Thirteen minutes into the live chat with Felicia Day, something horrible started to happen. Just after introductions, as the first question was about to be asked, everything came to a sudden, silent halt. Felicia asked, “Am I lagging and not seeing anything scrolling or is no one talking?” It was almost as if some sort of freeze ray had been aimed at the site.
Moments later, WhedonAge crashed, and visitors were greeted with an ominous warning:
Apparently, the server had been hammered with too many requests, from around the world. Forty people were in the VIP chat room, and more were clamoring to enter, creating a virtual fire hazard. Chat participant Paganini, connecting from Grand Cayman Islands, declared, “Bad Horse blew up the internet!” After a panicky, moist-browed call to the host’s tech support, a few tweaks and six minutes later, the site came back up.
Patient Internet warrior that she is, Felicia handled the brief outage with aplomb, and stuck around past her scheduled time to chat with fans of her work. Among the enlightening tidbits she revealed during the discussion:
* Before even seeing the script to Dr. Horrible, Felicia was blown away by the demo tracks recorded by Maurissa Tancharoen for the character of Penny, “When I heard Penny’s song I was so excited, since that melody was so beautiful… Maurissa had done some temp vocals for it and I actually was like, “Uh, she’s amazing!”
* She teared up reading the ending of the script, which she found to be “so involving, it was hard to read it like an egocentric actor (only skimming other people’s dialogue). [I]t was engrossing, like a great novel.”
* When asked if she expected another Dr. Horrible short, she opined, “Yes, I’m pretty sure there will be a sequel of some kind.” She declared that she would love to revisit the character of Penny, and joked that she’d bring it up with Joss Whedon during next week’s press tours: ” I will be putting that in his ear during Comic-con.”
* After an exhaustive promotions schedule during the convention, she hoped to “geek out” at her two interests, “I love pen and paper games and I am obsessed with fantasy authors.” For the last year and half, she’d taken up Dungeons & Dragons, and was “pretty into it now,” currently playing a third-level wizard under D&D’s fourth edition rules.
* Another of her talents may be showcased during The Guild‘s second season: the violin, which she’s been playing for twenty years (and was one of her majors in college.)
* She has a “very cool role” in the second episode of the new season of House.
The edited transcript of the chat has been posted, with witticisms and repartee from Felicia and the community of fans. In addition to the US, international participants were on from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Northern Ireland and South Korea.
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