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Post-Mortem: 'Pushing Daisies' Season 2 Review

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ Season 1 of Pushing Daisies conjured up a unique, colorful world filled with quirky characters with ulterior motives. Focusing on Ned and Chuck’s relationship, the first season wasn’t without its struggles: there were some issues with episodic pacing, spending time reintroducing the rules to viewers, and it had trouble juggling realism with the fantastic aloofness of murder cases. Then again, none of that prevented the series from being critically acclaimed or loved by its fans. What did prevent those things was the 2007 Writers Guild Strike. While the first nine episodes were aired, it took another 10 months for the remainder to do the same. This proved fatal to the show as the mechanism of death was a steady decline in ratings. Fans who stuck with it till its time of death were treated to an extremely fun season, although it offered little closure on some story lines. Building on the characters and places introduced in season 1, season 2 focused on character backgrounds giving way into long-term stories and playing with character relationships. The season did make some mistakes, mainly by concluding a number of storylines, and not finishing others. But those same storylines put some strain on the Ned and Chuck relationship that was always interesting to see, and caused Ned to doubt the wisdom of using of his powers. The writing had always been a strong suit of Pushing Daisies , and that was clearly evident in the season 2 opener "Bzzzzzzzz!" With witty lines practically ripped out of a Dr. Seuss book ("Betty’s bees were clearly a bee in Betty Bee’s bonnet"; "mother was a methodist and daddy was a pragmatist so God put those bees there for a reason"; "it took a lot of might — as in effort — and a lot of mites — as in pest"), the episode boasted beautifully elaborate sets (all with a bee theme), and fantastic costumes like Chuck’s beehive hairdo and honeycomb dress. After learning that Lily was Chuck’s mother and that Chuck "faked" her death, Olive had no other choice than to run off to a convent so that she wouldn’t have to reveal any secrets. There, she learns of Lily’s involvement with Charles Charles, and finds her niche as a truffle farmer under the guidance of Sister Larue (who later falls to her death in "Bad Habits" ). A fantastic episode that continued the Scooby-Doo vibe, "Bad Habits" played around with secret passageways and, of course, disguises. It also featured some nice wordplay: Olive annoyed Mother Mary Mary and Mary Mary said, "God… in his wisdom has led you here." In the same episode, Chuck learns the true identity of her mother via Ned via Olive via an intoxicated Aunt Lily. After doing so, Chuck cried tears of joy in an emotional and deep scene. Also meaningful, Ned finally confronted his past with his father with the help of Father Ed. Both actors showed an amazing amount of depth in their scenes. In fact, a lot of season 2 is dedicated to unearthing the past and tying up loose ends. Emerson Cod, the ever quippy gumshoe, had a confrontation with Lila Robinson, the mother of his daughter. A cold, calculating, and talented con woman, Lila bamboozled Emerson throughout the entirety of their encounter. The harshest blow was tricking Emerson into giving up his car in exchange for his daughter, only for Lila to take both with her. The only closure for Emerson is that his daughter leaves all smiles and waving goodbye — a sign that Lila truly loved and cared for her. Sadly, that’s all we get to see of their conflict, and thus that’s the only closure we have. In fact, while season 2 wraps up some conflicts, it doesn’t necessarily conclude them. By the end, Charles Charles is still missing, and we never find out how Dwight, Ned’s father, and Charles are connected, or what will happen with the reappearance of Ned’s father. Season 2 ends on a cliffhanger, albeit an absolutely fantastic one. While the show wasn’t given enough time to elaborate on the side stories, it did wrap up those of the main characters. Chuck gets "closure" with the aunts, Olive ends up in a relationship, Emerson learns that his daughter is all right, and Ned finally accepts the usefulness of his powers (that rhino, though!). Ultimately, while Pushing Daisies has been laid to rest, it will always live on in the memories of its fans. p { text-align: justify; }

