Summary of the premiere of ‘The Sandman’: Netflix’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman

The SandmanNetflix’s long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comics begins “in the waking world, which humanity insists on.” calling the world ‘real,’ as if your dreams have no effect on the decisions you make,” main character Morpheus tells us at the top of the series premiere.

As we watch a raven follow a horse-drawn carriage and then fly off to another otherworldly realm, Morpheus aka Dream aka Lord of The Dreaming aka King of Dreams aka a zillion other names, adds: “There is another life that awaits you when you close your eyes and enter me kingdom.”

In fact, the 10 episodes of season 1 that began airing Friday take viewers into the world of Dream, a once lush and rich playground (think giant golden gates to a kingdom where dragons cavort). which begins to unravel when its lord leaves “to pursue a rogue nightmare”. ”, As he tells us, and he is detained for more than a century.

In a moment, we want to know what you thought The Sandmanpremiere of But first, a quick recap:

Morpheus (played by Bitter sweet‘s Tom Sturridge) sets off to catch the aforementioned nightmare, a serial killer with mouths where his eyes should be who calls himself The Corinthian (The fugitiveby Boyd Holbrook). Fans of the Vertigo comics will recognize the helm, ruby, and sandbag that Morpheus grabs before saying goodbye to The Dreaming’s librarian, Lucienne (The witchesVivienne Acheampung). And she quickly tracks down The Corinthian to Berlin, where she’s about to put an end to the literal nightmare when we hear some chanting and Morpheus is dragged somewhere else entirely.

He ends up naked and trapped in a mystical sphere, conjured up by a wealthy man named Roderick Burgess (game of Thrones‘ Charles Dance), who attempts to capture Dream’s brother Death instead. (Oops!) The Corinthian heads over to the Burgess house to give the old man some advice. First, his beads (helm, gem, and bag) can bring aspects of Dream’s power to those who possess them. Second, no one can fall asleep in his presence, or the dream lord will escape.

The next morning, as a result of Morpheus’ imprisonment, a group of people do not wake up from their night’s sleep. One of them is a young Londoner 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 her. When we jump ahead 10 years, Burgess has wealth, youth, and prosperity thanks to Morpheus accessories. He eventually impregnates a young woman named Ethel and then demands that he abort her. So he runs away from her…and takes Morpheus’s ruby ​​with her. We later see that he has a son named Johnny, who will also figure into the story in a later episode.

Eventually, the episode jumps to the future, when Burgess’s son, Alex, is an old man… who still has Morpheus locked up in that sphere. When Alex’s wheelchair accidentally erases some of the magical markings holding Dream captive, the prisoner is able to put a guard to sleep, leading to a series of events that end with a vortex opening and Dream being sucked in. for him.

Soon after, Alex has a dream in which Morpheus gives him the gift of “eternal sleep,” the dream lord says, blowing sand in his face and condemning his captor to a nightmare-filled sleep from which he will never wake. Elsewhere, The Corinthian, recently murdered in which the victim’s eyes were gouged out, knows exactly what happened. Still, monologue, he’s not going to stop what he’s doing until he’s reshaped the world “so he looks like me.”

the-sandman-premiere-summary-season-1-episode-1-netflixMorpheus, greatly weakened, returns to his kingdom where Lucienne happily greets him… then gently tells him that his world and his palace “are not as you left them.”

That is putting it lightly. The place is a wasteland! Lucienne explains that because she was away for so long, the kingdom began to fall apart and many of its residents have left. But Dream promises to fix everything, so dreams and nightmares don’t prey on the waking world. “I made this world once, Lucienne,” she says as the giant, decrepit doors of The Dreaming sweepstakes close behind them. “I’ll do it again.”

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