The second episode of The Sandman Season 1 serves as a transition between the preface and the start of Morpheus’ journey because The Sandman Season 1’s first episode introduces the tale for the remainder of the season. Imperfect Hosts, the second episode, which was based on The Sandman #2, introduced new characters and established their storylines for the season.
Dream eventually made it back to the Dreaming, where he encountered Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong), who was waiting for him. He lacked the power to repair his domain, which was in ruins, lest he discover his tools.
Other characters that were introduced in this episode included the fictionalised portrayals of the biblical brothers Cain (Sanjeev Bhaskar) and Abel (Asim Chaudhary), the over-a-hundred-year-old Ethel Cripps (Joely Richardson) and her institutionalised son John (David Thewlis), as well as the Fates (Nina Wadia, Souad Faress, and Dinita Gohil), or the
The Sandman Season 1 Episode 2: Imperfect Hosts
Morpheus needed to call the Fates for assistance in locating his tools because he was helpless without them. The three goddesses, however, never provided a clear response, as Lucienne had forewarned, and calling them proved to be an expensive endeavour.
Morpheus came to the realisation that he could reclaim some of his abilities using a creation he had made in a dream. The epiphany led him to the dream interpretation of Cain and Abel, the dysfunctional siblings whom Morpheus had given a pet gargoyle named Gregory, the first killer and the first victim. Their relationship offered some lighthearted comic relief to the drama of the play.
By transforming Gregory into sand, Morpheus regained some of his power and gathered the necessary gifts to call upon the Fates. The three women did respond to his inquiries regarding his three tools, but the ambiguous responses made Dream’s journey longer still. However, when they informed him that Johanna Constantine was with his sand pouch, he knew where to start.
The Sandman’s second episode included a different story that was initially unconnected to Morpheus. Ethel Cripps, who was Roderick Burgess’ lover in the first episode, was now over a century old and a well-known art merchant in New York.
She had been hiding the fact that she had traded Dream’s weapons for the Amulet of Protection, which had kept her alive. Even when Corinthian tried to force her to reveal the location of the ruby that her son John had stolen, she used it to fend him off and send him back to the Dreaming.
After then, viewers were sent to a mental health facility where Ethel had admitted her son after he had stolen the ruby from her. The son of Ethel and Roderick Burgess is portrayed by the legendary David Thewlis.
The Sandman Season 1 Episode 2 dims in comparison to the first episode
When it comes to production costs, the Netflix adaptation has made no compromises. Every episode captures viewers’ attention with its amazing presentation, from the building to the graphics. In contrast to the previous episode, where Tom Sturridge hardly had any dialogue, this one gave viewers their first opportunity to hear Morpheus speak, with a raspy, melancholy voice that was ideal for his dark role.
The 37-minute episode, which was the shortest in The Sandman Season 1, established the turning points in Morpheus’ journey. The plot felt a little hazy, with many of the plot points appearing unclear, especially to those who are not familiar with the comics, and it lacked the magnetism of the first episode.
There will, however, be no instant gratification when it comes to explanations for the various enigmatic aspects of the series, as is evident from the adaptation. Should the show continue, some questions might not be resolved until the second or third season.
On August 5, 2022, The Sandman Season 1 made its Netflix debut. All episodes are currently streamable.