Emerald City

Emerald City – Everybody Lies

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2017

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Emerald City - Everybody Lies TV review

The final scene of “Everybody Lies” is the most interesting of the entire episode as Dorothy‘s (Adria Arjona) journey to find the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) comes to an end. Before we get there, however, there’s trouble for Dorothy and her new friends. Delivered into the clutches of West (Ana Ularu), Dorothy is caged and tortured by the witch who, despite her ability to read memories, is completely incapable of seeing the truth of Dorothy’s journey and the events concerning the witch’s death. Eventually helped by Tip (Jordan Loughran), Dorothy manages to escape and walk right into the Wizard’s private chambers carrying a loaded gun without a single guard offering even the most token effort of resistance.

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Emerald City – Science and Magic

by Alan Rapp on January 23, 2017

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Emerald City - Science and Magic television review

The fourth episode of Emerald City reveals the identity of a the Tin Man to be Jack (Gerran Howell), who turns out to be less a dead boy then a living cyborg thanks to the intervention of a scientist (Gina McKee) and the interest of the mysterious Lady Ev (Stefanie Martini). In plot threads that mostly flounder, Tip (Jordan Loughran) is given the opportunity to join either Glinda (Joely Richardson) or West (Ana Ularu), but neither makes a very convincing case for their side, and the Wizard (Vincent D’Onofrio) investigates the use of forbidden magic.

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  • Title: Emerald City – Mistress – New Mistress
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Emerald City - Mistress - New Mistress TV review

Three episodes in I can already see a problem with Emerald City and how each story is constructed. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is the stand-in for the audience. As she is introduced to the bizarre new world so are we. We never learn information or specifics about Oz which Dorothy herself isn’t subject to. The construction of Emerald City, which feels much more like a book with different chapters from different characters’ point-of-view, proves problematic as it chooses instead for a rotating narrative as we see the world from the perspectives of Dorothy, but also the Wizard, the witches, and Tip. While this might help balance the screentime for the series’ cast, it creates a less cohesive narrative structure.

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  • Title: Emerald City – The Beast Forever / Prison of the Abject
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Emerald City - The Beast Forever / Prison of the Abject TV review

NBC’s darker retelling of The Wizard of Oz opens as you would expect with Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) of Kansas being transported by a tornado to a strange land. Here’s where things start to differ. Although magic exists in this version of Oz it has been outlawed by the Wizard of Oz (Vincent D’Onofrio). Witches still exist, including the one Dorothy crashes into (with her car rather than house). And although it takes Dorothy two tries, she does kill the Witch of the East (Florence Kasumba) and take her ruby… gloves? into her possession.

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