I have been a huge fan of The Sandman for years. I have read and reread the comics and have done much of the Endless content for TGON. I was so excited about the series coming out, but I had high expectations. Neil Gaiman is the kind of talented writer that you can “see” while you read, and the art was a big help, but the mind filled it more. You know what I mean. Anyway, I wanted to see the characters I know and love come to life. I wanted to be wowed by the sets. I also wanted to see the comics’ scenes come true.
From the trailers, I was floored. I was drooling over them and more excited than ever. I was hooked in the opening scene. They did amazing with the ceremony that trapped Dream (Tom Sturridge) and that whole sequence. After that, I was trapped into watching the rest. The walls and gates of the Dreaming were incredible. I was in awe. Hell was breathtaking. The crumbled dreaming was fantastic.
I got to see iconic scenes from the comics in the show, and it made me giddy. Everything from the comics was there and fleshed out in such a cool way to make the story full and addicting. One of my favorite iconic scenes from the comics is when Dream is splayed suspended in the air, and all you can see is his silhouette. Yes, please!
I was afraid I was not going to like Lucifer being Gwendoline Christie and John Constantine, having turned into Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman). I was also afraid I wasn’t going to like Death. The biggest reason I was worried I wouldn’t like a female Lucifer or Constantine was not only it was a difference from the source material but mainly because it cuts off tying the Sandman Universe to the rest of the established DC Universe. It cuts out Tom Ellis’s Lucifer and Matt Ryan’s Constantine, and that makes me sad. I was mistaken. They did so well that I forgot I was sorry about no tie-in. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like Death because she does not look like the Death of the comics. I was proven wrong again. Death ( Kirby Howell-Baptiste) was brought to life so wonderfully that I didn’t care about the difference in appearance. To be fair, deviations in character looks sometimes are very hard for me to get past. It was one reason I didn’t like Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle.
Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong) did beautifully in the Lucien role. The back and for between Morpheus and Lucienne was perfect. Desire (Mason Alexander Park) was stunning. Both in looks and just being Desire. I believed Mason was Desire. I was so happy to see Merv. I cheered when I saw him.
Do I think you should watch this? YES!! Go watch it if you haven’t already. If you don’t know where to find it, Netflix. Hurry on over. Have you watched it? What are your thoughts? I want to open a discussion. Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, have fun storming the castle!