Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Season 1 Episode 1

Act I

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Episode Summary

Act I
Dr. Horrible is a low-rent super-villain whose main goal is to get into the Evil League of Evil. In his online video blog he talks about his arch-nemesis Captain Hammer and Penny, a girl from the laundromat that he admires from a distance.
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  • This is Act 1 of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Dr. Horrible is hoping to get into the Evil League of Evil. Dr. Horrible likes a girl named Penny and Captain Hammer is his nemisis.moreless

    This is a review for Act 1 of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Act 1 is amazing. Neil Patrick Harris is hilarious as Dr. Horrible/Billy. I love how he wants to get into the Evil League of Evil and he's really not that evil at all. Poor Penny though with no one wanting to sign her petition. I'm glad that Billy signed her petition but I didn't like that he ignored her. I love the introduction to Captain Hammer. My favourite line out of the whole Act is at the end when Dr. Horrible says "Ballz". I love the Horrible Theme. I enjoyed "My Freeze Ray" song. The "Bad Horse Chorus" was cheesy. "A Man's Gotta Do" is my favourite song in the entire Act. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • In the pilot episode of the Whedon's three act web series we are introduced to Dr. Horrible, his arch nemesis The Hammer and his unrequited love for Penny. His goal is to attain membership in the Evil League of Evil.moreless

    Brilliant. Wonderfully witty and terribly fun!

    Neil Patrick Harris plays perfectly against Nathan Fillion (of Buffy and Firefly fame). If this is the stuff that occupies the minds and time of writers during the recent writers' strike, then I say strike away! OK, not really. But let's face it, Joss Whedon can do no wrong, and he along with two of the Whedon family have come up with a truly entertaining introduction to the world of Dr. Horrible.

    I'm certainly looking forward to Act 2, as it will further develop the plot of the freeze ray, wonderflonium (which one should not bounce), and the result of a scheme gone slightly wrong-thereby introducing his arch nemesis to the girl of his dreams.moreless
  • And we're off!

    I must say, that was truly one of the finest self-contained premieres of anything I've witnessed in terms of webisodes. Production qualities were stellar, the talent secured to present the story was outstanding, and the singing, gratifyingly enough, was first rate.

    Neil Patrick Harris is a genius. Felicia Day is a joy, and Nathan Fillion found exactly the right voice for his over-the-top, full-of-himself character.

    When will Captain Hammer realize that this show isn't about him? Stop trying to get the girl! Girl, get away from him! Don't let him get you!

    It's about Dr. Horrible! And his dark minion, Moist! And his quest to be part of the Evil League of Evil! He's paid his dues! He's gotten a strongly worded letter of condemnation from no less a person than the deputy mayor, and since evil geniuses are a municipal concern, you just don't ge a lot higher than that.

    And of course it is about his vlog, where he shares his innermost thoughts and feelings with a somewhat select viewership, to put it nicely.

    And on a sort of extended arc it's about Penny, who wants to save the day for the homeless in a civic-minded way, but isn't entirely opposed to a coup d'etat, so you know, she could really go either way on this whole hero/evil-genius thing.

    Mostly it's just really, really enjoyable, and a great first installment. Well done, Whedon, you magnificent bastage, and keep it coming!

    w00t! :Dmoreless
Otto Michael Penzato

Otto Michael Penzato


Guest Star

Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg


Recurring Role

Jed Whedon

Jed Whedon

Bad Horse Chorus #2

Recurring Role

Nick Towne

Nick Towne

Bad Horse Chorus #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • There has been much speculation by fans that the pots and pans hanging behind Dr. Horrible during his videoblog are a reference to the kitchen area of Serenity, the space ship featured in a Joss Whedon movie of the same name (Serenity) and his series Firefly that precedes the movie. According to the blog of the actual owner of the house where Dr. Horrible's lair is set, this is not an intentional reference but simply where he hangs his cookware.

    • The remote control used by Dr. Horrible to steal the courier van appears to be an Apple iPhone. The phone service provider, AT&T, is listed in the top-left corner of the phone.

