Emerald City Reviews & Ratings

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In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.
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by UnknownfearContributor
Jan 7, 2017 2:06AM EST
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This review is based on the two hour pilot which premiered 1/6/17.

Emerald City is a televised adaptation and re-imagining of the classic book and film, The Wizard of Oz.
While the key names and characters are the same, everything has been modernized and greatly toned down in the cheese factor, and instead imbued with a more gritty Game Of Thrones-esque dark realism. And by realism, I don't mean realistic, I just mean that witches are evil, magic is destructive, and no one in this mystical land is a good person, not even Glinda, the so-called good witch.

This is a hard fantasy series that at this point may or may not follow the original storyline, but Its my hope it doesnt and just borrows the original universe and takes it in its own direction story-wise.

The CG is well done, the characters seem interesting, the universe they've build feels large and populated, and most importantly, its not cheesy. There were a few scenes in the pilot that were a bit dumb, some chanting convulsing witches, another screaming over-acted witch, and a ridiculously spontaneous and surprising gender-bending twist that made me raise an eyebrow - but other than that, It was a pretty strong pilot.

Sort of gave me a Chronicles of Shannara feel, but darker. I also really liked the imagination of the creators, turning the classic flying monkey into a steampunk machine, and the Munchkin's into the Munja'kin, a war-like tribe of barbarians. There's some cool stuff at play here.

Should also note that this show is definitely not for kids. There's prostitution, child abuse, murder, and gore. I could personally do without the prostitution, but whatever.

This review is based on the two hour pilot which premiered 1/6/17.

Emerald City is a televised adaptation and re-imagining of the classic book and film, The Wizard of Oz.
While the key names and characters are the same, everything has been modernized and greatly toned down in the cheese factor, and instead imbued with a more gritty Game Of Thrones-esque dark realism. And by realism, I don't mean realistic, I just mean that witches are evil, magic is destructive, and no one in this mystical land is a good person, not even Glinda, the so-called good witch.

This is a hard fantasy series that at this point may or may not follow the original storyline, but Its my hope it doesnt and just borrows the original universe and takes it in its own direction story-wise.

The CG is well done, the characters seem interesting, the universe they've build feels large and populated, and most importantly, its not cheesy. There were a few scenes in the pilot that were a bit dumb, some chanting convulsing witches, another screaming over-acted witch, and a ridiculously spontaneous and surprising gender-bending twist that made me raise an eyebrow - but other than that, It was a pretty strong pilot.

Sort of gave me a Chronicles of Shannara feel, but darker. I also really liked the imagination of the creators, turning the classic flying monkey into a steampunk machine, and the Munchkin's into the Munja'kin, a war-like tribe of barbarians. There's some cool stuff at play here.

Should also note that this show is definitely not for kids. There's prostitution, child abuse, murder, and gore. I could personally do without the prostitution, but whatever.

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Jan 8, 2017 10:25AM EST
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I'll sum this new show up in one sentence..

A FANTASTIC much darker modern twist on the 'Wizard of Oz' that's similar in the dark and gritty genre as 'Game of Thrones' and 'Lord Of The Rings'.

The acting is good, the sets are great to look at, the scenery is great, the world is fantastic and big, the CG is very well implemented and looks real, definitely worth the watch, i'll certainly be following THIS show every week.

I'll sum this new show up in one sentence..

A FANTASTIC much darker modern twist on the 'Wizard of Oz' that's similar in the dark and gritty genre as 'Game of Thrones' and 'Lord Of The Rings'.

The acting is good, the sets are great to look at, the scenery is great, the world is fantastic and big, the CG is very well implemented and looks real, definitely worth the watch, i'll certainly be following THIS show every week.

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Mar 21, 2017 6:10PM EDT
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I really liked this series from beginning to end. It is not the usual Oz story we are all used to but there are many twists within the series and working out which character was who was a good game. Hopefully they do bring out a second series as it will defeat the purpose of the story line.

I really liked this series from beginning to end. It is not the usual Oz story we are all used to but there are many twists within the series and working out which character was who was a good game. Hopefully they do bring out a second series as it will defeat the purpose of the story line.

