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Pushing Daisies – The Complete First Season (Warner Blu-ray)


Picture: A-     Sound: B+     Extras: B-     Episodes: B+



Pushing Daisies inevitably seems to be one of those series that is too creative and brilliant to last.  Its creativity and uniqueness may be its downfall, not capturing enough of a standard “Joe public” audience Pushing Daisies may not have a long life on television, but for now it exists as one of the most exceptionally artistic series on television today.  The inspiring series has all the makings of a future classic with its dark sense of humor, mysterious edge, and startlingly charismatic cast.  The only thing that Pushing Daisies is missing is a solid audience.


The series centers on Ned (Lee Pace) who discovered as a young boy that he had some very unique powers; for Ned can bring anything back from the dead with the touch of his finger.  Whereas the concept (though surprising) may seem simple enough up front, there are a set of strict and stringent rules that Ned must follow, so as to not disrupt the fragile balance of life.  When Ned brings a being back to life he has one minute…60 seconds to touch that same being again or something else will die in its place; being random, but a vicinity issue at the same time.  Ned went through life living by the rules, avoiding the use of his powers at all costs, but in recent years Ned found his powers to be somewhat morally justifiable and profitable at the same time.  Ned, after an unlikely meeting, joined forces with a private detective named Emerson (Chi McBride) who together close cases of unsolved murders by briefly waking the dead and then collecting the reward.


When this system seemed to be working all too well, Ned learns that the only girl he ever kissed, Chuck (played by Anna Friel) was murdered on a cruise ship.  Ned feeling a sense of obligation to his long lost love and Emerson seeing a chance to earn some cash, the sleuthy duo sets out to solve Chuck’s murder; the only problem is that once Ned wakes Chuck, he just can’t let her go.  The series develops into an oddly imaginative blend of dark comedy, mystery, suspense, romance, and everything else with each passing episode bringing more to the table.  Each episode generally centers on an individuals’ murder as the gang digs into a series of clues and serves up their own brand of unique mystery solving skills.  Like layers of a cake, or better yet, the filling in a pie, Pushing Daisies has multiple levels of intricate development that collectively create one of the most original television series this reviewer has ever seen.


The technical features on Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season blossom into a tale of lively picture, sound, and extras.  The picture is presented in 1080p High Definition with a 1.85 X 1 Widescreen image that has some of the most vibrant colors and crispest images that this reviewer has ever experienced on Blu-ray.  The show intentionally uses exaggerated images and colors to emphasize the fantastically imaginative nature of the series and its story arches.  Each frame is like a work of art, each prop, costume, or device is strategically placed to add an inherent appeal to the series that adds a dimension of artistic integrity that many series push to the wayside.  The picture quality of Pushing Daisies goes beyond just the amazing Blu-ray image quality and dives into the area of television art.  The sound quality is not quite as great as the image in its Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround Sound, but it projects nicely with a crisp, clear sound that uses the speakers nicely as the feature has a fair bit of peripheral and ambient noises; though mostly a dialogue driven series.


The extras are far from expansive only offering fans a featurette entitled Pie Time- Time for Pie: Delicious Interactive Featurette in which cast and creative team members dish forkfuls of series secrets.  The extra features are divided into pie slices on the menu in which the viewer can chose any one of the 18 behind the scenes looks in which each of the 2 minute (approximately) features gives the viewer a look at the series from a variety of angles.  The cast and crew give inside looks at design, casting, interviews, and even a few mini commentaries.  Overall, though collectively only being about 40 minutes of extra features, they are well worth while and offer many features and facts that can be watched again.


It is amazing that the First Season of Pushing Daisies ended on such an interesting and surprising cliffhanger, in turn giving fans some hope that the fantastically imaginative series would return to tickle our creative taste buds once again.  The series is a blend of everything that good television is made of; having an extremely talented cast to portray the inventive storylines that are filled with mystery, dark comedy, drama, romance, and everything in between.  The amazing visuals of the series dance across the screen like an original ballet that springs forth with imagination and life; the Blu-ray presentation only heightening the experience.  Pushing Daisies is a series that anyone can enjoy.  Young or old…Pushing Daisies brings even the most boring evening back to life.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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