Here at thenerdfilter we have a running series called The Netflix Challenge. Where a member of the TNF crew challenges another member to watch something via Netflix instant. Last Friday Topher challenged me to watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Many spoilers ahead.
Hardly a challenge, the run time is only 42 minutes long. I have seen parts of this before on YouTube but never watched the whole thing. Neil Patrick Harris sets it off talking to the camera, he is Dr. Horrible and its more like his Vlog. The first song is about having a crush on a girl, and the songs move the story along. When the dudes come in and are singing about Bad Horse out of nowhere–it reminded me of Cannibal The Musical. So the girl Dr. Horrible has a crush on is Penny. They see each other at the laundromat and it’s pretty funny how awkward N.P.H. is. Captain Hammer is played by Nathan Fillian, mostly known from Firefly. He steals every scene he is in. Playing Captain Hammer very cheesy, it’s pretty funny to see Fillian ham it up. Captain Hammer saves Penny and that’s the end of Act 1.
Act 2 begins with Captain Hammer on a date with Penny, Dr. Horrible is pissed. And yep he is singing about it. Evil is on the rise and he is becoming more evil, He has a P.H.D. is horribleness. That’s pretty much Act 2. Act 3 the Captain Hammer fan club is pretty funny, with 2 girls and a guy singing occasionally. Penny got Captain Hammer to do a fundraiser for the homeless thing. They are at this event, Dr. Horrible comes in, somehow Captain Hammer takes his death ray from him and shoots it. But the gun blew up instead, killing Penny with a piece of shrapnel. Ends very abruptly with Dr. Horrible singing he’s a real villain now. He enters a board room, with other villain looking guys, and a real horse at the head of the table. The super villain Bad Horse is a real horse!
It wasn’t that great. However not entirely all that bad. I give it 3 outta 5. I fell like it is a very niche audience. One who likes musicals would probably enjoy this a lot more than I did. At times I felt, “geez another song.” It is written and directed by Joss Whedon, so if you are a super fan of his it’s a must see.
Stay tuned this Friday I will issue another Netflix Challenge to an unsuspecting TNF member. Only it’s not going to be so easy.