Tin Man, Part One

Just finished watching Part One of the Sci Fi Channel’s miniseries, Tin Man.  Despite some less than clever plot elements, an alarmingly lackluster performance by the usually very talented Zooey Deschanel, and a tendency for the villains to employ just the right amount of stupid to set themselves up for a really obvious fall, I really enjoyed it.  I like the look and the design, I’m enjoying the overall story, and Richard Dreyfuss was brilliant as the Mystic Man.

What I’m not sure I understand is why it was necessary to brand this show as a "reimagination" of The Wizard of Oz.  Sure there are a few plot similarities here and there, but, really, none of them are so essential to the plot that they couldn’t be removed or reworked with just a little effort on the part of the writers.  I think this would have been more cleverly done as an original tale; or, at most, an homage to The Wizard of Oz, with some more blatant references to the original.

I’ve only seen part one, so I’m withholding my final rating for now.  But I am sufficiently intrigued to continue watching.

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