The first episode of the totally unapproved, Community-inspired Inspector Spacetime web series — titled “Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time” because of that whole unapproved thing — is here, and, uh… it’s all right, I guess. I liked the Circuitchaps, mostly because of their awesome name. But the Inspector is kind of a douche. And I can’t decide if that’s a specific homage to Doctor Who‘s Doctor’s frequent shortsightedness and self-centeredness, or… if he’s just kind of a douche, I guess. Maybe I’m just disappointed at the lack of Alison Brie. Could be anything, really.
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.