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Anyone else think the ending was actually good?
July 21, 2008
5:57 pm
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I really love how this series ended, the point was that Dr. Horrible got \"everything he ever wanted\" but lost the girl he loved at the same time. I also like the couple lines that signify what he lost, sort of him lying to himself saying \"I'll be fine\" in the opening of the last song and then \"I won't feel a thing\" with the end cutting back to that geeky laundromat guy (now looking very somber) who could barely spit out \"I love your hair.\" The two sides to Dr. Horrible, I suppose.

July 21, 2008
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I just like the ending because, imho, I don't think there was any way Billy and Penny could ever have been together, what with Billy wanting to destroy the status quo because \"the status...is not quo\". While Penny wants to help everyone she can.

They were just to different.

Plus this way, there's a cool chance for a nice cloning, and that'd be amusing. Knowing Dr. Horrible/Billy, something would go wrong.

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July 21, 2008
9:32 pm
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Are they really so different? 

We know that Dr Horrible wanted to rule the world so that it'd be a better place - so his motivation was good - it was just his method of achieving it that was a litlte ... ahh.... \"horrible\" ... and Penny - on the surface she seemed to be all about helping and goodness in people - but she was ok with the nastiness that was Captain Hammer - if she was truely all that good, she would have seen immediately that Captain Hammer wasn't really a nice guy.

July 22, 2008
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As much as it hurts...I thought the ending was brilliant.

July 22, 2008
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It was the ending that had to happen...heartbreaking, yes, because it is the tragic ending of the fall of a hero. Billy became trapped in the very forces he was trying to combat. He fights Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool...and the in the end becomes trapped in the guise of the new Doctor Horrible who is part of the Evil League of Evil...a corporation. Also, after I watched it and stopped gaping it occurred to me that every supervillain and mad scientist has a dead girlfriend in their past. It was the classic arc, only we saw it the way we rarely get to see it...believing that it could end happily for the mad scientist.

On the love story: I think Billy and Penny were a great couple. Penny was basically a more naive form of Billy, in a way--or he was a more cynical version of Penny. She was actually projecting on Captain Hammer what was right in front of her with Billy. She had to die for Billy to become a true part of the Evil League of Evil.

I do think, as I have mentioned elsewhere, that there is the possibility and even several hints for sequels...but if it ended here, I think it would still be amazing.

July 22, 2008
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EThomas said:

It was the ending that had to happen…heartbreaking, yes, because it is the tragic ending of the fall of a hero. 


That's just what I was thinking. Yes, I was disappointed the first time I saw the ending... the whole thing leading up to that point had been silly and cute and you just figured Billy was going to get the girl. Once I watched a couple (ok, a dozen) more times I realized how perfect that tragedy was and how necessary it was for the story. 

Plus, how much discussion do you think would have been going on if there had been a happy ending? Admittedly, all of Joss' stories have fantastic character development, good writing, and great jokes, but don't you think it would have been a little more forgettable if the ending was just the usual happy ending? Like, \"oh, that was nice... what's on next?\" But instead, we are all dissecting it and arguing our points. Of course, that's also because we have gotten emotionally invested in these characters and we just want it all to end well. 

Think about Shakespeare.... which play is more memorable, Two Gentlemen of Verona (comedy) or Romeo and Juliet (tragedy)? 

I think the unhappy ending tends to make us think more, and all of the ambiguity in Dr. Horrible (the show itself as well as the character) makes a rich breeding ground for discussion and controversy, even in my own head. Which I think is awesome.

July 23, 2008
3:18 pm
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Yes, and yes. 

It amazes me how emotionally invested we all got after 30 minutes...  Acts I and II really pulled us in to this incredibly rich story effortlessly and instantly.  Then Act III came out and fueled an instense dialogue.  How many 45 minutes programs can boast such an extensive and, at times, heated following?

There's so much packed into this story that makes it something I can watch over and over.  I can find new things each time.  See little details or come up with new interpretations of a wink or a look...  it is so brilliant, and I know that word has been used a lot recently.  But seriously.  Brilliant.

August 1, 2008
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Thank you JazzyFizzle for bringing up Shakespeare, our culture has been so poluted by the idea of a constant happy ending it's become ridiculous. At least in Shakespeares time they knew life sucked and they could deal with it, I mean look how many tragedies Shakespeare wrote, and that was only 1 man. Now try to think of all the films that come out now that have a tradgic ending........exactly!

Anyway I LOOOOVED this ending so much! I hate how happy ending oreinted Hollywood has become, every once and I while I would like to go see a movie where, the hero doesn't get the girl, where he doesn't stop the bomb from going off, where the world does get taken over by martians!

@orenax: I know how you mean with the subtle details, NPH is such an amazing actor, you can go through frame by frame (in fact I have! lol..) and on every frame his expression just tells so much about his character. It's really an inspiration for me to step up my performance in the stage and film stuff I do.

(I apologize if this post makes absolutley no sense what so ever. It's nearly 3 in the morning where I am! lol!)

August 1, 2008
7:58 pm
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Am I the only one that seen it coming?  I mean, hello?!  It's Joss f'ing Whedon!  He always kills someone!  That's what I love about him, about his work.  Someone is gonna die and you're not gonna like it.  I knew at the end of the second act that Penny was getting the ax.  It was heartbreaking and I tried to deny it and didn't want to believe it.  I wanted Penny to turn evil and be with Dr. Horrible/Billy.  She could've been Miss Meany or something.  She could wield an evil laundry basket of doom!  That was my plans for the ending. 

But on the whole, I loved it.  It ended perfectly and it would have been less of a show had it ended happily.  We're a sick and twisted country that thrives on pain and misery and it's about damn time that someone finally realized that. 

And the great thing about Penny's death...is even thought she's dead...that doesn't mean she won't be back.  For all we know, that nifty lil' freeze ray could've hit her. 

June 10, 2010
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I felt that this worked perfectly, as the ending to the "villain's" backstory.  Quite frankly, I see this being the first of three "parts," with the second part following a different character in the same universe. 

I could see us watching a struggling hero, perhaps someone who was there at the opening of the shelter, and was effected in some way by Dr. Horrible or Cpt. Hammer, who decides to take on the "Evil League of Evil."  This way, we get to delve a bit more into this universe, still see Dr. Horrible regularly, and now we have a connection with the main villain that we wouldn't have oherwise.  Then, the third part could be the redemption of Dr. Horrible, with the hero of part 2, and the memory of Penny somehow helping him "see the light," only the true light this time, not one born out of jealousy. 

 So yeah, I loved the ending to this miniseries, but only as a prequel to a fuller, more satisfying series.  The fact that people are calling for this to be it seems a little strange, even though I do understand their fear of disappointment.  To think that they could put in the effort that they did to build such a compelling villain, and then not take him anywhere, well, that's a very, very sad idea

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