    • Dr. Horrible's Weaponry:
      He has created a device that will home-in on a vehicle, attach itself to the roof, and then allow the user to control the car remotely.
      He claims that his transmatter beam is functioning at about 75 percent, although it apparently turned gold bullion into a substance that is liquid at room temperature and smells like cumin.
      He is also working to perfect a ray that stops time. The demonstration he envisions during the song My Freeze Ray seems to suggest a very localized freezing of time, relatively speaking. Its precise function is unknown but it is not an ice beam.
      In the final sequence of A Man's Gotta Do, he secures possession of wonderflonium, the final component he requires for the Freeze Ray. Little is known about wonderflonium but it shouldn't be bounced.
      Also, there are various unnamed inventions visible in the background while Dr. Horrible is recording his video blog.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dr. Horrible: Dude. You're not my nemesis. My nemesis is Captain Hammer. Captain Hammer corporate tool.

    • Bad Horse Chorus: (singing) Bad Horse, Bad Horse, Bad Horse, Bad Horse. He rides across the nation, the Thoroughbred of Sin. He got the application that you just sent in. It needs evaluation, so let the games begin. A heinous crime, a show of force (a murder would be nice of course).

    • Dr. Horrible: No response, btw, from the League, yet, but my application is strong this year. A letter of condemnation from the Deputy Mayor. That's gotta have some weight. So, fingers crossed.

    • Captain Hammer: (singing) Stand back everyone, nothing here to see. Just imminent danger, in the middle of it, me. Yes Captain Hammer's here, hair blowing in the breeze and the day needs my saving expertise.

    • Penny: (singing) Will you lend a caring hand to shelter those who need it? Only have to sign your name, don't even have to read it.

    • Dr. Horrible: Sorry I, I come on strong.
      Penny: But you signed.
      Dr. Horrible: Well, wouldn't want to turn my back on a fellow... laundry person.

    • Penny: You're not really interested in the homeless, are you?
      Dr. Horrible: No, I am. But they're 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 my thinking is why not cut off the head.
      Penny: Of the human race?
      Dr. Horrible: It's not a perfect metaphor.

    • Dr. Horrible: I got a letter from Bad Horse.
      Moist: That's so hardcore. Bad Horse is legend. He rules the League with an iron hoof.

    • Penny: I was wondering if I could just... hey, I know you!
      Dr. Horrible: Hello. You know me? Cool. I mean yeah, you do. Do you?
      Penny: From the laundromat.
      Dr. Horrible: Wednesdays and Saturdays, except twice last month you skipped the weekend. Or... if that was you. It could've been someone else. I mean, I've seen you.

    • Dr. Horrible: I saw Penny today.
      Moist: You talked to her?
      Dr. Horrible: So close. I'm just a few weeks away from a real audible connection.

    • Dr. Horrible: I'm working with a vocal coach. Strengthening the "Aaahh". 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.

    • Dr. Horrible: 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.

  • NOTES (5)

    • In the DVD commentary, it is revealed that the fist, smashing the remote device on top of the van, does not belong to Nathan Fillion (Captain Hammer) but to creator Joss Whedon.

    • Time Magazine ranked the "Direct-to-Web Supervillain Musical" on #15 of the 50 Best Inventions of 2008.

    • The Sing-Along Blog was available cost-free for one week and despite server problems, the episodes were streamed over 2.2 million times in that period. Specifically, Act I was streamed more than 1.1 million times, Act II more than 600,000, and Act III more than 400,000 times. This is not counting viewings on Hulu and downloads on iTunes, where Dr. Horrible was the top TV download after a couple of hours and stayed #1 for five weeks. The soundtrack was #2 on iTunes and despite the fact that it was only available online, it entered the Billboard Top 200 on #39.

    • It took six days to shoot Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog in its entirety. They aimed for about 30 minutes and came up with nearly 45 minutes.

      The creators weren't specific on the production costs but stated them to be in the low-six-figures. There were two budget calculations, one of them assuming that everyone worked for free. In the end, that wasn't necessary and Joss Whedon stated in his blog: "We've been able to pay our crew and all our bills, which means a lot".

    • The sing-along blog was so successful on its first day that the website was temporarily put down. Average traffic was estimated with 200,000 hits per hour with a peak of 1,000 hits per second. Joss Whedon reacted to the fans stating: "We love you for crashing the site."