Emerald City Pilot: The Wizard of Oz Remake That Tries to Do Too Much

An assortment of characters arrayed in front of a gate. The doorway in the middle of the gate opens onto a yellow brick road, where we see Dorothy and a dog walking into the distance. Words read "Emerald City."
Image: NBC

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Dorothy is on her way to meet her biological mother–and instead finds a dead body and a storm that transports her to another world. Her arrival throws the local power plays askew, and makes her a target. Still, there’s only one thing she can think to do. Follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz, so he can help her find a way home. Continue reading “Emerald City Pilot: The Wizard of Oz Remake That Tries to Do Too Much”

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Crooked Kingdom: A Gang of Misfits Up Against the World

 

A crow flying vertically in front of a gray background, with the words "#1 New York Times-Bestselling Author Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom." Followed by the words "When you can't beat the odds, change the game."
Image: Henry Holt and Co. via Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Criminal mastermind Kaz put together a crew of teenagers and used them to pull off an impossible heist–but instead of reaping the rewards, they were betrayed. Now they have to get back at the people who back-stabbed them, save one of their own, and hopefully come out with something to show for it. But every power in the city wants to get their hands on what–or rather, who–they stole. Making it ever more complicated to stay in control of the situation, as the crew’s resources and allies dwindle. Continue reading “Crooked Kingdom: A Gang of Misfits Up Against the World”

Lost Village and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Two Spring 2016 Anime with Intriguing Ideas That Could Have Been Better Executed

Lost Village

A boy and a girl walking through a tunnel at night, with a bus heading towards them. The title reads "Lost Village".
Image via Crunchyroll

Genre: Supernatural/Mystery

Synopsis: A bus tour filled with people wanting to leave their old lives behind heads for Nanaki Village, an urban legend that may not even exist. And even if it does, those who go there don’t come back. Everyone has their own reasons for traveling to this mysterious village, but no one knows what they’re going to find. A new place to live out their lives in peace? A fake story about a place that isn’t real? Or a mystery that pulls forth the characters’ motivations and forces them to confront who they are? Continue reading “Lost Village and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Two Spring 2016 Anime with Intriguing Ideas That Could Have Been Better Executed”

Agents of SHIELD S4-1: A Bit Slow, but Setting Up Future Excitement (Especially with the Awesome New Ghost Rider)

The cast of Agents of SHIELD standing in front of a SHIELD logo, including Coulson, May, Daisy, Mack, Fitz, and Simmons. The flaming skull of Ghost Rider looms over them.
Image: Marvel/ABC via Coming Soon

Genre: Action/Superhero

Synopsis:

S1: Agent Coulson is somehow mysteriously alive after dying during the Avengers crisis, and he’s putting together his own team now. It should be business as usual, but gradually the secrets within SHIELD catch up with Coulson, his team, and the entire organization. Continue reading “Agents of SHIELD S4-1: A Bit Slow, but Setting Up Future Excitement (Especially with the Awesome New Ghost Rider)”