The Sandman, a fantasy drama from Netflix, was released on August 5, 2022. It may be one of Netflix’s best productions, ranking up there with HBO’s Game of Thrones and Neil Gaiman’s renowned comic book series, which debuted in 1988. Neil Gaiman collaborated with David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to create the Morpheus, King of Dreams-centered series.
The fantasy drama, which was created by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, features Tom Sturridge in the title role as well as supporting performances from Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
The task of adapting Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman was enormous, and for more than 30 years, Gaiman aggressively discouraged any shoddy versions from appearing on film. Before fans watched the first episode of the recently released Netflix version, it seemed nearly impossible; after that, the rest is history.
The Sandman Season 1 Episode 1: Sleep of the Just
Viewers should be aware that the main character in this fantasy drama from Netflix, also known as Dream of the Endless, King of Dreams, or Dream, is an immortal being that anthropomorphizes the phenomenon of dreams and plays around with the sleeping state.
His domain is referred to as Dreaming, and he has the ability to create and alter dreams and nightmares. He carries his powers in three totems, or tools, as he refers to them: a sandbag, a helmet, and a ruby necklace. The other six Endless siblings are Death, Desire, Destiny, Delirium, Despair, and the Prodigal. He is simply one of the seven Endless siblings.
The first episode of The Sandman takes place in 1916, when occultist Roderick Burgess attempted to summon and capture Death in order to ask the legendary being to bring back his son Randall, who had sadly passed away. Instead, he called Dream, who was now capturing Corinthian, a nightmare that had escaped.
When Corinthian revealed the formula to use Dream’s tools to achieve all of it while holding him imprisoned within an unique cage where no one was permitted to sleep, Burgess’s original objectives evolved to hunger for power, wealth, and status.
The remainder of the show focused on a Dream who was being held captive and the harm his absence did to the human world. He remained in that cage for more than a century, all the while Burgess grew richer and more powerful.
Alex, his other son, had multiple times considered releasing Dream but refrained out of dread for his father. He even shot Dream’s pet raven, Jessamy, to prove his allegiance to his father and earned Dream’s wrath.
The mystical circle that had kept Dream imprisoned in that cage was finally broken by Alex’s partner Paul, and one of the two watchmen fell asleep, freeing the King of Dreams after a century in captivity. He damned Alex to an eternity of suffering and satisfaction. The Dreaming was now in ruins when he went back.
The Sandman’s first episode set up the pace for the rest of the season
The season’s tone was established by the opening episode, Sleep of the Just. We know Dream will be recreating the Dreaming now that he is at last free.
The Sandman made it clear right away that it wouldn’t be a drama with lots of action. It is intended for people who like the exploration of narrative details. The Netflix series’ pacing provides viewers enough time to get to know the characters and connect with the plot.
The sitcom doesn’t stray too far from the comics, as viewers who are familiar with them may have noticed. The most obvious deviations from the comics were Jessamy, the raven, who scarcely appears in the comics, and Corinthian, who does not appear until The Sandman #10 (The Doll’s House).
Aside from the plot and pacing, the series’ visuals were spectacular and accurately depicted the world Gaiman had created in his books. The graphics and way the scenes are presented reveal his involvement in creating the series.
Only Netflix offers all 10 episodes of The Sandman for streaming.