OMG, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is great! Last night I finally got to see Act I and now today Act II loaded just fine. Neil Patrick Harris is so perfect. Thanks, Joss!
OK, had to edit this. Typical Donna gushing fan-grrl post. Sigh. Let's try for something a little more informative, shall we?
And yes, I downloaded it from iTunes. Must. Own. Even if it is from the Apple Empire. Got a season pass for $3.99.
The characterizations are complex, which is something I always like about Joss' work. Billy (Dr. Horrible of the title) is a boy in love. (Yeah, as Scott says, it's always about “There was this girl.”) OK, so he's also an evil mad scientist genius type. But they need love too. Nice opening in Act I, with humor leading, so you know the feel of the piece. I like the inclusion of Walowitz from Big Bang Theory as his moist friend. Great superpower, there. The love songs are mushy, but in both acts, the final song is the kicker. Joss' feel for harmony with multiple voices singing similar lines appropriate to the character works well. The scene where Dr. H is manipulating the van remotely is painful to watch, and NPH plays the right mix of distraction and attention to Penny (who is quite early Willow, I think). Nathan Fillion is skilled at playing guys who are nice on the surface and wicked underneath (well, I think of Caleb; Mal of Firefly is more the reverse). His Captain Hammer is slimy-nasty. (The Dark Horse comic of it really points that up.)
I'll watch Act II again before I post about it.