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Date Posted: 23:08:31 10/28/12 Sun
Author: anom
Subject: hey, look who's here! (further dr. horrible spoilers)
In reply to: cjl 's message, "Heroes and Villains (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog; spoilers)" on 06:53:16 10/10/12 Wed

Yeah, it has been a long time! Nice to see you, cjl! I hope you & your family are doing well.

I saw the web version when it came out, but I recorded & watched the broadcast version. There were parts I'd forgotten, but mostly it was the way I remembered it.

I liked the songs, although the ominous tone got to be overdone by before the end. And there were some great lines (favorite: "Tell them it was Horrible"). But I found it to be a little too by-the-numbers, w/the main character's getting pushed over the edge by the death of the love interest echoing Willow's going dark after Tara was killed.

The complaint I remember most from LJ posts after the Internet release was about Penny's lack of agency. She was so ineffectual in her efforts to get signatures for the homeless center--the only 2 people to support it were motivated by being attracted to her. Couldn't they have shown her getting at least 1 more person to sign the petition & later looking disconsolately at too few signatures? She mostly functions as a source of rivalry btwn. Dr. H. & Capt. Hammer & then as the reason Billy loses the last of his humanity.

I did like the fact that Capt. H's. song "Everyone's a Hero" showed genuine character growth for him. Not much, certainly, but w/the baseline so low, even as he undercuts his insight ("you & you & mostly me & you") & alienates Penny, it's still an insight. Anyway, even though there's reason for complaint, the story's still enjoyable.

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