I watched ACT 1 of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog this morning and as the opening title played I was really excited. When I saw Neil Patrick Harris dressed in a white lab coat and goggles standing in his well art directed laboratory I was cheering inside. Dr. Horrible looks so cool the video looks like film and the lighting is far beyond what I could dream of with French Maid TV. But when Dr. Horrible talks to camera for 3 minutes and 51 seconds with expository dialog all I can think about is, if this wasn't Neil Patrick Harris and if Felicia Day wasn't in this and if Joss Whedon hadn't written, directed and produced this I would have been on to another video 3 minutes and 20 seconds ago.
Right now my heart is broken. I so want to like Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog but a 13 minute video that takes 3 and a half minutes to get into?
Joss what were you thinking? Am I missing something here?
I want Dr. Horrible to work in the worst way and it hurts me to write this but if there were no stars and no star power Dr. Horrible wouldn't have a chance on the Internet. Even with the great performances of Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day I have my doubts.
If you are trying to launch an online series without stars you have to grab your audience with something emotional right away. Dr. Horrible takes awhile and that makes me worry.
I'm into the story of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog but I have a vested interest. I'll keep watching Dr. Horrible and keep my finger's crossed that it takes off but based on ACT 1 of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog I'm really not expecting big numbers.
I hope I'm wrong.
Lower your head, watch your step and try to enjoy the rest of your day on the Internet.