The season finale of Emerald City had a lot of action and drama squeezed into the hour. When the show began I was unsure how the story of the Wizard of Oz could be made into a show with multiple seasons. I was pretty sure that the Wizard wouldn’t be able to make it past the first season of the show. This left me wondering how they would be able to make a second season (beyond the low viewership numbers). Once Dorothy gets back to Kansas, then what? There really isn’t anything keeping her in Kansas, all she needs is another tornado to take her back. The show needs a different villain. Maybe without such a weak and whiny Wizard, the show would be easier to watch.
When the Wizard should look angry and intimidating, he looks worried and peeved. It confuses me as to how he got and kept so much power when there is no way he could have had much if any respect. Even the way he stands, walks and holds himself, he’s not strong and upright, but stooped and awkward. Frank was never supposed to have so much power.
Tip accepted that she was a woman, then West brought her to Emerald City. She is smart and her revenge, though painful for Eamon was elegant, she made sure no one died. The witches, West and the people of Emerald City see that she is a born leader.
All the conflicts come to a head in this final episode. The Wizard has set up a war camp outside of Emerald City where Dorothy finds him and confronts him. She doesn’t want him to kill the young witches and she wants him to forget about Glinda. He is determined to kill all who have the magic he fears so much. A storm seems to be coming up over the hill and it turns into a twister, but it is made out of bugs (bees?). When they are spinning over Dorothy, she freezes them and finds herself standing in the middle of them. Soon Glinda appears and she and Dorothy talk. Dorothy wants her to go back so that she and the witches aren’t killed.
Glinda thanks Dorothy for the way she cared for Sylvie, who seems to be the most powerful of the little witches. Her eyes are so big and beautiful she looks like an anime character. She destroy’s the stone guardian. Then Dorothy retaliates by having the stone guardian in Emerald City bring it’s weapon down into the witches altar. All the young witches in white then appear out of the twister bugs. The Wizard comes out of the mist and shoots Sylvie, then orders the soldiers to shoot the witches. Dorothy is enraged and marches to the Wizard to kill him. The soldiers in her way don’t stand a chance as she flicks them away with her magic. He convinces her that she needs to keep him alive because only he knows how to use the machine to take her back to Kansas. Amazingly, the witches who were slaughtered come back to life. Glinda reminds him that only a witch can kill a witch.
Dorothy has the Wizard tied up and brings him stumbling behind her to Emerald City so that he can help her get back to Kansas. In the meantime, Glinda finds West and the Queen in the throne room. West is sweet and conciliatory, she wants to work with Glinda. Glinda is suspicious but eventually agrees. The Wizard and Dorothy are at the machine that is supposed to bring her home. He begins bumbling around with the switches and throwing a tantrum. He is about to destroy the machine when he is shot by Jane who tells Dorothy that she is her real mother then tricks Dorothy into getting in the machine sending her back to Kansas.
The Beast Forever
We finally learn something about The Beast Forever. This pitiful looking skinned man from the prison of the abject appears to be the beast. The man takes the skin from dead bodies hanging nearby and creepily puts it on, then he begins to transform. We never see the beast but we know that it is very large and has wings.
The tin man, the scarecrow, and the lion
It’s interesting that Dorothy’s companions from the Wizard of Oz are very different in the TV show. They have never shown up on Emerald City together or as friends. During the final episode we do see them all in similar circumstances. Each one is all alone and broken in one way or another while The Beast flies over each of them on it’s way to Emerald City. It’s shadow is seen over Jack’s (tin man) broken body, Lucas (scarecrow) hanging where Dorothy left him, and Eamon (the lion) walking alone away from Emerald City after Ozma banished him.
Back in Kansas, Dorothy is struggling with her adjustment back to normal life. No one understands why she is so melancholy, because to them she was only gone for 10 minutes. She goes for a walk to clear her head and sees Toto in the field. Dorothy didn’t bring him back with her, so it is a surprise to see him there. As she is petting him, she feels a presence behind her. It’s Lucas, who was trying to kill her the last time they were together. He is not there to hurt her but was sent by Jane who is a prisoner of The Beast Forever and apparently Dorothy is the only one who can defeat it.
The writers skillfully set the show up for a second season. The beast will be the villain, and there will be no annoying wizard. Maybe the love story between Lucas and Dorothy will continue. All of this depends on whether the show is renewed. With the way it ended, I’d definitely watch another season. There was a time where I wasn’t sure. The ratings for this final episode were better than they had been, they were up 17% from the previous show. Whether this is enough for NBC to sign up for another season is yet to be seen.
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