Saturday , May 18 2024
Today, we examine relationships and idiocy. Wait, are those the same thing?

Pushing Daisies Puts A Birdhouse In My Soul

Was I imagining things or last night on Bionic Woman did they rejigger the old school bionic sound and play it when Jaime was jumping around the rooftops? I think they did and I know I liked it. But, you know me, I can't leave well enough alone, so let's talk about my problem with the episode…

For some, inexplicable reason, the show tried to pawn off the cute TA guy as the bad guy when the instant the bearded TA guy showed up we knew it was him. I actually got really confused and had to re-watch parts of the episode because it was obvious the bearded guy was the enemy. Seriously, I went back to check and see if I had missed where bearded guy was crossed off the list and he never was, thus, I couldn't fathom why Jaime was wasting her time with the other TA. I should be a spy apparently.

There are still other huge problems with the show like pacing, the ever-shifting tone, and things like that, but I'm not sure the show will ever iron those things out, so my real question about the episode is whether Michelle Ryan and/or the producers decided that she couldn't keep doing the American accent all the time. It seemed wholly arbitrary that she had to pose as a British student. I imagine that if Michelle Ryan wasn't British her undercover identity would have been an American one. Silly plot point aside, it was great to hear her speak with the British accent.

No matter what though, nothing was as great as Pushing Daisies pushing They Might Be Giants last night. I was worried for the most fleeting of moments that despite Olive using the phrase "birdhouse in your soul" they weren't going to sing the They Might Be Giants song of the same name. Thankfully, the tune soon issued forth from Olive and her compatriots and all was right with the world.

Yesterday, you may recall, I was quick to be distressed by the Andi/Sam relationship on Reaper and the fact that it doesn't seem to progress week after week. Chuck and Ned have a similar problem on Pushing Daisies, but I really don't take issue with that. Why is that the case, I wonder. Neither pair will be consummating their relationship any time soon and both shows seem only too happy to keep dangling the relationship before the viewer. The tactic works for Pushing Daisies, but on Reaper it is just annoying. I think the main difference is that the Andi/Sam relationship doesn't progress because they just don't talk to each other whereas the Ned/Chuck one doesn't progress because if it did Chuck would fall down dead on the floor. It's the difference between "will not" and "cannot." It is also the difference between clever and stale. The relationship can't progress on Pushing Daisies for a reason that I don't think I've ever seen before, it can't progress on Reaper because of a reason that I see (and don't accept) on show after show after show.

The biggest question I have is will JD and Elliott get together on the final season of Scrubs? It starts tonight people, and boy am I excited about it. I know I've told you about these sorts of things before, but NBC is doing an online chat tonight with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. Apparently, they're not quite sure how to end the series and want input. Have at it folks – the show actually wants to know what the fans want. I don't know if it's a good idea or not, but they don't ask for my opinion. Well, they did ask for my opinion, but not my opinion on whether they should take someone else's opinion.

About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.

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