Why 'Pushing Daisies' Is Amazing

Why 'Pushing Daisies' Is Amazing

The show has been off the air for seven years, yet still continues to touch the hearts of those who watch it.
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"Pushing Daisies" was a show which was on air on ABC Family from 2007 to 2009. It featured the characters Ned the Pie Maker, Charlotte "Chuck" Charles, Emerson Cod, and Olivia Snook, played by Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, and Kristin Chenoweth, respectfully. It was created by Bryan Fuller, and features Ned, a pie maker who is able to bring the dead back alive- conditionally of course. Ned owns a bakery called the Pie Hole, and on the side works with Emerson Cod to solve murders by bringing back dead victims for a short time to figure out who had killed them. Olivia Snook is a waitress at his bakery, and has a massive crush on him. She aims on winning his affections by taking care of his dog and hoping to hook him with her sweet personality. Everything is thrown off course when Ned brings his old childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back to life. The two fall in love, however, there are complications because if Ned touches her again, she will go back to being dead. The shows two seasons surround these characters placed in a storybook-like town characterized by bright and bold structures and colors, particularly yellows and reds and greens, filled with brutal and grim murders.

This show went off the air in 2009 as it had begun to struggle with ratings. Though taken off the air, in 2015, it was also named the number one show which fans wanted rebooted onto the silver screen. Though unlikely it will return, there are a few reasons why I will continue faithfully to wait for this beautiful, wonderful show to come back on air.

Visual Style

Pushing Daisies has one of the most unique sets in television. It's bright and colorful and the scenery seems to be just as animated as the characters themselves. Matching the dynamic set is the series of wardrobe choices for each character in each episode. Chuck wears brightly colored dresses and outfits, while Ned sports blazers and sweaters with the occasional solid t-shirt while in his bakery. Olive Snook is seen often in whatever uniform she is prescribed, whether it be her waitress uniform in the Pie Hole or her uniform during her time at the nunnery. In the event Olive isn't in a position to be in a uniform, she wears brightly colored dresses.

Characterization and Plot

The characters in "Pushing Daisies" have lives that go very hand in hand with one another, ever intertwining, but separate all the same. Each character goes through changes through each season as a matter of their circumstances, and as much as the characters move the plot, the plot moves the characters. There is a fine balance between the two which is beautiful and very well done, making it truly enjoyable and each character, whether good or evil, secondary or primary, is rounded and dimensional.



The Narrator

Probably the best of all of the characters is The Narrator. "Pushing Daisies" is narrated by an omniscient, third person narrator who speaks with the audience while telling you what is happening in each character's mind during any given moment. He takes the audience back into each character's lives, and details the setting with remarkable clarity, describing the setting and the character's age, down to the minute. The narrator is humorous and has a very soothing voice, and speaks as though he is reading from a children's book about the events taking place in each episode. It creates a stark contrast between the actual occurrences- necromancy and intense third degree murders- and the animated story book like nature of the entire show itself.

Ultimately, "Pushing Daisies" is a well rounded show, with well balanced characterization and plot sequencing, solid narration, and stunning cinematography. It has a bright juxtaposition between a macabre plot line and a bright and sunny visual style similar to that of a story book. Though it has been off the air for seven years, there have been many attempts and efforts both by Bryan Fuller and the fans of the show to bring it back on the air.

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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10 Character Deaths We Need To See In Season 8 Of 'Game of Thrones'

All men must die.

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The premiere of the final season of "Game of Thrones" is rapidly approaching and resolution is coming, one way or the other. There is some unfinished business between characters that will no doubt end in some gruesome deaths. These are all the deaths I hope we will see in the final season.

1. Cersei Lannister

I thought I'd just get this one out of the way first. We all know it's going to happen. The big question going into this final season is, "Who will end up on the Iron Throne?" Well, right now Cersei is still sitting on it, so for anyone to take control of it, they'll have to kill her first. Honestly, it's taking way too long to kill her if you ask me. I wanted her dead three seasons ago. There is no way she is surviving this season.

The only question that remains: who will kill her?

