‘The Sandman’ Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: ‘Imperfect Hosts’

The Sandman

Imperfect hosts

Season 1

Episode 2

Publisher Rating

2 stars

Photo: Netflix

I’m not going to lie, I’m already getting a little impatient with this show. the Sandman It seems to be going at an adaptation rate of one issue per episode, and we don’t have time for this. Netflix cancels shows too quickly – go to hell please.

Dream is back in his kingdom, but everything is screwed up. The Dream is a kingdom of fishermen: If the Dream is sad, it rains. If he is happy, little cartoon animals romp around. And if he’s not there, the world begins to fade. Dream needs to retrieve his tools, the ones Ethel Cripps stole when she escaped from Roderick Burgess. And in order to do that, he needs to strengthen himself by absorbing something that he has created. In the same way that he was trying to do with the Corinthian in episode one, Dream needs to do the same. infinity war Squeeze something to reabsorb it into itself. And sadly, all that’s left is a cute gargoyle named Gregory.

Kudos to the visual effects department for Gregory. not since the Twilight Saga Have I seen such an emotional CGI animal performance? And yes, I include the “live action” Lion King in that evaluation. I cried for Gregorio. Yes the Sandman were in Does the dog die?, the answer would be “yes”. Technically, gargoyles aren’t dogs, of course, but then why does this one come when called and play fetch, huh? Also, Gregory seems to understand what is going to happen to him, which is very annoying. Thank you, little gargoyle friend, for your sacrifice and the stakes you added to this otherwise very atmospheric episode.

Gregory is owned by Cain and Abel. You know, from the Bible. I am so happy to see these two monsters. Both Cain and Abel are legacy characters from DC, which have featured horror comics from the ’50s to the ’80s. Neil Gaiman added them to his story as a little nod to the past, the same way Jordan Peele cast Keith. david in Nope. In the Sandman, Cain and Abel together represent the first story. They have to recreate that first murder over and over and over again. Look at all the crosses in the House of Secrets; each is the tomb of Abel. Asim Chaudhry plays Abel with all the pathos and softboy energy he requires, but I could use more malevolence from Sanjeev Bhaskar’s Cain. That guy should be in full Joker mode 24/7.

Having dispatched Gregory, Morpheus is strong enough to swim through the dreams of the world to find the things he needs to bribe the Fates (and to find a replacement gargoyle for Cain and Abel). Here’s one example where the TV show definitely beats the comics: seeing a big arm of Morpheus take a crossroads of someone’s dream rules. Overall, the CGI has gotten in the way of gross. the Sandman it could be texturally. But making big pieces like this is worth it.

Suitably bribed with archetypal imagery, the Fates set Dream up for what the video game industry calls a quest quest. You know the type: an NPC needs three items, you run around the map to get them, then maybe you get a cool sword or something at the end. Dream discovers that his sand was bought by someone named Constantine, his rudder was taken by a demon, and his ruby ​​was passed from mother to son. So those are the next ordered episodes, then. In games, fetch missions are often filler, a way to increase the game hour count in reviews and get the player character to explore the setting more. I’m afraid this is what we’re prepared for as viewers in this episode. In the Simpson language, the Sandman you need to get to the fireworks factory now.

Speaking of that mother and her son, we get more insight into what Ethel Cripps has been doing with her absurdly long life. In the 90 or so years since she left England, Ethel has become an art thief, or maybe just a fence, taking the time to learn all sorts of languages ​​and get her hands on an amulet she can blow up. to his enemies. Good for her. Hating to see a girlboss win, the Corinthian visits Ethel’s hideout. He dishes out some vague threats, they both do a good object job with some cocktails, and he tries to bully her into revealing where Dream’s stuff has gone. doesn’t work (thanks, charm!) Joely Richardson plays Ethel with nerves of steel, and she thinks she can go toe-to-toe with an immortal serial killer.

After dispatching the Corinthian, Ethel visits her son, John, in his prison-psychiatric hospital. Portrayed by David Thewlis (also known as Remus Lupin), John is a scruffy teenager in a middle-aged body. Of course, he should be like 70 now. Perhaps the ruby ​​is slowing down his brain development in the same way that he is slowing down his aging. The small amount of time given to Ethel and John, two complex characters who have a lot going on, only underscores how blah protagonist Morpheus is. This is nothing to Tom Sturridge, who can get emotional like a motherfucker when he needs it, like in irma see. This is intrinsic to the character. The dream is undisturbed, and the essence of the story is the flutter. His whole thing is sub-emotion, which works great as a drawing, but can feel lifeless in real life at times. That’s why a live action would give It has never gotten past the fan-trailer stage. John Dee is the fireworks factory and we have to see him explode.

• Chaudhry is the focus of underused British characters and actors in this episode. Look at his season Foreman to see how anti-type this role is for him. See also all seasons of Foreman. What do the rules show?

• Well, a problem with the Corinthian: his fangs are never bright enough. I need chompers to shine like he’s got little Joe Bidens in his skull.

• One moment where Dream shows real conflict and emotion is when he tells Lucienne that her family must have known he was trapped and did nothing to help him. He’s salty about it

• Excited to see Johanna Constantine in the next episode, although I’m curious as to why she was chosen over John for this adaptation. Is it because Warner Bros. has bigger plans for the blonde bisexual Brit? Or is it because Alan Moore created the character and he can be quite rude when he plays with his toys? I could see Gaiman using the spinning wheel counterpart he created, instead of Moore’s, as a kindness to an old friend.

• It’s an LOL that Cain and Abel, two characters who predate Jesus (both in Christian scripture and because in Sandman tradition, they have been around since the first time one single-celled organism killed another), they wear crosses in their giant graveyard. Also, why does Cain dig a new grave every time? Just keep one and reuse it, like that open grave in Los Angeles that gets recycled in all the TV shows and movies. Work smarter, not harder, Cain.

• Vivienne Acheampong is doing her best with Lucienne, but right now she’s little more than an exposure supply device.

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