The Sandman: representing dreams in a unique light

The Sandman is a fantasy drama series based on Neil Gaiman’s legendary graphic novels, published by DC comics and set in the DC universe, and has received positive reviews amongst both audiences and critics. Out of the ten graphic novels from The Sandman series, the first two were adapted for the first season. 

The season revolves around Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, as he strives to reclaim his tools, reassert his dominance, reconstruct his realm, and perhaps learn more about the people he is meant to serve. The show’s fragmented framework dabbles with various genres, themes, and standalone storylines. It explores the mystic arts in depth in one episode, delves into centuries worth of human history in the next, and lurches into straight-up horror in another. The unpredictability of each episode pushes the audience to the edge of their seat. The Sandman is morbidly funny, tragic, terrifying, and intriguing all at once.

When it comes to The Sandman, it is not restricted to merely Morpheus and the Dreaming — a realm where people go when they are asleep. Other realms like Hell, biblical entities like Cain and Abel, and mythological creatures like the Fates also appear on screen as philosophical questions about dreams and destiny are explored.

Rubina Nusrat Puspa

Rubina Nusrat Puspa is the Opinions and Academics editor at BRACU Express. She is a third-year student majoring in Media and Cultural studies in the department of English and Humanities at BRAC University. Reach her at rubina.nusrat.puspa@g.bracu.ac.bd

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