily have been. Thanks to Tyler D. for the tip.
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.