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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

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Approx. run time 42 minutes
Genre Musical
Comedy
Tragedy
Creator Joss Whedon
Jed Whedon
Zack Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen
Written by Joss Whedon
Jed Whedon
Zack Whedon
Maurissa Tancharoen
Directed by Joss Whedon
Produced by David M. Burns
Michael Boretz
Starring Neil Patrick Harris
Felicia Day
Nathan Fillion
Simon Helberg
Editing by Lisa Lassek
Music by Joss Whedon
Jed Whedon
Country United States
Language English
Original run July 15, 2008 (2008-07-15) – July 20, 2008 (2008-07-20)
No. of episodes 3
Followed by Planned, untitled sequel

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical tragicomedy short film produced exclusively for Internet distribution. It tells the story of Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain; Captain Hammer, his nemesis; and Penny, their mutual love interest.

The movie was written by writer/director Joss Whedon, his brothers Zack Whedon (a television writer) and Jed Whedon (a composer), and actress Maurissa Tancharoen. The writing team penned the musical during the WGA writers' strike. The idea was to create something small and inexpensive, yet professionally done, in a way that would circumvent the issues that were being protested during the strike.[1][2] On October 31, 2008, Time magazine named it #15 in Time's Top 50 Inventions of 2008.[3][4] It also won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Online Sensation", and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.[5] In the inaugural 2009 Streamy Awards for web television, Dr. Horrible won seven awards: Audience Choice Award for Best Web Series, Best Directing for a Comedy Web Series, Best Writing for a Comedy Web Series, Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series (Harris), Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Music.[6] It also won a 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs.[7]

Contents

Plot

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog consists of three acts of approximately 14 minutes each. They were first released online as individual episodes, with two-day intervals between each release.

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Act I

Dr. Horrible is filming an entry for his video blog, giving updates on his schemes and responding to various emails from his viewers. Asked about the "her" that he often mentions, he launches into song about Penny, the girl he likes from the laundromat ("My Freeze Ray").

The song is cut short by his friend Moist, who brings up a letter from Bad Horse, the leader of the Evil League of Evil. The letter informs Dr. Horrible that his application for entry into the League will be evaluated, and that they will be watching for his next heinous crime ("Bad Horse Chorus").

The following day, Horrible prepares to steal a case of wonderflonium for his time-stopping Freeze Ray by remotely commandeering the courier van. Penny happens to be on the same street ("Caring Hands"), and appears asking him to sign a petition to turn a city building into a homeless shelter. However, the remote requires his attention, and he appears uninterested in her and her cause. As Penny leaves, Horrible is conflicted, but opts to steal the wonderflonium, telling himself that 'A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do' ("A Man's Gotta Do").

When Horrible remotely drives the van away, Captain Hammer appears and smashes the remote control receiver, causing the van to veer towards Penny. Hammer pushes her out of the way (into a pile of garbage) just as Horrible regains control of the van and stops it, making it appear as though Captain Hammer had stopped the van with his bare hands. The two confront each other, but Penny emerges to thank Hammer, making him forget about beating up Dr. Horrible. As Hammer and Penny serenade each other, Horrible makes off with the wonderflonium.

Act II

Dr. Horrible stalks Penny and Captain Hammer on their dates; Horrible sings of the misery of the human condition, and Penny sings of hope and the possibility of redemption ("My Eyes"). Penny and Horrible, known to her as Billy, begin to talk openly as friends.

On his blog, Horrible reveals that his Freeze Ray has been completed, and that he plans to use it the next day. The following post reveals that he has failed, as Hammer and the LAPD watch his blog, and they were ready for him. He then receives a phone call from Bad Horse and is reprimanded, saying that the only way to be inducted now is to commit an assassination ("Bad Horse Chorus (Reprise)"). Horrible is conflicted and can't decide on a victim, or even if he wants to commit a murder at all.

