If you're referring to the touching thing, I see it as more of an obstacle than a problem
XWL has a question about Pushing Daisies:
“Given that the dog hasn't apparently aged in more than a decade, can we assume Chuck won't age until Ned touches her again?
If Ned dies before touching his honey or his dog again, do Chuck and Digby become immortal?
I was wondering about that, too. I think these are all the ground rules we've been given:
- If Ned touches a dead person/animal/plant it comes alive.
- If he ever touches the reanimated person/animal/plant again it dies, forever.
- If he doesn't touch the reanimated with 60 seconds, then something else must die.
Let's look at Digby, the dog. As a child, Ned reanimated Digby. Now 19-20 years in the future Digby is still looking fresh and spry. I think immortality is a fair question.
Another possibility is perhaps if the reanimated being dies again of its own accord (natural causes, car crash, shot during a robbery) and not by Ned's second touch, then Ned is free to reanimate it again.
But it would be an odd sort of immortality if the clock didn't start over. Let's say that Digby first died when he was 5-years old when Ned resurrected him. Then it lived for another 10 years and died of natural causes at 15-years old. If Ned touches it, is he reanimated as a 15-year old dog with all the problems he had when he died? So Digby eeks out another year or so before dying again; Ned touches Digby, again, Digby lives another 6 months; Ned touches him again, he lives 5 months, etc... This quickly becomes really sad and a lotta gross.
So if Digby is a dog of 20+ years, then immortality does seem the more likely answer. Perhaps we'll see a flashback where young Ned tests the lifespans of reanimated flies and give us an answer.
Aside from the immortality question, can Ned reanimate those dying of natural causes? Or just those whose lives were ended prematurely. Die of a unknown birth defect or old age and Ned is of no help. Run over or shot and Ned's there for you. For the next 60 seconds. This might have an easy answer if I could remember how Ned's mother died.
It is also interesting that those were killed by traumatic means are reanimated without feeling any pain. There's the guy who died in a plane crash with giant shards of glass sticking out of his face -- come on, that doesn't hurt? I want at least one episode where someone is brought to life screaming "OH MY GOD WHERE'S MY LEG! OH THE PAIN! COULD SOMEONE PLEASE JUST PUT ME OUT OF MY MISERY!"
Because that would be funny.
Another issue to explore is what is the minimum barrier Ned can employ between himself and the reanimated. We've seen Ned and Chuck kiss with plastic wrap between them, so I'm thinking with a latex suit and condoms sex shouldn't be a problem. Maybe if the show is canceled and then picked up by HBO or Showtime.