In Review: Emerald City – The Beast Forever & Prison of the Abject

While looking for her mother, Dorothy Gale is swept up in a tornado and lands in a mystical world where the powerful ruler of a kingdom faces the wrath of witches and a mythical force.

Synopsis: While looking for her mother, Dorothy Gale is swept up in a tornado and lands in a mystical world where the powerful ruler of a kingdom faces the wrath of witches and a mythical force.

Review: This contemporary reboot of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ in the form of a television series has been in development far ages, and has had more false starts than an Olympic Sprinter.

Given the amount of time that it was in development. You’d be expecting something really special. But unfortunately it massively under delivers by trying way to hard to be different.

Armed with  an impressive cast. The series just fails to give us compelling characters and gets stuck in a never ending loop of political intrigue and the whole debate of science verses magic, which has been done countless time and much better.

While the acting performances are solid. Its the writing and the character beats, which fall very, very flat.

The opening episode focuses on Dorothy’s initial impressions of OZ and her efforts to try and get home. The munchkins are replaced by a random native tribe who attempt to try her as a Witch. We also get a little glimpse of  Vincent D’Onofrio as the not so wonderful Wizard who orders his soldiers to kill Dorothy because nothing good falls from the sky. 

The second episode sees Dorothy meet up with this shows version of the Scarecrow who is called Lucas and is played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen. A lot of time is spent on Dorothy and Lucas, but the whole relationship feels very, very forced and totally humourless. 

We also get our first glance of Joely Richardson as the Good Witch Glinda, but this version of Glinda is far more cold and calculating. Joely plays it to the hilt and proves a fantastic fencing partner for D’Onofrio’s Wizard, but the whole thing feels like they are trying to turn ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ into some sort of condensed version of ‘Game Of Thrones’ only minus the blatant nudity.

The look and locations of this version of OZ are interesting and certainly eye catching, but sadly the stories narrative and characters just don’t compel me to give a crap about them.

One thing the show does do well with though is the music. But sadly without the interesting narrative and characters that you can actually care about, even the score falls a little flat.

Adria Arjona makes a decent fist with the main character of Dorothy, but is hindered by uninteresting dialogue and the idiotic question when asking Lucas if he is alright when he is strapped to a bloody crucifix with barbed wire. It was almost as bad as the line, “You alright Mate?” when they are all about to be hung in ‘Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves’, but not as funny. 

To sum up. This will be the first and only review of this series that we will do. I’d rather chew my own arms and legs off than sit through another hour of this shit. It wasn’t worth the long wait or the constant staff changes behind the scenes. As they say now. This is an epic fail.

6.8
Emerald City - The Beast Forever & Prison of the Abject
  • Some good acting performance & Music
  • Slow pacing, Poor adaptation of a loved story and plain old boring
  • Story
    5.0
  • Acting
    7.5
  • Visuals
    7.1
  • Incidental Music
    7.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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