Billy chats with Penny over frozen yogurt, at the laundromat, about his problems ("Penny's Song"). As they grow closer, Penny mentions that Captain Hammer is planning to drop by. Billy panics and tries to leave, only to run into Hammer as he walks in. They feign ignorance on recognizing each other, but when Penny leaves them alone, Hammer taunts Horrible about his crush on Penny, happy to be taking the thing that Dr. Horrible wants most. It becomes obvious that Hammer doesn't really care about Penny but just wants to sleep with her to spite Horrible. Horrible decides to kill Hammer ("Brand New Day").

Act III

Los Angeles is abuzz with Captain Hammer's crusade to help the homeless and he is considered the city's new hero; Penny ponders her relationship with Captain Hammer, waiting at the laundromat to share frozen yogurt with an absent Billy; and Dr. Horrible goes into seclusion while obsessively constructing a Death Ray with which to kill Captain Hammer once and for all ("So They Say").

At the opening for the new homeless shelter, at which a statue of Captain Hammer is to be unveiled, Captain Hammer begins a speech praising the homeless but it degenerates into selfish, condescending praise of his own excellence and relationship with Penny ("Everyone's a Hero"). Penny, embarrassed, quietly tries to leave as the crowd joins in singing Hammer's song, but they are interrupted by the appearance of Dr. Horrible, who uses the Freeze Ray on Captain Hammer, cutting his song short. Dr. Horrible taunts the shocked crowd and declares that they cannot recognize the "slipping" disguise of Hammer, and he reveals a second, more lethal laser gun: his completed Death Ray ("Slipping").

At last, Horrible aims the lethal weapon at the frozen form of Captain Hammer, but hesitates, at which time the Freeze Ray unexpectedly fails and a suddenly revived Hammer punches Horrible across the room. The Death Ray falls from his hands. Hammer then picks up the Death Ray, turns it on Horrible, and triumphantly completes the final note of his prior song. However, as Hammer pulls the trigger, the damaged Death Ray misfires; the weapon explodes in Hammer's hands, injuring him and causing him to feel pain, apparently for the first time in his life. He flees, a weeping wreck. Dr. Horrible realizes suddenly that he has succeeded in vanquishing his nemesis, without harming any bystanders at all... except Penny, whom he discovers has been hit by shrapnel from the exploding gun. Tragically, she dies in Horrible's arms, deliriously reassuring him that Captain Hammer will save them.

Dr. Horrible declares ironic victory, with "the world [he] wanted, at [his] feet." In the aftermath, Horrible gains infamy and becomes a member of the League, striding into a party in celebration of his induction, attended by Moist and the villains Pink Pummeller and Purple Pimp. Then Dr. Horrible, donning a new outfit - red coat, black gloves and his goggles covering his eyes - takes his seat at the League, composed by Tie-Die, Snake Bite, Professor Normal, Dead Bowie, Fake Thomas Jefferson, Fury Leika and Bad Horse - who is an actual horse. He addresses the camera, saying, "now the nightmare's real," and in working "to make the whole world kneel," that "[He] won't feel...". He completes the line "...a thing" ironically, as a sad-looking Billy, out of costume, in a final blog post. ("Everything You Ever")

Soundtrack

The musical contains 14 songs, including credits and reprises, but at the time of broadcast the song titles were not identified. The soundtrack was released through the iTunes Store on September 1, 2008[8] and was released on CD in the US on December 15.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Soundtrack made the top 40 Album list on release, despite being a digital exclusive only available on iTunes.[9]

Musical numbers

Act I
  • "Dr. Horrible Theme" — instrumental
  • "My Freeze Ray" — Dr. Horrible
  • "Bad Horse Chorus" — Bad Horse Chorus
  • "Caring Hands" — Penny
  • "A Man's Gotta Do" — Dr. Horrible, Penny, Captain Hammer
Act II
  • "Dr. Horrible Theme" — instrumental
  • "My Eyes" — Dr. Horrible, Penny
  • "Bad Horse Chorus (Reprise)" — Bad Horse Chorus
  • "Penny's Song" — Penny
  • "Brand New Day" — Dr. Horrible
Act III
  • "Dr. Horrible Theme" — instrumental
  • "So They Say" — Movers, Captain Hammer groupies, Penny, Captain Hammer, news anchors, Dr. Horrible
  • "Everyone's a Hero" — Captain Hammer, groupies
  • "Slipping" — Dr. Horrible
  • "Everything You Ever/Finale" — Dr. Horrible, groupies
  • "End Credits" — instrumental

