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Stop What You’re Doing and Go Watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Have you watched Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog yet? You really, really should. And who better to explain why than Sparkler DrHorriblesClone? Take it away, DrHC. —SparkNotes editors

Love stories. Bad Horses. Frozen yogurt. If you like any of these things, go to right now to watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (and if you don’t like any of these things, you are beyond help). If you’ve seen it, you know. If you haven’t, here’s a synopsis: the misunderstood Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris) tries to join the Evil League of Evil, take over the world, win the girl of his dreams, and avoid being thwarted by his conceited arch-nemesis, Captain Hammer. And what’s more, it’s all set to music!

Besides its catchy lyrics and general awesomeness, DHSAB‘s genius lies in the fact that its bad guy is actually the good guy, while the so-called hero acts rather villainous. This role reversal adds to the fun, as spectators get to root for the “bad guy” for a change (who, let’s be honest, is always more fun to root for anyway).

More importantly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog features:

Something for everyone. It’s a love story, comedy, tragedy, musical, superhero movie, and social commentary all rolled into one. This crowd-pleaser is perfect for family reunions, rockin’ parties, homework breaks, and every situation in between.

Entertainment for free. After coughing up cash to see Star Trek, Transformers, Land of the Lost and Up, it’s nice to watch something that requires no payment but your undivided attention. (And if you do want to pay ten bucks to see it, you can buy the DVD and get all three acts plus commentary, additional songs, and other extras.)

The best superhero/villain costumes this side of Edna Mode. Gloves + T-shirt with a logo on it = Hero. Goggles + lab coat = Villain. Superman’s tights don’t hold a candle to no-nonsense looks like that.

The most loveably evil villain in the superhero world. Seriously, how do you detest a baddy who won’t duel his enemies in the nearby park because “there are kids in that park”? You don’t, that’s how. Plus, Dr. Horrible’s got a better sense of social right and wrong than his “hero” arch-nemesis Captain Hammer, and by the end of Act One, you realize that if Dr. Horrible can get into the Evil League of Evil, he’d really do some…good.

Characters everyone can relate to. Whether you’re the compassionate and optimistic Penny, the narcissistic Captain Hammer, the mysteriously powerful Bad Horse or the socially awkward yet unquestionably genius Dr. Horrible, you’ll find a little bit (or a lot) of yourself somewhere in the blog.

Frozen yogurt. Who doesn’t love frozen yogurt?