‘Emer­ald City’ not quite the yel­low brick road of Oz

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OKAY, I’m a huge fan of the fan­tasy genre. I have watched ev­ery­thing from Mer­lin, Legend of the Seeker, At­lantis, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time and count­less more.

The genre con­tin­ues to gain mo­men­tum on the small screen, with the ar­rival of Emer­ald City. back home, un­aware of the ad­ven­ture that awaits her.

Af­ter watch­ing the first episode, I can’t say I was com­pletely spell­bound by the ex­e­cu­tion.

At best, this world in­hab­ited by witches and wiz­ards and vil­lains is mod­er­ately en­gag­ing.

And Ar­jona, who ap­peared in Per­son of In­ter­est and True De­tec­tive, doesn’t re­ally have that grav­i­tas to leave you com­pletely en­am­oured. Yes, her beauty is dis­tract­ing but not in a Rose­lyn Sánchez (De­vi­ous Maids) way.

The set, while some­what imag­i­na­tive, doesn’t com­pletely sell the world.

When draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from a well-known novel, there are a few car­di­nal things to be

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