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Doctor Horrible, the aftermath

by Brett Love, posted Jul 19th 2008 1:26PM

Neil Patrick Harris - Dr. Horrible
If you are like me, you stayed up late Friday night just to catch Act 3 of Doctor Horrible, even though you needed to be up at 5AM to watch F1 in Germany. Chances are that there are more of you that stayed up late and couldn't give two shakes about a car race at Hockenheim, but either way, we've come to the end of Joss Whedon's great experiment. It seemed like a good idea to get a post up and see what everybody thought. A lot of it was what I expected based simply on the players involved. It stood to reason that there would be some good yucks, a bit of a twist, and since this is Joss Whedon, even...

...one of the main characters getting knocked off. Joss does like to kill people, after all.

While a lot of it felt very comfortable to fans of Whedon, there was one thing that surprised me. Obviously we all knew going in that it was going to be a musical, and having watched "Once More With Feeling" more than a few times, I knew it was in Whedon's bag of tricks. But the music and the songs were even better than I expected.

The part that stands out to me the most is the opening to Act 2 with Dr. Horrible and Penny singing separate lyrics on top of each other. It's interesting, but as the two sets of lyrics start to merge, your ears perk up. What the deuce? And when it all comes together, it's a whole other level of cool. It's a musical theater thing that's hard to pull off, and it exceeded the expectations I had going into the show. Well done, all around.

As to the bigger story, I really liked it. Even the killing of Penny, as it sets up what one can hope will be the next chapter as we see just how that plays out for Dr. Horrible. All three of the leads were great, with Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion really nailing their parts. Nathan Fillion just has charisma by the bucketful. Even when he is playing a complete jackass, and he was committed to being that jackass, he's still likable.

The show also served as one big easter egg for Whedon fans. It was chock-a-block with people from the family. He managed to get the likes of David Fury, Marti Noxon, and Drew Goddard, among others, up on screen for us. Heck, it even had costumes from Angel and Firefly's Shawna Trpcic. You can look forward to next seeing her work on Dollhouse, by the way.

At the end of the day, I find that I can only muster one complaint for Dr. Horrible. Who hires Liz Vassey and only puts her on screen for three seconds? Crazy people, that's who (I love Liz Vassey because she was in Maximum Bob). Here's hoping that we get to see more of Fury Leika in Dr. Horrible Two. Other than that, it was a smashing success.

Today is the last chance to see all three acts for free. Just click here and enjoy.

It's time to rate the Doctor!
5 stars. As hot as Fury Leika.970 (76.7%)
4 stars. Badass, like the Purple Pimp.256 (20.2%)
3 stars. Average, just how Professor Normal likes it.24 (1.9%)
2 stars. As disappointing as your credit being Moving Guy.5 (0.4%)
1 star. Totally moist.10 (0.8%)

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nattyff

awesomeness in just one click... I WHANT MORE!!!

September 15 2008 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AT

Oh my god, they killed Penny! You bastards!

(Cheesy, but it came to me when I saw her death and no one else said it.)

July 20 2008 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brett Love

Hahaha. Well done, ABT.

July 20 2008 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Treacher

"The only thing that I still can't figure out is the final seconds, where he is back in front of his webcam in normal clothes. It makes me think that I am missing some like the events didn't happen, but I just can't figure it out."

It means that he's still sad little Billy on the inside, even though he's the worldshaking supervillain he's always wanted to be on the outside. It means that Joss Whedon has a firm grasp of classic tragedy.

July 20 2008 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jim Treacher

I had no idea that was Liz Vassey! Well, they definitely have to do a sequel, then.

"It was mildly amusing. But if this exact series had been made by people no one had heard of, the reaction then would have been a deafening 'meh'."

Or possibly "Who are these people and where can I see more of their work?" Apparently it didn't meet your expectations, but maybe you would have liked it better if you didn't have those expectations.

July 20 2008 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MLO

I thought that Act III violated the spirit that he had set up within the story. The guy was supposed to be an evil scientist. For goodness sake! He would have stolen her body a la Reanimator! The story was not consistent with the character's set up.

July 20 2008 at 4:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tina

Definitely thought Act I was the best - stood up to multiple viewings. Act II was a bit of a letdown, but slightly better in Act III. The songs from Act I were fantastic, but the other songs weren't as memorable. Still, overall, it was great, and I hope that there's a sequel.

July 20 2008 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily Pray

I have never seen anything by Joss Whedon before (Iknow, please don't start.) I only tuned in for NPH because I loved him in "Sweeney Todd" (in concert) a few years back. Now I think I have to go spend an exhorbitant amount of money and finally see everything he's involved in. I loved it.

July 19 2008 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

Its too short! I want more! MORE! MOOOOOREEE!!

July 19 2008 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nicolas.graf

even though you needed to be up at 5AM to watch F1 in Germany.
For me it was the other way round, I got up at 6AM German time just to watch Dr. Horrible ASAP ;)

July 19 2008 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug Nelson

It was mildly amusing. But if this exact series had been made by people no one had heard of, the reaction then would have been a deafening "meh".

It just reinforces the modern concept of entertainment where who you are matters more than what you do.

It actually made me like "Once More With Feeling" a little less, which is sad because it's my favorite episode of any series, ever.

July 19 2008 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bill

The word you are looking for is Branding and there's no use trying to imagine a world without it.

July 21 2008 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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