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Tin Man: Part Three

by Kristin Sample, posted Dec 5th 2007 8:05AM
Tin Man Cast(E03) So, I thought that last night's Tin Man was a vast improvement from the first night. Sunday night felt like a Sci-Fi Channel rip-off of the original story -- slightly modernized with scarier special effects (scarier in comparison to the overall-wearing lollipop-holding munchkins).

By contrast, Monday night proved that Tin Man had its own story to tell. This was a story that would use the Wizard of Oz as a jumping off point and rethink the classic.

We open with D.G. remembering this magical lake and skipping a heart-shaped stone to reveal a message from her mother. How did she know to skip the stone across a bunch of leaves or even at all? Either way, her mother gives her a message: Go find your father. When they do, he isn't of that much help. Did anyone else think that he really didn't explain much (at least at first)? I know he gave her a compass but I was hoping for some more of the back story.

Tin Man finally figures out that Tutor has been playing both sides -- he even discovers those holographic casino chips. After way too many dog references, Tutor agrees to change himself back into a dog for the remainder of the journey.

But who cares whether tutor is a dog or a magical old man because Azkadellia gets sick of waiting for reports back at the palace and has put on her riding clothes. Finally! I was wanting Azkadellia to follow D.G. immediately after she broke out of the dungeon. The only reason I can think of for having her stay behind is that the palace holds Lavender Eyes's prison. How can Azkadellia torture her mother if she is out in the field?

I like the angle for Azkadellia established the second night but I hate this battle of the memories. Having Azkadellia share a body with the evil witch definitely makes her interesting. Furthermore it makes her sympathetic because she didn't choose the evil path. In fact, D.G. left her for dead with that old hag. But what's with all the concentrating on old memories? I understand why D.G. has to battle for the answers but Azkadellia should just know them--she's ruled the O.Z. with an evil queen inside her for how long now?

And finally--an appearance from the Resistance we've been hearing so much about. I was waiting for them. Turns out that Tin Man's son is the leader of the rebels. But what was with the cool reunion between father and son (and I don't mean cool in a good way)? Judging from his jaunt through the fields shouting "Adora!," I was expecting the Tin Man to be ecstatic when he found his son previously thought dead but instead all he can muster is a "I thought you were dead" and a "I'm proud of you, son."

The Tin Man's son, by the way, is a bad ass. I thought that was an awesome bluff--spoons! And that tough-guy Zero sure gave up the information quickly. Really, what's a few fingers for his loyalty to the queen? Cain's son wants to kill Zero after the interrogation but Cain stops him citing that it won't bring back Adora (a symbolic sign of Cain's regaining his heart). But Cain still wants justice for Zero (justice not vengeance) so he traps Zero in the metal suit in which he was held captive for so many years. (Brief aside: The line about "ya gotta have heart" was cheesy. Also, cheesy was D.G.'s speeches at the end but I guess I should have seen those coming.)

Zooey Deschanel and Alan CummingBut back to D.G. who finally figures out how to use the compass and the henna tattoo on her left palm. I really enjoyed the connection to the original Dorothy Gale. The original Dorothy has been keeping the emerald, which is much smaller than I imagined, for D.G. She doesn't have it long as her witch of a sister grabs it from her and locks her in a marble tomb.

And that brings us to the final battle and the denouement. What did you think of the ending? I thought parts of it were predictable and the whole thing was a bit slow. The predictable parts were (1) D.G. appealing to the sister locked inside the evil witch and (2) Glitch recovering the other half of his brain to mess up the master plan. I also thought that the holding hands gimmick ruled out any possibility of a cool magic fight.

Overall, I thought Tin Man was good. Good enough to buy the DVD when that's released? Not really. Good enough to watch bits and pieces when Sci-Fi reruns it? Probably. What did you think?

What's your final verdict on Tin Man?
It was a great reinvention of the classic.299 (60.3%)
Ehh, I could take it or leave it.156 (31.5%)
It was a disaster--a good idea gone horribly wrong.41 (8.3%)

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Fox

OK IS TIN MAN COMING BACK ON tv.

December 11 2007 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fox

I would like to know if I could get it on DVD I miss part 3

December 11 2007 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam

It's probably a little late to throw in my two cents, but I think that the whole mini-series is a classic example of budget gone wrong. Build expensive sets, use exotic locations, hire some pretty good actors... wait... we don't have money for a director that can make this series look like something more than a script walk through and the writers we can afford are busy doing new episodes of Dora the Explorer, so we got 100 flying monkeys clicking away on 100 typewriters. The last time I saw such a poor execution of a very interesting concept was Revenge of the Sith. I think that the Tin Man "writers" used Sith as their goal. Keep typing flying monkeys - maybe it will be better next time...

December 11 2007 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gen

Never mind my previous question - I think I figured it out. 1939 was the year the original Wizard of Oz was released. So they wanted the viewers to know DG was in Kansas in 1939.

December 10 2007 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gen

In the third part, when DG goes into Dorothy Gales's tomb to get the emerald and goes back to Kansas, did anyone notice the heart shape with the #39 on it on a fence? What does that represent?

December 09 2007 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LRS62

Okay, TVsquad- tell me why my reply to JaneyD's #11 comment shows up BEFORE hers?

It makes no sense whatsoever in the context it's in now.

December 07 2007 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nathaniel

Well, I enjoyed it. Loved it, in fact. I have this unique ability to look past faults and still enjoy something as mindless entertainment. I do think Zooey could have performed a little better (loved her in Weeds, plus if she's Bones's sister surely she has more talent than this), but overall I still enjoyed the whole thing.

I wonder if the ratings held up after part 1. If they did, I bet we can guarantee some form of a sequel from SciFi.

December 06 2007 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JaneyD

LOL-- only Stargate SG1 wrote MORE music for the show.

That blog I posted went a step farther--today she did a redux of the redux.

Beverage alert! (And language alert for you sensitives!)

http://p-n-elrod.livejournal.com/34028.html

December 06 2007 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KenMo

@12
Thank you. I thought I was the only one who thought that music reminded me of Stargate.

I agree with a lot of the pans from everyone, but overall I don't consider it a waste of time having watched it.

However, compared to every other Sci-Fi channel mini series (I can remember the titles of any of them, but they were all terrible), this was a great success.

December 06 2007 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Man

Horrible, the worst part was the recycled Stargate soundtrack.


December 05 2007 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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