This review contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the third part of the “Tin Man” miniseries on SciFi Channel.
As I was basking in the magic that is the land of Oz — or should I say the O.Z. — I started to think about something. If D.G.’s parents hadn’t sent her on a quest to find an emerald that seemed pretty well hidden with Dorothy Gale in some hidden tomb, would there have been a chance in hell that Azkedellia would’ve found the emerald in time for the solar eclipse?
This kind of upsets me as this major plot hole practically ruins what was a fun and exciting experience down the yellow brick road. Sure, there were some loose bricks along the way like the miscast of Zooey Deschanel as the lead, but overall, SciFi Channel had really outdone itself in presenting its year-end miniseries event.
Sadly, however, I just have a problem with contrived plots, and unfortunately the flow of the story depended solely on the fact that D.G. was looking for an emerald that probably would’ve been better if they didn’t even look for it.
I know, Azkedellia (Kathleen Robertson) was closing on the emerald, but even with D.G.’s help, she only found it in the nick of time. And yes, it could be argued that their parents knew it would take the emerald to save Azkedellia from the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, but I’m just not buying that.
The third part of SciFi Channel’s high-rated miniseries was filled with adventure and reunions, as expected, and it was touching. With a little help from her father and his hot air balloon, she is able to find the emerald in the hands of her great grandmother, who happened to be Dorothy Gale, and who happened to look a lot like the Dorothy Gale from the 1939 classic “Wizard of Oz.” It was a nice connection to the original, along with all the other touching moments that we saw coming up to that point. I just wish it was a little longer …
“Tin Man” certainly lived up to its hype. It was captivating and entertaining all at the same time. The characters were memorable, and you almost forgot that this is actually a reimagining of a classic. To be honest, I would take this miniseries over the classic any day. If nothing more than to never, ever here “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead” again.
What Didn’t Work
I know that Ahamo — D.G.’s father — had a name that was simple “Omaha” spelled backward. It seems that Ahamo is actually the real wizard here (at least his character seems to better match the wizard from the original novel as a man who crossed over in a hot air balloon), and he certainly passed magic on to his daughters.
But there was one beef I had with the name. The way it was pronounced half the time, I almost had to do a double-take. There were a couple of times where it sounded like the characters were not saying “Ahamo” but instead “Ahomo.” It almost gives a whole new meaning to “I need to find Ahamo” when you substitute in the other spelling.
Of course, that does create a problem. Azkedellia shares an interesting line where she described Ahamo (and uses his name), but the way she pronounces it, it almost sounds like she is making a stereotypical and derogatory reference to homosexuals.
And don’t forget the aforementioned contrived plot that drove the entire story. If D.G. wasn’t sent back to find the emerald, Azkedellia would’ve never been able to find it in time, and thus there would be no story at all.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Tin Man” was written by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle, based on the book by L. Frank Baum. It was directed by Nick Willing. It stars Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Richard Dreyfuss and Kathleen Robertson.
Michael Hinman is the founder and site coordinator of Airlock Alpha, writing out of Tampa, Fla. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.