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A modern re-imagining telling of stories from the world of L. Frank Baum.

When a tornado transports Dorothy Gale from Lucas, Kan., to the faraway land of Oz, her arrival sets in motion a prophecy about a disastrous event known as The Beast Forever and strikes fear into the land's almighty ruler, the Wizard. On her quest to meet the Wizard in Emerald City, Dorothy encounters witches, an amnesiac soldier, a sheltered little boy and many more mysterious beings who will ultimately shape the future of Oz and Dorothy's place in it.

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WARNING: If you love the books written by L. Frank Baum do not, I repeat, do NOT watch this show.

If you are desperate for a visual feast, great acting, supernatural-ly goodness, and some girl power-- watch it. Hell, if you are just plain longing for Game of Thrones to return, watch it.

Now. This might get spoiler-y, so read at your own risk. 

Welcome to Oz. Here the yellow brick road is made up of addictive poppy pollen, Dorothy is the same impulsive head-strong girl power heroine you love from the movie, and the scarecrow is ridiculously hot. Ok, that wasn't in the musical, but you will definitely be happy it's here. Toto also got an upgrade from small yippy dog to a big yippy dog as he is now a police German Shepherd. This incantation of the beloved classic is probably not for the kiddies, so watch with caution. Dorothy doesn't take the Wicked Witch out with her house, in this world she does so with a weapon stolen from a police car. There's also some uncomfortable scenes dealing with a young boy who turns into a young girl ... well, you get the picture.

Through it all we get some truly amazing performances from Adria Arjona as Dorothy, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lucas/Scarecrow, and Ana Ularu as West who's emotional layered performance draws your attention in every scene. They're backed up nicely by Vincent D'Onofrio--who is so unrecognizable in the role I only realized who he was just now, Jordan Loughran as Tip the boy/girl I mentioned, and the incandescent Joely Richardson who stands somewhere in the middle of good and evil as Glinda.

Emerald City is one heck of a trip, I'm just hoping Dorothy gets to take a souvenir home with her ... like Lucas.

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