Pushing Daisies: The Complete Second Season (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
Warner Brothers || NR - 562 minutes - $39.98 || July 21, 2009
Reviewer: Maggie O. || Posted On: 2009-08-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Bryan Fuller (created by)
Cast: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride,Kristin Chenoweth


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

One of the most whimsical shows ever to grace the small screen is back for its second season. Too bad this is the last of it.

"Pushing Daisies" follows the life of Ned, the pie maker, who has the unusual ability to bring dead things back to life. First touch life, second touch dead again and forever. Normally this wouldnít cause too many problems until his childhood sweetheart; Charlotte ďChuckĒ Charles dies only for Ned to bring her back. They are head-over-heels in love and can never touch. Ned has partnered with Private Investor Emerson Codd to help solve murders with the use of his special gift.

I thought that season 1 was amazing and was pleasantly surprised when season 2 topped that. The stories get far more complicated for our heroes and create twists and turns that leave you wondering what will happen next. Ned discovers he has more family issues that he thought, Chuck keeps a big secret from Ned, Olive finally confronts and deals with her complicated feelings for the pie maker, and Emerson gets a long awaited visit from his past. The mysteries are even better this season and arenít relegated to the murders they are attempting to solve.

One of my favorites things are the recurring characters. If you remember Simone from last season, she was the wife of a dog-breeding polygamist and a brief fling with Emerson. If you were as big of a fan of Simone as I was, you will love every moment she returns. Also, David Arquette, as Randy Man, becomes an unlikely match for Olive Snook, but its hard not to fall completely in love with him.

The sad thing about this show is its hasty exit. This show isnít on the air anymore as the result of the writerís strike. The first season started to pick up strong momentum right before the strike hit Hollywood. When it was renewed it lost some of itís audience that it had gained and like the first season, started to pick up serious momentum again before ABC cancelled the show. There were a lot of story lines that they were building up to that will unfortunately never be fully realized. I am disappointed as I was looking forward to the revelations ahead. The last episode tries to put a small wrap up to the series that I feel doesnít do it justice.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Master Pie Maker Ė an insight to the making of the show from Creator Bryan Fuller.

From Oven to the Table Ė the make-up department shows the challenges and creativity involved in bringing a script to life.

Add a Little Magic Ė The special effects department shows how the Rhino was brought to life for a rather ambitious episode.

Each special feature is well worth the time. They are all short, sweet and to the point. Complete with cast interviews and production insight youíll want to see how much truly goes into each episode.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Make sure that you have the proper settings on your television to really make the color pop! Warner has included an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. No complaints and right where is needs to be. Also, donít be afraid to turn up the volume to full appreciate the fully scored episodes.



.::OVERALL::.

This is one of the best shows ever put on television and itís a shame that there isnít more of it to go around. Basically if you missed this show when it aired, pick it up on DVD. You will not be disappointed.