Dr. Horrible & The Buffy Horror Picture Show

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Once more, with feeling... Having missed all panel discussions Friday at Dragon*Con (including the intriguingly titled "Lake Monsters I Have Known," "Becoming a Goddess" and "Lights! Camera! Cthulhu!"), I decided to take a break from the awesome people watching and jump wholeheartedly into the Whedon Universe. First I joined hundreds of people for a live version of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Despite the fact that Nathan Fillion was at the fest, amateur actors filled the roles of Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer and the whole Sing-Along gang, while the original video played on a screen beside the stage. The crowd indeed sang along and even chimed in with lines like "Because the status is not quo," "I hold a PhD in horribleness," and of course, "The hammer is my penis."

I somehow hadn't yet watched the 43-minute videoCreated by Joss Whedon with the help of his family members, Dr. Horrible stars Neil Patrick Harris as an evil genius who's doing all he can to get into the Evil League of Evil. Fillion plays the dashing-but-shallow superhero Captain Hammer who continually thwarts his plans. It's a one-off musical comedy from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and the upcoming Dollhouse—in other words, an instant cult classic. As a costume at Dragon*Con, Dr. Horrible was only topped by the Joker, Captain Jack Sparrow and half-naked Spartans. But that's not counting all the Captain Hammer t-shirts.


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