We’ve had a bit of fun with the scientists of Prometheus, and the many, many, many dubious decisions they made in Ridley Scott’s quasi-Alien prequel. But is it worth noting that like any highly specialized field, these men and women had to undergo a rigorous training program in order to know what to do when they landed on an alien planet. Would you realize the best thing to do when you meet an angry alien penis-cobra is to stick your face next to it? I don’t think so. That’s why they’re the scientists, and we aren’t. Of course, that’s why they all died stupidly and we all laughed at them, but whatever. Thanks to Mad-C 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.