Fans of Neil Gaiman’s dark cult hit comic, The Sandman, endured a three-decade wait for a TV adaption.
But the current golden age of blockbuster TV seems the perfect time to unleash this lavish Gothic fantasy of gods and demons, dreams and nightmares.
The Sandman will easily stand alongside upcoming big-budget series House Of The Dragon and Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power, albeit as their brooding older sibling.
It begins in 1916 when the Lord of Dreams, Morpheus/The Sandman (a sulky Tom Sturridge is brilliantly cast here), is mistakenly captured by sinister ‘magus’ played by Charles Dance.
The magus had hoped to capture Dream’s brother, Death, in order to resurrect his eldest son who perished during wartime.
Dream refuses to indulge his captor, and spends half the episode imprisoned with a face that looks like he’s just seen his latest energy bill. He escapes a century later to find his realm of dreams in desolation.
The mission to restore his kingdom, and with it the fate of mortals, spans the human world and majestic fantasy realms where he’s helped an hindered by a fantastic cast that includes Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis and Gwendoline Christie as a magnificent Lucifer.
Judging by the praise lavished on it from fans and critics alike, The Sandman’s dark and epic adaption was worth the wait.
The Sandman, Netflix
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