The A.V. Club
January 6, 2017
The Scarecrow isn't a scarecrow, but he is introduced in a crucifixion pose. The tin man isn't The Tin Man, either, but he is the result of a horrifying, Frankenstein-style experiment. The lions aren't cowardly--the citizens of Oz speak of them as if they'll tear your throat out. The Munchkins have swapped out dandy fashions for tribal facepaint. The Wicked Witch Of The West runs a brothel. Welcome to Emerald City, the dark reimagining of L. Frank Baum's Oz stories that debuts on NBC after a nearly three-and-a-half-year trek down the yellow-brick development road.
When I saw the trailer
for this, I thought, "Wow. This looks like a pretentious piece of crap." My mind wasn't changed when I tried to watch the series premier last night. I tuned out before the halfway point. Wikipedia IMDb Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Official site