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Recap of The Sandman Premiere: Neil Gaiman Adaptation by Netflix

The SandmanNetflix’s long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comics begins “in the waking world that mankind insists on to call the ‘real’ world as if your dreams had no effect on your decisions,” main character Morpheus tells us at the beginning of the series premiere.

As we watch a raven follow a horse-drawn carriage and then fly to another, otherworldly realm, Morpheus — aka Dream, aka Lord of The Dreaming, aka King of Dreams, aka about a million other names — adds, “There are more a life that awaits when you close your eyes and enter my Rich.”

Indeed, the 10 episodes of season one, which began streaming Friday, take viewers deep into the world of Dream, a once lush and prosperous playground (think giant golden doors to a kingdom where dragons frolic), the begins to crumble when its master leaves “haunting a rogue’s nightmare,” as he tells us—and is held for more than a century.

We want to know right away what you think of it The SandmanPremiere. But first a short summary:

Morpheus (played by sweet bitter‘s Tom Sturridge) sets out to capture the aforementioned nightmare, a serial killer with mouths where his eyes should be who goes by the name of The Corinthian (The fugitiveby Boyd Holbrook). Fans of the Vertigo comics will recognize the helmet, ruby, and sandbag that Morpheus grabs before bidding farewell to Lucienne, The Dreaming’s librarian (The witches“ Vivienne Acheampong). And he quickly follows The Corinthian to Berlin, where he’s about to put an end to the literal nightmare when we hear some chanting and Morpheus is swept elsewhere altogether.

the-sandman-premiere-recap-season-1-episode-1-netflix-burgessHe ends up naked and trapped in a mystical sphere summoned by a rich man named Roderick Burgess (game of Thrones‘ Charles Dance), who instead attempts to capture Dream’s sibling Death. (Oops!) The Corinthian heads to Burgess’s house to give the old man a few pointers. First, his accounts (the helm, the gem, and the pouch) can grant aspects of Dreams power to those who possess them. Second, no one can fall asleep in his presence or the Dreamlord will escape.

The next morning, due to Morpheus’ imprisonment, many people do not wake up from their night’s sleep. One of them is a young London girl named Unity Kincaid; She will become important to the story later in the season.

Burgess tries in vain to negotiate with Morpheus, but the otherworldly being does not speak to him. If we jump 10 years into the future, thanks to Morpheus’ accessories, Burgess has wealth, youth, and prosperity. He ends up impregnating a young woman named Ethel and then demands that she have an abortion. So she runs away… and takes Morpheus’ ruby ​​with her. We later see that she has a son named Johnny, who will also enter the story in a later episode.

Finally, the episode jumps far into the future when Burgess’ son Alex is an old man… who still has Morpheus imprisoned in this sphere. When Alex’s wheelchair accidentally rubs away some of the magic markers keeping Dream captive, the prisoner is able to put a guard to sleep, leading to a series of events ending with a vortex opening and Dream being sucked inside.

Shortly thereafter, Alex has a dream in which Morpheus gives him “eternal sleep,” says the dream lord, blowing sand in his face and condemning his captor to a nightmarish sleep from which he will never awaken. Elsewhere, The Corinthian – fresh from a murder that involved the victim’s eyes gouging out – knows exactly what happened. Still, he monologues, he won’t stop what he’s doing until he’s redesigned the world “to look just like me.”

the-sandman-premiere-recap-season-1-episode-1-netflixA severely weakened Morpheus returns to his realm, where Lucienne greets him happily…then gently tells him that her world and his palace “are not as you left them”.

That’s easy to say. The place is a wasteland! Lucienne explains that because he was gone for so long, the empire began to fall apart and many of its inhabitants left. But Dream vows to fix everything so dreams and nightmares won’t haunt the waking world. “I created this world once, Lucienne,” he says as the ramshackle, huge doors to The Dreaming close behind them. “I’ll make it again.”

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