Tin Man - Fight for the Emerald of Light

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Television series
German title Tin Man - Fight for the Emerald of Light
Original title Tin Man
Country of production United States
original language English
year 2007
RHI Entertainment
length D: 178 minutes / USA: 279 minutes
Episodes 3 (US) , 2 (DT) in 1 season
genre Science fiction , fantasy , mystery , fairy tale , drama
idea Craig Van Sickle ,
Steven Long Mitchell
production Matthew O'Connor ,
Michael O'Connor
music Simon Boswell
First broadcast December 2, 2007 (USA) on SciFi Channel
first broadcast
April 17th, 2009 on SciFi

Tin Man - Fight for the Emerald of Light (Original title: Tin Man ), also known as Tin Man - The Fantastic Journey to Oz , is an American miniseries by Craig Van Sickle and Steven Long Mitchell , published in 2007 by RHI Entertainment was produced in cooperation with the US cable broadcaster SciFi Channel . It provides a remake and sequel of the classic story Wizard of Oz with science fiction - and Fantasy -elements is it is about the adventures of a small-town waitress named DG, in a magical realm called. Outer zone ( english Outer Zone , or OZ pulled) which is ruled by the tyrannical witch Azkadellia. Together with her companions Glitch, Raw and Cain, DG travels through the country, revealing her lost memories, getting to know her real parents and thwarting Azkadellia's plan to plunge OZ into eternal darkness. The first broadcast in the USA took place in three parts from December 2nd to 4th, 2007 on the SciFi Channel.

The miniseries was nominated for nine Emmys , a Critics' Choice Movie Award and seven Leo Awards , of which it eventually won an Emmy and six Leos. It received mixed reviews, with some praising the acting, music, and visual effects , and others describing it as overly gloomy and bleak.


Despite being on good terms with her parents, the young small-town waitress DG does not feel at home in Kansas and has been plagued by strange nightmares and visions of a mysterious woman warning her that a storm is approaching for some time . Her visions come true when the sorceress Azkadellia, tyrannical ruler of the outer zone, sends her soldiers, so-called long coats , through a magical tornado to kill DG. But DG escapes and through the storm arrives with her parents in the outer zone, a very desolate place. Separated from them by the storm, DG sets out to find her parents. She receives a magical symbol on her palm and, after finding her parents again, learns that they are only androids and that her birth mother is the mysterious woman in her nightmares. She also learns of her actual purpose and thus sets out to save the outer zone.

Along the way, she befriends residents of Glitch, a scarecrow who has half of its brain stolen from Azkadellia, Wyatt Cain, a former police officer , and Raw, a lion-like seer . While visiting the mysterious man in Central City and en route to the Northern Islands, the group learns that Glitch was formerly an advisor to the Queen of the Outer Zone and that DG and Azkadellia are sisters and daughters of the Queen. DG then recalls that Azkadellia used dark magic to kill them when they were children. But her mother had revived her with her magic and gave her secret instructions on how to find the emerald of light that Azkadellia is looking for.


DG (named after an ancestor named Dorothy Gale) is the main protagonist of the miniseries. She lives with her parents in Kansas and has been working there as a waitress in a café for some time. After being dragged into the outer zone by a magical tornado, she learns that she and Azkadellia are sisters and daughters of the Queen. She sets out to fulfill her destiny to thwart her sister's plan. DG is comparable to Dorothy Gale, the protagonist of the original story .
Wyatt Cain
Wyatt is the eponymous "Tin Man" of the miniseries. He is a former police officer and was put in an iron prison by Azkadellia for many years as punishment for his dislike for her. He joins DG on their journey to find the Emerald of Light. Wyatt is comparable to the heartless tin man from the original story.
Glitch is a scarecrow and a former advisor to the Queen of the Outer Zone. He designed numerous technical achievements under his real name Ambrose, but when Azkadellia seized power she stole his designs and removed half of his brain. Glitch accompanies DG and Wyatt on their way. Glitch is based on and is similar to the mindless scarecrow from the original story.
Raw is a lion-like seer who was enslaved by Azkadellia. He also accompanies DG, Wyatt and Glitch on their way. Raw is based on and is comparable to the cowardly lion from the original story.
Azkadellia is the main antagonist of the miniseries. Obsessed with a wicked witch, she killed her sister DG as a child and toppled her mother, the queen, from the throne. After her mother resuscitates DG, she tries to kill her again and sends her henchmen out. Azkadellia is comparable to the Wicked Witch of the West from the original story.
Mysterious man
The mysterious man was the former ruler of Central City until he succumbed to Azkadellia's magical powers. He helps DG by directing her to the place where DG regains her memories. The mysterious man can be compared to the Wizard of Oz from the original story.
Lavender Eyes
Lavender Eyes is the queen of the outer zone and the mother of DG and Azkadellia. At the beginning, she was ousted from the throne by Azkadellia and locked in a magical prison. Lavender Eyes is comparable to Glinda, the sorceress of the south, from the original story.
Tutor is the former DG and Azkadellia magic teacher and a former Azkadellia spy. In addition, he is also a shape-shifter , which can take the form of a small dog. In this dog form he is comparable to the dog Toto from the original story.
Zero is the brutal, sadistic and psychopathic captain of Azkadellia's long coats. He had killed Cain's wife, put Cain in an iron prison, and then tortured him with footage of the torture of his family.
Ahamo is the husband of Lavender Eyes and the father of DG and Azkadellia. He helps DG in her search. Ahamo backwards gives Omaha, the hometown of the Wizard of Oz in the original story.

