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5.0 out of 5 stars
Tin Man, 28 Aug. 2008
They say time stops for no one... this also holds true for the Magical Kingdom of OZ. In has been around 500 years in in-world time since Dorothea Gale danced along the yellow brick road in her red slippers and much has changed. Now divided into Central City and the O.Z. (Outer Zone), OZ has developed into a Jules Verne-like cyber-punkish mixture of modernised First World War-level technology cityscapes and the rural realms were magic still exists in its natural state.
As in the Narnia universe time has not moved as fast on our side of the divide, and 20 year old D.G. lives in modern day rural Kansas dreaming and drawing herself a life filled with more adventures than her reality as a waitress can offer. When she gets separated from her parents, while being taken by a travel storm to the O.Z., she finds herself in a strange and yet oddly familiar space. With the help of a headcase, RAW and the Tin Man she begins to unravel the mysteries of the past that hold the answers to her existence, the dark force suppressing the people of the O.Z. and ultimately a possible solution for the future.
Tin Man presents itself as a modernised version of the Wizard of OZ for a new generation, yet it is actually far more than that. While notions of the old tickle into the new, there are also new avenues to explore and a darker more adult tone. Unlike earlier Sci-Fi mini-series, which often reminded one more of Hallmark movies than something that truly speaks to sci-fi fans, this one knows its audience. Like any good fantasy it works on two distinct levels, a straight forward fantasy adventure story for the children and the kids in all of us and on a more grown up psychological level asking us questions about taking personal responsibility for things and what sins can be forgiven and which not. Its main character D.G. comes over as a mixture between George Lass (Dead Like Me), with her laidback pun style of humour, and the more life-affirming, ever curious Chloe Sullivan (Smallville), yet at the same time she stays true to Dorothea's most important trait: embracing all that is flawed and different. Yet, she is not the only one that has evolved, so have her three companions and the main villainess, yet I shall not say in what way cause it would destroy some of the movies fun and most interesting turns. This is definitely a modern adaptation of a classic that has the potential of becoming a classic in itself, so grab your whole family and get lost in the magical world of O.Z., and do not forget all the answers are along the Old Road just as long as you hold on to your slippers ;-)