Felicia Day

Random Browsing Connections

I thought I'd write a little post talking about some of my more interconnected browsing.... Browsing youtube, I came across a series of amusing videos by a guy called Greg Benson under the banner of 'mediocre films'. Classics like 'Sexy Panda', 'Phone Call to God', 'Batty Bat-Bat!' (best seen for its post-credit analysis), The Kidnapping and 'Warren'.

Later, I stumbled across 'The Retarded Policeman'. This series stars the legend that is Josh "Ponceman" Perry... don't worry, he knows what's going on and he is hilarious. Hang on a second. It's produced by 'mediocre films'. Huh, small world.

On another day I was browsing around and discovered 'Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show' with Kim Evey as Kiko. Episode 1 throws you straight in at the deep end (talk to the hotdog, it can read your mind). It was only later that I discovered that Kim Evey was Ming Li in 'Sexy Panda' (remember 'Sexy Panda'?)

Then I saw a post on WWdN saying that Wil Wheaton was in 'Retarded Policeman'. Heh, cool. (Yep, That's Wil Wheaton of WWdN and TNG fame).

Wil's post tied everything together for me - I had seen these series 'in random browsing' and hadn't really twigged that they were related. Yep, the 'related videos' links should have been a giveaway. Recently he had a freakout moment about seeing Randall Munro, the author of xkcd - another of my favourite sites. This is all feeling very circular!

Anyway. Wil's post also introduced me to 'The Guild', written by Felicia Day and produced by Kim Evey. Felicia Day was a face that looked familiar, I wasn't sure where from, but eventually the penny dropped - Buffy (she played 'Vi', the one with the woollen hat). She's also been in 'The Retarded Fish' for the April 1st installment of 'Retarded Policeman'.

The Guild is a webseries about online gaming, and launches us straight in with what, at first, looks like a standard youtube 'talk to camera'. Felicia's series has been so popular that she's found out the hard way about address labels and mass mailings.

The Guild is produced by Kim Evey, who also stars in the very funny 'Two Hot Girls in the Shower' (must have been in a related video from one of the above - I wouldn't have searched for that... honest!).'Two Hot Girls' is co-written by Kim Evey and Julie Wittner, who appears through the output of 'mediocre films', from 'Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show' to WWJD.

And look who appears in the latest episode: it's Josh "Ponceman" Perry! So that's nice and circular.

Now? Well, Sandeep Parikh, aka Zaboo from 'The Guild' has written his own series called 'The Legend of Neil', episode 3 of which stars Felicia Day.

I heard tell that Joss Whedon had a summer project, something to keep him occupied during the writers' strike. This became Doctor Horrible, which was an absolute phenomenon, for a time it caused the web hosting companies to crash. It starred Nathon Fillion (Firefly and Serenity), Neil Patrick Harris and.... Felicia Day. Felicia's Geek Cred Status is rocketting by the minute! (She knew Joss Whedon through her work on Buffy). Doctor Horrible can, as I write, be seen here (advertising supported), it can also be downloaded on itunes.

It's scary just how many of these things are all interconnected. It's got to the stage now that if it's been produced by Greg or Kim from 'mediocre films', by Felicia Day, or if it stars Josh "Ponceman" Perry - or someone connected with them - it's probably going to be worth a look... and that's without following the links from Nathon Fillion to Jewel Staite to David Hewlett (and there's a whole other world of independent production goodness there with 'A Dog's Breakfast' - a fun film).

You know, some days, I browse the net and I seem to go in circles. The net can sometimes feel like a small kinda place.

That's a small world architecture for you.

(The above may not be chronologically accurate, it's tough reconstructing things after the event).

Doctor Horrible Act 3

The third and final act of Doctor Horrible is online. It will be available until the end of the weekend, and then it'll be gone. Never to re-appear, unless, y'know, you buy the DVD, download it off itunes or illegally pirate it.... erm. Well, if you want to watch it legally and for free you have this weekend.

It did feel like there should be more.... maybe there will be?

Highspots without spoilers:

  • 'She's got that quiet, nerdy thing, not my usual, but nice.'
  • We get to see Bad Horse!
  • Grr, Argh! is back.

Previous posts on Dr. Horrible

Posts on other sites

Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Annoyingly, I simply cannot watch Doctor Horrible at Doctor Horrible.Com .

Doctor Horrible is the latest project from Joss Whedon. Made without backing from a studio and released online.

When I try and view it I get the message 'This Video is not available at this site' message - I think that hulu.com, the video hosting service, have restricted it to US subscribers only, at least that's what I thought until I saw that people all over the world have been commenting on how great it is.

Ack. There's a buzz out there about this Joss Whedon project, and I'n stuck on the other side of the glass looking in.


Hang on a cotton picking second.... I wonder..... if... No... it can't be that simple....?

Fantastically, I've just worked it out - it was something to do with Firefox. It opened in the dreaded MSIE (browser conflicts are pretty rare these days, previously it would've been the first thing I'd have checked).

Nice opening - the evil laugh - and I want one of those big chairs at the end of Act 2.

It's really good stuff, musically very similar to a certain well known episode of Buffy (of course) - thoroughly enjoyed it.

Felicia Day played a novice slayer in Buffy, and has recently starred in the online series, 'The Guild' - the first episode of which is here.

Doctor Horrible, played by Neil Patrick Harris was the lead in Doogie Howser MD. Nathan Fillion appeared as a bad guy in Buffy, has 'Mal' in Firefly and Serenity, and as one of the leads in the ill-fated 'Drive'.

Doctor Horrible is free to watch online for a few days, and then it's gone - having built the hype it'll then re-emerge on DVD and itunes.

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