So Rolfe said it well and I don’t have to say much. I thought the acting was great–both cheesy and serious. Nathan Fillion’s pasted-on smile during his dates with Felicia Day are excellent.
I’ve been interested in high-end, professional productions of entertaining media for a while now. Some questions to consider:
- Is this a viable model for production of new media streams? For established auteurs, probably. Like Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead, Whedon’s experiment not only depended on its quality, but also on the rabid fanbase who circle him like remoras, snapping up anything he drops for us. Joe TV would need a lot more time to get the audience. Secondary media sources like digg allow for this kind of filtering, but one wonders how effective it would be for less established artists. (see Steven Johnson’s Interface Culture for an extended, if dated, conversation on meta-media).
- I’ve been hoping that some of the television creators I like (Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin, David Chase? David E. Kelley? Thomas Lennon?) would consider going for a nontraditional market approach to a series. The advantage with the traditional approach, of course, is that the network bears all the burden of risk. A straight-to-DVD or internet-only approach as we see here will only work because of revenue. Joss hasn’t made any money from me on this venture. (I’m not sure how much I’d be willing to pay for this show as a download, maybe $5; not more than that.)
Most importantly, is this the end of Dr. Horrible? Will we see more episodes? More anything? Only time will tell.
ps> I was amused at Dr. Horrible’s henchman, a slouching loser whose power is to be moist all the time. It reminded me of a project one of my students is doing, a film called Wet about a guy who’s always soaking wet.