The Sandman S1E2 TV REVIEW: New elements, expanded roles bring new depth to Gaiman's classic tale.

I was going to find a new banner image, but this is just too perfect to replace.

Last episode, on the world's latest obsession, Netflix's The Sandman: Morpheus, AKA Dream of the Endless, AKA the titular Sandman was having a rather rough day. While out doing his job dreaming things, he was trapped by a petty hedge wizard named Roderick Burgess. After spending over a century in a fishbowl, Dream was finally able to break free... but it seems his realm has had a rather tough time of things, while he's been away.

In estate agent terms, this place is "A bit of a fixer upper"

And so begins Episode 2! This time around, Dream must gather the tools stolen from him, during his time locked up. But, before he can set off, he must have a destination, and before he can begin that particular quest... he's going to need a quick pick-me-up.

This can only end happily, right?

Episode 1 of The Sandman felt like it had all but leapt straight off the page. Many shots felt like they were practically lifted right from the panels that inspired them.

Episode 2 is where things start to get a bit more lively! This is where The Sandman starts feeling less like a hyper-focused recreation and starts to truly become an ADAPTATION. Bringing in new elements and expanding on roles that previously had been... less than fleshed out.

In the original Comics, 'The Corinthian' (brought to life on screen by the perfectly cast Boyd Holbrook), is a whisper. Mentioned on occasion, but not really SEEN until "The Doll's House". Thankfully, Netflix have decided to expand on his role a little, alongside fellow scene stealer Ethel Cripps (who will live forever as the irreplaceable Joely Richardson), whose prior role involved giving birth to John Dee, and then dying off screen.

The standout scene for me this episode, features these two former side-characters, verbally jousting in Cripps' swanky Buffalo apartment. Bouncing back and forth between flirting and threatening, you realise that while we might have THOUGHT we wanted to see this comic brought to the screen without a single panel changed...

What we REALLY wanted, was to see this comic that has been so near and dear to our hearts for decades, gaining a new life, in a new media. It's ironic, really; the theme of change, and the fear it evokes, in one that runs throughout The Sandman. So, it's understandable that the fans might share a little of that trepidation. But, much like our favourite Robert Smith Cosplayer Morpheus, I think we all need to understand that sometimes, when they're executed by people that know what they're doing and love the source material just as much, if not more, than we do... change can in fact be pretty awesome.

Also, if I don't get a Goldie plushy soon, I'm going to lose my freakin' mind.

And speaking of mind-blowing, don't forget to stick around and watch the credits. Not only does it give you a chance to see all the awesome people who made this show possible, BUT, you also get a chance to check out the unique outro animations, made for each episode by the man, the myth, the legend, Dave McKean, brilliant cover artist of The Sandman comic. Well worth sticking around for!

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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