Cast

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog cast and crew
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog cast and crew
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Billy/Dr. Horrible: An aspiring supervillain of the mad scientist variety with the catchphrase, "I've got a Ph.D in Horribleness." He desires to become a member of Bad Horse's Evil League of Evil and use his inventions to take over the world and enact social change for the betterment of humanity, whom he sees as ignorant to the problems of the world. His unintentionally humorous socio-political beliefs include the paradoxical idea of autocratic anarchism. As Billy, he struggles to make a romantic connection with Penny.
  • Felicia Day as Penny: Dr. Horrible's love interest, whom he sees at the coin laundromat. She is idealistic and generous and volunteers at a homeless shelter. Her optimism clashes vividly with Billy's cynicism and misanthropy, and her benevolence with Captain Hammer's narcissism.
  • Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer: Dr. Horrible's arch-nemesis. Hammer is a self-centered superhero possessing super-human strength and near-invulnerability, though he is clearly the antagonist. He enjoys harassing Dr. Horrible even when the situation does not warrant it.
  • Simon Helberg as Moist: Dr. Horrible's friend, who has the underwhelming ability to dampen things. Dr. Horrible calls him "my evil moisture buddy." It's implied that he's in the Henchmen's Union, and he can be seen aiding Dr. Horrible in robbing a bank.

Several colleagues of Joss Whedon have cameo roles in the series. Marti Noxon, an executive producer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, portrays a newsreader alongside Buffy and Angel writer David Fury. Buffy and Angel writers Doug Petrie and Drew Goddard cameo as supervillains Professor Normal and Fake Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Jed, Joss, and Zack Whedon all provide the singing voices of Bad Horse Chorus. Zack also plays the man who rolls the gurney with Penny on it out of frame, and Jed Whedon also appears as the supervillain Dead Bowie, while Maurissa Tancharoen plays a superhero/supervillain groupie as well as the background voice on "Everything You Ever." Members of the Dr. Horrible crew also play small roles.

Production

Whedon funded the project himself (at just over $200,000[10]) and enjoyed the independence of acting as his own studio. “Freedom is glorious,” he comments. “And the fact is, I’ve had very good relationships with studios, and I’ve worked with a lot of smart executives. But there is a difference when you can just go ahead and do something.” As a web show, there were fewer constraints imposed on the project, and Whedon had the “freedom to just let the dictates of the story say how long it’s gonna be. We didn’t have to cram everything in—there is a lot in there—but we put in the amount of story that we wanted to and let the time work around that. We aimed for thirty minutes, we came out at forty two, and that’s not a problem.”[11] Some of the music was influenced by Stephen Sondheim.[12]

The production of the DVD included a contest announced at Comic-Con for one aspect of its content - The production team would be accepting short videos from fans, given 3 minutes to explain why they should be inducted into the Evil League of Evil. Ten winning submissions have been added to the DVD release.

Recording locations

Dr. Horrible was recorded at a number of Los Angeles area locations:

  • Songs were recorded in a small studio set up in Joss Whedon’s loft.[13]
  • There are a number of photos posted in numerous places on the Web of the cast and crew taken at DC Stages, 1360 East 6th Street (E. 6th at Mateo St.) in Los Angeles.
  • The outdoor scenes featuring the Captain Hammer “groupies” were recorded on East 6th Street near the northeast corner of E. 6th and S. Central Ave. in Los Angeles. (Location is within walking distance of DC Stages).
  • The Laundry Mart where they filmed is located at 1372/1374 Sunset Blvd. between Douglas Street and Allison Avenue in Echo Park.
  • The lake with the paddleboat is Echo Park Lake.
  • Dr. Horrible's home, used for blogging scenes as well as the final party scene is the house featured in the 'Mad Scientist' episode of Monster House.

