Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

I have many interests besides Tolkien, linguistics, and mythology (e.g., I enjoy beer and other spirits), but I normally keep those to myself here at Lingwë; they’re outside my central mission here, and I don’t know how interested readers would be in hearing about my tastes in pop culture and music, the ups and downs of training my dogs, and so forth. At least, this would be a very different blog if I wrote about those on any kind of regular basis.

But every so often, an event comes along that simply must be shared. So it is with Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. The brain-child of Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly — which, for the record, I’ve never watched), and starring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion, Dr. Horrible is a three-part Internet-only ‘entertainment’ — part comedy, part musical theatre, part love story — that you absolutely must see. It’s simply brilliant, and I don’t say that lightly. (In your face, Emmies! :) You may also want to take a moment to read a little more about the genesis of the idea.

Each act is only ten minutes long, and Acts I and II are currently online. Act III goes online the day after tomorrow. And after that, the whole thing disappears — at least, until the DVD. But the whole idea is to make history with an original, free, Internet-only broadcast event. So you really should check it out this week.

I won’t say anything else about it. Just watch it. If you’re anything like me (and you probably are, or you wouldn’t be reading Lingwë in the first place), you’ll be hooked.

6 comments:

  1. Joss Whedon is simply a genius - I enjoyed watching Buffy, but I was really hooked with Firefly.

    "Dr. Horrible" is truly amazing. And how can it not be when we're talking about singing villains who want to take over the world and superhero girlfriend-stealing bullies? Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion are wonderful actors, but hearing them sing along is a treat :) So, watch it folks - you won't regret it.

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  2. Hear, hear!! Neil Patrick Harris, especially, is just the best. I’m a big fan, and it’s great to see him in something like this.

    I said I never watched Buffy or Firefly, but I did see Whedon’s film, Serenity, based on the latter. I really enjoyed it and would love to catch up on Firefly one of these days.

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  3. You haven't seen Firefly??? My goodness, I'm nearly speechless. It should definitely be on your list, soonsoonsoon. It's so brilliant.

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  4. I know, I know, Alex. I’m sure (and I’ve been told) that I’d love it. I’ll try to make a point of catching up ...

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  5. I don’t know how interested readers would be in hearing about my tastes in pop culture and music, the ups and downs of training my dogs, and so forth. At least, this would be a very different blog if I wrote about those on any kind of regular basis.

    You could start a second blog. :)

    And after that, the whole thing disappears — at least, until the DVD.

    Crap. I missed the freebie -- but it's now available in iTunes. Each part is $1.99 or you can buy the whole thing for just $3.99. This is such a cool idea; thanks for posting it!

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  6. You could start a second blog. :)

    I’ve thought about doing that, but I have more than enough to say on this one, and probably too little time to maintain two. At least as of today. But who knows what the future may hold?

    Crap. I missed the freebie -- but it's now available in iTunes. Each part is $1.99 or you can buy the whole thing for just $3.99. This is such a cool idea; thanks for posting it!

    You’re welcome! $3.99 is a great price, too. I expected it to be higher. If you have iTunes, I’d still suggest you buy and watch it. It’s definitely worth it. I’ll be buying it on DVD, I’m sure, once they release it in that format.

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