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Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Meh

A lot of people are busy raving about Joss Whedon’s Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, but let’s face it, if Joss Whedon had released 10 properly hyped minutes of him staring at the camera and eating a pie, it would probably get just as much attention. That’s the essence of what being a fanboy is, uncritical adoration for anything and everything made by XYZ. Personally I have to wonder what’s so special about Joss Whedon doing something that the Chad Vader videos did better and on a smaller budget over a year ago.

Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is cute enough in some places, but basically it’s the sort of slow paced and self-indulgent project you expect when you hear the words Joss Whedon and Musical in the same sentence. When it comes to doing this kind of take on superheroes and supervillains, The Tick had it down much better than this, for that matter even projects like Mystery Men and The Specials, did it better. Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog doesn’t really have much to offer beyond Doogie Howser as the geeky guy who can’t talk to a girl and sings about it and happens to be an amateurish supervillain. Think of him as the sorta good version of the evil trio back in Buffy’s unlamented season 6. Which of course also had the musical episode in it.

If the only thing anyone was doing was straight up versions of superhero material, I could get why there would be a need for Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, but there really isn’t such a shortage, which makes Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog bland and pointless. I can grok the economics of it. Since Joss Whedon is marketable enough to X number of fans, it’s cheaper to produce something like Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and sell it on DVD, than to produce a movie like Serenity and sell it on DVD. And maybe Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will finance something better than this, which hopefully won’t star Nathan Fillion.

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