Pushing Daisies

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Al Lowe: A | 3 USERS: A+
Eyes On The Pies
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All right, here we go. Brand-new show! When I learned I'd be recapping Pushing Daisies, I read as much as I could about it. Okay, a guy who can bring people back from the dead. Jesus-style sci-fi: I got it. As the weeks progressed, however, every new article leading up to the premiere seemed to reveal an increasing number of weird facts about the show and its characters. The main guy is a pie maker. His job is making pies. It's just on the side that he does this back-to-life, back-to-reality thing. And, by the way, he has to kill the people again within sixty seconds, or someone nearby dies. And so, his thing is to run around un-killing murder victims in order to find out who killed them and collect the reward when the murderer is brought to justice. Um...okay. And did I mention the pies? And that the show would be shot in glorious, saturated, CGI-enhanced Technicolor like you're having an acid trip inside a Betty Crocker box? Impossible as it may seem, all of that is, in fact, the case.

The one thing none of these news stories mentioned was the presence of a narrator. Now, I know audiences are sharply divided about narrators -- a lot of people hate them, and I understand all the reasons why. The thing is, those people obviously never watched Magnum P.I., the show that hooked me on narrators for life. Frankly, Magnum hooked me on a lot of things, okay? Tom Selleck. Short shorts. Dudes with mustaches. Men in uniform. Snappy theme music. Fruity cocktails. Wait. I'm sorry. I was talking about narrators. Yeah, I enjoy them, in general, even if, as we find in this program, they talk like a VISA commercial.

The great Jim Dale opens the show, telling us that Ned, the young boy we see running through an ultra-yellow field of wildflowers under a mega-blue sky is nine years, twenty-seven weeks, six days, and three minutes old. His dog, Digby, whom Ned is joyously chasing, is three years, two weeks, six something something, I'm not going to even tell you, because the DOG gets HIT BY A TRUCK at this very MOMENT and goes FLYING THROUGH THE AIR and I wasn't expecting it and it nearly killed me. Damn. Okay, so somehow Digby, though definitely dead, was not broken and mashed into a zillion bloody pieces, and when Ned rushes to his (dead) side in grief and reaches down to touch his face, a tiny lightning bolt shoots from his finger, and the dog springs back to life. "This was the moment," Jim Dale tells us, "when Ned realized he wasn't like the other children." No shit. "Young Ned could touch dead things," the narrator goes on, "and bring them back to life." Except, dun dun duuuuuunnnn, as Ned goes galloping after his newly-enlivened dog, we see a seemingly healthy squirrel drop from a tree branch, dead in the dog's place.

But now's not the time to stop and explain that stuff, apparently, because we next see Ned -- wearing a different shirt, so we presume on a different day -- sneaking around the kitchen while his mother makes delicious-looking pies. She has just swatted a fly, and when Ned finds it lying dead on the counter, he decides to test out these newly discovered powers, zapping the fly back to life. The thing we're to understand, however, is that Ned doesn't really know what's up with his powers or how to use them or where they came from: he's learning all these things as he goes along. "The terms of use weren't immediately clear," Dale tells us...

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Pushing Daisies




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