The Sandman – The Doll’s Home

  The Sandman “The Doll’s Home” was written by Heather Bellson (The Strolling Useless, American Gods, Black Sails) and was directed by Andrés Baiz (Narcos, Narcos: Mexico). This episode was tailored from concern #10 “The Doll’s Home” and #11 “Transferring In.” As soon as once more the appearing is simply fabulous on this episode, and I really like the way in which they’re interweaving the storylines. 

      I feel it’s significantly fascinating for them to ratchet up the strain by teasing the storylines of The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), Need (Mason Alexander Park), and Despair (Donna Preston). We all know they’re as much as no good, however what are they as much as? It appears The Corinthian is after Rose Walker (Vanesu Samunyai) and Need and Despair have a historical past of going after Dream (Tom Sturridge). Did you discover that Despair wears crocs? As a result of nothing says despair like sporting crocs! Hilarious! Effectively accomplished costume division!

Because the episode opens, Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong) is conducting a census. She studies to Dream that three of the Arcana have gone lacking – Gault, The Corinthian, and Fiddler’s Inexperienced. I cherished utilizing the stain glass window to disclose every in flip. So just like the panels of a comic book! Dream decides to make use of Rose – who’s a Dream vortex – to search out them. I cherished how Lucienne didn’t wish to admit there was a vortex – that might destroy each the Dreaming and the waking world, however Dream is completely gleeful about her. I used to be actually struck on this episode about how excellent Sturridge’s voice is – the supply, the tempo, and his facial expressions. 

Matthew (Patton Oswalt) will get his first large task – to look at Rose. And did anybody NOT love Mark Hamill as Merv Pumpkinhead??

Rose comes from a damaged house. She and her mom needed to depart her little brother Jed (Eddie Karanja) behind after they left her abusive ex-husband. Within the current, Rose’s mom has simply died. Rose continues to be looking for her little brother however has no cash to pay for assist. She has been given a mysterious job to fly to London and provides a household historical past. Her buddy Carl (Ben Wiggins) will likely be staying at her condo whereas she’s gone. Rose is accompanied by her buddy, Lyta Corridor (Razane Jammal) who desires of her useless husband, Hector (Lloyd Everitt) on the airplane. 

As soon as Rose will get to London, she finds that the lady who employed her – Unity Kincaid (Sandra James-Younger) – is definitely her nice grandmother by means of the newborn she had whereas trapped in sleep for the time of Dream’s imprisonment. Somewhat than asking Rose about her household tree, Unity explains it to her. I really like how the present (and the novel!) has circled again to this. Unity needs to assist Rose and guarantees her any cash she wants to search out Jed. Rose can be visited by the Fates (Nina Wadia, Souad Faress, Dinita Gohil) who attempt to warn her. Unity additionally offers Rose a hoop – which is clearly going to be vital….

Whereas Rose is in London, The Corinthian comes by the condo, telling Carl that he’s a head hunter (LOL! – actually, simply the eyes!) and he has a job for Rose. Carl invitations him in and the 2 have intercourse. Surprisingly, The Corinthian doesn’t kill him…

Rose strikes into an eccentric B&B in Florida to attempt to hint Jed’s placement within the foster system. The forged of characters within the B&B are epic. The home is run by Hal Carter (performed by John Cameron Mitchell, who might have seemed acquainted from his terrific efficiency as Joe Unique in Joe vs Carole). His efficiency on the drag membership was merely impressed! And naturally he sings “Every thing’s Coming Up Rosie!” The home can be house to Barbie (Lily Travers) and Ken (Richard Fleeshman) – who completely look the half and supply a stark distinction to Goth twins? Sister? Mom/daughter? Lovers? – Chantal (Daisy Badger) and Zelda (Cara Horgan).

The most effective is saved for final… After watching Hal’s efficiency, Rose steps out into the alley behind the membership to take a name from Unity and is nearly instantly accosted by a few thugs. After which Gilbert (the at all times fantastic Stephen Fry!!!) reveals up late and helps her battle them off – although it shortly turns into clear that she doesn’t really want his assist! He was solely simply arriving as a result of he forgot the time as he was studying – one thing that will likely be necessary later… 

In the meantime, there’s a “Cereal” Conference that has misplaced its keynote speaker. After all, this can be a serial killer conference as we shortly study. As soon as once more the casting right here is terrific. Nimrod (Kerry Shale), Enjoyable Land (Danny Kirrane), and The Good Physician (Jill Winternitz) talk about who they’ll get as a alternative, and so they all wish to get The Corinthian. They don’t have any approach to contact him, in order that they resolve to plagiarize his work… all three carve out the eyes of victims… And naturally, The Corinthian reveals up and tells them he needs to deliver a plus one: Rose Walker!

The episode ends with Jed attempting to get away from a clearly abusive foster “dad” who forces him into to the trunk of his automobile…

This was one other nice episode for me, nailing so lots of the novel’s parts just about completely. I additionally assume they’re doing a very nice job in integrating the assorted storylines. What did you consider this episode? Let me know your ideas within the feedback beneath!

Leave a Comment