Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Why Dr. Horrible is good

Recently I had a friend who upon my advise watched Dr. Horrible. As he finished it I asked him excitedly.
"Wasn't that awesome?"
"No," he said, "no it wasn't."
"Yeah it was." I said.
"Look I know that you like that type of thing. Stories where the popular guy loses-"

I interrupted him there because that's not why I like Dr. Horrible, well maybe a little bit. But there's more to it than that. It's not just a story with a sad ending. It's a story with a sad meaningful ending.

Spoiler Alert
Dr.Horrible is good because it's a super villain musical that stays true to it's premise. When I watched the first two episodes I was really afraid of how the third was going to end. The setup of the show made me want to see Dr. Horrible and Penny end up together, and see Captain Hammer get his comeuppance.

Now Penny doesn't seem like the type of girl who could be in love with a super villain no matter how benign of lovable he may be. Unless she were to change drastically she could never love our good doctor. And all of Penny's charm is linked to her good nature. If she were to change I wouldn't like her and the story would fall apart.

So that would seem to leave Dr. Horrible with the burden of changing. My mind concocted a ending with Dr. Horrible giving up a life of evil for Penny. That or Dr. Horrible becoming a good guy, Captain Hammer would then become a bad guy and they'd fight. Both of these endings feel like cop outs. They're both weak and leave a bad taste in the mouth.

But those type of ending are what I have come to expect these days. Thankfully this show had the guts to keep Dr. Horrible evil. He got to see his dreams come true and all it cost him was the one person he loved. How can you not like that. Bittersweet? Yes, but still awesome.

Monday, July 28, 2008

My Blog Friends

So I've just added some blogs under the category "Blogs I like." The Uniblogger is a friend of mine. As is Average Joe Bloggger, although I don't always agree with his opinion. He is very thought provoking. Patrick Rothfuss is a published author. His book is called "The Name of the Wind." It's a fun read but his blog is about how he got to be a published author and what his life is like now. As much as I liked the book I think I like the blog more. Anyway I'll have more to say on that later. This is just a post about my blog list. So give them a look.

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

This is the coolest thing Joss Whedon has done since Firefly.
(note: this is the first thing he's done since Firefly that I know of.)

You should check it out. It's a super villain musical. Yeah that's right, your eyeballs did not deceive you. A musical about a super villain. If you like super hero's, super villains, or anything Joss Whedon has done then you'll enjoy this. You may have to go to itunes to download it, but believe me it's worth it.

I kinda identify with Dr. Horrible, who is as sad as he is brilliant.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Lost Art of Apology

It seems as though people can't say their sorry anymore. Perhaps they've forgotten how. Just as bad is when someone tries to apologize but they're not really apologizing. Have you ever had someone say to you after a argument, "I'm sorry that you feel that way." Or this one, "I'm sorry that you got offended, sorry that you got hurt." When people say this they are trying to apologize without actually admitting they did something wrong. It's akin to the times that we all had when we were little kids. We'd get caught stealing cookies, or playing ball inside the house. Then we'd say we're sorry. But we weren't sorry for what we did, we were sorry that we got caught.

Ice Breaker

This is my first entry on my blog. As the blog's name suggests this is my Brain Leakage Repository. It is a online site which will contain my thoughts on just about anything. Be it world events, entertainment, or just my personal feelings.

Now I'm terrible at ice breakers because I'm rather anti-social. I just wanted to get this first entry done and out of the way. Otherwise I will obsess over it until it's perfect, which it will never be. So without further fanfare here it is, my first entry.