Emerald City - TV Series Review

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Show

Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world - a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent D'Onofrio) 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.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Jordan Loughran, Gerran Howell and Joely Richardson also star. David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, who also serves as an executive producer. "Emerald City" is a Universal Television production.

Rated TV-14

My Thoughts
My initial reaction after episode 1(&2 technically) was, "OK, this is weird....But in a weirdish, good way." Now 8 episodes in and I can say with confidence, this show is SO addicting! Emerald City is a very different from The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. Very dark and suspenseful. This is not your cupcakes and rainbows Land of Oz. Heartbreak, romance, betrayal, secrets, magic....and science! The conflict between The Wizard and the witches is very strained and intense. Without giving too much away, the basic clash is between magic and science. The magic is dark and intense, yet science can be just as deadly if used by the wrong people.  

Dorothy is on a quest to find her way home and to find out who she truly is. Who her family is and what her destiny is. Along the way she meets several people, some who try to kill her, some who fear her, some who fall in love with her, and some who look to her for protection. What the final outcome will be, I do not know. But I am completely sucked into this show and will be sure to write a follow up review after the season finale. 

Content: This show is rated TV-14. There is violence and mild language. One of the main characters runs a brothel and there is one "intimate" scene  in the first episode that we skipped over. There is no full nudity shown, yet it is implied on a couple of occasions. Overall, it is better than what you can expect in a lot of shows out there today, yet I want my readers to be fully aware before they begin watching.

I have been watching Emerald City on NBC and through the NBC app on our Roku device. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Links to Watch
Airs 9/8c on Friday Nights
NBC - Free to stream
Amazon - $24.99 to purchase season or $2.99/episode










Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Gerran Howell and Jordan Loughran, with Joely Richardson and Vincent D'Onofrio

Executive Producers
David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, Matthew Arnold, Josh Friedman

Developed By
Matthew Arnold, Josh Friedman, David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy

Tarsem Singh Dhandwar

Supervision Producer
Tracy Bellomo

Chris Thompson, Howard Ellis, Adam Goodman

Matt Arnold, Josh Friedman, David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Naomi Iizuka, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Tracy Bellomo, Josh Carlback

Casting Directors
Suzanne Smith and Zsolt Csutak (Hungary)

Production Designer
Dave Warren

Director of Photography
Colin Watkinson

Costume Designer
Trisha Biggar

Hair Designer
Jonhenry Gordon

Makeup Designer
Paul Engelen

Chris Willingham

Budapest, Hungary

Produced By
Universal Television
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