Pushing Daisies | Seasons 1 & 2
Genre: Comedy; Creator: Bryan Fuller
Stars: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Kristin Chenoweth
I admit that the whole Pushing Daisies idea was a little too quirky and too whimsy and too fancy for me. I didn’t think I would like it. I’m just not the type of person who would enjoy magic realism shit. My kind of comedy is closer to that of Desperate Housewives or House. But I dunno, last year, after one episode of Pushing Daisies, I immediately fell in love with it and all its quirks and fancies.
The series reminds me of Amelie, a Jean Pierre Jeunet masterpiece. And everything about it is just TRULY delightful — the bright colours, the oversaturated scenery, the witty narration, the fast pace, the overall concept, and above all, the piemaker. Haha. I declared “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m officially gay.” At least stereotypically. You know, the colourful, flamboyant, I-wanna-experience-Mardi-Gras-gay gay.
And I was just sooo happy after the show received a couple of well-deserved Emmy nods and tons of nominations. And then a little later, ABC just killed my mood. DARN! Why did they have to cancel the show?! I know why, actually — modest ratings. But heck. I know life is unfair but not this no-more-piemaking-eyecandy-unfair unfair! It’s just sooo… unfair. Gaaah.
Dammit. Pushing Daisies is the drug. And it takes me to a new level of television-high. I feel like I’ve been so addicted to this show that I’m this close to joining a support group just to get rid of this addiction. But I don’t really want to get rid of it. (Gahd, I’m lost in my metaphors.) And then just like that, my stash will be gone soon. Someone’s gonna be suffering from Pushing Daisies withdrawal big time. 5.0
Ugly Betty | Season 2
Genre: Comedy, Action, Thriller; Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Val Kilmer, Chris O’Donnell, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman
I am yet to start watching the third season so I can’t say anything about it. But the second season is just lovely. The first season is far more hilarious but this season is enjoyable, nonetheless.
There are two things that I love love loved the most in this season. First, the return of Claire Meade, one of my fave characters. And the other, the addition of Freddy Rodriguez, whom I missed since Six Feet Under. And I love Gio more than Henry by 2000 lightyears.
I wonder if Betty and Daniel will ever share a romantic relationship like in its original and all the other versions. I’m a little torn with regard to this. Somehow, I adore their relationship as is. But I can’t help wondering how it’s gonna turn out if they develop something more than friendship.
Amanda is a showstopper. This is my fave one and a half minutes of the show EVER.
Gaawd. Amanda, Amanda, Amanda. Haha. But still, Wilhelmina all.the.way. 4.5
Desperate Housewives | Season 4 & 5
Genre: Action, Thriller; Directors: Joel Schumacher
Stars: George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alicia Silverstone, Uma Thurman, Chris O’Donnell
Season 4: What’s the best season of Desperate Housewives? Hmmm. Damn, that’s hard. But my favorite is a toss between seasons 3 and 4.
The most remarkable changes in this season is the addition of the very competitive Katherine Mayfair, a former Wysteria Lane resident who has just returned with a bagful of dirty laundry; and unconventional, gay couple Lee and Bob.
The “Tornado” (Something’s Coming) episode is the second best, I think, of the entire show. (Season 3′s “Bang” episode, where Lynette had a life-and-death confrontation with the hostage-taker Carolyn Bigsby, is #1. Felicity Huffman was just so very crazy divine.)
Season 5: At first, I was taken aback by the show’s 5-year jump. I mean, almost every character has changed. It’s not the same DH anymore. But after a few episodes, I got the hang of it.
For the first time ever, Gabby is now my fave housewife. (I’ve always been a Lynette/Bree fan.) It’s nice to see her struggling to get her fab, glam self back. And I finally think her character is not as empty as I thought it was. I hope she gets rich and hottt again by the end of the season.
Susan is now a bit mature. The operative word being “bit.” Bree is still hilarious. Lynette is still amazing. And oh, I am sooo loving Katherine now.
Edie Britt is back with a vengeance. Although she’s not really aware of it. All she knows is that she’s back. Hehe. The dark mystery of the season revolves around Dave, Edie’s brand new husband, who has a little wicked something-something for Mike Delfino. In all episodes towards the mid-season finale, the show made us believe that it was Mike but I thought the show was just misleading us like it always had in its past seasons. But nooo. It’s really Mike. Again.
I want Gabby or Lynette to be at the centre of the main plot. I’m growing tired of Bree or Mike getting themselves in precariously sticky situations and stealing the spotlight come season finale.
But still, can’t wait for its next episode in January. 4.5
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