Pushing Daisies is back, and still delights. It’s a really unusual show in many ways which I love. I enjoy the adult fairy tale style of storytelling, the bright visuals with wide camera shots, and the pleasant 3-dimensional characters. Not to mention the great narration by Jim Dale.
What’s great as the show enters its second season is how the characters have each developed into newer, better versions of themselves. For example, my favorite characters are Aunts Lily and Vivian (Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene) have finally made it out of the house into the world again, facing new challenges of secrets (in Lily’s case) and being alone (in Vivian’s case). It’s also been good to see the progression for Kristin Chenoweth’s character, Olive. Whereas I found her a bit annoying and shrill in the pilot episode, she’s blossomed into someone that you like and even root for (except when it comes to winning Ned’s heart, of course).
So if you’ve been away from the show because of the writer’s strike and aren’t sure if you can get back in – you can! Just listen to the narrator and he’ll catch you up to speed on everything you need to know. And unlike me, he can do it in a soothing British accent.
And now, a side update about my blog. I’ve decided to add a new category of interest here – board games! This is because I do love them and play a lot. But also in these tough economic times, it’s becoming an increasingly viable form of alternate entertainment for cash-strapped folks. With so many choices out there, how do you know what to add to your game shelf, or what’s ideal for a quiet night with your spouse? I’m here to help! Stay tuned for my next post when I introduce you to one of our favorites.