This one hurts. Since the #MeToo and #TimesUp era began, my friend Mike and I have occasionally talked about which celebrity’s theoretical outing as a monstrous person would be most painful. He says Patton Oswalt – coincidentally, someone who has worked with Joss Whedon. I never had a serious answer, but judging by how unexpectedly heartbroken I am to hear that Whedon allegedly verbally abused Charisma Carpenter on the set of “Angel,” my answer might’ve always been the man whose inventions fill up numerous DVD racks, bookshelves and comics longboxes in my apartment.
So I’ve finished my rewatches of all the Joss Whedon series between 1997-2010 except one – and it’s the most unusual one. “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” (2008) is three 15-minute web episodes that add up to length of one TV episode. It was penned by Whedon and his brothers Zack and Jed and Jed’s wife Maurissa Tancharoen (who also plays Captain Hammer Groupie No. 1) during the TV writers’ strike.
Here’s evidence that “writer” is more of a lifestyle than a profession. When I lost my job to a layoff on Dec. 2, one of my first regrets was that I wouldn’t get to publish my end-of-year top 10 lists.