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Review- The Sandman Eps. 2-5

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Following on from the events of Episode 1, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, sees Morpheus return home…

Ep. 2: Imperfect Hosts

Morpheus returns to his kingdom the Dreaming, but things are not how he left them. He visits Cain (Sanjeev Bhaskar) and Abel (Asim Chaudhry) and summons the Fate Mothers (Nina Wadia, Souad Faress, Dinita Gohil) to help him find his lost totems.

Verdict: 8/10. There are many nice touches through the episode including having The Dream by Pablo Picasso on the wall in Ethel Cripp’s apartment. The relationship between Cain and Abel is also a big plus for this episode. This is another visually striking episode that keeps up the pace of the story and allows the viewer in Morpheus’ world a little deeper.

 

Ep. 3: Dream a Little Dream of Me

Morpheus wants his pouch back so looks for Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman) who he believes has it. We also catch up with Ethel Cripps (Joely Richardson) who has prolonged her life with a protection amulet. She visits her son John (David Thewlis), who currently resides in an institution in Buffalo, New York. John is obsessed with Morpheus’ ruby.

Verdict: 8/10. I was initially worried about John Constantine becoming Johanna Constantine (due to DC owning the character and Gaiman owning Sandman) but Jenna Coleman put my worries aside and has walked full on into this role aiming to stomp through any criticism. She even has her own interpretation of the trench coat. Let is see how this develops.

 

Ep. 4: A Hope in Hell

Morpheus travels to Hell in a quest for his helm and meets its ruler Lucifer Morningstar (Gwendoline Christie). Meanwhile, Rosemary (Sarah Niles) nearly over runs John, she agrees to help him but soon regrets her decision…

Verdict: 8/10. Coleman continues to thrive as Johanna, whilst Gwendoline Christie finally gets her share of centre stage for herself. The battle between Lucifer and Morpheus plays out in a way that will draw in near viewers as well as comic book fans. Whilst we all feel increasingly concerned for Sarah Niles’ Rosemary as the plot unfolds.

 

Ep. 5: 24/7

John, now in possession of Morpheus’ ruby, visits a local 24-hour diner. John aims to conduct a test for his theory about truth and lies on the staff and patrons within the diner…

Verdict: 8/10. Readers will know that this was a brutally disgusting chapter of the comic book so seeing how it unfolds on screen was intriguing. Whilst the nightmare of what a “better world” would be like is captured here in this episode by director Jamie Childs (although some bits have been left out), I feel the intensity and claustrophobia of the chapter was lacking. That’s not to say what was in the episode was bad, it just played safer than I expected it too.

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