Distribution

Whedon has said that the plan was to find a venue for the series that would enable it to earn its money back and pay the crew. This plan was to release the show onto the Internet, with an iTunes[14] release to follow. If successful enough, an official DVD would be greenlit, which Whedon planned to have some "amazing extras".[15]

The musical's fansite launched in March 2008 (despite the official site containing nothing more than a poster at the time) and was the first place to publicly release the teaser trailer three months later on June 25, 2008.[16]

Online

The episodes first aired at the Official Dr. Horrible website, hosted on Hulu, accessible internationally (unusual for the US-based service whose videos are typically not accessible to Internet users who reside outside the US) and free to watch (ad-supported). Act I premiered on Tuesday July 15, 2008 - Act II followed two days later on July 17, and Act III surfaced on July 19. The episodes were taken offline on July 20 as planned, but became available again on July 28. The show was later (date unknown) restricted to the United States only.[17]

On February 22, 2010, the full feature became available to stream freely on Netflix, which all three episodes appearing sequentially. On October 10, 2009 all three acts were made available via iTunes for the UK and Australia. The film is also available from Amazon Video on Demand. On November 29 all three acts, both separate and together, were taken off Hulu.

DVD and Blu-ray

On November 28, 2008 the Official Dr. Horrible website announced that pre-orders were being taken for the DVD. The following day Tubefilter reported that pre-orders of the Dr. Horrible DVD were "booming".[18] As of January 5, 2009 the DVD had become the number 2 overall bestseller in the Movies & TV category at Amazon.com, and number 1 in musicals.

The DVD was released exclusively at Amazon.com on December 19, 2008 in the United States and on January 13, 2009 in Canada at Amazon.ca. The DVD is region free. During pre-ordering the Amazon page stated the discs would be manufactured on demand using recordable media. Although some customers report receiving DVD-R discs (identified by a purple data-side), most are receiving pressed discs.[19]

On June 2, 2009, a new release of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was produced by New Video Group, which included the same materials as the Amazon DVD but was distributed through regular retail outlets.[20]

A Blu-ray version will be released on May 25, 2010 from New Video Group. Special Features are yet to be announced.[21]

Commentary! The Musical

One of the extras on the DVD version includes Commentary! The Musical, a commentary track comprising entirely new songs performed by the cast and crew, thus creating a whole other musical on its own. The actors from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog sing various songs both as solos and with the entire company and doing so both in and out of character, which one of the co-creators, Jed Whedon, self-referentially comments is as pointless as breaking the "ninth wall".[22] The DVD also contains a regular commentary with cast and crew; the top 10 video entries from fans applying to join the Evil League of Evil;[23] featurettes on the making of the production; and four easter eggs. As of January 5, 2010, Commentary! The Musical has been for sale on the iTunes Music Store.

Musical numbers
  • "Commentary!" — Company
  • "Strike" — Company
  • "Ten-Dollar Solo" — Stacy Shirk (as Groupie #2), Neil Patrick Harris
  • "Better (Than Neil)" — Nathan Fillion
  • "It's All About the Art" — Felicia Day
  • "Zack's Flavor" — Zack Whedon, female backups, Joss Whedon
  • "Nobody Wants To Be Moist" — Simon Helberg (as Moist)
  • "Ninja Ropes" — Jed Whedon, Neil Patrick Harris
  • "All About Me" — Extras
  • "Nobody's Asian in the Movies" — Maurissa Tancharoen
  • "Heart (Broken)" — Joss Whedon, backups (Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen)
  • "Neil's Turn" — Neil Patrick Harris
  • "Commentary! (Reprise)" — Company
  • "Steve's Song" — Steve Berg

