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8-bit Nirvana

Oh, brave new internet that has such things in it! I can't believe someone spent the time and energy to create an 8-bit version of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog". I feel lucky to live in a world where artists play off each other like this. Ok, ok, it's not surprising that a fanboy riffs off a sci-fi movie to create something only funny to geeks-in-the-know. But I liked it.

I thought "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" was one of the best movies of 2009. Is there anything like it that you can recommend? I don't know who Joss Whedon is. I think I watched one episode each of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Dollhouse" and was non-plussed...though "Serenity" was kind of a good movie. I think I'd like "Torchwood" or "Pushing Daisies" or "Freaks and Geeks" but I'm looking for a gateway drug on DVD. What do you think?

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You have to give Buffy and Dollhouse more than one episode to get the feel for the show. Same with Firefly (the TV show that Serenity was based on).

Torchwood is great, and is on DVD -- I don't quite understand what you mean by "but" you're looking for a gateway drug... Why wouldn't those count?

The new Doctor Who Season 1 is another good place to start.

I've been watching Lost from season 1, I'm in the middle of Season 5 now and I've been enjoying it a lot.

You're right - I should give all of those shows another try. But it's kind of like the way I never got into "Babylon 5"... by the time I found out about it, there were four seasons already produced, and the idea of watching that many DVD box sets was too daunting!

I bought Dr. Who - I think all the new doctors are really charming and fun to watch. They are all kind of slightly insane, aren't they?

If you like Dr Who then you'll love Torchwood.

Dollhouse is well worth it, and only two seasons. Babylon 5 *would* be good to watch, too.

Did you see BSG? The current prequel, Caprica, is well done.

How do you feel about the high school musical show "Glee"?
If you liked Dr. Horrible, you might be interested to know that Josh Whedon will (again) direct Niel Patrick Harris in a singin-and-dancin' episode of that show later this season.

I think Glee is HIGHLY overrated.

I know a very particular grammarian and logophile that would not take kindly to your misuse of the word: "nonplussed."

You're right. I thought the tv shows were ok, but not "doubleplusgood". So, a B and not a B+, therefore "not plussed". Thank you for the pedantic correction.

I did notice it, and the word has been so misused by so many people it's on the verge of having its meaning change or expand to incorporate its current use.

This has been going on for so long it's been the subject of language columns a decade ago:


Being both arcane and often misused (probably by myself as well), I have even purposely mispronounced it -- with a wink -- as "nonpulsed."

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