Saturday, July 19, 2008

Someone Keeps Moving My Chair by They Might Be Giants

Someone Keeps Moving My Chair

Mr. Horrible
Mr. Horrible
Telephone call for Mr. Horrible
But before he can talk to the ugliness men
There's some horrible business left
For him to attend to
Something unpleasant has spilled on his brain
As he sponges it off they say

"Is this Horrible?
Is this Horrible?
It's the ugliness men, Mr. Horrible
We're just trying to bug you
We thought that our dreadfulness
Might be a thing to annoy you with"

But Mr. Horrible says, "I don't mind
The thing that bothers me is
Someone keeps moving my chair"

"Would you mind if we balance this glass of milk
Where your visiting friend accidentally was killed?
Would it be okay with you if we wrote a reminder
Of things we'll forget to do today otherwise,
Using a green magic marker, if it's alright
On the back of your head?"

Mr. Horrible
Mr. Horrible
We're not done with you yet Mr. Horrible
You have to try on these pants so the Ugliness Men
Can decide if they're just as embarrassing as we think
We have to be sure about this

But Mr. Horrible says, "I don't mind
The thing that bothers me is
Someone keeps moving my chair"

Someone keeps moving my chair

Mr. Horrible says, "I don't mind
The thing that bothers me is
Someone keeps moving my chair"
--They Might Be Giants

Ok, I know I'm not the only one who was reminded of this song by Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, but I thought it was an appropriate lead in lyric for my review anyway. Peter asked me what I thought just after we watched part three, and I had several one-sentence thoughts that were all competing for the position of "what I thought" so I thought I'd just list them out in no particular order, with a bit of elaboration, but without any connecting segues or anything like that. I'll put in a spoiler warning, but if you're silly enough to read my review without watching the show (which will be taken down at midnight on the 20th), it's your own fault.

  • I really enjoyed this little film overall.
  • I thought the acting was GREAT, and probably the directing as well. Every moment every facial expression was packed with spoken and unspoken meaning. They didn't waste a frame.
  • I thought the songs were fun. As a fan of musicals in general, I know that I often have to listen to a soundtrack seven or eight times before I'm really sure what I think of it, and I liked these songs well enough to want to spend that much time deciding which are really good songs, and which just worked for their scene in the show.
  • I was annoyed at the couple of really tasteless sexual remarks Captain Hammer made. I thought that they were unnecessary -- that we got the idea without him having to actually say it -- though it left no room for doubt in your mind that Hammer is a real jerk. At the same time, that appalling last song of his, was more than enough for me.
  • I was honestly shocked at the ending. I totally didn't expect the horrible shocking thing to happen, and then I didn't expect it to just end -- I mean we had another minute or five on the progress bar -- it can't all be credits can it?

On that note, I will leave you with this very funny little GIF that somebody was using as their avatar on a Joss Whedon messageboard. Note, if it doesn't move, please click on it to get the full experience.


  1. I totally forgot about that song. Ha!

    I've seen most of the Buffy musical and the song stylings seem pretty similar (not surprisingly). Maybe Joss will break into Broadway.

    Yeah, there were a few lines that I would have been happy leaving out.

    Did you notice that Captain Hammer is apparently afraid of ducks?

    I liked the "Everyone's a Hero" song, just because it was so over the top. (What a jerk!) Especially the part where the audience started waving their arms and swaying. The fan girls were funny.

    The horse was a surprise.

    Can't see the gif!

  2. Oh, and that last "... a thing." was so sad.

  3. you sound happier...are you? or it is just that you are adjusting to life as it is FOR THE MOMENT?

    Dawn loved Giants back in the day...I'll listen when it's not 5am and robert's sleeping.