The Sandman Season 1, based on Neil Gaiman’s popular comic book series, is finally available on Netflix. The long-awaited series received mixed reactions from comic book fans as well as newcomers to the Sandman universe. In this review, we’re going to take a look at The Sandman season 1 and what it did right and what it did wrong.
First of all, The Sandman is a difficult story to adapt. The comic series is known for its intricate plots, surreal imagery, and philosophical reflections on life, death, and everything in between. These are all elements that are difficult to translate to screen, especially in a medium as limited as television. However, The Sandman showrunners have done an admirable job of bringing Gaiman’s world to life.
Season 1 of The Sandman spans the first eight issues of the comic series and introduces us to the Endless, a group of divine beings who embody various concepts such as death, desire, and destiny. The series follows Dream, also known as Morpheus, the lord of dreams, as he is captured by a group of human occultists and held captive for 70 years. When she finally escapes, she sets out to take back her kingdom and restore order to the dream realm.
One of the highlights of The Sandman is its cast. Tom Sturridge gives a compelling portrayal of Dream, conveying both his supernatural powers and his vulnerability as a being who has been imprisoned for so long. The supporting cast are equally impressive, with Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, all bringing their A-game to their respective roles.
Another highlight of The Sandman is the production design. The show is visually stunning, with each episode featuring stunning sets, costumes and special effects. Particularly impressive are the dream sequences, where the showrunners use a combination of practical and digital effects to create a surreal and immersive world.
Where The Sandman falls short, though, is in its pacing. The first few episodes are slow and overexposed, with little action or excitement to keep the viewer engaged. It’s only midway through the season that the plot really picks up steam, and even then the show can feel bogged down by its own mythology.
Another problem with The Sandman is the handling of certain characters and stories. The show features an array of characters and storylines that will be familiar to comic book fans but are often overlooked or simplified in ways that may disappoint die-hard fans. Also, the series’ treatment of certain characters like John Constantine and Doctor Destiny feels rushed and underdeveloped.
In summary, The Sandman is a visually stunning and well-acted adaptation of one of the most popular comic series of all time.