Profits

All proceeds from iTunes and DVD sales will go toward paying the cast and crew of Dr. Horrible, who were not compensated at the time.[24]

On November 29, 2008, Joss Whedon blogged about Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and stated that, "We've been able to pay our crew and all our bills".[25]

Comic books

Tie-in comic books for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog have been released by Dark Horse Comics through its online comics anthology Dark Horse Presents. So far, three comics have been released, all written by Zack Whedon. "Captain Hammer: Be Like Me!" was released in issue #12 and featured art by Eric Canete.[26] "Moist: Humidity Rising" was released in issue #17 with art by Farel Dalrymple.[27] "Penny: Keep Your Head Up" appears in issue #23 with art by Jim Rugg.[28]

As part of Dark Horse's One-Shot Wonders promotion, a special one-shot detailing Dr. Horrible's origin story was released, with art by Joelle Jones.

Events

On August 29, 2008, the first authorized sing-along version of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was hosted at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia, with showings reaching standing-room-only capacity. Felicia Day herself showed up to one of the showings.[29]

Stage productions of the show have become very popular at colleges across the United States, with many schools claiming to be the "first" production.

Awards and nominations

Awards

2009 Hugo Awards
2009 People's Choice Awards
  • Best Internet Phenomenon Award
2009 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs[30][31]

During the broadcast of the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which was hosted by Harris, a speech by representatives of Ernst & Young was "interrupted" by a sketch featuring Harris as Dr. Horrible and Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer, with cameos by Felicia Day and Simon Helberg.[32]

Nominations

2008 Constellation Awards
  • Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series – Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible
  • Best Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series of 2008

Sequel

Joss Whedon has announced that a sequel is in the works which may take the form of another web series or even a feature film.[33] Nathan Fillion has also said that he knows the title of the sequel but is unwilling to reveal it at this time.[34]

Neil Patrick Harris says that the most likely date for Dr. Horrible 2's principal photography is during the 2011 How I Met Your Mother hiatus.[35]

References

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  7. ^ Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  8. ^ "Lyrics and liner notes coming soon on our site. For now, let your ears enjoy the soundtrack on iTunes.". Dr. Horrible Twitter. http://twitter.com/drhorrible/statuses/906450423. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  9. ^ Billboard 200 chart Issue Date: 2008-09-20
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  13. ^ Sing-Along Blog (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
  14. ^ Spelling, Ian (2008-05-19). "Whedon's Dr. Horrible Almost Done". SCI FI Wire. SCI FI. Archived from the original on 2008-07-27. http://web.archive.org/web/20080727093131/http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=4&id=54390. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
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  16. ^ Gelman, Vlada (2008-06-25). "Whedon’s 'Horrible' Trailer". Television Week: Blink. Crain Communications Inc.. http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/blink/2008/06/whedons_horrible_trailer.php. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  17. ^ Sharma, Arjun (2008-07-29). "‘Dr. Horrible’ Free Again on Hulu, Shortly After Fourth Part Confirmed". Tubefilter. http://news.tubefilter.tv/2008/07/29/dr-horrible-free-again-on-hulu-shortly-after-fourth-part-confirmed/. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  18. ^ 'Dr. Horrible' DVD Ships December 19th, Pre-Orders Booming
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  20. ^ "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog". New Video Group. http://www.newvideo.com/productdetail.html?productid=NV-NNVG159320. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
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  23. ^ "Dr. Horrible Writers, Hot Zombie Love, ARG Mania". Epic Fu. 2008-07-31. http://epicfu.com/2008/07/dr-horrible-writers-hot-zombie.html. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  24. ^ "It's Dr. Horrible ... It's (Dr.) Gone!". iNews 880 AM. 2008-07-20. http://www.inews880.com/Channels/Reg/iReports/Story.aspx?ID=1017368. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
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  26. ^ "Captain Hammer: Be Like Me! (Nemesis of Doctor Horrible)". Dark Horse Comics. http://www.myspace.com/darkhorsepresents?issuenum=12&storynum=2. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  27. ^ "Moist: Humidity Rising". Dark Horse Comics. http://myspace.com/darkhorsepresents?issuenum=17&storynum=1. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  28. ^ "Penny: Keep Your Head Up". Dark Horse Comics. http://myspace.com/darkhorsepresents?issuenum=23&storynum=1. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  29. ^ Jackson, Josh (31 August 2008). "Dr. Horrible & The Buffy Horror Picture Show". Paste Magazine. http://www.pastemagazine.com/high_gravity/2008/08/dr-horrible-the-buffy-horror-picture-show.html. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  30. ^ "Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2009-11-12. p. 18. http://cdn.emmys.tv/downloads/2009/CRTV09winners_pressrel.pdf. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
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  33. ^ Topel, Fred (2009-04-15). "Joss & Co. reveal plans for a Dr. Horrible sequel: Maybe a movie?". Sci Fi Wire. http://scifiwire.com/2009/04/joss-co-reveal-plans-for.php. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  34. ^ Nathan Fillion Talks CASTLE, DOLLHOUSE & DR. HORRIBLE | the TV addict
  35. ^ http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/oswald/Some-truly-wonderful-absolutely-Horrible-news-82068467.html

