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I’m surprised at all the hate on the ending. It’s the classic villain creation story, just done differently. Totally fits; didn’t see it as a grab for gravitas. Maybe I’m being more forgiving because I never watched Buffy (and so wasn’t over-Joss-ed?), or because I really didn’t expect more than some filler fluff, given the casual nature of the presentation.

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I dug it, and am really surprised at the outright hate some people are directing towards the ending. A comedy can’t also be sad?

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DOCTOR STEEL HAS BEEN DOING IT BIGGER, BETTER AND STRONGER SINCE 1999!
Real Super Villainy doesn’t rely on Whedon tropes or dick moves.
REAL MAD SCIENCE COMES FROM WITHIN!
http://worlddominationtoys.com/drsteel/toyland.html

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Oh, I’m so sick of people acting like Doctor Steel is the first ever singing Mad Scientist. Frederick Fronk-en-steen might disagree. Steel and Horrible have nothing in common save lab coats and songs. Get over it.

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Someone pointed out that — oh my god — they killed Penny (those bastards). While that’s not art, I don’t think anyone could mistake this for art. This was made for money on the scale of El Mariachi. We knew someone was going to die. My one regret is that it was the helpless female victim, and all the sociological baggage that entails.

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Maybe I’m being more forgiving because I never watched Buffy (and so wasn’t over-Joss-ed?), or because I really didn’t expect more than some filler fluff, given the casual nature of the presentation.

Buffy didn’t start really axing people until after it got canceled the first time. Then it got blood-bathy when actors started leaving the show. And, to be fair, when characters can be raised from the dead or turned into the undead, its really not such a big deal to put a hole in someone’s head.

I think what really got people riled up was the whole Serenity movie in which Whedon arbitrarily blew away some of the most popular characters. I’m still not sure whether I’m more pissed about Wash or Book, if only because Book had this epic untouched backstory that never got touched, but Wash played with dinosaurs and was awesome.

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The ending, with the song going and then going to nothing, was also a trick used in Buffy: in the episode about Anya where she figures out she can be alone, there’s a flashback to the musical episode where she sings then the ending cuts off to show a dramatic, depressing moment. It was a nice touch in that episode because it earned it, but he’s repeating himself now.

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I’m afraid you haters are wrong about this one! If Whedon’s comedy-turned-suddenly-tragic pisses you off it only fills me with more pleasure. Ah yesss. But seriously, did you really want a “change of heart” ending? What, really?
Maybe a more interesting critique of would be to suggest non-tragic yet non-corny endings to the story: maybe it can be done and Whedon should really try harder! But there really is no need to drag O. Henry’s rotting corpse into the affair.

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Non tragic, but non corny.

Bearing in mind that I’ve read the wikipedia article rather than seeing this so I’m mainly playing for fun here.

How about this Penny girl works out that the superhero is a douche and kicks him to the kurb and she also gives this Dr. Horrible guy an earful for being a supervillian. From the sounds of things she was the only character interested in increasing the sum total of human happiness so I can’t imagine she’d have much sympathy for either character.

Then she could have gone off to do some good in the world leaving the ending ambiguous as to whether Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer were going to take things on board or just carrying on as they had done. For added irony suggest that Captain Hammer was more likely to reform into a genuine hero worthy of the public’s acclaim, making Dr. Horrible even more jealous that the “Jock” was going to win.

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Actually, while I enjoyed the show well enough, I’d argue that when you start with characters and a plot that are as cliched as these, trying to arrive at an original ending would be about as difficult as it is in tic-tac-toe.

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grenadeh said on July 10th, 2015 at 5:45 am

I’ll preface my 7 years later comment by telling you beforehand: I purposely sought out whatever morons I could within my drunken level of caring, who were brazen enough to talk shit about DHSAB.

You say freeze ray (literally the first song, within the first 80 seconds of the play) is the best. That’s hilarious, because you say the rest of the songs aren’t catchy. Literally every song in the play is constructed in the same simplistic alternate rhyme scheme, and though freeze ray is acknowledgedly a good song, the rest of the songs are completely catchy and WONDERFUL.

Your viewers commented that the ending ruined the play. Are you all COMPLETELY retarded? Are you not familiar with anti-heroes? Penny had to die. The story had absolutely no message or point if shedidn’t die.

This is Dr. Horribles Sing-A-Long Blog. Not “Pennys sing a long blog”, not Cpt. Hammers sing along blog. Dr. Horrible. The protagonist. The anti hero. The main character.

Please dear lord tell me you are not stupid enough to be railing against a story that worked out 100% the way it was supposed to.

Hammer’s dickheadedness is a legit excuse for Dr Horrible being a scumbag? Are you mentally fucking retarded? Have you ever even read a story, much less written one?

Dr. Horrible was Dr. Horrible before Captain Hammer pissed him off. He was a failure of a villain (anti-hero) who in fact spent all his time failing at villainry and being thwarted over and over again by Captain Hammer. When he did have free time, he was too shy and anti-social to even talk to Penny. This is all 100% fucking explicitly evident from the play. So NO, Captain Hammer does not in apropos legitimize his douchebaggery – which doesn’t exist – nor does Horrible SUDDENLY decide that he’s going to be a scumbag.

Literally the entire play his lines seep with explicit expose intended to show you -accurately – how Dr. Horrible is in fact the legitimate protagonist of the story. Have you SERIOUSLY not heard of anti-heros before? It’s a 100+ year old literary construct. Joss Whedon did not come up with it.

And to the rest of your dumbass readers:

According to modern views, Comedy (from the Greek: κωμῳδία, kōmōidía) refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or to amuse by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, television, film and stand-up comedy

There’s nothing that dictates comedy can’t have a tragic ending. Or that tragedy can’t be comedy. There’s also nothing that says DHSAB is a comedy.

I mean, wow. I knew I would find something intensely stupid and written by someone who utterly lacks any ability to understand literature, but give me a break. This is one of the best plays in all of modern time – certainly better than Our Town or any of the crap we were forced to read in school, not to mention easily one of the top 5 musicals in history. Yet here you are, shitting on it for no reason save your own incompetence.

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