Pushing Daisies: Season 2 (2009)

The most defining quality of the second season of “Pushing Daisies” is that it’s longer than the first. This gives the cast more room to develop and experiment with their roles, more chance to branch out into new subplots and explore more backstories, but also exposes the hollow repetition of the show’s procedural nature in…

Pushing Daisies: Season 1 (2007)

“Pushing Daisies” is more stylised than Bryan Fuller’s previous work in TV, and represents another inch closer towards his more recognisable work on “Hannibal” and “American Gods” in that regard, but the storytelling itself doesn’t really iterate on his previous show “Wonderfalls” in any meaningful way, and actually backslides into slaving itself towards its procedural…

The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006)

A 2006 adaptation of a one-shot comic book, “The Amazing Screw-On Head” was a pilot that failed to be picked up for series. It was written by Bryan Fuller, in the time in-between “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies”. [There are no spoilers for this very short animation in this review.] The art style really stands out,…

Wonderfalls (2004)

Bryan Fuller’s short-lived comedy-drama “Wonderfalls” centres on a directionless philosophy graduate working a retail job who receives cryptic directions from seemingly inanimate animal figurines. It was the first television show Fuller ran (albeit together with Todd Holland) from start-to-finish, as “creative differences” saw him leave the first show of his own, “Dead Like Me”, early…

American Gods: Season 1 (2017)

In this TV adaption of “American Gods”, brought to life by Bryan Fuller of “Hannibal” and Michael Green of “Kings”, Neil Gaiman’s story is transformed from an ambling picaresque into an ultra-stylish experiment in television storytelling. [This review contains spoilers for the first season of the show. No book spoilers except at the very end,…

Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)

“Dead Like Me” returns, hellbent on inflicting as much exposition on viewers as possible. [There are no spoilers in this review beyond the premise.] A TV movie follow-up to the series, five years after the second season was broadcast, for the most part it works fairly well for what it is. It didn’t lead to…

Dead Like Me: Season 2 (2004)

The second season of “Dead Like Me” doubles down on the aspects of the first season I disliked. [This review doesn’t discuss any large plot specifics of the season.] There are more soap opera style segments with George’s family untethered to any of the main concepts or characters of the show, more lore retcons eroding…