Day: October 18, 2008

Life and Death and Life Again: Review for “Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season” DVD

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Ned (Lee Pace), also known as the Pie Maker, has his own pie shop called the Pie Hole. He also has a strange power: if he touches a dead thing, it comes back alive, but if he touches it again, it becomes dead forver. There is also the part where if he keeps a returned dead thing alive for more than a minute, something else must take its place in death. He puts this ability to use by working with a private investigator named Emmerson Cod (a brilliant Chi McBride). Ned asks the dead people who killed them and then collect the reward. But his childhood sweetheart, a girl named Chuck, is murdered, he brings her back to life and keeps her alive. The fact that they cannot touch creates trouble, but also gives the writers a very good creative outlet. The fact that the two are so much in love and can show it without really touching each other is amazing, especially in a world where you can see people’s butts on network shows. Anna Friel is fantastic as Chuck; cute and peppy. Chi McBride’s character is cynical, but not to a point where you don’t like him. Kristin Chenoweth is amazing as Olive, the object of unrequited love for Ned. The environmentis very cute and really colorful. The special features are a real treat, with a little featurette for each episode. Though, it would have been nicer if they had included some insight on casting.

Show: A+

Features: A-

Overall: A                   

Here’s a sneak peek at Season 2: