, the SCI-FI Network's rendition of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz
, takes us into a darker, more sinister re-imagining of the fabled classic. In today's version of the fantasy, Oz is known as the Outer Zone (O.Z.) and our heroine goes by the shorter name of DG.
stars Zooey Deschanel, Richard Dreyfuss, Raoul Trujillo, Kathleen Robertson, Alan Cumming and Neal McDonough in the title role of Tin Man
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Zooey Deschanel stars as DG, a bright but spirited young waitress at the Hilltop Diner. When not willing time to go faster during her hours at work, DG speeds down back roads riding her motorcycle. One day, a powerful twister uproots her from her farmhouse life with her parents and hurls her in a completely different time and place, all the way to the Outer Zone.
The Outer Zone is ruled by the power-hungry young sorceress, Azkadellia, played by Kathleen Robertson. The ambitious Azkadellia overthrew her mother and rightful O.Z. monarch, Lavender Eyes, in order to gain absolute control of the land. Unfortunately, not only is Azkadellia greedy and magically gifted, she also happens to have a predilection for sucking souls.
Alan Cumming gives life to the character of Glitch, an inventive genius and former member of Lavender Eyes' inner circle. Glitch is living proof of Azkadellia's reign of terror, having half his brain stolen while locked up in her torture chambers.
Raoul Trujillo is Raw, the half human, half wolf-like creature with the gift of second sight. A member of O.Z.'s special group of psychics known as viewers, Raw possesses great empathy and compassion, even as he struggles to regain his abilities which Azkadellia has taken from him.
Finally, Neal McDonough essays the tragic and heroic role of Tin Man
, an embittered former police officer tormented by years in a metal suit while forced to witness a holographic loop of his wife and child being seized by Azkadellia's henchmen.
The exciting journey through this revolutionary version of O.Z. begins when Tin Man
premieres December 2 on the SCI-FI Channel.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy of SCI-FI)