My bet is on either Arya or Jaime. Cersei is on Arya's list of people to kill and so far Arya has been pretty successful on eliminating everyone on that list. However, as fans of the book know, there is a prophecy Cersei received when she was young saying all her children will die and she will be killed by her brother. Half of that has already come true, so who's to say the rest won't as well?

Either way, it doesn't matter to me as long as she dies. I hope it's awful.

2. Melisandre

She's gotta go. Her allegiances are too shoddy and I don't trust her. She does virtually no good and has been either directly or indirectly involved in some great character's death. I have never really understood her powers or her Lord of Light shenanigans, but I have no time for it. Also, she's on Arya's kill list, so her chances of making it out alive are slim. She's super old anyway, she's lived her life.

3. Euron Greyjoy

Ew. Last we saw him, he was fleeing back to the Iron Islands after he witnessed the wight Jon Snow presented to Cersei. He believes he's safe on the Iron Islands because the army of the dead can't swim. However, I feel as if his time is running short and soon he will meet his comeuppance. At least, I hope so. He's just an awful character and I want him gone.

4. The Hound

This character has definitely grown on me since the beginning of the show. This is probably due to the character developing into a less stone cold killer and more of a killer with some emotion. However, he is on Arya's kill list, so if he has to die to fulfill her wishes, than so be it.

5. The Mountain

Little is known about this character except that he has killed loads of people before he was killed himself. But Cersei then had him brought back from the dead. I swear we never catch a break in this show.

Well, now we need him to die again because he has sworn his allegiance to Cersei, and nothing gets past him. In order to get to Cersei, someone has to kill him first. Also, he's awful, so that's another reason for him to die.

6. Robin Arryn

If you are like me, when you saw this name you probably thought, "This kid is still alive?" Unfortunately, yes, and it has been confirmed he will be in the upcoming season. While he has only appeared in eight episodes total, he managed to leave an awful impression. Even though the last thing we saw him doing was sending his soldiers to defend House Stark in The Battle of the Bastards, his past awfulness will never be forgotten. I hope the only reason he is in the new season is so we can see him die.

7. Jaime Lannister

Now I don't actually hate Jaime. I just don't see a way in which the series ends without him dying.

He is another example of a truly complex character. At the beginning of the show, he was flat-out awful. However, in the time he was held captive with Brienne, he was humbled and became a somewhat likable character. But all this redemption goes straight down the toilet whenever he is with Cersei. His sister brings out the worst in him, and he continues to ignore all the awful things she continues to do.

However, in the last episode of season seven, it seems like Jaime is finally starting to see the wickedness his sister possesses. The only way he can truly redeem himself in this new season is to defect from her or kill her. Now he'll be the King and Queen Slayer. Either way, he'll probably end up dead in the process.

8. Bran Stark

I have no real reason behind this besides the fact that I am so tired of Bran and his storyline. I know there are a lot of theories surrounding his Warging abilities and how he might further complicate the plot, but for the last few seasons, all he has done is sit and brood and I am sick of it. He can see everything apparently, but he has offered no help or guidance to anyone. I am sick and tired of the Three-Eyed Raven. It's time to throw this storyline, Bran included, into the trash.

9. Theon Greyjoy

This character has been on again/off again as far as his morals and allegiances go. At first, we hated him, then we had to watch him endure endless torture, which seemed to sober him up and regret the errors of his past so he might seek to right his wrongs. But then he dipped on his sister when she needed him.

While this seemed like a more cowardly act than a malicious one, it still didn't bode well with him trying to redeem himself. I don't necessarily hate him, but I feel the only way he can truly redeem himself is to die trying to get Yara back.

10. The Night King

Obviously, he has to die. There are a lot of theories surrounding who he is and what his motivations are, but I don't care. There is no possible way this series can end without him dying, or else everyone in Westeros will die. He just another big bad villain that needs to be stopped in order for humanity to continue. The build-up for the big showdown between him and his army and literally everybody else has been building since the very first episode of the show. There is no doubt in my mind that he will die. The only question is: How and by whom?

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