MONDO EXTRAS

Dune: Messed Eyes Up

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

How funny is it that MS Word thinks "Weirding Way" is an address?

"I meddled in the future," sighs a weary Muad'dib, as he gently holds his children. "In all possible futures, trying to create them. But instead they created me, and I became trapped by them." Leto appears a final time, telling his father that the first steps of the Golden Path lie before him, and Paul smiles as he contemplates his eternal freedom from prescience. Irulan's narration returns, reminding us that "history is written on the sands of Arrakis" as Paul, like all blind Fremen before him, finally takes his long walk into the open desert.

Back at the palace, Idaho returns to tell Alia of her brother's plans, saying that "he will not be found, yet all men will find him. Usually under 'H' at their local Barnes & Noble." She cries, and they embrace on her balcony overlooking the great plaza of Arrakeen. Paul meanwhile, stands alone in the vast desert, his hood back in place just as we saw him in the opening. A worm bursts through the sand mere inches away, and as it topples over to crush him beneath its massive bulk, we quickly fade to black.

"Muad'dib is gone," Irulan tells us. "But his children remain. And conspiracies continue to breed. The saga of Dune is far from over."

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Dune: Messed Eyes Up

by Aaron March 24, 2003
Children of Dune: Part One From there we go into a lengthy montage which is so obviously pilfered from The Godfather that it's actually kind of distracting. Also distracting is the ovary wailing on the soundtrack, who, in the finest arbitrary apostrophe tradition of Frank Herbert, I've decided to dub Enya'int. We see Chani struggling in labor, surrounded by Fremen midwives. Paul, meanwhile, sits on a ledge, meditating. The death side of the Godfather birth/death equation comes as Korba, Reverend Mother Mohiam, and Edric the Navigator are all executed by Stilgar's men. Korba is placed, still screaming, in a death-still to take his water. Edric is killed by smashing open his spice-filled tank, and Stilgar kills Mohiam personally, with a crysknife to the throat. Throughout it all, Chani continues to thrash in agony, and Paul sits silently, resigned to her fate. And then, as a single solitary tear drips from his blackened eyes, Chani whispers a final, tender "Muad'dib," and we fade to blackness. Commercial. With Enya'int thankfully dismissed for the remainder of the evening, Paul comes back inside to see his child. Which is precisely why he's shocked to discover that Chani had twins, a boy AND a girl, whom he had never foreseen. Chani calls weakly to him from a nearby bed, and he heads over to clasp her hand in his as he says a tragic (though whiny, and still somewhat petulant) goodbye. "Nothing in this universe is as great as my love for you," she says, and then in an instant she's gone. Farewell, Barbora Kodetova. You may never work in this country again, but I'll always treasure our time together. Just don't tell Lauren Ambrose, okay? Paul staggers to his feet, finding himself completely blind for the first time as events begin to differ from his vision. "She is gone, Duncan," he whispers, and the key words trigger a memory in Idaho's mind. He draws out his knife, raises it to strike at Paul, and thenā€¦flings it across the room to catch Bijaz squarely in the throat. And with that, Duncan regains his full memories of his previous life, much to the delight of Scytale/Lichna, who had hoped that precisely this chain of events would come to pass. Unfortunately, Scytale has also decided to drop the Lichna disguise (accomplished by the very cheap, but also very cheesy, method of ducking his head off-screen for a second and then coming back with his old face) and take Idaho's dagger from Bijaz's throat to threaten the newborn children with. As he holds the babies hostage, he poses a devil's bargain to Muad'dib: He offers to resurrect Chani for him as a perfect ghola, complete with all her original memories. In exchange, of course, for many additional powers and benefits for the Tleilaxu. Paul is very sorely tempted by this offer, and he writhes in near agony as he desperately tries not to accept. Suddenly, his visions return with renewed force. Leto is there, pleading with his father not to be afraid. "We go forward, we go back," he says, explaining his presence in the past, and proudly flaunting the unclothed, hairless chest which is the hallmark of all Atreides men. "Use my eyes," he suggests, and then Paul can see the room through his infant son's eyes. Using the Weirding Way, he dashes across the room to grab the knife from Scytale's hands, and the Face-Dancer is soon lying dead on the floor with Paul standing over him. The visions recede a final time, and we fade to the total black of Muad'dib's blindness.

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