“From start to finish, this episode is an ocular treat for any fan of The Sandman,” Says Steve in his review of Netflix’s hot new series!
Let me begin by saying that I have been looking forward to Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman for a long time. I am a big fan of the Neil Gaiman-penned Sandman comics. I remember reading them for the first time back in the early 90s. The characters were intriguing. The writing was fascinating. The artwork was stunning. Everything about those stories was great. So when it was announced that they were making a TV series based on those stories, I was both skeptical and excited. Excited that we were getting a live-action version of those wonderful stories but worried that they would screw them up.
I had heard whispers that the first season, or at the very least the first few episodes were to be based on the Preludes and Nocturnes story arc. Which I was really happy about because it is my favorite story arc from the series.
SLEEP OF THE JUST
The first season was released in its entirety on Netflix on August 5. So far I have only watched the first episode, ‘Sleep of the Just’ so I will be keeping my review limited to that episode. I am not disappointed with the direction they are taking with this show based on what I saw in the first episode. It is as I had been told based on the Preludes story arc and while it is not a word-for-word or scene-by-scene exact replication, I am really loving this interpretation.
Let’s talk about casting. Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, aka Dream, is perfect casting. He plays that part so well. He has the right look and the right speech patterns. And he embodies the Morpheus from the comics. Charles Dance as Magus aka Roderick Burgess was also perfect. Dance in general has played some great antagonists in his movies and his casting as the antagonist in this first episode was inspired. Boyd Holbrook was really good as The Corinthian as well. While I’m not familiar with any of Holbrook’s previous work, I think he is going to make the Corinthian an antagonist that people are going to be talking about for years.
The visuals in the show are incredible. From start to finish, this episode is an ocular treat for any Sandman fan. Based on what I have seen so far, the creators of this show have done a great job in recreating DC Vertigo’s 1990s-era fantasy series. I feel like the creators loved what they are doing and it shows in the product we are getting.
The Sandman is off to a great start and I can’t wait to finish the rest of the season. Catch it on Netflix right now!
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