This latest retelling of 'The Wizard of Oz' is weird, violent and oddly ambitious, but the NBC series may amount to less than the sum of its parts. - From The Hollywood Reporter
Frank Baum's books return as, well, a kind of weirdly dystopian tale that seems like it wants to be on HBO but ends up on NBC — and that description makes it sound better than it really is.
Meaning, if someone wanted to make the bleakest Wizard of Oz ever — say a Cormac McCarthy version — where there is no happy ending and Dorothy just bleeds out somewhere in a Kansas alley as the credits roll, I would watch that.
Anyway, 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).
On the other hand there's a b-story about sexual identity which is kind of surprising and interesting and only slightly creepy.
There are creative tweaks to all the familiar characters — some you'll see coming, some you'll be amused by, some you'll smile over and others you'll groan over — and if marching down the yellow poppy-pollen road of opium, through the Westeros hills and toward a 10-hour story that might pay off with some visual treats is the kind of TV journey you're up for, by all means head to Emerald City.