Sci Fi, Dec. 2, 9 p.m. ET


No, Dorothy, you’re not in Kansas anymore. You’re on cable. Now try and escape! A joyless, visually oppressive landscape of castles, prisons, armies and monsters, this six-hour, three-part production owes as much to the films of The Lord of the Rings, A.I. and Dune as L. Frank Baum’s classic. An adult Dorothy (Zooey Deschanel, looking stunned and glum) is transported by cyclone to Oz (short for Outer Zone), where she turns out to have ancestral roots: There’s an evil, power-possessed sister, Azkadellia (Kathleen Robertson, who slithers off with the movie). The best touch is the flying monkeys that flap to life from her tattoos.

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