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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by FilmCritic3000, Jul 23, 2007.
Well when is episode 2? I have already seen the pilot.
I guess that makes the debut October 10th for the rest of us.
Hopefully the narrator will go the path of the one from the first episode of Lost. Sometimes they are good to get the story rolling but they need to be gone after that.
Overall I liked the show. Felt a little Tim Burtonish to me.
The Narrator is the same Jim Dale who reads the Harry Potter books.
Maybe Ned should invest in a pair of gloves so he can hold Chuck's hand.
I saw the pilot several weeks ago at a screening ABC had at Atlantic Station in Atlanta. I'm not sure that I liked it. The concept and execution were kind of weird and cartoonish but it had that "have to watch the train wreck" kind of fascination. It's normally the type of show that I like. I guess time will tell. I wasn't invited to the screening, I just happened to be coming out from a movie and this show was just starting on the huge blow up screen in the park.
Has it been 25 years already since he won his Tony (as P.T. Barnum)?
I think enough people have seen the alternate ending to the third X-Men movie that something like this would be considered a ripoff.
"No, it's not a ripoff, it's a reference..."
Can Bryan Fuller do no wrong? I'm beginning to think so.
His first high-profile work, the bitingly sarcastic Dead Like Me, was unlike anything before seen on TV. He followed that up by co-creating Wonderfalls, another brilliant series featuring a jaded, cynical protagonist with caustic wit. It, much like Dead Like Me, was not given the attention it deserved by its network and thus was cancelled.
Now after biding his time writing scripts and acting as a co-executive producer on NBC's Heroes last season, he's back. And Fuller's pen and wit are as sharp as ever.
When Ned, a piemaker and owner and operating of the restaurant The Pie Hole, was a child he discovered that he possessed a remarkable gift: he can restore life to the deceased. It is also at this time that Ned discovers the many travails his gift comes with: the revived dead can only remain so for a minute; otherwise someone in the vicinity must die. Also, said revived, once touched a second time, cannot be revived again.
Enter Chuck (Charlotte), Ned's childhood crush and first kiss. She was recently murdered. Chuck is soon revived and, with the help of a detective Ned has entered into a murder-solving partnership with (Chi McBride), the trio set out to solve Chuck's murder.
Although many other reviews and even ABC's own press material on the series have mentioned that Pushing Daisies evokes the feeling of such films as Amelie and Big Fish, I have to also agree. There's a gentle sweetness, a whimsical, benevolent current that flows through every frame of this, couched only in the bittersweet uncertainty of Chuck and Ned's pining for each other.
Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene must be mentioned for their quirky yet utterly alive portrayals of Lily and Vivian, Chuck's two aunts. Fuller has fashioned them as ersatz versions of Edith Ewing Beale and Edith Beale, the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who were famously featured in the 1976 Maysles Brothers documentary Grey Gardens. Greene was terrific in the 1986 musical film version of Little Shop of Horrors, and here she takes the quirks and runs with them, as does her co-star Kurtz.
But it is the leads with which Pushing Daisies would live or die, and in that regard we have much cause for joy. Pace and Friel are these characters; they inhabit them so fully, so utterly that you feel for them and their plight immensely and immediately: two souls hungry for the closeness and commitment that only contact can provide.
For Fuller, this is a departure from what he's done before. It's got wit, a bit of snark, and a tinge of sadness, but it's all filtered through a prism of sunny dispositions, charm, and whimsy. It leaves the viewer with a smile and a warm feeling, but altogether wanting more. No doubt the same way one would feel after eating a slice of one of Ned's pies.
Where is the link to the leaked pilot? I wanna watch it! Thanks for the help!
Hey, can someone send me the link to some other pilots (Chuck, Reaper, Dirty Sexy Money, Big Shots, Bionic Woman)? Thanks!
http://www.torrentz.com/ for the location of the downloads
http://www.utorrent.com/ for the download program
There will be some setup, possibly with your firewall. You'll have to read the docs in utorrent to get some of the answers.
I wish Journeyman would leak, sounds like a blatant Quantum Leap ripoff but I like time travel shows.
I got through 2/3rds of the pilot, and was bored. I don't think this show is for me.