The Sandman S1E10 REVIEW: The walls come tumbling down in the season finale.

Updated: Oct 8


I'd like to use a different banner. But if I did, I think The Corinthian would kill me.

Last week, on the world's Number 1 show, we attended the second worst Con in the world (behind LFCC), Cereal Con. A convention for a small group of people, who like to call themselves The Collectors... a group known to the rest of the world as serial killers.


And, of course, Rose Walker is drawn there. Because not only are her powers as The Vortex of Dreaming drawing her to Fiddler's Green and The Corinthian, but also her brother is there and trying his best not to get 'collected'.


And now, we reach the epic conclusion of this second arc, and the Vortex faces its fated end...

One of these two needs to stop throwing a tantrum, and accept their fate. The other is Rose Walker.

They say, because it's the last thing you're going to remember from the meal, that dessert is the most important course. It doesn't matter if the rest of the meal was perfection, if the dessert leaves a bad taste in your mouth, it ruins the whole experience.


I have a similar theory, about season finale. I've seen a number of shows that have been excellent throughout, but have delivered a lacklustre final and it's killed my enjoyment of the whole series. Conversely, I've seen a number of shows that have delivered mixed seasons, but saved themselves with a strong last episode.


The Sandman is absolutely in that second category. I've had my issues with their adaption of "The Doll's House", but as they bring the story to a close in episode 10, they absolutely NAIL it. (or should that be, Neil it?)


Dream's showdown with The Corinthian, that constant thorn in his side, is everything we could have hoped. From Boyd's amazing speech to The Collectors, to his clash with Dream, and then Dream's quiet fury towards the Con attendees, everything about that conclusion is exactly how I could have wanted it. Seeing the broken, wretched souls fleeing the hotel, and seeing them crushed beneath the weight of all they've done. It's an odd mixture of thrilling and chilling; seeing these clear villains get their comeuppance is obviously a treat, but seeing what some of them do, when stripped of their delusions...


And then, we have the real body of the episode. The climax of Rose Walker's tale! Her powers as The Vortex have reached their peak, and The Dreaming is like putty in her hands.


It's every bit as fantastical as we could have hoped. Once again, I find myself with nothing but praise for Kyo Ra (Rose), who manages to get better and better with each episode and delivers her best performance, right when she needed it.


I do like that the writers gave Rose a little more agency in this show than in the comics, where Rose as the Vortex is very much a McGuffin. Her job is to turn up, vortexes all over the place and then toddle off to what comes next...


But in the show, she's a lot more active, gaining confidence (and just a smidgen of arrogance) as her powers grow, before learning a little humility, right when it's needed.


Which, if you think about it, is a perfect mirror to the journey Dream goes on. Except of course, it takes ten volumes for him to reach the same destination...


And if you want to see him take that journey, then remember to bug Netflix to #RenewSandman


RECOMMENDED READING:


For Season 1, check out:


The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (1989, By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm 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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