Did everyone else succumb to the hype and watch Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog last week? I was a bit late to join the bandwagon, but did manage to watch Act I & II on Friday and then miraculously remembered to catch Act III last night before it was removed from free viewing. No worries if you missed it, though, because it is now available as an iTunes download. But now you'll have to pay $3.99 for your Doctor's visit. lol ha ha! ;p
For those of you watched Dr. Horibble already, I want to know what drove you to watch it in the first place? And don't just say because Joss Whedon is a genius. Tell me why.
For me, it was pure curiosity as to what was so great about it to create such an enormous buzz on the internet. And honestly, when I watched the first two Acts, I thought, 'Okay, this is cute. It's got this black comedy component with a bit of adorableness, combined with a well produced musical score,' but I wasn't blown away. The tone kind of reminded me of "The Little Shop of Horrors," gone superhero style. Yes? By Act III, I was really digging it. I didn't realize Neil Patrick Harris could sing, let alone Broadway style. And Felicia Day? Totally won my heart. Her look, her acting, her voice. All wonderful.
What did you like best about Dr. Horrible? Besides when Captain Hammer says, "The hammer is my penis."
I think for me it was the musical score and orchestration. I loved the music, the lyrics, and the delivery of each song. I believe it is Joss' fiance, Maurissa Tancharoen who wrote the music with Jed Whedon and I think they did a outstanding job of it. My favorite song was the poignant song that Felicia Day sang to Dr. Horrible in the laundromat in Act II at the 7:50 mark. "Here's a story of a girl... Who grew up lost and lonely..." Totally tugged at my heartstrings.
Was there anything you didn't like about Dr. Horrible?
There was something I noticed almost right from the start that stuck in the back of my mind and bothered me about this production. I first noticed it during one of the first scenes in which Dr. Horrible was singing-- when he was in the laundromat? Everyone there was white. He's in a city laundromat and everyone is white? Then he proceeds to walk down the street and everyone is white. At one time we see the back of a woman's head and she has black hair, but there was no way to tell if she was nonwhite. Then it isn't until Act III when we finally see nonwhite actors; Maurissa Tancharoen herself, who is Asian, plays one of the groupies and then there are two or three black people as walk ons later in the act. I know this is a low (no?) budget production, and all the actors were probably friends and family who weren't even paid, but still it bothered me. Anyone else?
All in all, I enjoyed watching Dr. Horrible and look forward to future productions by Mutant Enemy Productions. The idea of a web series is fun and ingenious, and I especially like the Broadway Musical feel that Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog had. I wonder what's up next and how soon before we see new web series by other production companies? It should be interesting. :)