I've only watched the first episode and it was pretty boring, but relatively faithful to the comic. I don't particularly like the CGI. The actor playing Dreams physically fits the role, but i find the voice horribly annoying (gravelly voice is so 2008) and his general presence to be veryI've only watched the first episode and it was pretty boring, but relatively faithful to the comic. I don't particularly like the CGI. The actor playing Dreams physically fits the role, but i find the voice horribly annoying (gravelly voice is so 2008) and his general presence to be very underwhelming. I haven't decided if I will watch more because it just made me want to re-read the comics, which are very good, and this show is very much not great.…Expand
I had low expectations and I have not been let down. I am currently slogging through the third episode and, I may revisit this review, if I manage to finish the whole show.
It is worth mentioning, that I am a massive Sandman comics fan and I have quite an emotional connection with theI had low expectations and I have not been let down. I am currently slogging through the third episode and, I may revisit this review, if I manage to finish the whole show.
It is worth mentioning, that I am a massive Sandman comics fan and I have quite an emotional connection with the source material. The way it was „improved” has not irked me, cause it was exactly as one would expect in the current year, given the company that has released the show. In a way, „predictable” is a very apt word for the show. It is a typical Netflix slop, wearing a skinsuit of its brilliant source material. There’s a lot of CGI, subwoofer sound effects and questionable casting choices. The dialogues are as one would predict in the current year, ticking all the boxes. The race and gender swaps are as one would predict in the current year, ticking all the boxes.
The original comic storyline is relentlessly blended into a script that is both hectic and sluggish. The showrunners rush straight off the gate blending comic episodes one to five into just the first two episodes. The time saved on character development is spent on charmlessly introducing many altered characters. Anybody, who has seen more than one Netflix show, will easily recoginse them all. They are the typical cast of corporate archetypes, wearing some semblance of persons mentioned in the Sandman comics.
The main character is played by an actor, who looks great on stills and handles well Morpheus’s aloofness, bar his gravitas. A pleasant stand-out so far is the Cain and Able’s actors, whose storyline follows the original well thus far and are as one would imagine them reading the comic. Rest of the characters are either ephemerae with little screen time, or charisma voids readng the Netflix script, not bothered with the setting all that much, Charles Dance, for example, belongs to the former cathegory. For an actor mentioned all over the promotional material, he gets less than five minutes of presence in the entire show leaving it with a whimper. Constantinette is the example of later. She is a token girlboss, damned be the setting. Her presence is justified by showing the original constantine as a drunk, bumbling loser laying on the floor in stupor. She also puts out a stereotypical cockney accent, has a gun and has a house full of artifacts pertaining to daemons, so she is THE Constantine in the show. Also, as opposed to the comic Constantine, she has no moments of weakness or levity. She is always coldly in total control of every situation she is in.
As said previously - predictable.
She is one of many swapped characters, and I can only expect such quality in the future ones too, would I decide to continue watching. A character, I am hopeful for is Dr D. While some of his particulars were changed likely due to copyright disputes, he plays a bitter madman quite well thus far. An absolute nightmare (!) is the Corynthian. He makes an excellent lesser villain appearing later in the comic, where his aura of threat and dread is built by his sparse appearances - only to visit horrible (PG 18+ and a media outrage) violence upon others. In the show, he is the major vilain, and a sort of evil Yoda/Gandalf type of character, who appears to give the villain of the episode (and likely the viewer) exposition on what in the hell is happening and summarise character’s motivations. Also, as opposed to being a gruesome monstrosity of the original, he is just a dude. Kind of wacky, bumbling type of bloke, wearing a funny hat to boot. We know he is evil, cause he explicitly says he has an evil plan and he flashes his monstrous eyes, even though he takes no action to prove it. Well, he comes to villains’ houses gives them quick rundowns on story thus far. Ah, and yes. He gets girlbossed too. Big time.
Warts and all, he seems to be doing a crucial service to new viewers. No person, without the knowledge of the original, would physically be able to follow the plot. It is a convoluted mess with an avalanche of bland characters doing things for reasons in places. Speaking of places, good half of them are Netflix-quality CGI and more than half of them (especially the physical ones) are in the absolute abyssal darkness. I believe the lightman needs to either be fired, or given a raise. Due to his work, Netflix could hire just five actors to play everybody in the same office room and no viewer would notice the difference. The savings man offers, may deserve him a larger cut of the revenue.
If I was to extrapolate, from what I have seen thus far, I believe the show will go down the Witcher route and become a Netflix background play#4134 subverting the expectation and roaming free of the original material.
All in all, I am still debating, whether to continue watching or not. On one hand hand, I do not want to remember my beloved series as what it had been made into. On the other hand,the corporate Sandman does what he does best. Puts people to sleep.…Expand
Like the worst of series, The Sandman draws you in in the first couple of episodes, then draws out characters in a tedious and lengthy manner before evolving into a children's TV series. By the eighth episode I was skipping through each episode for any sign of improvement. Sadly there was none!
Gotta serve the message. Hey Hollywood.... Stop... We the people knew the message long before you started clinging onto it for clout. We don't need to be made to like lgb... People. We got this tolerance and acceptance thing. All on our own. Stop it..