"Shouldn't we be doing this INDOORS?" complains Skipper, as i get him fitted for his Captain Hammer costume (courtesy of www.drhorrible.com)
"Oh please! What's a little bit of cold gonna do to you?" I ask as he slips the shirt over his head.
"Not much, unless you're wearing nothing but a t shirt and jeans." he grumbles
"it's the middle of October! And besides, thanks to Kowalski, you guys wouldn't even be "humanized" if it wasn't for his research on genetics!"
"True, I like having fingers.but why did you decide to do this to us?"
"it would be really awkward doing some of the scenes with you guys as zoo animals.'
"Oh. Got it."
"Now, remember, you are Captain Hammer,:self absorbed, egotistic superhero of Los Angeles. You love Penny, you hate Dr Horrible, and you LOVE an audience. Now, lets just see if you took my advice and went for voice training to sound more like Nathan Fillion."
Skipper sang a few bars of "Everyone's a hero" and I couldn't tell the difference between him, and Nathan himself.
"Who did you cast as Dr Horrible?" asks Marlene, who barely had to sing one sentence before i cast her as Penny.
"Uh, actually i haven't-" i begin to say, but I'm interrupted by a familiar voice sneering, " i'm ready for my close up, Peng-u-ins!"
Dr Horrible's lair, Los Angeles California, October 13th, 2012
We see Billy (aka Dr Horrible) at his desk, writing in a small book: a journal.
" It's been a while, hasn't it? Four years, almost to the day since i lost her. I don't practice my evil laugh anymore, I don't post on my video blog anymore and i don't even burst into song!
Moist Joined up with the Pink Pummler, and i'm looking for a new assistant, btw. Bad horse sent a memo to the League members saying that the FBI was hot on his tail ( literally) and he want's to move our headquarters to New York City. All the way across the country! I was never one for New York.. the weird accents.. the cold weather.. but if it's for the league, i can handle it.
No word from Captain Hammer. Last I heard, he was seeing his therapist almost every day. I don't feel the least bit sorry for him.
I still get fan e-mails from my blog. I still post things. Someone accidentally went on my blog and thought i was someone named Barney ( don't ask me. i have no clue who he is).
It may be a good thing, this move to NYC. After all, there's no telling what a guy with a PhD in horribleness can do! New York City will never see it coming!"
"Blowhole?!" said Skipper
"You actually thought i would miss a chance like this? besides, I like the movie." said Blowhole, a tall, bald headed man with the same mechanical eye as he had as a dolphin.
"You know that you have to audition, right?" i say
"Yes. i brought an audition piece, AND I've been taking vocal lessons, too."
"Would you mind hopping up on stage so you can preform?'
"What song is it?"
"You'll see" , and then he began, looking at Skipper the entire time he sang "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jklLQG44J4w" ( open the link and listen to the song)
"Wow.....that was....wonderful!" i said " Congratulations, Dr horrible, you got the part!"
"I'm just looking at my old videos on my blog..
"The world is a mess, and I just..need to rule it!" What was i thinking saying that? I sounded like an idiot.
I'm at the airport now, waiting to board the plane. it's kinda weird writing standing up, and not a desk, but..you know...whatever..
A girl nearly bumped into me before. She was asking for signatures for votes for the next Senator, and I couldn't help thinking of Penny asking for signatures for the homeless shelter..... It just makes me even more depressed about this whole thing. Maybe this isn't such a good idea...."
"Ok, so how does this thing work again?" I ask Kowalski, dressed as one of the Bad Horse chorus members.
"it's simple. you just press this button, and upload the clip from the movie, Then you press the green button, then turn the yellow know several times until it activates!"
"Ok, so basically, it just realistically projects any background, minus the green screen, and all i have to do is film?"
"Well, if you put it in layman's terms, yes."
"Ok, now we can begin filming!"
" We landed in New York about an hour or so ago, and i'm just getting used to the apartment the League bought for me. It's pretty much like my old one, minus the lab equipment. Similar set up, too. It has a really nice view of the Park, and the best part is- no Captain Hammer to ruin it!'
He finishes writing and puts his journal away. Billy gets up and puts his coat on. he sets out for the Park to walk, thinking it will clear his head.
He starts walking by the Plaza hotel, near his apartment building . Heading for the Zoo, hoping to test out his newest x ray goggles to see the animals even though the zoo is closed, he hears something very strange...singing, maybe?
