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April 14 2008

(SPOILER) Dr. Horrible Conjures Up Internet Buzz. Article summarizing what's already known about Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, as well as speculation on what the project could mean for the webseries format.

[ edited by zeitgeist on 2008-04-14 17:42 ]

When the writers strike first erupted, for instance, it took a scant five hours and fifteen minutes for Whedon fans to organize in support of the WGA by sending pizzas to the picket lines.

Somebody was timing us? That's kinda creepy.

Being a typo queen myself lately, I'm sensitive to the fact that the author might want to know that while "being exited" could be a real, though ungrammatical, part of many of our life experience, he/she probably meant "excited."
dreamlogic, just imagine it like an episode of 24. Joss is on the picket lines, stomaches are rumbling... The clock is ticking down whilst people watch in fear. OH NOES!
I didn't realize anyone had timed that, either. Although this article linked at the bottom of the page seems familiar, so likely I just forgot.
"Being exited" is growing on me. "I've been exited from better joints than this, gorramit!"

Yeah, Sunfire, I read that at the time, too, and then maybe repressed it because I was freaked about being quoted.

[ edited by dreamlogic on 2008-04-14 18:49 ]
I totally gave "being exited" a pervy connotation.
I thought maybe "being exited" was something like "being outed." ;)

Nice article.
Yet my mind immediately went to bouncers. Hmmm... Out.
FOX green lit a new Whedon series, Dollhouse, a few weeks before the writer’s strike commenced based solely on a pitch-session with the Buffy mastermind.
Way to airbrush Eliza out of the story. Okay the execs must have been thinking "Holy crap! This is Joss Whedon!" but it still started off as Eliza's project.

And a whole five hours? Would have been three if you hadn't had to carry that heavy table, Dreamlogic! :)
It started out with Eliza, but it wasn't Eliza's project - this is firmly Joss' creation.
I've gotten used to being part of The Fanbase Called Rabid, so seeing that again is nothing new, but:

"Whedon still maintains a cult-like status on the Internet, however..."

Are we a cult? I mean, am I in a cult and nobody told me? 'Cause if that's true, I'm way behind on ritual sacrifice and I have almost no ceremonial garb.

Is there a handbook? I never got a handbook.

Snark aside - for the moment - I thought this from the doctorhorrible.netsite owner was about right:

“ 'I think that there’s something about Joss’ work that is meeting the needs of a large part of the community that isn’t necessarily met anywhere else,' the creator of the Dr. Horrible fansite says of Whedon. 'There’s a level of intelligence about Joss Whedon’s work that I think attracts people who are looking for something that can be both thought provoking and funny without feeling preachy, and people are thankful for that.' "

Thankful is right. Thankful enough to sacrifice a chicken or two now and then in the name of fandom.
Thankful enough to sacrifice a chicken or two now and then in the name of fandom.

Duh, it's goats. And sometimes frat boys. Aren't you listening to the soundtracks backwards?
FYI, re: Dr. Horrible, longish-time Whedonverse editor Lisa Lassek worked (or perhaps still is working?) on the project as well.

[ edited by theonetruebix on 2008-04-14 19:55 ]
But she's not working on Dollhouse. Boo!
Lisa Lassek is a great editor! She did a terrific job on Serenity. I really hope she gets to work on a high-profile movie. She deserves it.
Thankful enough for a ritual sacrifice...with pie. Lots of pie.
Or crumble, you can't beat a bit of ritual crumble.

Cult ? Pfft. Haven't we been around long enough to have actual religion status ? We probably have the numbers too. If only we could call on some stories featuring noble sacrifice, resurrection and apocalypses ... Hmm.

I think we should start looking into statuary. I picture something with numerous fingers in all sorts of different pies as well as about 4 different hats, all of which The Great Joss wears impeccably, in some cases at a jaunty angle. And it's purple, obviously.

(and somebody up QuoterGal's Kool-Aid dosage, she's starting to question stuff)
The official initiation ceremony for the Cult of Whedon involves watching "Chosen" with the commentary on while spinning in your chair and singing "Hero of Canton" backwards in Mandarin and making the appropriate ritual gestures with copies of various comic books (specific issues and exact gestures are a guarded cult secret). You are of course wearing the official initiate raiment: a pink fuzzy sweater, coveralls, a Jayne hat, a garlic necklace, and an anti-Viking decal stuck to your forehead. You must of course exude broodiness the entire time.

Some people have tried to involve action figures in this rite, but that often leads to tipping over and embarrassment.
I dunno about a statue. I mean chances are that someone would die and blood would be spilled and then there'd be some big nasty that would kill us all. Of course, what with Whedon being Our Master he would just bring us back where we would then have an even greater presence and influence on the net.

So, no bad really. It's probably been his plan for years
But I wanted the teal robes! No one listens to me.
Being a fan is very complicated and expensive and embarrassing... oh and stinky, too.

*runs to the store to pick up goats and frat boys and garlic. And Kool-aid.*

*glares about anti-Viking decal.*

It'll make me awfully broody if I have to wear that.

You know, sometimes you just gotta draw the line.

*puts on teal robe, lights incense and starts playing "Welcome to the Hellmouth" backasswards.*
How can anyone possibly question my love for this place?

Must we wear teal?
Dr. Horrible, longish-time Whedonverse editor Lisa Lassek worked (or perhaps still is working?) on the project as well.
omg yay! I loved her work on OMWF!! She's a cool lady, I've heard her on GeeksOn!.

It is on the Internet, however, where Whedon achieves “Rock Star Status,” and where his millions of loyal fans most demonstrate an ability to “flex their muscles.”


Rock Star? Millions? Exaggerate much?

But, hey, can we keep it on the lowdown about the *whispers* cult thing.

I don't think Tom Cruise could handle the truth of finding out that we too have super important, special healing cult-y powers...
I don't think Tom Cruise could handle the truth of finding out that we too have super important, special healing cult-y powers...

Also, I get a 15 on the WHE-meter. We don't want that technology to fall into Tom Cruise's hands.
"flex [our] muscles"? I didn't know physical training was required! Is there a Jossercise DVD?
Great article. Could we actually be "milions"? I loved the reference to the "five and a half hours from the beginning of the writers strike, to pizza delivery". I actually do believe that was history in the making. ;-)

Can we have just pie for the ritual sacrifice? Animal loving vegetarian here. Effigies of those responsible for canceling Firefly would do nicely, sacrifice-wise.
*glares about anti-Viking decal.*

It'll make me awfully broody if I have to wear that.


There is a loophole for actual Vikings. Since it involves wearing a bunny outfit, most Vikings put up with the decal.
Running out to buy my goat and fuzzy sweater right now... cause if there are millions of us there might be a line at the goat store!
Also, I get a 15 on the WHE-meter. We don't want that technology to fall into Tom Cruise's hands.


Don't squirrel the tech!

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