Bringing Back the Dead: Pushing Daisies Season 1 Review

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ Before Bryan Fuller created Hannibal , there was Pushing Daisies . The charming "forensic fairy tale" was one of a kind. Raking in 17 Primetime Emmy nominations and 7 wins . This Writers Guild strike murder victim will always live on in the memories of critics and fans. Pushing Daisies certainly doesn’t shy away from death, danger, and mystery, but hits it head on while singing a very merry tune. The show maintains a lovable quirkiness throughout the season that breathes life into a very tired genre. Essentially, Pushing Daisies follows the life of a pie-maker named Ned, played by Lee Pace . But there’s something different about Ned: he has the power to bring back the dead with just one touch. However, there’s a catch. One touch: life; another: dead forever. After the murder of his childhood sweetheart and first kiss, Chuck, played by Anna Friel , Ned brings her back to life in order to solve her murder and decides to keep her alive, at the expense of one unlucky funeral director. Ned and Chuck have a fantastic chemistry together, better than most television couples today. That chemistry is magnified further by the fact that they are completely unable to touch one another. As they say, "absence makes the heart grow fonder." Even when that "absence" is just 12.5 mm-thick saran wrap. There are notable scenes within the show that exemplify the emotional pains that this kind of relationship causes, a notable one being Chuck tripping while Ned is unable to break her fall. Additionally, there are times when the viewer expects the two to rush into each others arms, only to have them stop a couple of inches away from each other. While the strongest episode is the " Pie-lette " (the series premiere) that doesn’t mean that the quality lessons. If anything, Pushing Daisies maintains a consistent high level of quality all the way up to the season finale. The world of Pushing Daisies is ever fascinating to see come to life as quirky characters emerge from fantastically extraordinary situations. Like so, the deaths on the show are ripped out of a morbid children’s books where victims are killed by drowning in a vat of taffy or by explosive scratch-n-sniffs. Olive, played by Kristen Chenoweth , is captivatingly entertaining as a Ned-obsessed waitress. The best part about her character (besides spot-on acting) has to be the catchy musical numbers she belts out when alone. While placed in a supporting outside of investigations, Olive becomes a substitute Chuck, aiding Chuck’s aunts and coaxing — well, coaxing is an understatement, more like shoving — them into returning to their careers as The Darling Mermaid Darlings, a synchronized swimming duo. Olive’s past (I’ll let you figure it out! It’s worth watching) is explored in " Girth ," the Halloween episode. Having a very Scooby Doo -like mystery, including a masked "ghost", the episode stands out as probably the funniest of the season with the help of private investigator Emerson Cod, played by Chi McBride . McBride’s character uses Ned’s power in order to solve murders and collect their rewards, but his sarcasm and deadpan delivery make him entertaining in every episode. He particularly shines in " Girth ," thanks to excellent lines and jokes. The episode is probably the most cartoonish of the series and it works excellently with the Halloween theme; all of which balanced out with the Ned and Olive flashbacks. The goofy murders are a key feature of the show. But the most notable of the season is that of Harold Hundin, a polygamous dog breeder played by Joel McHale , ( Community and The Soup fans rejoice!) in " Bitches ." Again, it’s best you find out how he died for yourself. I’m not going to spoil it for you. In " Bitches ," every member of the cast (including Digby the dog) shares a spotlight as they interview four suspects, the Hundin wives. It’s by far the most complex episode of the series with no obvious killer. Pushing Daisies will forever be among the many cancelled shows that were axed too soon. That doesn’t mean that Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller has given up on his pie-maker. With a musical, "zombie" movie, and Netflix deal in the works, Ned’s magic touch may bring the show back from the dead after all. You can find out more on that really cool sounding zombie movie here . (Potential title: Ned vs. Dead?) p { text-align: justify; }

