Dream – Lord Morpheus of the Dreaming, The Sandman himself – has been captured outside his kingdom and imprisoned. During his imprisonment, his tools containing his essence and power have been sold, lost, or traded to demons. The barriers between the waking and dream worlds has been overrun without their protector. Biding his time, Dream waits in his cell for his captors to make a mistake so that he can escape and return to his kingdom.
I went into The Sandman completely blind. All I knew was that it was a Neil Gaiman original IP of some sort, but that was it. I was looking for something to break up the monotony of New Girl for a few days and thought I should give this a chance. The poster didn’t get me, the trailer didn’t get me, the names attached didn’t get me. But within 25 minutes of the first episode, I was suitably hooked. I don’t binge watch tv shows hardly ever, and even more rarely do I watch more than 2 (hour long) episodes of any show in one day. But I watched 9 hours of The Sandman in one Sunday afternoon with Ashley and it was one of the best Sundays I’ve ever had. Each episode lead into the next wonderfully
Incredibly interesting world building and fantastic character performances are launched at the audience in rapid succession, with just enough mystery left to keep my interest. Season one has thematic twists and turns that make it incredibly satisfying from a multitude of perspectives. There is also an amazingly diverse cast with talented performances from everyone involved.
The Sandman has not yet been greenlit for a second season, but hopes are high based on what showrunner Allan Heinberg had to say to Rolling Stone. In the meantime, I’ll definitely be buying a few books to satisfy my curiosity about the universe.