The Sandman – Season 1 Episode 4 “A Hope in Hell” Recap and Review
A hope in hell
Episode 4 of The Sandman begins with Dream and Matthew the Raven appearing in Hell. With cold winds swirling around them, they decide to follow the line of the Damned. However, certain protocols come with entering Hell, which a demon called Squatterbloat knows well when he greets them at the gates.
Despite scolding Dream for his lack of a crown, the demon agrees to take him to the Morningstar. Lucifer Morningstar, to be precise. Lucifer is far more powerful than Dream, and without all his trinkets, he’s more vulnerable than before.
With a litany of Matthew jokes for company, they continue. Eventually, they arrive at the foot of Lucifer’s castle; a towering, towering structure that spans dizzying heights.
Lucifer welcomes Dream, wanting to unite their two kingdoms. Dream ignores this, however, and stays true to his mission, wanting his Helm back. So the only thing to do is to summon every demon at the gates.
It doesn’t take long for Dream to realize that the bar belongs to Choronzon, a Duke of Hell. With the Helm under his arm, he negotiates with the Demon. If Dream should lose this, he will become a servant of Choronzon in Hell for eternity.
Meanwhile in New York, John ends up getting picked up by a nice taxi driver where the story of Ethel’s theft is repeated. After stopping at a gas station, Rosemary (the driver) begins to have doubts about it. She talks to the cashier, urging him to call 911. The thing is, John has the amulet, and when the cashier shows his gun, things take a turn for the worse. A splash of blood and John leaves with Rosemary. John laments that he trusts her and demands that she take him to the Ruby.
Back in Hell, Dream confronts Lucifer. The former tells Matthew to return to Lucienne, informing her of his fate. Meanwhile, the duel between Lucifer and Dream takes place; a battle of wits and wits. Matthew gives Dream a few words of encouragement at a crucial moment, with the Dream Lord ultimately settling for “Hope” as the winning move. And with that, Lucifer is defeated and Dream gets his helmet back.
“One day, Morpheus, we will destroy you,” promises Lucifer. And with that, Dream turns around and leaves Hell with his helmet on, one step closer to regaining dominance over his kingdom.
Meanwhile, John shows mercy to Rosemary and hands her his amulet once he takes possession of the ruby. But when he leaves her, John promises one thing: to change the world.
The episode review
We’re back on track after the flaw of the last episode, with a fairly accurate adaptation of the battle between Lucifer and Dream. The Descent into Hell is a really nice touch and the visuals were great from start to finish. They really capture the imagination of the comics and it’s great to see.
Gwendoline Christie does a fantastic job as Lucifer and out of all the casting choices, it’s the one that makes the most sense. She’s a great actress and brings Lucifer to life with mischief and mischief.
The whole subplot involving John is a bit meandering and seems to be added for the sole purpose of breaking the action to hell. However, we see some good character development for him, especially handing the amulet to that nice woman at the end.
I’m not sure who came up with the idea of having Matthew (voiced by Patton Oswald) cracking jokes all the time, but it doesn’t fit the tone of the show and adds absolutely nothing, which is a shame.
Despite that slight remark, as we approach halfway through, The Sandman has been a very good adaptation so far.