The Sandman, a legendary comic book series, was ever tried by Hollywood, but the results were always the same: It's too weird, it's too complicated, and it's just too unadaptable. However, Gaiman maintained that the dream, particularly for screen adaptations, was not necessary because he didn't have to make major changes to the core text. Together, the three developed the The Sandman TV series that is now available on Netflix.
The Sandman, a streaming program that was created by Warner Bros. Television with Heinberg as the showrunner, is a faithful and loving adaptation of a comic that many are fond of, without making any serious errors that would harm the whole company. However, Gaiman's legacy is certainly there, and it's wise not to dismiss it.
Dream, a godlike being who governs humans in the nighttime dreams, is introduced early by a comic book character (Charles Dance), who is later caught in the wrong god in his basement. Third, a particularly nasty resident of The Dreaming, named the Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), has gone on a murder spree. And fourth, a young woman named Rose Walker (Kyo Ra) has been identified as a Dream Vortex.
The Sandman's Room is a pleasant surprise, as Dream has a few minor flaws. His impossibly blackened eyes are encased in jagged black dialogue bubbles, and he's able to bring him to vivid life in a compelling way.
The Sandman, which features a perfectly cast Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, and Issue #13, "Men of Good Fortune," that features Dream as Death and develops a special friendship with him over the decades. The seventh episode, in particular, is emotionally resonant at a high level.
Others are superior in quality, but never fall short of a point where you would begin to question the whole show. One common complaint might be that the Rose Walker/Dream Vortex arc that closes out the season ends up being the show's weakest, and it's true those episodes suffer from some tonal deficiencies as well as a few performances by actors who aren't as experienced as, say, Dance or Thewlis. There are also some roles that are so brief that they can't be
The Sandman's so-far-unannounced second season might help deepen and enrich some characters that didn't develop fully during the first round but still have significant roles to play. And, as based on the number of intrigues Heinberg, Gaiman, and company use throughout these ten episodes, it's clear everyone involved is hoping to have a chance to further expand this world.
Season 1 of The Sandman is now available on Netflix. All 10 episodes were previously available for review.