Without heart, you're nothing.
"Oh come on, tin man, have a heart!"
A Sci-Fi Channel miniseries re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz
DG is a rebel teen about to break loose played by Zooey Deschanel
. The Scarecrow is a lobotomized ex-genius played by Alan Cumming
. The Tin Man himself is a disheartened ex-policeman, and the Cowardly Lion is a psychic Cat-Man
. The flying monkeys are tattoos on the Wicked Witch's cleavage
that come to life, the Poppy Field is actually the hunting ground of fearsome plant-animal things, and Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are not quite normal muggles. Finally, the Wicked Witch is Azkadelia, a powerful and dangerous tyrant and witch.
As for the rest, Toto is a were-terrier
who tutored DG and her sister in magic. The Wizard is split across 2 characters, one of whom is DG's real father, and the other of whom is a showman/oracle addicted to happiness-inducing vapors. And that's not even all of the surprises!
It's The Wizard of Oz
saturated with Rule of Cool
and Darker and Edgier
It was followed by a Spiritual Successor
More recently, the director also did Neverland
The series now has a Shout Out page
This series provides examples of:
- Tragic Monster: Played with. After the reveal, you'll feel really sorry for Azkadelia; and hate the witch that much more.
- The Unfavorite: Avoided. It's the Demonic Possession of the original Wicked Witch that made Azkadelia feel neglected and hate DG. So much so that she had her mother imprisoned, her father made a hunted man, and DG's robot parents reprogrammed to love her instead.
- Unobtainium: Or to be more specific, Moritanium (big M, little t, number 216 on the OZian periodic table), which besides its strength can be used to conduct magical energy.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Toto.
- Worth Living For: Cain, guarding DG.
- Word Salad Title: You would assume that a miniseries named Tin Man would have the Tin Man as the main character, or would at least center on a plot involving him. Likely functions under the Rule of Cool, as with enough series out there.
- The actual reason was that Long-Mitchell & Van Sickle's original idea was a cop show about the Emerald City police force. It mutated into a more "standard" adaptation, but they couldn't come up with a better title than the one they had before deadline.
- You Have Failed Me: And so you will get the life sucked out of you.