Fascinating and well-done "reimagining" of the Oz books, for a contemporary audience. Zoey Deschanel (New Girl), stars as D.G., a twenty-something waitress who finds herself unexpectedly transported to a dark, steampunk-like fantasy world -- the O.Z. (Outer Zone) -- filled with monsters and wonders alike. She allies herself with several new friends: policeman Wyatt Cain (Neal McDonough - The Tin Man), tortured by having been imprisoned in an iron suit and forced to witness the murder of his family, repeatedly; Glitch (Alan Cumming) -- a former advisor to the realm's despotic queen, who fell into her displeasure and had his brain removed; Raw (Raoul Trujillo), a psychic empath -- leonine but cowardly because of being inundated with people's pains; and The Mystic Man (Richard Dreyfuss). Together, they must fight back against the ruling witch, Azkadellia. This 3-part TV mini-series was a visual feast, with terrific performances from the core cast members, particularly Cumming and McDonough. The effects and make-up are top notch. Not a "modern adaptation" of the original L. Frank Baum novel(s) -- I would say it is more accurately described as taking the themes of those novels and putting a hipper, darker spin on them. Definitely a Yellow Brick Road worth following! -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library
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