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What Did You Like About ‘Dr. Horrible’? Vote Now!

July 16, 2008 10:01 AM

By now you know that Joss Whedon’s Web musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” was a site-crashing success.

The site crashed Tuesday because of the sheer volume of traffic. After all, this is a Web series created by the revered Whedon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame and starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day.

A good Samaritan and one of my Twitter followers reached out to me yesterday (thank you, Tabitha Smith) and offered to give me the episode on iTunes.

I watched the first installment of the three-part Web series last night on my AppleTV. I thought it was good, not great. But I LOVED the singing. Then again, I am a huge fan of musicals.

At any rate, I created a survey to learn why everyone else liked it so much. Cast your vote!

(Yes, I know the character’s name is actually MOIST, I just like referring to him as Mr. Soggy.)


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Comments (13)

Great poll idea. I loved the entire thing, but the writing was exceptionally great! :-) Which, of course, comes as no surprise as it's a Whedon project.

AthenaMuze:

I wanted to vote for at least 3 of these options....

NPH (doogie) is just brilliant. And so is Felicia Day - I've been a fan of hers since the first ep of "The Guild."

Dr Horrible is fantastic - in many ways!

I really liked your poll but I wish I could have more than one choice :)

Too Hard to Choose

I for once think it failed.

Almost none of the PR announcements held any water. The free online screenings never happened. The site was on some cheap hosting plan that didn't scale and it crashed after a few hours after the announcement.

It is not available outside the United States. I cannot see how these failures together can add up to a successful product.

Frank - It DID scale - and it HAS shown online (and is continuing to unveil online)- lots of people watched it online. It IS now available to users outside of the US (on the site).

It was so popular it not only crashed the main site but Whedonesque - the one stop shop for all Joss Whedon news and updates.

The site got slashdotted and about fifty announcements came out from places like Wired, LA Times, etc. No one can anticipate that amount of traffic.

It's the number one TV Download on iTunes, it's gotten a lot of viral buzz and marketing (despite having no formal budget FOR PR) and I think that is pretty successful.

Effulgent:

Frank, I watched it from Australia. So, it is (or, was) available outside the United States.

I voted for the singing. I swear that last trio actually makes me teary, it's so good.

The acting and singing were superb, but it's Whedon's quirky characers and writing style that draws people in. I especially liked the opening monoblog.

farfly:

I voted for the acting but watched it to see and hear Felicia Day sing..

Bryan:

I haven't watched it yet. I tried on day one but couldn't get on all day. :-( I'll try today.

Happy to report it now also plays from Germany. Huge step for HULU but also it only worked from the www.drhorrible.com as I am still blocked by the main hulu.com for the videos.

Now that I watched all 3 episodes in a row I can safely say it really has Whedon written all over it. From the a-hole superhero to the caring villain it's all there.

I voted for the writing. But there's no suckproof script so also voting (here) for the acting of the 3 leads and supporting actors.

@tabz next time host on a grid based hosting plan. I'd be happy to help if needed.

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