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Go watch Dr. Horrible!


Kam and I were poking around in the TV section of the iTunes Store this evening looking for something light and cheery to brighten our moods, when we came across episode 1 of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog for sale. I hadn't realized it was out yet. We immediately bopped on over to the Dr. Horrible website, where you can view Act I and Act II now, and will be able to view Act III on Saturday the 19th (this coming Saturday).

But they'll all be free online only until midnight on Sunday, July 20! At which point they will disappear from the free site and only be available for download for pay, from the iTunes Store and perhaps other suchlike places. And eventually a DVD.

I'm all for paying for this; I'll probably wait and buy the DVD when it comes out. But in the meantime, go watch it!

For those who missed hearing about this: it's Joss Whedon's latest project. It's a three-part TV-like story created specifically for the Internet; each part is about 14 minutes long. It stars Neil Patrick Harris (probably still best known as Doogie Howser, but he's all grown up now) and Nathan Fillion. (I almost refrained from mentioning Fillion here, because I had forgotten he was in it (and missed the opening credits of Act I) and it was a delightful surprise to see him show up.)

It's the video blog of a mad scientist named Dr. Horrible (who has excellent goggles), intercut with non-blog scenes. It's a supervillain story, and a romance, and a comedy. Oh, and it's a musical.

It's fun and funny and charming, and totally worth 45 minutes of your time (not to mention a few dollars of your money later on).

It's also an experiment in new media, as Whedon explains in an entertaining letter on the site. (Note: Despite the references to the Master Plan, the letter contains no spoilers for the plot of the show.) In particular:

The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap--but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience. And to make a lot of silly jokes. Actually, that sentence probably should have come first.

. . . Why are you still reading this blog entry, when you could be watching Dr. Horrible?


If you're looking for more good webseries, 'Cataclysmo and the Time Boys' is in its second season. Dr. Horrible actually has a lot of similarities, they are both hero-action comedy/dramas, and they both feature crazy evil mad scientists.

You can find it on youtube or at www.webserials.com, and if you like Dr. Horrible, you might like Cataclysmo.

Do also check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP_6Dlvk0Xs for a Dr Dreadful's YouTube Riposte!

Hmm. Act III of Dr. Horrible has been posted, and I loved it up through about the halfway point, when it suddenly went through a gigantic tone change. I'm disappointed with the ending.

I loved the ending, though I had to digest it, and watch it again. And again. Okay, it's been about a half-dozen times so far, but I can't seem to get enough.

It may help to watch all three parts back-to-back-to-back; I think the "tone change" is largely an artifact of having had a couple of days between installments, providing more time for misplaced expectations. Seen in one piece, I think it all flows together pretty well.

...I suspect you need to be at least a bit masochistic to be a Whedon fan, but it hurts so good...

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