The Sandman season 1, episode 1 review, recap, and analysis: ‘Sleep of the Just’

The Sandman was never going to be an easy comic to adapt. Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece – and the saga remains, for this reviewer’s money, his finest work in any medium – is such a tangled knot of plot threads, stories within stories and allusions to literature, mythology, art, and other culture that it defies easy translation . You can’t change things too much without losing what makes Sandman Sandman, but likewise, it’s impossible to simply stick it all up on the screen.

Or so we thought, because here we are, with the first episode of Netflix’s much anticipated new show and not only is it pretty good, it’s also very close to the comic that inspired it. There are a few tweaks here and there, but if you ever read and fell in love with the doomy gothic vibe of The Sandman then it’s hard to imagine you not enjoying at least this episode.

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