If you haven’t already, get yourself on drhorrible.com and check out Act I and Act II of the 3 part web musical. It’s described by creator Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and Firefly and all-around genius, as a musical about a “low-rent super villain” that happens to also blog. The super villain is played by Neil Patrick Harris, who continues to be funny (and legend… wait for it… DARY) in everything he does. The best part of all this? It reminds me of the Buffy musical episode where the songs themselves are not only hilarious, but the way they break in and out of said song is just perfection (see Freezeray in Act I). Since this is a Joss Whedon project, one that was penned during the Writers’ Strike, you can bet there are some familiar faces from “Whedonverse” in Dr. Horrible. Felicia Day (one of the potential slayers from Buffy) stars as Penny, Dr. Horrible’s love interest, and Nathan Fillion (Caleb from Buffy as well as Malcolm in Firefly and Serenity) stars as Captain Hammer, his arch nemesis.
Act I came out July 15, 2008.
Act II came out July 17, 2008.
Act II comes out July 19, 2008.
All acts will stay up free for viewing until midnight Sunday July 20th. After that, it will VANISH off the website but will be released on DVD at a later date (along with some extras).
Seriously, go and watch it, go now. Or buy the episodes on iTunes.
He has a PhD in Horribleness!
Addendum: I happened to have stumbled upon a Dr. Horrible fansite, when I came across Felicia Day’s website and blog. After skimming through the content and her blog entries, I’ve come to the conclusion that she is kind of awesome… in that, she likes the same things I do and therefore, in my mind, that makes her awesome as well. According to her blog, she is a writer in addition to being an actress, she enjoys video games (including Nintendo DS, which I am a huge nerd for), she is a fan of web 2.0, and she likes to blog and review things in her blog.
Truth be told, I wasn’t really a huge fan of hers, per se, when she played one of the Potential Slayers on Buffy (although I do recall she was one of the least annoying girls of the group). But that’s probably because I thought the Potential Slayers sucked up too much screentime from my beloved Scooby Gang in season 7, the very last season of the series. Since then, I hadn’t followed her career, which is a shame because The Guild (a web series she created) is actually pretty entertaining. Now, I am a fan. I think I’ll even go rewatch my season 7 Buffy DVDs just to refresh my memory of her role on Buffy. This time, I won’t be fast-forwarding so much of the “Potential Slayer scenes”. 😉