Speaking of phantom menaces, apparently there’s going to be a new Lego Star Wars special on Cartoon Network next Wednesday! Titled The Empire Strikes Out — get it? Get it? It’s like Empire Strikes Back, but it’s strikes out, which is a well-known baseball term which refers to a negative event in which a baseball player fails, meaning it would be quite shameful if the Empire were to “strike out,” which is very funny! — it appears to be set during the original trilogy, in which a coke-addled Darth Maul shows up to be insane and fuck shit up. I approve mightily. If he shows up on Dagobah and TPs Yoda’s hut, I’ll approve even more. Thanks to Flailx 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.