This recap of Netflix’s The Sandman Season 1, Episode 4, “A Hope in Hell,” contains spoilers.
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The sand man summary of season 1, episode 4
In the last episode, it ended where Lord Morpheus and his new Raven Matthew embark on their journey to hell.
Episode four opens where Morpheus and Matthew follow the damned to hell, however, he cannot enter uninvited. Asking for the gates of hell to be opened, we discover scarier characters and excellent CGI.
We then quickly cut to poor lonely John wandering the streets, confused and almost run over by a car. Rosemary, a nice stranger, offers to drive him somewhere, and on their journey they open up to each other, almost a therapy session for John, where he admits to killing bad people who have tried to take his ruby. Like Gollum with the One Ring, you can see his obsession. As he talks about people and their lies, Rosemary tries to call the police, but fails.
Cut to Hell and the woods, the trees are corpses, Morpheus and Matthew are led to the King of Hell, showcasing the impressive work this show’s creative team has done in bringing these realms to life. By the way, he meets an old love, called Nada, who was the leader of a tribe called the First People, and she betrayed him, so he banished her to hell. A frequent encounter, but one that shows just how deadly and savage Morpheus can be. He then finds the demon who has his helmet, who challenges Morpheus to a battle and the winner gets the helmet. Morpheus chooses himself and the demon chooses Lucifer to fight on his behalf. Let the challenge begin.
We came back to Rosemary and John, who are now at a gas station because Rosemary wanted help calling 911. John is wise and realizes this, killing the worker, but says he won’t do it to him. no harm as long as she takes him to her ruby.
Back in action, we are now set to watch the challenge. Morpheus wants Matthew to return to the Dreaming to warn of his fate, but Matthew won’t leave. With hundreds of cheers, Morpheus and Lucifer launch the challenge. (Lucifer chooses to be a dire wolf, a nice allusion to his role in Game of Thrones) as they both choose their animals for their fight, what they mentally say happens to them physically. The goal is to outwit and fight until one dies. A very dramatic scene where we see Morpheus in his weakest and most vulnerable form. As Lucifer chooses to be darkness, the end of everything, we wonder what can the lord of dreams be to save himself from death?
Matthew arrives, but what can survive the anti-life? Dreams, dreams can’t die. He slowly gets up and declares that he “is the hope”, and what can kill the hope? Nothing is stronger than hope. The king of dreams wins. The Helm is his and the demon who took it is thrown into a field of demons and fire.
The end of the episode sees Lucifer not allowing Morpheus to leave Hell, but realizing he has more power there than they realize. Swearing that one day they will destroy Morpheus, he walks away with his helmet and raven, growing stronger and more powerful. With the helmet on, he can now see the precious ruby and heads for it. As he holds it in his hand, he realizes that someone has altered it, and he fights against it.
As Morpheus and Matthew are thrown across the room, leaving them unconscious, Rosemary and John stop outside. John walks slowly into the room, where the ruby is lying on the floor as if waiting for him. Outside, Rosemary is waiting for him, and as she pleads for his life, he gives her the Amulet of Protection, stating that he now has her ruby and will use it to save the world.
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