I loved the first installment of “Emerald City”!
Mostly I enjoyed it because the show because it only took the barest of framework from the original story, and then created a new, darker, grittier world. In many ways darker than Wicked’s take (novel, not musical).
I found little things to be quite clever– like when Dorothy stumbled across the outer lands “tribe” of people and they were drumming and dancing in mourning to the death of the East Witch. But they were dancing and drumming in a spiral.
And these were not munchkins:
I also enjoy the multicultural cast. Dorothy is Hispanic, one of the witches is black (although she died early), there are Asian women as part of Oz’s tech elite, etc.
And the black witch was FABULOUS! I hope she isn’t fully dead.
In this Oz, the wizard is a tech guy who is at war with witchcraft and magic. He’s basically banished the witches to their respective cardinal directions and the citizens have been taught to fear them.
Oh, and the West Witch (in black) is a drunk/opium addict who runs a house of prostitution. Just sayin’.
The sets and costumes are fantastic, the world is imaginative and dark. And they are introducing cool characters who are flawed and real. And a touch savage.
Overall it’s a cool blend of steampunk tech, medieval feudal society, magic, and political intrigue.
I’m seriously hoping this story arc is sustainable.