Growing daisies are still waiting for the pastry chef’s magic touch
“Pushing Daisies” was awesome for a myriad of reasons almost as complex and detailed as the first 20 minutes of the pilot episode (aptly named “Pie-lette”). He mixed genres without a second thought, combining murder mystery, romance and comedy with specific elements of thriller and horror. It periodically crosses musical territory (when you have the great Kristin Chenoweth in your cast, you use her gifts!) while being deeply campy and laden with pastiche.
Series creator Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Dead Like Me,” “American Gods”) imbued the whimsical show with countless stylistic references, including Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie.” Fast, snappy camera movements paired with bright color palettes, quirky characters, and direct yet beautiful narration (by none other than Jim Dale) navigated the moody subject matter with a wink and a hug. It was maximalist television at its best, and a perfect example of Fuller’s fearlessness. queer sensibility.
“Pushing Daisies” is also episodic in nature, playing to the same surefire formula that worked wonders for “Star Trek: The Original Series” and “The Next Generation.” Where those shows had a different adventure every week, “Pushing Daisies” had another murder to solve. It’s no surprise that Fuller adopted this style, particularly in reference to “Star Trek,” since he worked on both “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” while helping to create “Star Trek: Discovery”. ”
The general rule for screenplays is one page per minute of screen time. “Pushing Daisies” was a roughly 42-45 minute show, but in Season 1 in particular, its storylines varied in length from 56 pages to over 60. Like Amy Sherman-Palladino “Gilmore Girls” before that, it gave the show a unique voice and rhythm that became one of its many calling cards.
All of this was neatly brought together by the main plot that ran through the entire series: the relationship between Ned and Chuck. It highlighted complex themes such as the near universal fear of rejection and intimacy experienced by Ned, Chuck, Emerson and Olive, the concepts of mortality, longing and longing, the fear of being alone or of losing which ones you like, and what it is. really means to live.