TV Reviews

TV Reviews

Pushing Daisies
My rating: ★★★★½ (4.5/5 stars)

This delightful show feels like a cross between a fairytale and a noir detective story, which works surprisingly well. It follows the adventures of Ned, a piemaker who can bring dead things to life with just a touch, Emerson Cod, a private investigator who uses Ned's skills to help him solve cases, Charlotte Charles, who has a long and complicated history with Ned, and Olive Snook, Ned's waitress at The Pie Hole.

Pushing Daisies uses eccentric sets and a voice-over narration to give the show its fairytale noir feel, and sprinkles dark humor liberally throughout, which contrasts beautifully with the bright colors and storybook sets. Each episode revolves around a murder case, while season-long storylines focus more on interactions and relationships between characters. This is one of my favorite shows to watch when I'm looking for something that isn't too serious, as it does a great job of balancing character development, intriguing plotlines, and quirky humor.

If you're interested in watching, both seasons of Pushing Daisies are available to stream for free in the US at CWSeed.com, and I'd encourage everyone to go check it out.

Quantico
My rating: ★★★★½ (4.5/5 stars)

This show is an intense, gripping drama that follows a group of FBI agents in the wake of a bombing at Grand Central Station. The show jumps back and forth between the aftermath of the bombing and the agents' time in training at Quantico, with their backstories slowly being revealed and their secrets uncovered. The suspense factor in this show is through the roof, and I would call this a highly bingable show, because it's really all one big thriller of a plot.

Along with its gripping plot, this show features a wonderful cast of characters, each with their own secrets, struggles, strengths, and flaws. As you learn more about each one of them, your perception of them changes, and by the end of the season, there were characters I originally disliked who had definitely grown on me, and vice versa. No one is quite who they first appear to be, which works well to maintain the suspense and drama that drive the show.

Quantico has only aired one season so far, but ABC renewed it, and the second season premieres on Sept. 25th. So if you like high-stakes thrillers with plenty of intrigue and action, take a week or two to binge the first season, and then join me in waiting impatiently for season two to come along later this month.

Kris Shah