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Pushing Daisies Season Two DVD Review

By Edited Oct 19, 2015 0 0

Pushing Daisies was a colorful show that ran for 26 episodes over two seasons on ABC. It was canceled in the Fall of 08 and the season two DVDs were released recently. I had to pick up the new set as soon as it came out because we already had the Pushing Daisies season one DVD set and knew we wanted the complete series. Now that I've rewatched all the episodes and also enjoyed the extras, I wanted to write a review to help you decide if the season two Pushing Daisies DVDs are something you'd like to add to your home video library.

In general, I love TV shows on DVD because you get to enjoy them without the commercials, and the extras can often add quite a lot of meaningful information. I also like being able to watch two episodes in a row upon occasion because it's much easier to follow the intricacies of a show's plot when you don't have to wait a week (or more with all the season interruptions!) between episodes. And, Pushing Daisies definitely benefits from both of these perks, but perhaps not quite as much as a show like Alias where there are constant twists and turns, complications, and cliff-hangers.

Because my family had loved the show, we were really excited about the Pushing Daisies second season DVD release and were especially looking forward to some great extras. I was particularly curious to hear what the cast and crew had to say about the episodes and was hoping they'd do commentary on at least some of the episodes.

Because we've also really enjoyed Wonderfalls on DVD (which shares a creator [Bryan Fuller] and also one of the leading actors [Lee Pace]), and that has excellent and extensive cast commentary, I was anticipating something similar on the Pushing Daisies season two DVDs.

Sadly, the DVDs didn't include any commentary tracks on the first three discs which seemed like a real mistake to me--those early episodes had all kinds of mysteries that were left unresolved and it would have been great to have gotten to hear more about that content while watching the show itself.

Before you get hooked on Pushing Daisies, you should know that while they did an admirable job of trying to wrap things up, they didn't know the show would be canceled until after the thirteenth (and last) episode had been produced so there's no official conclusion beyond some wrap up narration. If you've had your heart broken before with series that are canceled too soon and without resolution, you'll need to assess your own willingness to go through that again in this case and live with the lack of resolution offered in these 13 episodes. That said, the show's still well worth watching, and I'll explore why further here.

Easily Pushing Daisies's most unique aspect is the colorful and larger than life costumes and sets. What's even better is that the sets often are amusing suppliments to the episode, for instance, in an episode taking place in a honey factory, the female staff members wear their hair in modernized bee hive hair dos. The show constantly walks the line between clever and orchestrated and jokey. Clearly a lot of careful craftsmanship went into creating the world of Pushing Daisies.

Beyond the costumes and sets, though, the scripts are clever and the acting top-notch. Sure, the premise (the lead character can wake the dead with a single touch and after bringing his childhood sweetheart back to life they fall in love but are unable to touch or else she'll be dead again, forever) is very much the stuff of fairy tales (and somewhat under thought-through in the way its presented to the audience--don't watch for plot holes unless you enjoy such persuits because you'll find plenty), but the cast makes the material so much bigger and more lively with the supporting cast especially bringing the kind of unabashed joy that makes a show a treat to watch.

Chi McBride demonstrates a true comedic aptitude that his previous roles haven't given him enough opportunity to explore as the show's knitting detective and Ellen Greene and Swoosie Kurtz are charming and over the top as former synchronized-swimming-star sisters. As you can tell from these descriptions, the characters are definitely crazy and larger than life, but that's what makes the show so much fun. They're the kind of characters you'd love to watch in a local coffee shop--as long as you weren't related to them!

If you like your television with a healthy dose of exuberant escapism instead of gritty reality, you'll definitely find plenty of appeal in this DVD set. The four discs are chock full of high-quality episodes (both in terms of the show being excellent and also in terms of the way it looks and sounds on a high end TV set). While this is a show that really shines in Blu-Ray, if you don't have a BR player yet, you really can't go wrong with the DVD copy.

I'll be honest, the central romance of the show gets a little wearing at times and it would definitely have required some shakeups to keep it from being too sugary sweet, but with how brief season two is, it's not overly noticeable, it's just something you may find yourself thinking if you watch several episodes in a row.

As I said, where the show really shines is in its supporting cast, even though the two leads are charming and quite talented in their own right--it's just that the relationships built beyond the central romance seem to be better developed and more engaging.

The Pushing Daisies Second Season DVD set makes a great family treat. I highly recommend picking up the DVDs and enjoying them for family movie nights, or a rainy Saturday marathon. Of course, you'll want to watch them eating delicious pie (the lead character is a pie maker who owns a darling cafe called The Pie Hole). If the descriptions here sound like fun to you, you're sure to enjoy the second season and though you'll be sad when you come to the end, it's still well worth enjoying the episodes even though they are too few.



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