Saturday, October 27, 2007

What I'm Watching: Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies: Season 1, Episode 4 "Pigeon" (B+)

This is the most wonderfully wacky show on television right now. Just look at the sequence of events in this episode - a dead cropduster leads to a hidden treasure which in turn leads to a lengthy history of multigenerational love letter-writing. Every backstory is explored in such detail, which is amazing. The presence of Kristin Chenoweth's character, Olive, could have quickly gotten annoying, but she has her own quest (complete with frequent singing!) to help Chuck's aunts find happiness. When I saw Jayma Mays' name in the credits, I had expected them to use her more and have her really fit into the fantasy setting, but I suppose her role as the second-generation windmill inhabitant will have to do. "You tied up your hostage like you tie your sneakers." The ending of this hour is remarkable and moving, with Chuck's grumpy aunt thinking she sees Chuck for a second but then, with the turn of a windmill, she is gone again. This show just keeps getting better and better.

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