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Emerald City

Fantasy . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Drama . Action & Adventure
 

Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is transported to another world - a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. Epic, romantic and fantastical, Emerald City is an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.

 
Status: Running
TV Channel: NBC
  • Liz Shannon Miller

    The overall result is a first season that has its flaws, but features enough delightful weirdness to intrigue those willing to give it a chance.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Emerald City has its moment as a vicarious, danger-packed thrill ride replete with jolts, wonders and ample shivers amid its shimmers.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    This one is intended for adults that, if it was a film, it would carry a PG-13 rating. It’s gritty and violent. And also visually spectacular.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    Fans of the alternate reality/fantasy genre should enjoy “Emerald City,” and I think they’ll get a kick out of its parallels to “The Wizard of Oz,” and in trying to guess what’s coming next.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    For the most part, the characters hook our attention, and the performances are mostly pretty solid. Arjona’s performance grounds the series well.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Friday’s premiere consists of two episodes, which is good, because two hours is about how long it takes you to acclimate to the tone and intent. In the third episode, a doozy, the show’s grip on you really tightens.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tom Long

    It all looks good, but Arjona never gains real traction as Dorothy and some of the side stories become distractions. Still, Emerald City is an ambitious, if derivative, project for broadcast television.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    It remains to be seen if viewers latch on to a visually sumptuous but narratively messy take on an old story. In the meantime, enjoy the insanity of the ride, if you can make any sense of it.

    Collider Full Review
  • Sophie Gilbert

    Emerald City is a sometimes chaotic cocktail of familiar characters, fairytale elements, sex and drugs, and a hero’s journey that doesn’t ever feel totally cohesive. But its visuals, crafted by the director Tarsem Singh, are endlessly creative, and the weaker primary cast members are buffeted by an array of gifted supporting actors.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    It’s all very big and bold, and boring.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    When Emerald City builds much of its narrative around how weird and edgy the place is, it just feels tired. You’ve seen this take on Oz before--and done better.

    Vox.com Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    It's just as muddled as "Once" often is, and too ridiculous to be taken seriously as an epic as "Thrones," which is not surprising, given the show's long stay in development purgatory.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Emerald City is trying to be both, and also be better and different than the Once Upon A Times and Game of Thrones of the world, but despite some memorable visuals, it’s a master of none of its tricks.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Director Tarsem Singh produces dazzling visuals and an invigorating weirdness in all 10 eps. But the storytelling is too disjointed and the drama is too symbolic. The performances range from spirited to adequate to Dorothy. [30 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017, p.108]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    So much of Emerald City reads like a paint-by-numbers grim-and-gritty update of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz and its abundant sequels, it borders on self-parody. ... And yet Emerald City is too singularly bonkers, too gorgeously assembled, to dismiss out of hand.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    A grim grind of a trip down that emblematic yellow road.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Practically all this ill-conceived series has going for it is spotting the mutations in plot and characters brought on by the conversion from fairytale to cheerless sword-and-sorcery epic.

    Reason.com Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It's kind of a mess but your mileage may vary, especially since the first few hours are enough to keep you trying to figure out the mysterious direction Shaun Cassidy, David Shulner, Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman--who developed the 10-hour series--are going in, led there by director Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The visual qualities that make Emerald City so intriguing can’t make up for a meandering narrative that chugs and sputters along, with no one to really root for. The characters are flat, and the actors playing them seem as befuddled as the viewer about the ambiguous shades of good and evil from one scene to the next.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Emerald City's ambitious pretensions of being the next great adult dark fantasy keeps colliding with childish, clumsy tendency toward unpleasant shock value. [2-15 Jan 2017, p.19]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It’s hard to keep the story straight, as new and old characters mingle and the mostly anemic performances weaken the show's hold on our attention.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Dave Nemetz

    While it displays some dazzling visual flair and is plenty ambitious in its scope, like a certain famous Scarecrow, this ponderous revamp doesn’t seem to have much of a brain at all.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    With more complicated characters and relationships and a livelier sense of momentum, it might have been a more artful meditation on the use of power and the costs of loyalty. But, echoing the fate of those grounded monkeys, the plight of these travelers never really takes flight.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The entire thing feels too canny, too much the result of a marketplace gamble, and that’s especially dispiriting in light of the fact that all ten episodes are directed by Tarsem Singh, an extravagant visual stylist whose work tends to have a music-video-fashion-show-nightmare vividness even when the story makes no sense and isn’t trying to.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    All the trappings of “The Wizard of Oz” without any of the charms.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Meredith Blake

    Emerald City is a turgid attempt at fantasy burdened by the weight of its own pretensions.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The writing doesn’t work. And scenes within the title location are in even more need of a rewrite.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    A labored, humorless attempt to turn “The Wizard of Oz” into a “Game of Thrones”-like epic.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The plotting is goofy, the tone is relentlessly dark and the pacing is excruciatingly slow. Worst, the characters are hard to care about.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    I wanted to check out the moment Dorothy Gale was waterboarded.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    We soon begin to see the method behind this show’s storytelling: If there’s a way to pump more pretentious gas into the story, Emerald City will find it.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
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