Cast and dubbing

Role name Actress Voice actor
DG Zooey Deschanel Anke Kortemeier
Wyatt Cain Neal McDonough Crock Krumbiegel
Glitch Alan Cumming Viktor Neumann
Raw Raoul Trujillo Claus Brockmeyer
Azkadellia Kathleen Robertson Kathrin Gaube
Mysterious man Richard Dreyfuss Michael Rüth
Queen "Lavender Eyes" Anna Galvin
tutor Blu Mankuma Christoph Jablonka
zero Callum Keith Rennie Mike Carl
Ahamo Ted Whittall
Young DG Rachel Pattee
Young Azkadellia Alexia Fast
Will's Bedose Jake D. Smith

Broadcast and publication

Tin Man was first broadcast in the US on the local cable station SciFi Channel from December 2 to 4, 2007 as a three-part four and a half hour mini-series. The first broadcast in Great Britain took place on the local SciFi offshoot from May 11 to 25, 2008, with a new episode being shown every week. The miniseries ran in New Zealand from December 9th to 16th and in Australia on December 26th and 27th, 2008. A DVD release with region code 1 took place on March 11, 2008. The DVD with region code 2 was released on September 8, 2008.

The German-language premiere was shown for the first time on April 17, 2009 as a three-hour television film on the German SciFi broadcaster . The first broadcast on free-to-air television took place in Austria on the ATV broadcaster on July 19, 2009 under the title Tin Man - Die fantastische Reise nach Oz . Almost a year later, the German free TV premiere took place on RTL in the summer of 2010 . The German-language DVD was released on April 2, 2010.


According to reports from Nielsen Media Research , the first episode was watched by approximately 6.3 million people, making it the highest-viewing show in the station's history and the most-watched miniseries of 2007. Episodes two and three were watched by approximately 4.4 and 5.1 million Americans, respectively.

The series was also popular with film award critics , with Tin Man being nominated for a Critics' Choice Movie Award and nine Leo Awards . She also received nine Emmy nominations at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards , including best mini-series and in some of the creative categories such as special effects , costume, editing and sound editing. Although she has been nominated multiple times, she ended up only winning for Best Makeup in a Miniseries or TV Movie . The mini-series was also considered at the Leo Awards, where it won six of the seven awards in which it was nominated. At the 2008 Young Artist Awards , Jake D. Smith was nominated for an award for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special .

Variety magazine called the miniseries a "semi-surreal adaptation of The Wizard of Oz , stitched together pieces from The Matrix , Blade Runner and Snow White to create a brooding fantasy that - understandably, given the multitude of influences - turns out to be a bit of a mess" and whose “appearance and action sequences do not fully deliver the goods to the target group of fans and their imaginary friends”. USA Today gave the series two and a half stars out of four, compared its "dark, violent, relentlessly uncomfortable revisionist attitude" to that of Battlestar Galactica, and concluded that "whatever ambitious and intriguing, Tin Man is just too long, too gloomy." and too eager to impose a Lord of the Rings- like universe rescue mission on a simpler, gentler story ”.

Web links

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