The Girl Geek

{October 10, 2007}   Pushin’ Daisies

It’s not too special of a story on the surface: a man has a magical touch that can raise the dead.

What’s really unique about Pushin’ Daisies is the whole feel to it. For a quick run down, a man, Ned (played by Lee Pace), found out when he was a child that when he touched something dead, it would come back to life. If he touched that newly alive thing again, it’d die for good. If the person he touched stayed alive for more than a minute, another person in the immediate area would die. His secret is found out by Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) who goes into business in with Ned (the pie-maker, owner of the Pie Hole) waking the dead in the morgue, finding out how they died, and collecting the reward while giving them justice.

Soon after the beginning of the show, you see Ned’s first kiss, Charlotte (aka Chuck). She lived next door to Ned after he found out about his ability. Sometime after, Ned’s mom died, so Ned used his ability to wake her up. Because she was alive for more than a minute, however, someone had to die. So, Chuck’s dad died. Eventually, when Ned’s mom went to give him a hug, she touched him again, and died forever. Chuck (played by Anna Friel) went to live with her sheltered aunts, and Ned went to live at a boarding school. One day while watching the news, Ned sees a story about how his old neighbor, Chuck, died on a cruise ship. So, he goes and saves her, much to the chagrin of Emerson.

The reason I love this show is it’s mix of originality, superb writing, and talented actors. This show is a bright version of Tim Burton, and is insane enough to love. My whole family, with all of our diverse interests enjoy this show, and we can sit here and laugh hysterically as a family.


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