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical tragicomedy produced for the Internet, telling the story of low-rent supervillain Dr. Horrible, his hero nemesis Captain Hammer, and his romantic interest Penny. It was written by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen.

Contents

Dr. Horrible

  • [opening monologue] Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha… Ah-ha-ha-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhhhh… So that’s, you know, coming along. I'm working with a vocal coach. Strengthening the... AH! A lot of guys ignore the laugh and that's about standards. I mean, if you're gonna get into the Evil League of Evil, you have to have a memorable laugh. What, do you think Bad Horse didn't work on his whinny? His terrible death-whinny? No response, BTW, from the League. But my application is strong this year. A letter of condemnation from the deputy mayor--that's got to have some weight. So… fingers crossed! ...E-mails! [leafs through pieces of paper] TooSlyForYou writes: "Hey Genius." [looks out again] Wow, sarcasm! That's original! [continues reading] "Where are the gold bars you were supposed to pull out of that bank vault with your Transmatter Ray? Obviously, it failed or it would be in the papers." Well, no. They're not gonna say anything in the press, but behold! Transported from there... [holds up a ZipLock bag full of gold-colored liquid] ...to here! [smiles weakly] The molecules tend to shift during the transmatter, uh, event. [pokes bag] But they were transported in bar form… and they clearly were--And by the way, it's not about making money, it's about taking money. Destroying the status quo because the status is not quo. The world is a mess and I just... need to rule it. I’m gonna… [puts the bag away] Smells like cumin. So, transmatter is seventy-five percent, and more importantly, the Freeze Ray is almost up. This is the one. Stops time. Freeze Ray. Tell your friends. We have... [glances at another piece of paper] Oh! Here's one from our good friend JohnnySnow: "Doctor Horrible, I see you are once again afraid to do battle with your nemesis. I waited at Dooley Park for forty-five minutes--" [rolls eyes, lets arm holding papers drop] Okay, dude. You're not my nemesis. My nemesis… is Captain Hammer. Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool. Dislocated my shoulder... again... last week. Look, I'm just trying to change the world, okay? I don't have time for a grudge match with every poseur in a parka. Besides there's kids in that park, so... [back to e-mail print-outs] Here's one from DeadNotSleeping: "Long time watcher, first time writing" blah, blah, blah, blah. "You always say in you blogs that you will 'show her the way, show her that you are a true villain'. Who is 'her' and does she even know that you’re..." [sings "My Freeze Ray"]
  • All right. The wait is over. This, my friends, is my Freeze Ray, which, with the addition of the wonderflonium I obtained at my famously successful heist last week... I say successful in that I achieved my objective. It was less successful in that I inadvertently introduced my arch-nemesis to the girl of my dreams, and now he's taking her out on dates, and they're probably going to...French kiss or something...! She called him sweet? How is he sweet? [long pause] Right, Freeze Ray! So, after tonight I am in the Evil League of Evil if all goes according to plan, which it will, because I hold a PhD in horribleness. See you at the aftermath. Peace! Not... literally.
  • Um, Freeze Ray needs work. I also need to be a little bit more careful about what I say on this blog. Apparently, the LAPD and Captain Hammer are among our viewers. They were waiting for me at the mayor's dedication to the superhero memorial bridge, the Freeze Ray takes a few minutes to warm up and I wasn't... Captain Hammer threw a car at my head.

Captain Hammer

  • [Reading from palm cards] I hate the homeless-- [switches card] --ness problem that plagues this city. Everyone should have the basic... You know what, I don't need tiny cue cards. I fell deeply in love with my serious, long-term girlfriend, Penny. Wave your hand, Penny. [Penny waves] There she is! Cute, huh? Sort of a quiet, nerdy thing. Not my usual, but nice. Anyway, she turned me on to this whole homeless... thing, which is terrible. And I realized, I'm not the only hero in the room tonight. I'm not the only one who's fighting. [sings Everyone's A Hero]
  • I don't have time for your warnings. You give my regards to St. Peter. Or whoever has his job, but in Hell.
  • I'm in pain! I think this is what pain feels like! Oh, mama! Someone maternal!

Penny

  • You're driving a spork into your leg.
  • Everything happens.
  • It's okay. Captain Hammer will save us.

Moist

  • That's so hard core. Bad Horse is legend. He rules the League with an iron hoof!
  • Do you need anything... dampened, or... made soggy?

Dialogue

[Moist interrupts Dr. Horrible singing]
Moist: Hey Doc!
Dr. Horrible: Moist! My evil, moisture buddy! What's going on?
Moist: Life of crime.... Got your mail.
Dr. Horrible: Hey, didn't you, uh, didn't you go on a date last night? Conflict Diamond told me that you were doubling with Bait and Switch.
Moist: Yeah... [walks away]
Dr. Horrible: Yeah?
Moist: It was all right; I kinda thought I was supposed to end up with Bait, but-
Dr. Horrible: [wincing] I hear ya. I saw Penny today.
Moist: Did you talk to her?
Dr. Horrible: I'm just a few weeks away from a real.... audible connection.

[Penny interrupts Billy trying to steal a van with his remote control phone]
Billy: What!
Penny: Um, I- I was wondering if, if I could just- Hey! I know you.
Billy: Hello. You know me, cool. I mean, yeah, you do. Do you?
Penny: From the laundromat.
Billy: Wednesdays and Saturdays, except twice last month you skipped the weekend. Or, if that was you, it could have been someone else. I mean, I've seen you. Billy... is my name.
Penny: I'm Penny. [reaches to shake Billy's hand, but he doesn't respond] What are you doing?
Billy: Um, texting. It's very important or I would stop. What are you doing?
Penny: Actually, I'm out her volunteering for the Caring Hands Homeless Shelter. Can you spare a minute?
Billy: Um... [looks at the van and then back at Penny] Ok, go.
Penny: Okay, um, we're hoping to open a new location soon. Expand our efforts. There's this great building nearby that the city is just gonna demolish and turn into a parking lot. But if we get enough signatures-
Billy: Signatures?
Penny: Yeah.
Billy: I'm sorry. Go on.
Penny: I was saying, um, maybe we could get the city to donate the building to our cause. We would be able to thread two hundred-and-fifty new beds, get people off the streets and into job training so they could buy rocket packs, go to the Moon, pick up florists.... [Understands that Billy has been ignoring her] You're not really interested in the homeless, are you?
Billy: No, I am, but- It's a symptom. You're treating a symptom, and the disease rages on, consumes the human race. The fish rots from the head, as they say. So what I'm thinking is, why not cut off the head?
Penny: ...Of the human race?
Billy: It's not a perfect metaphor, but I'm talking about an overhaul of the system. Putting the power in... different hands.
Penny: I'm all for that. This petition is about the building.
Billy: I'd love to sign.

