''Lost in Oz'' was a 2002 OneEpisodeWonder based on ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. It was written by Creator/DavidHayter (yes, [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid that]] David Hayter). As only one episode was made, the pilot will be summarized rather than the overall plot.

The plot follows a modern-day 21-year-old girl named Alex Wilder, who is whisked into the Land of Oz by a tornado. There, she meets Caleb Jansen, a time-displaced fighter pilot from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (call sign "Scarecrow"), and Selina, the Patchwork Girl, a {{Goth}} WarriorPoet radically different from her character from the Oz books. Alex learns that the Wicked Witch of the West has returned, bringing chaos to the land, and the three of them vow to stop her.

Bellaridere, the Good Witch of the South, tells them of Ozma, a girl trained to fight the Witch and restore peace. However, Ozma has been captured by the Witch, and the trio must work to save her. Bellaridere gives Alex a bottled tornado as an incentive, saying that once Ozma is freed, she can use it to take her home. However, 'Scarecrow' wants to use it for himself...

As they venture on their journey to the West, Selina eventually tells Alex that the Wicked Witch is the same one Dorothy defeated, now possessing Selina's best friend. When the Witch realized Dorothy could actually kill her, her soul possessed the girl and took the name Loriellidere.

They venture across Oz to rescue Ozma. However, when they confront the Witch, she reveals that Ozma has been enchanted to be a little girl forever, and they've failed her. Selina is subdued, but when Caleb pulls a gun on the Witch and explains how it can kill her, Alex starts to glow with energy. Alex learns that she is next in line to be the Wicked Witch's host; thus, they can't kill Loriellidere. Things are looking grim, until Alex opens the bottled tornado. Rather than using it to get home, she uses it to send the Wicked Witch far away.

The episode ends with Alex pondering the implications of being the next Witch, realizing the magic is part of her. Bellaridere explains that Ozma can't help them now, and asks Alex to lead them through the times ahead; Selina adds that no one but Dorothy ever posed a threat to the Witch before. Alex resolves to fight, and she and Caleb share a romantic moment.

[[WhatCouldHaveBeen And then the show was never picked up]], so it never got beyond that one episode.

The pilot can be seen [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xstc36_lost-in-oz-2002-unsold-pilot_shortfilms#.UR8RLmcQYx4 here]] on Dailymotion or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9IOx38N3Ks here]] on Website/YouTube. [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Bootleg [=DVDs=] of it are also around]].

Not to be confused with the [[WesternAnimation/LostInOz 2015 CGI pilot of the same name]].


!!This show contained examples of:

