In the classic film community, the term “gone too soon” is often tossed around when stars passed on at an early age. Selfishly, I wish Judy Garland could have stuck around for a few more performances and films. Well, suck it up, Hilary, that’s life. I believe “gone too soon” better applies to the lives of television series — something viewership and audiences have a certain amount of control over. Some of life’s greatest devastations arise when a television show is cancelled in its early stages. My life’s greatest television travesty comes in the form of a Piemaker and his ability to revive dead people.
Due to the writer’s strike and America’s inability to appreciate something witty, intelligent, and beautiful with an actual concept aside from “reality”… Pushing Daisies lasted only two seasons. A show with dignity left with a whimper and I still have not been able to come to terms with its absence. Therefore, I will spill my heart’s contents onto this blog and force you into my same suffering by telling you..
5 Things I Love About Pushing Daisies
Lots and lots and lots of delicious pies with fresh fruit fillings (and sometimes gruyere baked into the crust). I remember someone saying they developed diabetes after having watched the first season. Admittedly, I watched an episode or two with pie in hand — it’s hard to go without! The premise of the show is gloomy: A boy whose mother dies due to a blood vessel bursting in her brain. Ned brings her back to life only to kill her again at bedtime when she gives him a “goodnight” kiss. Pie is the sole connection Ned has to his mother and he carries on her moniker by creating the Pie Hole and using his talents to create a lucrative business. As the show states, “Pie is home.”
4. Ned and Chuck’s Complicated Relationship
Television shows today are saturated with sex and smut. Aside from shows intended for children, this is one of the only television series to build a relationship for its audiences without emphasizing the physical aspects of their relationship. Ned (Lee Pace) and Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel) couldn’t touch, therefore they had to find different ways to love one another (and I find that incredibly sweet). They have no idea if their saliva is “compatible” and Ned bases his decision to keep Chuck alive because he believed his world would be a “better place if [she] were in it.” There are many forces pushing against their relationship and causing it to falter, but their love for one another sustains them — I think we can all relate to some degree.
3. Olive Snook (and Kristin Chenoweth)
Kristin Chenoweth stole the show after the first two episodes of Pushing Daisies. She is a force to be reckoned with in the form of Olive Snook. Cheno is a born comedienne and oftentimes made me laugh with her physical comedy more than the jokes themselves. I think some of her best scenes happen at the “nunnery”, so I’ll share one with you (MAJOR SPOILER):
Olive is left completely in the dark for the entire series, yet she remains loyal to Ned, Chuck, and Emerson. Plus, where there’s a Kristin, there’s a song soon to follow. I love her musical performances throughout.
2. Daisies Aesthetics
Just look at these photos:
I cannot create a lot of emphasis on this subject matter. The sets, costumes, and colours made this show truly beautiful and speak for themselves.
1. Lily Charles’ Dry Humour (and her eye patch)
Lily Charles is, hands down, my favourite character on this show. There is something sickeningly sweet about Pushing Daisies; the pie, childhood love stories, flowers, happiness and occasional cheesy lines become a bit much. Her dry, dark humour allows audience members to feel some relief. I miss her most of all.
In my next blog, I will discuss a recent television show that faced cancellation after only two seasons. I don’t feel the same devastation, but Bomb Girls is neck and neck with Pushing Daisies. I wish Ned would touch them back to life. Which shows do you miss?