Tinman is a 2007 Syfy Miniseries directed by Nick Willing. It is loosley based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz book series. Very loosely.
The miniseries has great production values, intriguing writing, and most of the cast are talented. Zooey Deschanel gives an odd almost autistic portrayal of the main character D.J. I’m not sure if she was directed that way or if it’s just Zooey Deschanel being Zooey Deschanel. The rest of the cast is fantastic, particularly Neal McDonough and Kathleen Robertson.
The world building rivals a Hollywood film. Everything in the world, from the steampunk technology to the rare glimpse of magic fits well into the world. The technology, politics, history, etc of the O.Z. is well thought out and has its own internal logic. The world feels like it could really work.
The miniseries updates the world of the O.Z (pronounced ‘Oh Zee’) without disrespecting the original. There are a lot of homages to the original books and films some obvious, some not. You can tell there’s a real reverence to the source material.
The miniseries is easy to obtain. It’s often on Netflix Instant Watch in the U.S. and readily available on blu ray and DVD in most countries. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
The 10th Kingdom is an American fantasy television miniseries that was first released in 2000. The story stars a young twenty something waitress named Virginia Louis who lives at the edge of Central Park. One day she accidentally runs into a dog while riding her bike to work. But its no ordinary dog. Its in fact, a prince from a fantasy kingdom whose been turned into a dog by an evil step mother. This drags Virginia and her disaster prone father into an epic fantasy adventure full of trolls, magic, sheep (?), witches, dwarves, fairies, true love, and one very confused but very sexy half wolfman.
This episode does NOT contain spoilers (or has very little spoilers). Unlike many works we discuss, the 10th Kingdom is underrated, undervalued and under watched. In discussing this show, we hope to simply let more people know of its existence. It’s a fantastic show that not many people have heard of and not very many people watched when it first aired. Buy this show or rent it from Netflix if you live in the U.S. You won’t be disappointed.