Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

This goes out to the people who’ve been hiding out in a cave in the dark with their fingers stuffed in their ears. All Hail Joss Whedon’s Latest Creation:

Once upon a time when the writer’s went on strike Joss set into motion plans for keeping us adoring fans entertained until the removal of the strike. (See his awesome letter here). I first heard about this “blog” at Comic-Con, but now I can’t stop thinking about it.

Dr. Horrible/Billy is played by Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser). He’s just a singing super villain trying to get into the Evil League of Evil while also trying to muster up the courage to talk to the girl of his dreams at the laundromat. Dr. Horrible presents his progress on both on his video blog, though as viewers we go beyond just the blog. One of my favorite lines from him:

“What a crazy random happenstance!”

Penny is played by Felicia Day (Windfall, The Guild). A seemingly vexed do-gooder looking to help the homeless have a home and the object of Billy’s affection. She unwittingly becomes entangled between a sort of rivalry between Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer. She is super cheesy, but for this character, it works and works well.

Captain Hammer is played by Nathan Fillion (Firefly). He’s got the old-time radio superhero voice and very cocky to boot, he lives to stop, humiliate and beat up Dr. Horrible. I’m always going to think of Nathan as Mal, but anyways, they couldn’t have picked a better man for the job. It works so well, and I think at some level a subliminal message to rewatch Firefly (a FABULOUS series if you haven’t seen it yet). My favorite quote from him:

“It’s curtains for you Dr. Horrible. Lacy, gently, wafting curtains.”

So basically, it’s a musical with a superhero, villain and all the usual stuffs. I know for some that may sound very much less than appealing, but if you’ve loved anything Joss has done in the past (Buffy, Firefly, Angel), then this will be worth a watch.

You can purchase episodes on iTunes, or for the moment catch the episodes free of charge on hulu.com. A DVD will be making its debue soon as well as a soundtrack becoming available sometime this month (August) on iTunes.

The show is in three acts, but a fourth has been announced and is in production. I’m planning on obtaining the DVD if the fourth act is inclusive. Even if you’ve never heard of Joss Whedon, you should at least give the first act a go. And spread the word!

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