Dr. Horrible’s sing-along blog act I
When I first saw “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” I came away thinking that Neil Patrick Harris completely stole the show — I wasn’t the only one convinced the sequel shouldn’t be made unless NPH returned, either. I never would have thought that Doogie Howser M.D. would make a Hollywood resurgence as a comedic performer, but the dude’s delivery is unlike anyone else out there.
He’s absolutely hilarious.
He thrives on the Awkward, making pathetic situations funny and sad characters laughable. I’ve wanted to see more comedy from him since the first “Harold and Kumar,” so you can imagine my excitement when I first heard about “Dr. Horrible’s sing-along blog,” an internet-based comedy show starring none other than NPH.
I wasn’t just excited for Harris, though. Online entertainment is truly the future of media consumption — especially with the release of things like hulu.com, online entertainment media isn’t just an experiment; it’s becoming the norm. I’ve really enjoyed other web-based shows, “Clark and Michael,” “Baby Cakes” and on and on, but this project is different.
Big stars, great writers, great production and hype, which are new concepts in the realm of webisodes.
For those of you who don’t know about “Dr. Horrible,” Joss Whedon, the man behind the screenplays of “Toy Story,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Alien: Resurrection,” had nothing to do during the WGA writer’s strike. So he worked on a script for this in his free time. It’s not come to reality, with the first of thee episodes coming out today.
a 40-minute, 3-part musical comedy produced for the Internet, telling the story of a low-rent supervillain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to.
Doesn’t that just sound like the perfect vehicle for NPH’s awkward style of comedy? Well, it is. Check it out for yourself:
I love the little ticks that Neil Patrick Harris brought out in the character. The nervous twitch he displays throughout the first episode is such a little thing, a seemingly meaningless thing. But it makes the character so much more human and so much more fun to watch. When you see something like that, you’re so much more likely to identify with and enjoy watching a character.
I am really excited to see how this ends up. The second and third parts will be released July 17 and July 19, respectively. Also, to try and make their money back (the shows are available for free on http://www.doctorhorrible.net), Whedon will be releasing the whole series on DVD with “amazing” extras.