mage67 (mage67) wrote,

I'm watching Pushing Daisies-Season 1 DVD set.

For those of you who know nothing about it, here's a quick summary:
It's about a piemaker named Ned with a special talent. He can bring back to life anything dead by touching it. If he touches it again, it becomes dead forever and beyond his power to reanimate. If he brings something back from the dead for more than 1 minute, something else nearby has to die to compensate.

He uses his gift to freshen rotten fruit in his pies. He also makes extra money reanimating the dead to solve their murders with the help of a private investigator.

He uses his gift to bring back to life his murdered childhood sweetheart who he hasn't seen in almost 20 years. He delayed too long to touch her again, and someone else died accidentally. They fall in love again, but they can never touch each other or she would be dead forever. So they have to find ways to express their feelings without touching.

I found the series very sweet and quirky. It is sad Ned can never touch his girlfriend and is so cautious to touch anyone because of his gift. He revived his dead dog also, so he can never pet him.
The entire series is laid out somewhat like a child's story book. The colors used in scenery and clothing are bright and almost comic-book-like. Even though death is a major theme, it's seen as merely an obstacle.

Of course the gift Ned has can't be fully explored in a TV series. Would anything made of wood become alive again if he touched it? You never see the issue of him touching leather or cotton. Eating meat could be problematic. If they addressed these issues and a reanimation was seen, then the effect would probably get redundant. He did mention he touched a bearskin rug once with disturbing consequences.

While Ned's girlfriend doesn't dress indecently, she has too much skin exposed around him sometimes. You'd think she was tempting fate because it would be too easy for him to accidentally bump into her. Somehow he also managed not to even accidently touch his dog in almost 20 years. Of course if he touched his girlfriend they'd instantly lose a major character, so you know it can almost surely never happen.

So if you can take your vicarious gratification in the delayed variety, then you should enjoy this show.
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