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Dune: Messed Eyes Up

by Aaron March 24, 2003
Children of Dune: Part One

And that isn't Giancarlo Gianni, even though he played Shadam in the original. We're at the funeral, with Irulan and Sarandonia (whom I should probably mention are sisters, by the way) bickering at their father's graveside. Once the service is over, Sarandonia complains to Edric the Navigator that the turnout was lousy, and that most of the great houses of the Landsraad didn't even bother to send representatives. She also chews him out for abandoning her father when Paul took over Arrakis. Then she taps on his tank a few times, precisely like they tell you not to at the aquarium. Heh. Without Tyeksposition to help her out, Susie tends to choke on some of the more turgid expository dialogue. The upshot of the scene, however, is that she plans to steal a giant worm from Arrakis, so that spice can be produced on another planet, thereby breaking Paul's monopoly on the most precious substance in the universe.

Cut to a thumper banging in the desert, as Sarduakar watch from a nearby ridge. The thumper lures a worm into a canyon which has been rigged with explosives, and suddenly water comes cascading down to fill a moat which surrounds the now-trapped worm. I'll give credit where credit is due and say that the worms in this version are excellent. I do have to wonder, however, about the plan they use to capture this one. If you're going to go to all that trouble to dig a moat, plant explosives, truck millions of gallons of water out to the desert, and bury a giant net than can be lifted by carry-all, would you really design it so that actual humans have to go out and attach the ropes once the worm is in place? That seems kind of stupid, although the shot of the two guys getting eaten as they try to work was pretty funny. Once the ropes are in place, the carry-all lifts into the sky, with the worm caught in a basket beneath it. It's a very cool shot, made all the better by the obvious James Cameron influence on the carry-all's design. Commercial.

We return to find Stilgar warning Paul that Chani's pregnancy has become very difficult. She's in great danger, but no less hot for the bulging belly which Paul caresses as he sits down beside her. Paul announces again that they will be leaving for Sietch Tabr to deliver the baby, and sends Duncan to inform Alia that they will depart immediately.

Duncan complies immediately, but when he reaches Alia's chambers he finds her writhing on the bed in the throes of a powerful spice vision. She finally notices him, and sadly mumbles, "You don't know what it's like to hunt the future." She's distraught because she can't see what will become of her brother, but Duncan correctly guesses that she's overdosed on spice, and tries to help her through it. Suddenly he's interrupted by the sing-song voice of Bijaz The Mysterious Dwarf, who struts into the room looking very pleased with himself. Duncan is paralyzed and unable to move as Bijaz wanders about, explaining that he was grown in the same Tleilaxu ghola tank as Duncan, and was sent as a trigger to cause him to kill Paul Atreides. "One day soon the emperor will come to you," he explains. "And he'll say, 'She is gone.' And then you will finally know what you are expected to do." Alia, meanwhile, has lapsed into unconsciousness, and hasn't heard any of this. His hypnotic mission complete, Bijaz seems to vanish into thin air, and Duncan finally regains control of his limbs. Alia awakens as well at this point, and they finally share a moment together as she caresses his face before pulling him closer for a kiss. Aww. Sniff. Nothing is more romantic than the love between a psychotic teenager and the resurrected body of her father's closest friend.

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Dune: Messed Eyes Up

by Aaron March 24, 2003
Children of Dune: Part One Sofia Secundus. Princess Sarandonia, whose hat has grown to Medusa-like proportions of wiry weirdness, complains to Tyeksposition that even with a stone-burner, the idiot Fremen still couldn't manage to kill Paul. Tyek does what he does best at this point, and reminds us all that Scytale/Lichna and Duncan are still in place, waiting to strike. Commercial. There's something that just seems so very right about Shannen Doherty hosting a show called Scare Tactics. And if anyone is actually planning to watch that The Riverworld movie on Sci-Fi next week, please go check out the Six Feet Under show page. You'll get a kick out if it, and I'm kind of disappointed that so far Sobell has been the only person on the planet with enough geek chic to get the joke. That is why we love her, though. Hey! It's Caladan! Which is distinguished from Sofia Secundus solely by the CGI waterfall that appears behind the CGI palace which rests on the CGI cliffs. Sofia doesn't have a waterfall. That's how you know that they're evil. Incidentally, those squeals of delight you just heard came from fanboys all across America getting over the lack of naked Alia to rejoice at the presence of Alice Krige, who has taken over the role of Lady Jessica. She's not as cool as our own Lady Jessica, but she's damn sure better than Saskia Reeves ever was. Gurney Halleck comes to report to her about Paul's injuries, and they walk along an indoor pool as they discuss the events on Arrakis. She wants to head there immediately, but Gurney isn't sure that's the best idea. "It was only a matter of time before this happened," she says. "Resistance is futile. We must go at once." Gurney finally convinces her that Paul would have sent a message if he needed her presence, and then they vanish until tomorrow's installment. Back on Arrakis, Paul is tormented by his visions. He sees, among other things, Chani, Leto, Jacurutu, and a Preacher-related spoiler that I won't reveal just yet. He's jerked out of it by Duncan, who wonders what troubles his master so. Paul casually reveals that he knows Duncan has been sent to kill him (even though Duncan himself doesn't actually know this yet), and then wanders away like he just put in an order for a grande mocha latte. Um, okay. Stilgar enters to announce that the former emperor Shadam IV has just died, which, if I remember correctly, isn't in the book.

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