It was already rad that Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog aired on The CW last night, cementing this internet musical’s move into the mainstream. But making the experience even sweeter was the cast and creative team live-tweeting the broadcast in LA, filling in fans on tidbits and nostalgic insights from when they cobbled together a heartbreaking supervillain tale back in 2008.
Felicia Day live-tweeted from Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon‘s apartment, while Nathan Fillion was stuck at home “convalescing” but still joining the digital conversation. It was like having a whole new commentary track! (Everyone involved recorded Commentary! The Musical back when the DVD was first released, but now we had the benefit of four years of retrospective.) To prove they were all in the same space, they took photos of each other live-tweeting:
The tweets are worth reading on the individual feeds, but I’ve rounded them up into different categories and tried my best to match the flow of conversation. It’s just really heartwarming to see these friends still get a kick out of this project they collaborated on in just a handful of weeks. So without further ado, here are the six best tidbits we gleaned from the Dr. Horrible live-tweeting:
1. We know that it was the 2007 writers’ strike that prompted Joss Whedon to make his dream of an internet musical a reality, but I didn’t know the specifics of how he rounded up the gang. Felicia shares how she — who had met Whedon and co. when she had a small part in the Buffy series finale back in 2003 – ended up getting involved.
2. Even though Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t present for the Twitter party last night, his castmates couldn’t stop gushing about him.
3. Everyone had something to say about the extras in the laundry room scenes! Not too surprising, since the first song (“Freeze Ray”) takes place there, as do other key scenes. You sometimes forget that in endeavors this big, it’s the small things that can be most difficult and memorable.
4. You know what else they can’t stop talking about? When Captain Hammer “saves” Penny by flinging her into the trash.
5. Props to Nathan, Felicia, and Neil for selling this love story. Obviously we were all rooting for Billy, but it was believable to see Penny fall for Captain Hammer because he was so strong and self-involved. (And because Nathan is so pretty, of course.)
6. And finally, just a list of random observations that made all of us fans giggle and sigh.
Photos: Timescience Bloodclub, @feliciaday/@jedwhedon