As a know-it-all teenager, I by no means noticed the purpose in homework. I might take a look at my lecturers with incredulity as they assigned additional initiatives for me to finish in what I noticed as my very own time. Why on Earth would I sit in my very own home, after spending seven hours in school, and do but extra work? Fortunately, it’s a liberty hardly ever taken in my grownup life, however that feeling of indignance, of exasperation, rose in me final week, once I settled all the way down to learn the Wikipedia web page for The Sandman. Let me clarify, within the easiest of phrases, what Netflix’s new epic fantasy entails. So, there’s this bloke generally known as Dream, different instances known as the Sandman. Properly, he’s not likely a bloke, he’s a god. Wait, no, he’s extra highly effective than a god – he’s a member of a gaggle of seven beings referred to as the Countless.He guidelines a legendary realm known as the Dreaming, however for the final hundred years or so he’s been saved captive in the actual world after being kidnapped by a cult who mistook him for an additional one of many Countless, Loss of life. When he manages to flee and will get again to his fort within the Dreaming, he’s livid to search out it in a large number. Both you’re already au fait with Neil Gaiman’s Nineties comedian e-book sequence, the supply materials for this fantastical sequence, otherwise you’re simply as confused as I’m by all this discuss of dreaming and limitless folks and, er, sand? Nonetheless undecided on the place that is available in – and I’ve watched the primary episode. It’s not precisely information that fantasy tales are sophisticated; I’ve a definite reminiscence of making an attempt to learn The Hobbit at 9 and changing into flustered with having to consistently flip to the dictionary in the back of my copy. However increasingly, that intricacy is being transported unnecessarily to TV diversifications. What was as soon as an escape from the trudgery of actual life is changing into an immersion into the trudgery of different worlds.Take the upcoming Sport of Thrones spin-off Home of the Dragon, arriving on Now and Sky Atlantic on the finish of this month. I can’t think about how impenetrable Westeros should appear to somebody who by no means watched the unique eight seasons. Now, not solely have you ever acquired to know who or what a Targaryen is, but in addition their legacy, how the once-great household rose and fell, and the significance of dragons to the entire shebang.To get the total impact of the sequence, you should have needed to have learn not solely George R R Martin’s A Music of Fireplace and Ice novels and watched the unique sequence, but in addition the prequel novel, Fireplace and Blood. If I wasn’t a Sport of Thrones geek, I definitely wouldn’t hassle. And there’s the rub – whenever you do know the minute particulars of a present, you carry a way of superiority. All of the prep and homework you’ve completed to raised perceive the sequence pays off in bucketloads. You discover Easter eggs and nuances solely seen to these anointed few.To you, it’s the best story on the planet and it’s unimaginable to think about that anybody might be uninterested or, sacré bleu, bored by it. Should you’re a fan of The Sandman, you should have felt precisely this exhaustion whereas studying my uneducated ramblings about the one that you love. Sorry. Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen in Home of the Dragon (Photograph: HBO)There are many senseless TV sequence to take pleasure in, which not solely require no information however nearly demand an empty head. I’m simply weaning myself off watching an hour of Love Island each evening for the final two months (sure, together with Unseen Bits)… maybe that’s why digging into the brand new sequence on the horizon seems like a good larger chore.Each time I’ve sat in entrance of the tv this summer time, it’s been to faucet into a unique airplane of consciousness, the place solely essentially the most fundamental tales of flirting and snogging matter. Absolutely there’s a center floor to be discovered between mind-numbingly fundamental and exceedingly advanced?I’m fed up with studying TV present synopsis and feeling like I’m making an attempt to decipher an alien language. The identical occurred once I dared to swot up on Prime Video’s new Lord of the Rings sequence – one other prequel – The Rings of Energy and was met with information of harfoots and the “kingdom of Númenor”.Simply as soon as, I’d like to have the ability to sit in entrance of my telly with an empty head and no must pause for a Wikipedia break each 10 minutes, but engaged in an attention-grabbing, nuanced story. Actual life already requires us to stuff an excessive amount of info in our heads with out having to sit down an entrance examination each time we wish to overlook all of it for an hour or two.