You know how sometimes a song can get stuck in your head for an entire day and just refuse to leave? Today was one of those days for me.
Not just any song, mind you. "Bad Horse Chorus," a 35-second jingle from the first act of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
What, you may ask, is DHSAB? Why, it's a 2008 three-part musical miniseries! Written and directed by Joss Whedon, of earlier Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and, later, Avengers) fame! Starring Neil Patrick Harris (!) as the titular aspiring supervillain and (my favorite!) Nathan Fillion as the heroic Captain Hammer!
It was written during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, intended as a fun and expensive project to circumvent the strike conditions. It's been universally praised, won awards, and - ahem - has made me cry.
But...why today, exactly? I don't actually think I've even seen the miniseries since about 2009 (The whole thing is available on YouTube - thank me later!) Why did "Bad Horse" come galloping into my head of its own accord? Did I dream about ponies or something? Or, perhaps...stallions?
A bit of background: Dr. Horrible has applied to the Evil League of Evil, ruled with an iron hoof by the legendary Bad Horse. The doctor's quasi-sidekick, Moist, brings in his (slightly dampened) mail, including a response to the application. As Dr. Horrible opens the letter, three cowboys appear in the background and burst into song:
Yes! Not just anybody is let into the Evil League of Evil! You have to prove yourself with a heinous crime! The rest of the miniseries ensues as Dr. Horrible tries to prove himself worthy of the ELE, and - oh yes - simultaneously find love. Through the power of song, a freeze ray, and wonderflonium.
Does Dr. Horrible eventually make it into the league? Does Bad Horse vote 'yay' or 'neigh'? (see what they did there?? That's why I love Whedon.)
You'll have to watch to find out. Seriously, it's worth it. In the meantime, I'll just leave you with some lyrics, typed out from memory after trotting through my head approximately 560 times today (which is the number of times 35 seconds fits into the 16 hours since I woke up).
Bad horse, bad horse,
Bad horse, bad hooooorse!
He rides across the nation, the thoroughbred of sin,
He got the application that you just sent in!
It needs evaluation, so let the games begin!
A heinous crime, a show of force,
(A murder would be nice, of course)
Bad horse, bad horse,
Bad horse, he's baaaaaad!
The Evil League of Evil is watching, so beware,
The grade that you receive will be your last, we swear!
So make the bad horse gleeful, or he'll make you his mare,
You're saddled up, there's no recourse
- it's hi ho silver! -
Signed, Bad Horse