A would-be Darth Vader tried to do a little off-the-cuff lightsaber duel when he was interrupted by a dog who happened to be a member of the Rebellion, and gently mauled the Sith Lord to the amusement of the crowd. It’s all a little weird. Actually, there’s another possibility why this happened — maybe the dog wasn’t really an Empire-hating good guy at all, but just smelled Anakin’s crispy, Mustafar-roasted flesh underneath his costume. Think about it; for dogs, Vader must smell like one giant walking Beggin’ Strip.
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.