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The Sandman S1E1 TV REVIEW: Light on The Sandman, heavy on the quality.

The gloriously perfect assembled cast of TV's newest JUGGERNAUT.

It's safe to say I'm a rather large fan of Neil Gaiman's Magnum Opus The Sandman: ten 'core' graphic novels, and enough satellite comics to justify its rather grand current title of "The Sandman Universe". While other books may have inspired me to start writing, The Sandman was the series that inspired HOW I wanted to write. It's a series I've read more times than I would care to admit, and still, every time I pick up a volume, I feel like I take something new from the series.

This is my long-winded and somewhat rambling way of saying: I was EXCEEDINGLY excited when they announced that The Sandman was getting a live-action adaption.

So, naturally, the moment Season 1 went live, I devoured the whole thing all at once. Because who are we, to resist the call of The Dreaming?

And so, to Episode 1. Here's the funny thing, about episode 1 . . .

This shot is traced from The Sandman #1.

Despite being the title character, and the main focus of the series, Morpheus, AKA Dream, AKA The Sandman, doesn't really DO a huge amount in episode one.

Imprisoned by an ambitious occultist, Morpheus of The Endless spends over a century trapped in a glass cage, silently observing his captors, and seething at the indignity of his situation.

Look at him. Look at him SEETHE!

That is not to say that the episode is dull, however. It is, in fact, one of the best first episodes I've seen in a VERY long time. Packed with spectacular performances, and laying so many plot threads in place, this episode has something important occurring in just about every scene.

What impressed me most about the first episode of The Sandman was the quality of it all. The Sandman has long been considered un-filmable, and for good reason. Lavish, gothic, and truly transcendental, this is a series based on a comic that touches on what it means to be human, while exploring realms of dream, that shift and change like. . . well, like sand.

But, somehow, the tv producers have managed to refine the twisting netherscape of Gaiman's reality into something that feels both ethereal and grounded at the same time. Telling a story of loss, revenge, and heartbreak on a cosmic level, but making it feel so human that you can't help but feel—deeply—for all these characters, even though you've only just met them all.

The Sandman Season 1 is available now on Netflix. And if you can't wait for the rest of the epic tale of Morpheus, you can read ahead at your Local Comic Shop.


For Season 1, check out:

The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Noctures (1989, By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcom Jones III )

The Sandman Volume 2: The Doll's House (1989, By Neil Gaiman, Kelley Shawn, Jones McManus, Mike Dringenberg, and Colleen Doran)


Taheg Gloder is a Freelance Copywriter from England. Obsessed with comics and Manga since his teens, he now splits his time between writing comic reviews and retrospectives for POP, and doing reactions on his YouTube Channel, The Dragon & The Hound. He lives alone, because he’s a hermit.

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