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Pushing Daisies 2x02 - Circus Circus - Review

Posted on 2008.10.09 at 14:57
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I don't know if it's just me but every time I think I've figured out the complex relationships of the Charles family I get all confused again by something someone says. While Olive was explaining the whole thing to Pigby at the start I got all confused. I think it was probably something to do with the wording. The exact wording was that Aunt Lily was pretending to be her Aunt Lily. Which for a moment confused me into believing that Aunt Vivian really did have a sister but that Lily wasn't her real sister but some kind of imposter who had assumed the role of her sister because she wanted to be close to Chuck. Nonsense right? Well that's what happens when you try to explain something so often and using different language every time. People, like me, assume that since it's being said so much we're probably missing out on something and we start looking for hidden meaning and forming complex and nonsensical conspiracy theories.

Anyway this is supposed to be a review of an episode, not a review of a misunderstanding which lasted for five seconds (If it was a review of a misunderstanding that lasted for five seconds I'd have to give it top marks as it was a very successful misunderstanding). So an episode involving a circus. It's a really clever location in which an episode can take place as a circus lends itself very well to Pushing Daisies. It already comes equipped with a myriad of colourful characters. One of the things I really liked about this episode was that the ultimate villain of the episode was not a clown. It's very easy nowadays when basing a murderer amongst the staff of a circus to take the easy path and make the killer a clown. A killer acrobat on the other hand is more unique, even if he isn't scarier than a clown (I don't have that clown phobia myself but I can kind of see where people who have it are coming from. The other night I was thinking about a circus made entirely of robots with robot lions and lion tamers and robot strongmen and robot clowns and everything. That wasn't very scary but it was about a circus so alls well that ends well).

I really liked this episode despite a bit of confusion and some fast paced scenes that I had trouble keeping up with. I'm planning on rewatching so that everything that happened can click into place in my head but that's neither here nor there. Personally I was a bit frustrated with Ned and Chuck's living situation. At the end they seem to be enjoying moving on or something and I think I missed the conversation where Ned and Chuck decided that everything was okay if they can play pretend that they've never met one another before. I also continue to be frustrated that Lily and Vivian still haven't found out that Chuck is alive. I think since it didn't happen in the first episode of the season it's probably going to continue now throughout the season (possibly with them finding out at the end, possibly not) but I would rather like them to find out and finally be able to move on a bit. Maybe I'm biased because I felt that Lily and Vivian were never properly integrated into the plot in the first season, I don't know but I do kind of feel that if they're sticking around they should get more properly involved. However since they seem to be hanging around The Pie Hole nowadays perhaps they'll have the opportunity. Maybe we'll even see them go out and help Emerson and Ned on one of the cases?

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