October 18th, 2007
|10:56 pm - Two new shows: Journeyman and Pushing Daisies|
Just a few quick notes.
So I've now watched the first four episodes of the series. I can't say I think the show will last very long--it's not wildly original or exciting, although they're really trying to play with the personal effects of intermittent and uncontrollable time travel.
Points for: Dan and Katie's screwed-up marriage; that she believes him, at least "about 85%"; that Dan is having so much trouble accepting that he can't actually keep his promise to be there for Katie or his work or his family while this is going on; that so far, any conspiracy connected to the time travel has not played a role in the stories; all the details consistently used to set the time periods.
Basically, it keeps reminding me of The Time Traveler's Wife, only less awesome. And that may keep me coming back for a while.
Points against: There's just not a lot to distinguish this show. With so many more interesting couples to root for on TV, Dan and Katie may just be too "normal" in their dysfunction and love. This feels like an old-school TV drama, and it's going to suffer for that.
Good lord, this show is brilliant.
It reminds me most strongly of Tim Burton's Big Fish, which I loved when I saw it in the theater. That may partly be just the field of yellow flowers, but this whole show is faintly Burton-esque, and that's part of its appeal.
I'm not a romantic, either, but Ned and Chuck (Charlotte) may be the weird couple that I could root for and squee over...even if they can never touch. (The bit at the end of the pilot, the pretend-handholding thing, just about killed me.)
And the voiceover. LOVE. Ever so slightly ironic and tongue-in-cheek, it sums up the best of this show: stylized, beautiful, crazy, emotional, and sweet without being cloying. Amazingly creative. Please, don't kill this one. It's so good!
I'm really interested to see both of these. Burtonesque, you say? Excellent.
I've bee recording Journeyman, but haven't had the will to watch it since seeing the pilot. Pushing Daises, however....THAT show is pure love right there. And I agree, the voiceover is just ASTOUNDING.
Pushing Daisies is a truly wonderful show. What a creation, and I'm so glad that it's been picked up for a full season. This many episodes in and I still haven't found something to dislike. Nothing to rub me the wrong way. Or even showing potential to do so. It's just a lovely addition to my viewing schedule and I'm glad I'm not alone in that.