Oh how I missed you, Pushing Daisies! This was by far my favorite new show of last season and with the strike cutting the season short, I was thrilled to see it got a renewal and now thrilled it's back!
While I wonder where the storyline of this show can go since our star-crossed lovers can't really be together, I found the season premiere very promising of wonderful and non-repetitive plotlines to come.
Chuck and Ned are still their adorable first season selves, as they continue to work together - with Emerson - to solve mysterious deaths, but not quite so blissfully together in their lack-of-touching love.
With Olive bursting, pretty literally, with Chuck's Aunt Lily's secret that she's actually not Chuck's aunt at all, but her mother instead, Olive went off by Lily's bidding to be a nun (weird yet perfectly quirky), and this left Chuck to decide to move into Olive's place.
But what about Ned?? And your absolutely adorable twin beds? Apparently Chuck is realizing in her second life that there's a lot she hasn't done like have a job interview, a job, and her own place. So it's time for Ned and Chuck to have a little "romantic," as Chuck called it, time apart but still close by.
But how much of her own life can Chuck ever have? She seems pretty realistic about that issue since she's technically always in hiding, but it makes it a little sad that she can't reach for dreams beyond a love in which she can't have touch and a career which is really just Ned's life (plus her bees of course).
It seems these problems can't be solved for Chuck, but the journey along the way is promising to be an interesting one, and who knows - maybe there will be some sort of solution at some point. But until then, I'm loving the extra complication of Lily being Chuck's mother, and watching this secret unfold.
As we found out through Lily divulging more to Olive, the reason Lily hid that she was the mother was because Chuck's father was her sister Vivian's fiance! Ooh the scandal! So she went off to the nunnery, where she's now sent Olive, to have her baby and apparently come up with a story about the mysterious mother dying in childbirth.
Now, I suppose this means somehow Chuck appeared on her father's doorstep and Vivian discovered her fiance had a child by another woman. So is that why they didn't get married? Why didn't Lily just keep Chuck to raise herself and never tell who the father was or give her up for adoption if she didn't want the responsibility?
While we learned some juicy details in this premiere, there are clearly more fascinating pieces to this puzzle yet to be uncovered!
Also as we saw this week, Vivian and Lily are getting out of the house, so does this mean many more near misses with Chuck at The Pie Hole?
And would it really be so awful if Chuck's aunts found out she was alive? I don't fully remember why she wanted to hide it from them, but I think it was so they could live their own lives instead of worrying about her or something along those lines. And of course the fact that she's supposed to be dead and the less people who know she's alive, the better.
I just can't imagine how with the aunts keeping in touch with Olive and/or Ned, that Chuck could really stay a secret.
But I guess that's part of the thrill to this whole quirky mystery-packed dramedy!
After this premiere, I'm very excited for a full season of Pushing Daisies ahead and I can't wait to see where it takes us!
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