Tin Man: Part One
I guess it was only a matter of time until the Sci-Fi channel added their version to the ever-evolving list of stories about Dorothy and her journey through Oz. Tin Man aired last night on the Sci-Fi channel from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT and will continue tonight and tomorrow night (same channel, same time).
We began last night with D.G., the Midwestern waitress who speeds to work on her motorcycle, has weird dreams, and believes there's something more to life than waiting tables and windy prairies. D.G., unlike the gentler Dorothy, is a little too tough at times. I don't mind her talking back to everyone but I do mind her going after longcoats with a stick when she sees the men beating up Tin Man's family.
D.G. (just like the original Dorothy) meets a host of characters and takes the "old brick path" to Central City to see the wizard. Among her friends is Glitch (played by the amazing Alan Cumming) who is an inventor and member of the queen's inner circle. Azkadellia, the evil sorceress took out half his brain. D.G. also gets help from Cain, a Tin Man (an ex-cop from Central City). Finally, the three save Raw, half-human and half-wolverine, who used to be a "viewer" (a type of psychic that can see the future using his heart). Poor Raw had his second sight stolen by Azkadellia.
As you can see, it's pretty much a slightly different retelling of L. Frank Baum's classic novel. But, Sci-Fi channel has added a few interesting twists. The first is that D.G.'s parents know about the O.Z. (the Outer Zone). Let me rephrase that--not only do they know about the O.Z., they are robots that have been programmed to take care of D.G. until she is old enough to return to the O.Z. In fact, Lavender Eyes (the dethroned queen who visits D.G. in her dreams) is D.G.'s mother. D.G. was smuggled out of the Outer Zone to safety on the Other Side as a baby.
I like this plot variation / twist / whatever you want to call it. It gives "Dorothy" a purpose in Oz. She's not just trying to get home and during her journey happens to kill an evil witch. Now, Dorothy a.k.a. D.G. has a reason to be in this parallel universe. She also has this cool fiery thing on her hand.
The second difference from the beloved original is the Tin Man's involvement. (One only has to look at the title to guess that the tin man will be more than just a guy painted silver singing about looking for a heart and constantly needing a lube.) In Sci-Fi's version, Cain is an embittered ex-police officer whose family was taken from him by Zero and the longcoats. We first meet Cain when D.G. breaks him out of this metal suit he was forced to wear while he watched a constant replay of the dreaded day his wife and child were taken from him. Clearly, this plotline, because of its originality, is the most compelling reason to tune in for the second two nights.
Tin Man, after gruffly agreeing to help, gets D.G. into Central City but leaves to deal with his personal business. The rest of the group go to see the Mystic Man in a sort of vaudeville theatre where he answers questions by getting audience members and himself high on some feel-good perfume. But the fantastic four are not parted for long and the mystic man, after D.G. awakes him out of his coma, makes Cain swear to help D.G. at all costs.
D.G. uses the many stories her robot parents told her to find her mother's home in the Ice Mountain. Raw shows D.G. her past in the mirror and we find out another plot twist: Azkadellia is D.G.'s older sister. And the sorceress tried to kill D.G. (no big surprise there). D.G. was told by her mother where the emerald is but can't remember (of course!). This emerald seems to be pretty important. We don't know exactly what it can do but everyone definitely wants to get their hands on it.
The cliffhanger ending: D.G., Glitch and Raw are captured by Azkadellia after she releases flying monkeys from her chest. (I know there's a funny comment about boobs or cleavage in there somewhere.) Then, Zero shoots Cain in the chest and he plunges into freezing cold water. I'm not sure how they are going to save him from that one.
The Verdict: Tin Man so far has enough of the original story and some interesting new stuff to keep me intrigued. I'll tune in tomorrow to see where they take it. What about you?
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