[after Captain Hammer saves Penny]
Dr. Horrible: You idiot!
Captain Hammer: Dr. Horrible. I should've known you were behind this.
Dr. Horrible: You almost killed her!
Captain Hammer: I remember it differently.
Dr. Horrible: Is she-
[Captain Hammer begins choking Dr. Horrible]
Captain Hammer: It's curtains for you, Dr. Horrible. Lacy, gently wafting curtains.

Billy: Hey, this is weird. I ordered one frozen yogurt and they gave me two. You don't happen to like frozen yogurt, do you?
Penny: I love it!
Billy: You're kidding? What a crazy random happenstance! Here.
Penny: Thank you.
Billy: So, how was your weekend? Did you spend it chasing down wild signatures?
Penny: Um, actually I went on a date.
Billy: Get right out of town! How was that?
Penny: Unexpected. He's a really good-looking guy, and I thought he was kind of cheesy at first-
Billy: [quietly] Trust your instincts.
Penny: But he turned out to be totally sweet. Sometimes people are layered like that. There's something totally different underneath than what's on the surface.
Billy: And sometimes there's a third even deeper level and that one is the same as the top surface one.
Penny: [confused] Huh?
Billy: Like with pie. So, you gonna see him again?
Penny: I think I will.
Billy: Oh....
[Pause]
Penny: Billy?
Billy: Yeah?
Penny: You're driving a spork into your leg.
Billy: So I am. Hilarious, isn't it?
[They both giggle]

[After receiving Bad Horse's message to murder someone]
Moist: Kill someone?
Dr. Horrible: Would you do it? To get into the Evil League of Evil?
Moist: Look at me, man. I'm Moist. At my most bad-ass, I make people feel like they want to take a shower.
Dr. Horrible: But killing isn't my style; it's not my thing.
Moist: You have more than enough evil hours to get into the Henchmen's Guild.
Dr. Horrible: I'm not a henchman. I'm Doctor Horrible. I hold a PhD in horribleness.
Moist: Is that the new catch-phrase?

Billy: I want to be an achiever, like Bad Horse.
Penny: The Thoroughbred of Sin?
Billy: I meant Gandhi.

[after almost kissing Billy]
Penny: It's like what Captain Hammer is always saying.
Billy: [smirks] Right. How are things with cheesy on the outside?
Penny: Good. I'll be interested to know what you think of him. He said he might stop by.
Billy: Stop by here?
Penny: Yeah.
Billy:: [checks wrist for watch, but he is not wearing one] Oh, goodness, look at my wrist. I gotta go.
Penny: But what about your clothes?
Billy: [checks contents of washer] I don't love these. See ya!

Penny: Billy, this is Captain Hammer.
Captain Hammer: Oh, Billy! The laundry mat buddy. Well, it is very nice to meet you.
Billy: We're meeting now for the first time.
Captain Hammer: You look horribly familiar.
Billy: One of those faces I guess.
Captain Hammer: Have I seen you at the gym?
Billy: [smiles] At the gym.
Captain Hammer: [to himself] I don't go to the gym, I'm just naturally like this. Oh, well.

Billy: Well, this was great. Wish I could stay and chit-chat.
Captain Hammer: [places his arm around Billy] Well, it was nice to meet you... Doctor. [Billy winces] You've got a little crush don't you, Doc? Well, this may be hard for you to hear. See later on I'm gonna take Penny back to my place. Show her the command center, Hammercycle, maybe even the Hamjet. You think she likes me now? I'm going to give Penny that night of her life all because you want her. And I get what you want. You see Penny's giving it up, she's giving it up hard. 'Cause she's with Captain Hammer. [holds up his fists] And these are not the hammer. [walks away from Billy, but then returns] The hammer is my penis.

Cast

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