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First things first: I finally got around to watching Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and I think the thought-bubble "WTF?!" is still hovering somewhere above my head. I feel like it wasn't long enough, but that's about all I can say.

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I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan, and I thought it was hilarious :D And sad. He has a unique way of mixing humor with brutal tragedy. But I agree, it ends rather abruptly.. But it is very like him, knowing his style, so I wasn't surprised that that was it.

Where Joss is concerned, I'm very hit-and-miss. I love Firefly and Serenity, but Buffy was never enough to hook me. In fact, I found it sort of annoying (based on a sampling of about five to ten eps from across various seasons).

I was the same with Buffy. It wasn't untiĺ they rerun the show on tv, I had no current obsession, was getting over a bad break-up and needed to delve into something other than my own life, that I sat down by chance and saw the first episode of the rerun. It wasn't half as bad as I had initially thought, judging from the very few clips I had seen. Special effects rather left something to wish for, but the show was on a tight budget and not expected to survive more than the first season anyway. But the humor was fantastic. That geeky pop culture referencing language known as Buffyspeak was something only Joss could do (as he created a whole new way of speaking for the crew on Serenity). Books have been published on the subject of the language of Buffy alone. And example is when they've been given an assignment in school to take care of an egg, and in order to preserve it better, Xander boils his. He's found out when he drops it, and it doesn't break. He tries to explain that he wasn't cheating, rather wanted to help the egg live longer. Giles, Buffy's watcher and school librarian, saying to Xander: "I suppose there is a sort of Machiavellian ingenuity to your transgression." To which Xander replies, "I resent that... Or possibly thank you". Obviously because he really has no idea what Giles just said. That's good humor :P

Another example, though not one that requires any historical knowledge, is when the group meeds Xander in the swimming hall, joining the swim team, while the group is investigating a case. They see Xander and all looked chocked. In his defense Xander replies, "I'm undercover!" to which Buffy remarks, eyeing his skimpy red speedos, "Not under much."

That's what really spoke to me and kept me interested. That, and Buffy's relationship with Dark and brooding Angel. Until the angst became too much, and Buffy became so much of a bitch that I just wanted them to stay as far away from each other as possible.

Then I shipped Buffy with Spike for a long time, but that was essentially it. The two last seasons are vastly different from the previous five. Unfunny, dreadful and dark, and not in the cool way at all. I saw it to its end, and followed the show Angel simultaneously, since they ran alongside each other time-wise (and Angel was a better show, too), but when they were over, it was pretty much over for me.

I agree that it's rather cheesy. Some of the acting was not very good. Especially Willow's girlfriend Amber annoyed me to no end with her fake slight stuttering. But I forgave it that because of the scripts, because of the language, the smart writing that required a pre-knowledge of films and books, mixed with a kind of youthful way of twisting the language to their needs (making verbs out of everything was almost a sport). From a linguistic POV the show was extremely fascinating.

But I can't return to the show now, at all, like I can with other of my previous obsessions. I love the writing, but that's as far as it goes now.

Oops, tl;dr :P

Perhaps one day if I can borrow it all from somebody, I'll watch it. But I doubt I'll ever spend the money in my own right!

I watched it for the first time on the weekend..and my reaction was very much the same...

The concept is amusing, but I think it needed a litle more time and development!

Dr Horrible was very predictable if you've ever seen anything Whedon has ever done, but I do love Neil Patrick Harris.

I'm not sure I'd say it was predictable based on what I've seen (Firefly/Serenity, scattered eps of Buffy), but it was definitely...strange. And I think Harris did the best job in it, yes.

N.P. Harris was awesome as Dr. Horrible :D

In politics, here's an interesting little graphic:
http://www.economist.com/Vote2008/

"These are not the hammer."

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Captain Hammer is such a lame-ass.

I thought he was ideally cast. :)

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If I'm not mistaken, there will be an act IV to Dr Horrible latter on. But I do agree with you, the ending is very (too) abrupt.

One of the things that hooked me to this show was the singing. The songs are good, and totally stuck in my head (I find myself humming them at least four times a day, that's kind of awful in a strangly good way...)

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