* ActionGirl: Selina helps out against the Wheelers, and attempts to fight the Witch physically.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The ending, as they discuss how they're going to get home.
* AnimatedArmor: The tin soldiers. Unfortunately, they can't enter the Western border to help, since Bellaridere's power only extends as far as the South.
* BadassBoast: Loriellidere gets one when Caleb holds her at gunpoint.
-->'''Loriellidere:''' You? Kill me? I rule the ocean. I walk the skies. My eyes weep fire; my heart freezes liquid! I am the Wicked Witch of the West, and I cannot be killed by an inconsequent Earthborn nothing!
* BigBad: The Wicked Witch of the West, AKA Loriellidere, is the main villain.
* BigGood: Bellaridere,. the Good Witch of the South, aids the heroes and advises them on their journey.
* BlowYouAway: [[spoiler:Alex weaponizes the bottled tornado against the Witch to blow her away]].
* TheChosenOne: Alex was chosen to save Oz.
* ContinuityNod: Besides the Patchwork Girl and Ozma, a tiger, presumably the Hungry Tiger, appears. All three are from the later Oz books.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Oz is under siege by a new Wicked Witch, Dorothy is long gone, and the Munchkins are dead.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Selina is initially cold and solely focused on her mission, but she warms up to Alex and Caleb later on.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: The Witch did this to return]].
* DistressedDamsel: Ozma has been captured and must be rescued if she's to help save Oz.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: All the Munchkins are apparently dead.
* DullSurprise: Alex has a lot of these moments, even in dramatic scenes.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Both Caleb and Alex go through this as they wrestle with helping Oz or using the tornado to go home immediately.
* GoodIsNotNice: Bellaridere's soldiers capture Alex and company, and she's essentially blackmailing them to fight the Witch. On the other hand, she does have the best interests of Oz in mind.
* HeroismIncentive: The bottled tornado that will take Alex and Caleb home.
* HopeBringer: Bellaridere hopes Alex will become a source of hope for Oz.
* HotterAndSexier: The Witch is quite beautiful, though in the book and movie she was old and ugly. [[spoiler: The girl she's possessing looked ''good'']].
* InfoDump: Selina tends to explain the plot or backstory at times, as does Bellaridere.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Caleb is cold and standoffish, but he's not ''that'' bad a guy.
* KnifeNut: The Witch prefers to use knives, even wearing knives on her hands.
* LargeHam: Mia Sara's performance as the Wicked Witch. She ''clearly'' enjoyed the role.
* LiteralMinded: The Wicked Witch does this at one point.
-->'''Alex:''' I was told that if I freed that little girl I could go home. I don't have any part in this, I'm just stuck in the middle.
-->'''Witch:''' You poor girl... stuck in the middle... '''[brandishes knife]''' Allow me to illustrate what that phrase means to ''me''.
* MacGuffin: The bottled tornado is the only thing guaranteed to get Alex and Caleb home.
* MobileMaze: Loriellidere's labyrinth is easy to get into, but when the heroes try to escape, the hallways shift and lead them straight back to the Witch.
* MsExposition: Bellaridere and Selina both explain the plot.
* MsFanservice: Loriellidere wears very revealing outfits, especially after waking up from a nap.
* MugglesDoItBetter: Caleb pulls a gun on the Witch; while she claims it can't kill her, [[spoiler: it apparently can, as Alex is chosen to be the next Witch. That can only happen if she's aware of impending death]].
* MythologyGag: Alex finds the remains of Dorothy's house on the western border, and asks why. In the original Oz books, West and East were switched on the map.
* NeckLift: Loriellidere grabs Selina by the neck and throws her into a wall.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Caleb is supposed to be a fighter pilot from the 1940s. For some reason he sounds more like he's from modern day California.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: Princess Ozma, by way of being enchanted into a young child]].
* OneEpisodeWonder: This show only lasted one episode.
* RecycledInSPACE: This show is essentially ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer in Oz.
* RhymesOnADime: Selina speaks in rhyme on occasion.
* TheReveal: Two of them. [[spoiler: Ozma has been enchanted and can't fight. And Alex is next in line to be a Wicked Witch]].
* ScareChord: When [[spoiler: Selina's friend is possessed by the Witch]].
* ScreamingWarrior: Selina screams when attacking the Wheelers and Loriellidere.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Loriellidere and Bellaridere have hard-to-spell names. Selina is also spelled Serena and Selena depending on the media.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Alex and Caleb find it hard to get along, let alone work together.
* TheStoic: Selina.
* TakenForGranite: Caleb, after disobeying the statue guardian's orders, is slowly turned into a statue.
* TheThreeTrials: To open Horn's Gate, the heroes must answer three riddles. Selina answers the first two and Alex answers the third.
* TooDumbToLive: Caleb disobeys a statue guardian's orders and is nearly killed as a result.
* {{Tsundere}}: Alex. She constantly treats Caleb like the enemy and refuses to believe that he's good.
* WouldHitAGirl: Caleb isn't fond of shooting women, but he makes an exception for the Witch.
* UhOhEyes: Loriellidere's eyes, when using magic, turn a pale grey. [[spoiler: As do Alex]]'s.
* UnderwaterBase: Heroic version with Bellaridere's palace, which is under a lake.
* TheUnseen: The Witch's flying monkeys are mentioned as having torn Selina apart, but they aren't seen.
* WarriorPoet: Selina speaks in rhyme and is proficient in combat.
* WeirdMoon: The Witch uses the moon to find her enemies' purpose; she can also apparently bind it with ancient rites.
* WhatNowEnding: The episode ends with Alex and Caleb wondering what to do next.
* {{Xenafication}}: Ozma [[spoiler: is a subversion, as by the time they rescue her she's lost all fighting capabilities]].