It was great to finally see the much-celebrated comic books being adapted into a satisfying and intricate series with ten solid episodes packed with good pacing and thrills galore.
Directors Jamie Childs, Andrés Baiz, Louise Hooper, Mairzee Almas, Mike Barker, and Coralie Fargeat did brilliant work breathing life into these characters, which were first created by the ingenious Neil Gaiman.
Gaiman was in the writing room for this Netflix production. On screenplay were David S. Goyer, Allan Heinberg, Jim Campolongo, Austin Guzman, Ameni Rozsa, Lauren Bello, Heather Bellson, Alexander Newman-Wise, Vanessa James Benton, and Jay Franklin, all of whom did excellent and diligent work transferring these decades-old characters from page to screen.
David Buckley's musical scoring more than set the perfect 'dark' note in "The Sandman". Will Baldy, Sam Heasman, and George Steel did noteworthy cinematography. Sharp editing by Kelly Stuyvesant and Jamin Bricker. Outstanding production design by Jon Gary Steele. Set decoration, stunts, VFX, CGI, sound effects, and art direction all did praiseworthy work for this production. Sarah Arthur's costume design was magical in more ways than one. The hair-makeup team did outstanding work as well.
Dream, aka Lord Morpheus, aka the Sandman, played by Tom Sturridge, was unforgettable - his nuanced performance has to be seen to be appreciated.
Matthew the Raven, voiced by Patton Oswalt, was notable. The Corinthian, played by Boyd Holbrook, was perfection. Rose Walker, played by Vanesu Samunyai, was good. Jed Walker, played by Eddie Karanja, was also good.
John Dee, played by David Thewlis, was great. Ethel Cripps, played by Joely Richardson, was quite good. Desire, played by Mason Alexander Park, was notable. Johanna Constantine, played by Jenna Coleman, was remarkable. Barnaby, played by Sam Hazeldine, was great.
Death, played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste, was quite good. Gilbert, played by Stephen Fry, was memorable. Roderick Burgess, played by Charles Dance, was great. Lucienne, played by Vivienne Acheampong, was quite good. Unity Kincaid, played by Sandra James-Young, was amazing.
Bette Munroe, played by Emma Duncan, was great. Marsh Janowski, played by Steven Brand, was good. Mark Brewer, played by Laurie Davidson, was notable. And so were Judy Talbot played by Daisy Head, Kate Fletcher played by Lourdes Faberes, and Gary Fletcher played by James Udom.
Squatterbloat, played by Martyn Ford, was quite good. Rosemary, played by Sarah Niles, was memorable. Hob Gadling, played by Ferdinand Kingsley, was quite good. Hal Carter, played by John Cameron Mitchell, was great.
Lucifer, played by Gwendoline Christie, was excellent. Her suave manner and artistic take on this ancient character - which was a genderless-but-inclined-toward-male character in Neil Gaiman's books - was captivating to watch.
All other cast and crew did amazing work in "The Sandman", now streaming on Netflix.
I may not be as brilliant as Gaiman nor even a fraction as prolific as Netflix, but I did dabble in my own writing with the possibility that Lucifer may be female. This was years before "The Sandman" series came to Netflix. I indie-published the final manuscripts of my 5-part "Dark Seraph" series of fantasy-scifi novels on Amazon in 2017, but I started writing these stories thirteen years earlier.
The Lightbringer is at the heart of each of my books, which you can find on Amazon Kindle. When I heard the news that Gwendoline Christie was cast as Lucifer, it made my heart skip a beat, in the pleasant sense. I felt prompted to add a few of my own excerpts featuring the Lightbringer in my Instagram (@ iambijeshnagesh): 1 2 3 4 5 6.
In my "Dark Seraph" series, you will find I based Lucifer's character on biblical lore, with necessary twists and spins. I've always believed that Lucifer has been one of the most misunderstood entities in the world. I hope my take on the 'Dark Seraph' would someday illuminate her Truth to the world.
I take this moment to wish Gaiman and Netflix the best of luck for "The Sandman", which I thoroughly enjoyed watching. It was one of the best adaptations of 2022 - even the last few years, perhaps.
The tale was fantastic, in the literary sense. Episode 5 "24/7" was a masterpiece in filmmaking, to offer just one clue as to how great this series turned out. The whole season was immersive and rich in detail, leaving little to guesstimation and plenty to admire.
Aside from a few 'compressed' sequences that served to keep the focus on the core storyline, the show came across as a winner in several regards. I honestly wouldn't mind watching ten seasons of this tale, but for the time being Season 2 of "The Sandman" will suffice.
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