Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Theological implications of Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies airs on ABC...on some night I don't know. I watch via ABC.com. It is another one of those shows that are in danger due to poor ratings.
It's a good enough show, and its quirkiness may be what keep some viewers away. But what I find more interesting than anything else on the show is the theology (or lack thereof).
Ned can bring people back from the dead by touching them. He touches them again, and they are dead once more. If he brings the person (or animal, plant, et cetera) back for more than a minute, something of "equal life value" will have to die.
Whenever Ned brings someone back, they do not remember anything after they are dead. They remember nothing. Doesn't this imply that there is no afterlife? And if there was one that they are convienently "forgetting," shouldn't the soul remember it?
None of the characters talk about the lack of afterlife. It is glossed over. There is not a good article about what the makers of Pushing Daisies were thinking, what kind of decision making process they went through to decide on no afterlife mentions. Is it simply so that the show can maintain its light fluffiness?

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