"Even in the darkness, every color can be found, and every day of rain brings water flowing to things growing in the ground......."
That voice! But it couldn't be! could it?!
"Who wants to hear what the mayor is doing behind closed doors? he's signing over a certain building to the Caring hands homeless shelter. Apparently, the only signature he needed was my fist..with a pen in it..signing.."
This was going really REALLY well so far! We were nearly done filming and we've only been doing this for two days! we only had a few mistakes here and there, but this was almost too prefect to believe!
"And Penny's gonna give it up, she's gonna give it up hard! Because, i'm not the Hammer....The Hammer is my penis." said Hammer" and then he and "Penny" exited the Laundromat. Ironically, they DID sort of look like their characters.
Skipper was wearing the Hammer t shirt and had his short-ish hair done in a similar style to Captain Hammer. And Marlene looked almost exactly like Penny except Marlene is a natural brunette. Unlike skipper, who had to undergo major vocal coaching, Marlene had to lower her voice an octave to sound as close to Felicia Day as possible.
"Dr Horrible" ( I put Blowhole in a spiky blonde wig, similar to Neil Patrick Harris's hair) finished singing "Brand New Day", and we began filming the next act.
"Ok, guys. that was wonderful! Let's start act 3"
We had 4 sets, on a large revolving stage. One was a small.news set, where the news anchors (Archie the Raccoon and Kitka the falcon) would be doing their news pieces in "So they say". the next was the largest, it's the auditorium where we'll do the final scene, and then we have the street where the Captain hammer groupies sing their parts. The final set is the old building where penny and hammer sing their parts while preparing for the opening of the homeless shelter.
Dr Horrible really couldn't believe what he was seeing through the goggles. It looked like somebody was filming a movie about what happened to him four years ago, songs and all! The more amazing part was that the man playing him looked a bit like, and sounded a lot like him!
And then there was the young woman playing Penny.....it was like he was seeing her again!
He HAD to get a closer look at this!
he started to walk in the zoo, but forgot he was seeing THROUGH the wall......
Captain Hammer was just frozen by Dr Horrible's freeze ray during the dedication of the homeless shelter. He was singing his speech which was SUPPOSED to be about the homeless, but turned into a speech of self praise. embarrassed, penny tried to leave the room, but hid when Dr Horrible entered the room.
He was about to use his death ray on hammer, when the freeze ray stopped working, and Hammer finished the final note of his song after he knocked horrible to the ground.
Holding up the damaged death ray, hammer was about to fire it in horrible despite his warnings that it was broken, and it exploded, causing hammer to feel pain for the first time and run crying out of the room.
Shrapnel that flew when the ray exploded pierced Penny in the Stomach and heart,and she died believing Hammer would save her and billy, who rushed to her side before she died. ( i used some prosthetics and fake blood, both bought from Party City to get the effect)
Dr horrible, numb with grief found out he couldn't have the things he wanted, and he HAD to give up one to get the other.
It was heartbreaking seeing Penny die in his arms again...even thought they were only acting.....
He had to find out what was going on, so he climbed up over the fence to the zoo, and he walked over to the director, a kid...maybe 15 or so with blonde hair, blue eyes and glasses.
"Hey! What is this?! Some kind of sick joke?" he said, demanding to know what was going on.
"Oh! Mr Harris! I didn't know you were in town!" he said, looking surprised and pleased to see him.
OBVIOUSLY the kid thought he was someone else, so Billy said, " My last name isn't Harris. it never was. You've probably heard of me on the news. I'm Dr Horrible!" he said, with a flourish , like he was waiting for some thunder and lightning to flash, or something.
" Uh, yeah, funny! Neil, you really are a comedian! What did you think of the movie?'
"My name isn't Niel! it's Billy!"
Something registered on he teen's face, and he looked stunned
"Ok. This is either the biggest crazy random happenstance EVER, or you're a complete nutjob." i said.
He showed me his drivers' license registered to Mr William Horrible of Los Angeles.
"That's actually not my REAL last name. I had it legally changed and got my license renewed...after....uh...you know..."
I understood, and i thought to add, " You know why i thought you were Neil Patrick Harris?:"
"Because they made a movie called "Dr Horrible's sing along blog" in 2008, and i guess the directors chose the actors who looked closest to the real people." I explained, showing him the DVD for the movie.
"Well, you know what they say, all the world's a stage!" he said, with a small grin.
Hoping to make him happy, since he seemed a bit down, i said " Who wants to watch the movie?";