16 July 2008
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Most of my online pals are geeky types and know about this already, so I'm directing this to the rest of you. Go check out Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Joss Whedon, along with his brothers, created a short musical in three acts. It is about a super-villian wannabe, the superhero that is his arch-nemesis, and the girl of his dreams. Summer is a time when viewing choices are slim, so if you are a sofa spud like me you've been looking for something to watch. Dr. Horrible provides a pleasant diversion while you are drinking your morning coffee.
In case you think that this is just another YouTube viral video, let me set you straight. Joss Whedon is the guy behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so this is not an amateur-night production. It was written and filmed during the recent WGA strike when several of his writer and actor friends were available. Whedon tapped Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Filion to star in this special project. Along with the acting, the music and cinematography are also top-notch.
Dr. Horrible is being presented in a unique way for the internet. Whedon is calling it an online mini-series event. Act One became available on 15 July, Act Two goes live on 17 July, and Act Three goes live on 19 July. Each act is about 15 minutes long, which I think is the perfect length for an episodic story on the internet -- just long enough to satisfy without any filler. All three acts will be available until 20 July and then they will be taken off the site. From then on, you will be able to buy the episodes on iTunes. A DVD is also in the works with tons of bonus features.