A Ph.D. in Horribleness
If anyone hasn’t checked out Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog” yet, go ahead and enjoy it right here. Joss (the creator of several comedy/sci fi TV Shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the current, less comedic, more dramatic, The Dollhouse) and his brothers have created this three act webisode feature that is absolutely incredible. In fact, it might be the most creative thing I’ve seen “on TV” in quite a while. All three acts total about 42 minutes, so about the time it takes to watch a TV Drama without the commercials (does anyone watch commercials anymore?).
In any case, it is worth a watch. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, and, well, you remember Doogie Howser don’t you?) and Patricia Day (of another popular webisode series, The Guild) are incredible. Nathan Fillion (as Captain Hammer) makes a great villainous-hero (roles are reversed in this one). The writing is great, the humor is subtle at times, and performances and timing are fantastic. I’ve seen it five times now, and every single time I discover something new. Not sure that trend will continue beyond 5 views, but nevertheless, there is a lot of comedy hidden in this gem. A sequel is in the works…but the medium and timing are unknown at this time. For more information, check out the official fan site. Enjoy, and leave comments on what you think. Don’t miss the full screen button in the upper right corner of the video…sit back and relax while you watch.