The Sandman is an American fantasy drama television series based on Neil Gaiman’s 1989-1996 DC Comics comic book of the same name.
The series was created by Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg for the streaming service Netflix and is produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.
The Sandman, like the comic, tells the story of the titular Sandman, Dream/Morpheus. The series stars Tom Sturridge as the title character, with Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, and Patton Oswalt in supporting roles.
The Sandman’s First Ending Explained
The first ending of The Sandman season 1 was in episode 5, “24/7,” a nightmarish tale in which Morpheus faced his final confrontation with John Dee.
Dee used the dream stone to alter reality into a world where “no one ever lies,” after corrupting the Sandman’s ruby so that only John could wield it.
This was Dee’s twisted retaliation against his own mother, Ethel Cripps (Joely Richardson), whom John blamed for lying to him his entire life and having him institutionalized for decades.
Dee manipulated and murdered people in a New York diner, and he began fracturing reality until Morpheus confronted him.
Of course, John Dee had plans to rule both the Dreaming and the waking world, and he possessed more power than the Sandman thanks to the ruby. Dee’s fatal error was assuming he destroyed Dream, and thus John destroyed the ruby.
This inadvertently returned the dormant power Morpheus imbued in the ruby to him, and Dream emerged fully restored and more powerful than he had been in eons since placing so much of his essence in his tools of office.
Dream’s punishment for John Dee was to place him in an endless sleep back in his asylum, and the king of dreams repaired reality and restored the Dreaming to its majestic state.
However, in The Sandman episode 6, Dream became despondent after his quest was completed, until Death reminded him of his role in serving all dreamers in the waking world.
The Episode Review
With only the first two volumes of The Sandman adopted, it will be interesting to see where this franchise goes from here.
Some of the changes made to the source material will divide opinions, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this split down the middle between those who love it and those who despise it.
Personally, I prefer the former, with the story faithfully adapting and embracing what The Sandman is all about.
Some of the dialogue is clunky at times, and not all episodes have worked, such as the switch from John Constantine to Johanna Constantine in both the past and present.
Overall, The Sandman has been an enjoyable watch, and you can tell there was a lot of care put into this project to at least stay true to the original vision of this story. This is, of course, aided by Neil Gaiman’s involvement in the project.
Given the star power involved and the amount of source material still to be adapted, it will be interesting to see what happens to this show. For the time being, The Sandman leaves on a high note, with plenty of possibilities for the future.