Year in Review: Top 10 Shows Canceled Too Soon - Featured

It's been a rough year for TV lovers. While we had the thrill of beloved endangered shows like Chuck pulling through, we lost a lot of other great ones from Pushing Daisies to Dollhouse . Check out the top shows I think died too soon in 2009, and add your most missed cancellations of the year in the comments below! Dollhouse While I will say I, like many Dollhouse fans, have come to terms with its cancellation as long as it's getting the chance to get a proper ending. But, with all the hype, fan excitement, and fan campaigning to keep it around, it's still a big disappointment to see this one so short-lived. Yet another Josh Whedon project with great promise and strong fan following, but not enough promise or strength in fan numbers. Thanks for kind of trying this time, though, FOX. Eastwick This fall newbie got a bad rap before it even began. Even I, lover of all things cute and girl-friendship-powered and magic-related, wasn't interested in catching the premiere of this charming and magical little show. But, as it turned out when I did watch, it actually is charming, magical, and a really sweet story of female friendship with the fun twist of strange happenings in a small town. The chemistry of the actresses is great, and the storylines, though light, had great potential for what they were meant to be. I'm definitely sad to see this one go so very soon without even getting itself the chance of one full season. Pushing Daisies Okay, this is the last time I'll complain about this gem of a wonderful show getting canceled! It barely got to show its fresh and outstandingly unique face in 2009, but that is exactly why it makes this list of shows canceled too soon us Daisies fans would have liked to see more of this show for years to come! Thankfully it pulled through with a 2nd season when it wasn't looking so promising to make even that, but then sadly, like a few others on this list, just didn't make the cut for ABC last spring. This was one of the absolute best new shows last year, and I'm sad to be putting it on this list instead of a new list of best shows of the year, but as 2010 comes our way, it's time to put this one to rest... though it'll never be time to lay to rest the re-watching of its adorable episodes! Eli Stone Like Pushing Daisies, this was another endearing, sweet, and unique ABC highlight of last season that didn't get much life into 2009, also making it very rightly belong here in the most disappointing cancellation losses of the year. While with a more ordinary backdrop than Daisies, Eli Stone had a fantastic fantasy world as well, pushing the limits of religion vs. medicine in the most friendly way imaginable (including with song)! I had been concerned about how they would carry into Season 2 with Eli's impending brain tumor removal at the end of Season 1, but after they carried on so well and the show got even better in Season 2, this is definitely one I was heartbroken to see get cut this year. Life This was another sophomore show, though NBC instead of ABC, that was really fantastic with an incredible cast and fascinating storyline as we followed an ex-cop reinstated after his 12 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit hunt down who framed him. The greatest part of this show was the main character, Charlie Crews, the cop/criminal in question, who became hardened, but also very enlightened via his reading while in jail. This one was a little more under the radar than most shows in danger of cancellation, so its cancellation, though with a somewhat satisfying show ending, was a big disappointment. Lipstick Jungle This was the Eastwick (under-appreciated female friendship gem) of last TV season which is a pretty easy comparison to make considering it even had the crossover cast member of Lindsay Price. Like Eastwick, Lipstick had a strong female core cast whose friendships became more and more endearing and real over the time we did spend with them. Also this show, while cute first season, got a lot stronger second season, making it yet another tragic casualty of early 2009 when it got the ax with hardly a series conclusion in sight. Privileged I'm guiltily part of those who should have been watching and loving this one to keep it on the air, but while I didn't watch much of it, I do know it was an adorable show that others here at SideReel are very sad to see die. This one also had a very sweet and endearing vibe and cast, plus was more wholesome (but not boring!) quality programming than most of CW's teen dramas that have survived. Sigh, us CW fans and our love for the outrageous drama! Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles This is another one I didn't watch much of, but I believe belongs on this list due to overall huge fan disappointment. Being part of lots of awesome "save our show" efforts, I got the feeling this one could be the next Jericho , but even better as it seemed it could stay on once revived. But unfortunately not even the strong fan support here was able to make a difference. Turns out FOX felt guilty about letting down Joss Whedon fans, but not Terminator fans. Sorry kids. Kyle XY I must admit I adore almost everything ABC Family, and this wasn't an exception - and I know it certainly wasn't for tons of other ABC Family fans either! While the story of the alien boy with powers had been done before, there was something special about Kyle (maybe it was those blue eyes and rockhard abs) but also the warmth of the whole family Kyle became a part of. It was fun and fascinating to see Kyle learn about human life, fall in love with both his new family and first girlfriend, and do some downright kick-butt things with his powers. While this one did get a solid 3 season run which is much more than we can say about the rest of the shows on this list, it felt like such a solid show, especially with its home on ABC Family, that it was really too bad to not get to enjoy this one for a few more seasons. Dirty Sexy Money While the least disappointing early 2009 cut from ABC, DSM joins the list of canceled too soon ABC dramedies along with Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone. All of these shows were unique and fun newbies for ABC when they started, and all were disappointing to see go without much conclusion. This one was particularly frustrating seeing a mystery and disastrous family fall apart, come together, fall apart again... and then never have any of it resolved. Which shows do you think were canceled too soon in 2009?

