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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog 

Directed by Joss Whedon (New Video Group)

Early on in the scripted, singing commentary track for Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon's web-musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, actor Nathan Fillion follows up a tuneful smackdown of Neil Patrick Harris with dialogue that's as hilarious as it is wanky. "The only question you have to ask yourself is 'How good a Joey Buchanan was I?'" he informs his co-star. "A man's Buchananity is what separates him from reptiles and lawn furniture." That line references a One Life to Live character he stopped playing 12 years ago. It also demonstrates much of what's good and bad about that musical commentary, the internet sensation DHSAB and the rest of Whedon's body of work. The line's clever, heavy on wordplay and very, very self-indulgent, panders to fans prone to cultish passion---and is so much fun. DHSAB was conceived during the Hollywood writers' strike and made with the help of Whedon's extended family (his brothers and sister-in-law are credited as co-writers). It tells the ballad-filled story of fledgling super-villain Dr. Horrible's (the golden-voiced and always delightful NPH) unrequited love, thirst for social change and feud with deliciously cheesy superhero Captain Hammer (Fillion). Not sold? There's a song about a freeze-ray...

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