Monday, February 13, 2017

Emerald City - They Came First

"They Came First" is a turning point for several characters while setting Oz on the path to war. On meeting Glinda (Joely Richardson) and having his memory restored, Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) chooses the witch over Dorothy (Adria Arjona) who sees her dreams of preventing a war and returning to Kansas vanish before her eyes. What that means for Dorothy herself isn't quite certain, but it certainly appears she isn't going home any time soon. All isn't good news for the witches, however, as the Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio) chooses to make a public display of their betrayal by executing the entire council and declaring a war on magic.

There are changes for the minor characters as well. Jack's (Gerran Howell) relationship with Lady Ev (Stefanie Martini) takes an romantic turn, despite her abandoning him to the Screaming Woods for a large part of the episode. Given her sociopathic nature, I'm not sure getting romantically entangled with the woman is in Jack's best long-term interests. And as West (Ana Ularu) prepares for war, she makes an important discover about Tip (Jordan Loughran) which may finally lead the series to reveal what role the character plays in the fate of Oz.

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