Emerald City

I think pretty much everyone born after 1940 has the 1939 MGM version of The Wizard of Oz stuck in as the definitive version of the story & so do I.  It’s a part of childhood & for me connected to various other good times.  When I heard they were making a TV show based on The Wizard of Oz I wasn’t too excited, but when I heard it starred Vincent D’Onofrio as The Wizard, I felt a need to check it out.  I’ve been a fan of his since I saw him play Robert E. Howard in The Whole Wide World & I thought he was really great in the Daredevil show as Kingpin.  This show as far as I can tell is fairly unrelated to the MGM version or the Oz books, to the point where it would be better to have just changed a few names & have it be its own animal.  Oz is family friendly in my world & the few sexed up ideas in here are less than necessary.  I think if you want to make a sexy series about someone flung to a strange new world you could have easily gone with John Carter of Mars or a dozen other pulp stories that would fit the mold better, but I suppose a more recognized brand sells better.  I will probably end up watching this series more hoping for D’Onofrio to have an episode where he’s the main focus, but if it ends up starring Dorothy every week I’ll check out for sure.  I’m not sure if it is a positive review of the show or a negative review of television in general that I’m going to watch another episode.

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