Okay, so I got this strange email. I mentioned it in the last two blog posts and hoping someone would say "Hey, I sent that! Just kidding, sucker!" but it didn't happen. So, I decided, what the heck, I'm going to post it.
It's a synopsis for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Part two.
If you haven't seen Dr. Horrible, you've missed out on a phenomenon. It was created by Joss Whedon and Friends during the writer's strike of aught eight and chronicles the life of a humorous (eponymous) supervillain and his attempts to join a supervillain group and woo the woman of his dreams.
If you haven't seen it, you should. It's free. Watch it now. Seriously. I'll wait.
Dr. Horrible is (except for one badly directed song) kinda perfect in a Greek tragedy kind of way. It really doesn't need a sequel, but I'd love to see one anyway. I figured I never would because, although Whedon and Friends keep dropping hints about making it, it's been eight years.
Eight years. That's "never going to happen" territory.
So I get this email from one of those fake email addresses that's made up of all the consonants in the alphabet strung together with a .com at the end. I've tried to email back, but just get bounce messages.
Legally, I don't know if this is something I can post. Is it stolen work? Is it fan fiction.
Ah heck with it. Here's what I was sent.
Note: It seems NPH = Neil Patrick Harris, DH1 = Doctor Horrible 1, CH = Captain Hammer, ELE = Evil League of Evil, and BH = Bad Horse.
Open: CH sitting in a couch by a therapist. He wails into the camera reminiscent of NPH's opening laugh from DH1.
The Hero I Used To Be - Backstory montage from DH1 in CH's skewed perspective.
Explains to therapist he's been in hiding because NPH has been trying to kill him. Therapist pulls off mask, revealing NPH. As NPH charges up weapon (Prop: sword with lights, NOT like lighsaber!), CH jumps out of window.
NPH turns to camera and explains to audience he didn't think CH would jump twenty stories. Shot of CH face down in destroyed pavement below. Gets call from Moist on cell phone.
Moist (Prop: Moist needs an absurd costume) leads the ELE now. ELE is down to Fake TJ, Dead Bowie, and any of the others who are free during shooting).
Moister Than You - Exposition of NPH defeating BH and taking over ELE, before leaving Moist in charge.
NPH explains he still needs to "get Hammer." Looks at picture of Penny he carries around (Prop: high tech locket, alternate: SFX). Runs downstairs to find CH is gone.
NPH working on figure in his lab under a sheet (ala Bride of Frankenstein). Gets text from BH.
Gunfight at the BadHorse Corral - BH Singers read letter of challenge to NPH for control of ELE. Song ends with them asking if he's brave enough to reply.
NPH uses gun to shoot one of the BH Singers in mid song. Others run away.
I'm Gonna Nail You Next - NPH recounts several attempts to catch CH.
NPH grabs Death Ray and goes to fight BH. Pull back to reveal CH is watching the blog video gleefully.
Challenge in the Park - Reporters recount fight between BH and NPH.
BH stomps NPH. NPH is revealed to be Moist in disguise. NPH catches CH who is watching from the crowd.
CH with NPH in lab next to experiment. CH is wired to various devices. Pleads for life.
I'm Gonna Nail You Now - Reprise. NPH pulls lever.
Bride of Frankenstein revealed to be Penny, who wakes up.
Laundry Day Forever - NPH takes a shaky Penny out for a walk. Reveals he's a villain. She's entranced, but stumbles in front of oncoming truck.
Penny is fine. NPH has been chasing CH to get a sample of his invulnerability DNA. Now she's alive again, strong, and can't die. Takes Penny to a restaurant where they are treated as royalty because of NPH. She notices a homeless man (Can we get our "hero bum" back? Call his agent.) tries to enter the restaurant and is forced out.
I'm Not Evil Like You - Penny leaves restaurant with homeless guy.
At homeless shelter, Penny finds CH. Finally connects with him. He persuades her to team up with him.
Hammer and Tongs - Montage of CH and Penny defeating the ELE, and NPH!
NPH sitting in front of camera doing blog. He has a black eye, missing teeth. Suddenly smiles.
My reaction? It's kinda bad, isn't it? I don't know what the Whedon and Friends process is, but this would have to be a waaaaaay early draft. Or it is, as I said earlier, a fake. However, let's face it, if you were sending someone fanfic, why send it to my blog. I literally have like six readers!
What do you both think?