Whedon takes a moment to explain the impetus behind this strange little project:
Once upon a time, all the writers in the forest got very mad with the Forest Kings and declared a work-stoppage. The forest creatures were all sad; the mushrooms did not dance, the elderberries gave no juice for the festival wines, and the Teamsters were kinda pissed. (They were very polite about it, though.) During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.
Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very exciting, very mid-life-crisisy. Aided only by everyone I had worked with, was related to or had ever met, I single-handedly created this unique little epic. A supervillain musical, of which, as we all know, there are far too few.
The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap – but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience. And to make a lot of silly jokes. Actually, that sentence probably should have come first.
It's the perfect treat for fans of Whedon's work: hip, unpretentious, self-aware genre comedy, silly and funny and touching. The songs aren't half catchy, either. If you couldn't stand Buffy or Firefly this probably isn't for you, but if you're largely unacquainted with Whedon's work and devoted fan cult, there's nothing here to alienate you -- it's just some good fun, with mad science, bulging muscles, plots, heists, and laundromats. And a fair bit of singing.
UPDATE 07/29: All three acts are available for free again on Hulu for a limited time, so you have another chance if you missed it the first time!