Holy cats! Netflix’s dark fantasy sequence ‘The Sandman’ drops shock bonus episode for fans

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Mr. Sandman brought us a bonus episode.

Netflix premiered the primary season of its new dark fantasy hit “The Sandman” Aug. 5, and fans who’ve binged all 10 episodes didn’t have long to wait for more: A two-part chapter based on extra of the tales from executive producer Neil Gaiman’s original 1989-96 “Sandman” comic guide sequence dropped unannounced on the service Friday.

“A present for you,” Gaiman tweeted with a trailer for the Beyoncé-esque shock.

The initial spherical of episodes tailored the primary two volumes of Gaiman’s comedian, where Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), the ruler of the Dreaming, escaped after more than a century of captivity, went on a search for his “instruments” (a pound of sand, a ruby and his helmet), reconnected with his sister Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and even went to hell to face Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie).

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Episode 11 adapts a pair of one-off tales from the comic’s “Dream Country” saga, during which Morpheus performs a supporting role.

The animated “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” centers on a tabby kitten (voiced by Rosie Day) and her older good friend, a grey cat (David Gyasi), venturing from their properties at night time to a moonlight meeting with other felines at a graveyard. There, a wise Siamese often recognized as the Prophet (Sandra Oh) has come to tell them a story of how a tragic incident led her on a revelatory journey to the Dreaming, a meeting with the king of cats – Morpheus in formidable, furry form – and a view of how the ability dynamic between cats and humans was.

In addition to Oh, the cat-filled narrative additionally features James McAvoy, David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Gaiman himself as a crow with a skull head.

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The second, live-action story stars Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”) as Richard Madoc, a struggling novelist whose debut did gangbusters but left him with no ideas for his second book. In determined need of inspiration, Richard trades a magical artifact to aging well-known writer Erasmus Fry (Derek Jacobi) for “ownership” of Calliope (Melissanthi Mahut), one of many Greek Muses he’s stored locked up in his home for many years.

“She was Homer’s muse, so she should be good enough for you,” Erasmus tells Richard. And like the older man, Richard promises Calliope that he’ll free her after his subsequent work. But after a quantity of years of profiting from her, Calliope reaches out to Morpheus, with whom she shares an important but strained relationship.

“The Sandman,” which hasn’t been renewed but for a second season, has proven in style across the board – the sequence has an 86% critical ranking and a 84% audience rating on RottenTomatoes.com – although USA TODAY TV critic Kelly Lawler known as it “a perplexing failure.”

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