Starring: Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Gerran Howell, Jordan Loughran, with Joely Richardson, and Vincent D'Onofrio
Based on the "Oz" Book Series by L. Frank Baum
Developed by Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman
Teleplay by Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, Directed by Tarsen Singh
This is an update of a story that we absolutely didn't need. It's trying way too hard to be edgy and dark but it's ultimately just the same story. Surprisingly for being such a different spin, it actually doesn't bring anything new. She's in Kansas, she lands in Oz, she learns about the witches and the Wizard, she meets the Scarecrow, she has a dog named Toto, she references not being in Kansas anymore, etc. I'm not saying the show needed to change the basic structure, but it just seemed like a wildly different style of the exact same story. Maybe it'll veer in different directions because it's hard to take a two hour movie and make it into a 10 episode series, but the pilot at least followed the same general direction without bringing much new to the story besides the obvious tonal shift.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
No, I could not even bring myself to watch the second hour of the premiere.