I have a habit of loving shows that get canceled too quickly. Firefly being one of the most infamous, but today, I want to talk about Emerald City. Emerald city was a show on NBC that aired in 2016-2017. It lasted one season and was absolutely beautiful.
A new take on the Wizard of Oz, it transports you into the magical world from episode one. It begins as you might imagine, with Dorothy in Kansas, and you get pulled right along with the story, btu this Dorothy isn’t quite Judy Garland, and from the moment she arrives in Oz, you know this isn’t quite the same magical place with the yellow brick road.
Every detail is exaggerated and twisted. It makes the story unique, but still recognize able. As Dorothy makes her trek along the yellow poppy road, she meets her version of a scarecrow, and eventually we see the Frankenstein-esque tin man too. It is all there, even the not so secret truth about the wizard.
The best way for me to describe this Oz that would help you picture the grandiose design and scope, is to have you imagine the classic green city, and smash it together with Game of Thornes. I believe if that show had come at a better time, on different network maybe, and been given a real chance it would’ve had the same sort of following.
There are a few well-known actors in the cast too. For example, Vincent D’Onofrio who played Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, he stars as the Wizard. Joely Richardson, who played Catherin Parr in The Tudors and Anita in 101 dalmatians, plays Glinda. Then a newly named character Lucas, is played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen who’s been recently popular for his roles in The Haunting of Hill House, and The Haunting of Bly Manor.
I’m not sure this show is available for streaming anywhere at the moment, but I know it’s available for purchase on Amazon US.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