Death of a good TV show

After a long break they resumed Pushing Daisies from where it left off, and that really made me realize how much i missed this show. Some may think the show was too cheesy, too colorful and too naive but how many other shows have you seen with such wit, taste, delight, knowledge and fun. This show was one of the most intelligent shows that was filled with tons of information and knowledge especially about other cultures, it's an eye opener for many people who doesn't even know the countries and cultures that existed in the show. I know it imitates AMELIE POULLAIN same Parisian atmosphere, colors, same narration with extreme details but who else does it as good as this show? So far no one (according to my point of view of course). I don't know about you but i really mourn over the cancellation of this show. Hoping that they will continue in some other TV channel so i can continue following and enjoying.

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 13, "Kerplunk"

I think I need a hug. The last episode of Pushing Daisies is about as solid a finale as possible, considering that nobody knew it was a finale at the time. It has a story that brings most of the major characters together and a massive reveal at the end - and even the last-minute bit of closure seemed to fit. "For endings, as it is known, are where we begin," we'll chat about this episode when you read more. I wrote last week about my mixed feelings about the return of Pushing Daisies, especially knowing there wouldn't be much wrapped up at the end. But "Kerplunk" makes it all worthwhile. Not only is it a solid episode, it ends on a note of hope. While I knew it was unlikely - especially with a comic book on the way - I feared the show would end with a rushed Chuck/Ned kiss. But what we get in this episode is so much better. Chuck makes herself known to the aunts, and while we don't get to see the reaction, that final sweep through Coeur d'Coeurs shows that it's ultimately happy. It's "the promise of a new family, brought about by the words 'I'm alive.'" And while I so wish we could have seen that family thrive, I'm surprisingly satisfied just knowing it exists. Even better, the moment of Chuck's big reveal is completely earned. We see young Lily and Vivian - Lily by turns annoyed with and protective of her little sister, born with a hole in her heart - and their journey to becoming the Darling Mermaid Darlings. And at the hands of a vindictive former (well, apparently current) swimming rival, Vivian learns the truth about Chuck, Lily, and Charles Charles at long last. It's impressive to see Vivian - normally so gentle, she wants fresh lilacs in their swimming contract - hurl something against a wall, and even more impressive for her to seriously consider living without her sister. Well, for a second anyway, since the moment of her breakdown is also exactly the moment Chuck turns up at their door. To Read More Click Here .

Kerplunk- Exactly that

Kerplunk is right! With such an imaginative and fantastic show as Pushing Daisies, you need a finale with just as an imaginative and magical ending. After seeing the ending of Kerplunk, you could totally tell they did a rush job. I'm thankful that they removed whatever horrible cliffhanger, but still there was no "Ooooo," no "Ahhhhh," nor even a "Mmmmm." No sigh of relief, delight or whimsy. Instead it was just a plain old watery "Kerplunk." Perhaps my disappointment has something to do with how much I disliked Chuck. I found the character annoying. Her fast talk and quirks were equivalent to many, many horrible seasons of Gilmore Girls. I loved Olive and wanted her with Ned. Kablooey is what I say.

