A friend recently posted the following image courtesy of artist Steve Byrnes on her Facebook page.
It unsettles me. And for a moment, I couldn’t figure out why. At first, this image of Whedon projects (from l to r: Angel, Dollhouse, the Avengers, Buffy, Firefly, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) appears to be a complete overview of Whedon’s oeuvre. Yet something seemed amiss. I thought that perhaps it was the absence of a reference to Much Ado About Nothing. But it makes sense that it wasn’t in there since it’s not what we’d call epic steroid adventure. I saw a missed opportunity to have Captain Hammer stand next to Captain Reynolds. Heck, use Dogberry from Much Ado and you’d have a triple-Fillion. Which is illegal in some states!
Then I sussed it. The one thing in this image that was a proverbial over exaggeration of a scatalogy faux pas at a party. I knew what messed up this collective Whedonwork, this condensed project, this BuffAngDollAvengersFireBlog.
Dr. Horrible. Honestly, who’s idea was this? Because we all realize that Dr. Horrible is going to eventually turn on all them since, you know, he’s a villain. Who cares if he’s pre-Evil League of Evil. Seriously. Dude has “Horrible” in his name! What were you thinking of assembling with him? Don’t any of you bitches come to me when bodies start falling. Because this is a fucking Joss Whedon image and we *know* what he does to his own characters!