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Jan 7, 2017 5:50PM EST
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Emerald City is a new adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz", a fantasy drama that engulfs a unique and wild story. Some of the ideals used remind me of "Alice in Wonderland" and the characters are well odd I might say. The premise of this story is like the original.... Oz must be saved and Dorthy is trying to find her way home by navigating through this strange new World. Who will she meet along the way? What surprises does she have in store? You'll just have to watch to find out... I know I'm looking forward to it.

Emerald City is a new adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz", a fantasy drama that engulfs a unique and wild story. Some of the ideals used remind me of "Alice in Wonderland" and the characters are well odd I might say. The premise of this story is like the original.... Oz must be saved and Dorthy is trying to find her way home by navigating through this strange new World. Who will she meet along the way? What surprises does she have in store? You'll just have to watch to find out... I know I'm looking forward to it.

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by SMG2016
May 13, 2017 5:18PM EDT
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5/13/2017 - - - What ?? Ended after only 1 season ?? And they're gonna leave it just hanging there with no ending ?? What a freakin' ripoff !! Wouldn't all these stations be in a dump-load of trouble if everyone just decided to not get caught up in a series. They left me hanging that way with "Witches of East End" too. "Grimm" ended, but at least they took the time to end their tale properly. Now I hear "Sleepy Hollow" got canned ... they were just getting their groove back and have an open ended storyline ... At least "Once Upon A Time" gets another season and they're losing 5 or 6 of their main characters. I guess some stations just have more guts than others.

So far, I'm getting caught up in it. There's a lot going on to keep up with so it's def not a show for those who like keeping things simple. I always appreciate a good bit of "complex" to rattle my day (or night).

5/13/2017 - - - What ?? Ended after only 1 season ?? And they're gonna leave it just hanging there with no ending ?? What a freakin' ripoff !! Wouldn't all these stations be in a dump-load of trouble if everyone just decided to not get caught up in a series. They left me hanging that way with "Witches of East End" too. "Grimm" ended, but at least they took the time to end their tale properly. Now I hear "Sleepy Hollow" got canned ... they were just getting their groove back and have an open ended storyline ... At least "Once Upon A Time" gets another season and they're losing 5 or 6 of their main characters. I guess some stations just have more guts than others.

So far, I'm getting caught up in it. There's a lot going on to keep up with so it's def not a show for those who like keeping things simple. I always appreciate a good bit of "complex" to rattle my day (or night).

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May 5, 2017 5:48PM EDT
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I have just seen the announcement of the cancellation, really disappointed that it does not continue, I liked the context of the narrative, it damages it does not give him a chance

I have just seen the announcement of the cancellation, really disappointed that it does not continue, I liked the context of the narrative, it damages it does not give him a chance

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by keto3000
Jan 21, 2017 5:04AM EST
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Highly entertaining and unique adaptation of this classic. Should be a full length motion picture. Acting is superb!

Highly entertaining and unique adaptation of this classic. Should be a full length motion picture. Acting is superb!

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Jul 21, 2017 4:52AM EDT
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Interesting take on The Wizard of Oz, but it's not hard to see why it was cancelled.

Interesting take on The Wizard of Oz, but it's not hard to see why it was cancelled.

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by Minako-
Feb 19, 2017 7:15PM EST
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Nothing in it for me.
Keep away, specially if you do like the book or the old movie. This is unrelated to it.
I watched the first 2 episodes and couldn't be more uninterested. It's well done so I won't give it 1/2 a star but I really see no point in it.

Nothing in it for me.
Keep away, specially if you do like the book or the old movie. This is unrelated to it.
I watched the first 2 episodes and couldn't be more uninterested. It's well done so I won't give it 1/2 a star but I really see no point in it.

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by serek
Jan 15, 2017 1:04AM EST
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camera quality, costuming, and acting, all a disappointment. This silliness is no excuse for desecration of Baum's books.

camera quality, costuming, and acting, all a disappointment. This silliness is no excuse for desecration of Baum's books.