Thirty Days of Feelings: Day Eleven

This year I’m undergoing a bit of an experiment: Thirty straight days of doing/watching/listening to/reading something that makes me feel – however fleetingly – like an actual human being, in the hopes that this will thaw a layer of ice off my frozen shriveled little heart, and allow me to not be such a buzzkill this year. So let’s get to it.

Day Eleven: Pushing Daisies


C’mon guys. We all knew this was coming. It’s Pushing Daisies time up in this mother.

Ned the Pie-Maker has a special ability – when he touches the dead, they come back to life. If he touches them again, they die. If he allows them to live longer than a minute, someone else must die in their place. This ability has haunted Ned ever since he found out about it, when his mother died. He brought her back to life, but at the expense of the man across the street – the father of his sweetheart Charlotte “Chuck” Charles. To make matters worse, he then lost his mother again when she went to kiss him goodnight. Poor Ned was sent to boarding school, and grew into an overly cautious man with severe intimacy issues.

His life is forever changed when Emerson Cod, local P.I., suggests a team-up: bring the dead back to life long enough to question them, re-dead them, and collect reward money. Boom.

Ned’s life is forever changed again when he discovers that Chuck has been murdered, brings her back to life, and cannot bring himself to re-dead her. The two begin a tragically beautiful romance, filled with neurotic flirting, longing glances, sappy dialogue, and absolutely no touching. Like it’s literally life and death.

The series features all the trademarks of Bryan Fuller: snappy dialogue, clever word play, bright colors, whimsy, and a slight sense of… morbidity? Yes, there is a lot of black comedy (not like Eddie Murphy, talking about death jokes). It’s maybe not for everyone, but it’s definitely right for me.

Seriously guys, there are people on this earth who think I’m incapable of going “Awwwww…!” but obviously they haven’t seen me watch this show. It seriously happens like eight times an episode. Between Ned getting flustered, Chuck being overly perky, Emerson being surly, and the adorable Kristin Chenoweth being tiny and hopelessly in love with Ned. And there’s solving mysteries! And there’s alliteration! And tautology! And did I mention the bright colors and the neurotic flirting and longing glances??? It’s written like a children’s book that deals with death. It’s like Willy Wonka’s murder factory: Candy AND Death.

[Guys I’m just really tired OK? I’ve been putting in extra hours at the gym and at work and it’s clearly taken a toll.]

Anyway, it’s not on Netflix (anymore), which is basically a crime against humanity. Too bad the Internet isn’t a magical place where you can find anything if you look hard enough. But in all seriousness, the DVDs are like $10. BUY IT.



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