Tin Man: Part Three
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.)
But 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?
|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%)|