Pushing Daisies: Season 2 Post-Mortem

The first season of "Pushing Daisies" was a critical darling with a strong cult following. While the ratings did appear to be softening by the time the writers' strike was all but a certainty, back in the fall of 2007, the show was still outperforming everyone's expectations. Then the strike actually happened, and someone made the brilliant decision to take the show off the air until the fall of 2008. The inevitable happened. The show returned to much lower ratings and much less buzz. Instead of being a fresh of fresh air in the middle of a strike-ridden spring, the show was buried in the noise of new shows and a heavy volume of returning favorites. And for a lot of viewers, the show had seen its short but sweet day. Perhaps the producers felt that a deeper set of story arcs would be the way to draw in viewers and keep them interested. Whatever the reason, the beginning of the second season seemed to be too mired in setting up longer stories to be paid off later in the season (or perhaps beyond). Considering that it was easy to predict that "Pushing Daisies" would struggle to regain its momentum, an opinion shared by much of its own fandom, planning on the time and audience for long-term story arcs was probably not the best move. The ardent fans are suffering from the consequences now. The season was cut short after 10 episodes, and it was only by luck of the draw and contractual obligation that the remaining 3 episodes have been aired (currently in June 2009). Bryan Fuller, the showrunner and main executive producer for the show, has already admitted that one of the main plot threads will remain unresolved, thanks to the cancellation. That is unfortunate, because the series still had legs. Despite a rough start to the second season, owing to the long gap between seasons, the show was still going strong creatively. The concept hadn't played itself out, and it was still like nothing else on television. And just like its forebears ("Wonderfalls" and "Dead Like Me"), the series will likely grow an ever larger devoted following in the years to come, on DVD or digital distribution. If there is one problem with this season, it's the fact that it is incomplete. Story elements that would have been paid off over time will, in retrospect, feel out of place. Experience shows that even currently devoted fans will begin to lose perspective over time, and these loose ends will become more and more grating. Fans who come to the series years from now will bemoan how the writers screwed up by not ending the show with proper resolution. (It is, sadly, a familiar situation.) It will come to no surprise to fans of the show that the second season of "Pushing Daisies" earned a Critical Myth Rating of 7.7. This is well above average and only slightly lower than the rating for the first season (which had the benefit of including the near-perfect pilot episode). As a result, the series itself earns a similar total rating, which is well-deserved. "Pushing Daisies" was one of the most unique shows in recent memory, and it deserved better from its studio and its network. The show will always be remembered as one of the many unfortunate victims of the writers' strike of 2008.

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 12, "Water and Power"

This week's episode of Pushing Daisies - well, really the whole series, but this episode in particular - is about the silly things we do for love. In this installment, it's level-headed, eye-rolling Emerson who falls head over heels into stupidity when a case leads him to his daughter's mother. Olive, meanwhile, makes some questionable relationship decisions of her own about how to proceed with Randy Mann. To chat about this episode, read more. Love really must be a powerful thing if even Emerson Cod can fall victim to it. Beneath that hardened exterior, Emerson's been a fool for beautiful and mysterious women ever since he willingly got himself in trouble as a child just so he could sit in the office of his lovely principal. More recently, there was Lila, of whom he probably should have been suspicious from the start considering she met him in the middle of a con job. She was supposed to steal the "dam ruby" but ended up with Emerson's heart instead - and, eventually, his Penny. She comes back into Emerson's life in this episode as a suspect once more, this time not just as a thief but as a murderer of the dam ruby's owner. What I loved about this story is how the whole crew gets involved: Chuck, Ned, Olive, and even Randy Mann turn out to help Emerson, who they fear is blinded by "Lilaberry juice." And in many ways, the hero of the whole operation turns out to be Simone, who pulls Emerson away from a rushing flood just in time to save his life and the ruby. For a moment, Emerson even looks redeemed: the killer isn't Lila after all. To Read More Click Here .

Pushing Daisies Rundown: Episode 11, "Window Dressed to Kill" M

Welcome back, Pushing Daisies fans! It's been a long time since this beloved show went off the air, and while it's sad that the final episodes are airing in what may be the worst time slot on television, I'm just relieved that they're airing at all. This episode picks up with Ned holding fast to his promise from the last episode to stop using his powers - not for good, not for evil, not even to un-rot the fruit for his pies. But can he hold out when there's a whole world in need of his powers? Meanwhile, we get a glimpse of young Olive and her daddy issues (go figure), and that helps to bring the Chuck-Olive-Ned love triangle to some delightfully awkward new heights. To Read More Click Here .

Good show

Sorry this is cancelled it is ridiculously funny.