From there Jessica goes to visit Leto, who is eating lunch in his chambers. I'll just say up front that this scene is excellent, and filled with all sorts of nice little character moments that take less than a second onscreen but would require entire paragraphs to recap properly. Leto starts the conversation by wondering if he shouldn't maybe take a few years off to "find himself" before taking over the role emperor. Jessica assess this idea for a moment, and then reports that Leto reminds her of his father. Need more proof of the incestuous undertones to tonight's installment? Check out Leto's reply: "And my grandfather as well? My namesake? Such an admission would be complicated, wouldn't it? We may have to enter a realm of intimacies that would make us both uncomfortable." Eww. This is his GRANDMOTHER, people. That's, like, oedipal squared. Although to be fair, it was much worse in the books, where Leto and Ghanima would often allow themselves to be possessed by their parents in order to help solve problems. There's icky, and then there's ICKY, and that is definitely ICKY. Jessica tries to use The Voice on him at this point, but Leto just laughs it off. She's utterly shocked by this, and actually has to get up and cross the room to think about it. Leto jumps out of his chair himself, and starts going on about the Golden Path. Should he do it? Should he not? "I have a difficult decision to make," he says. "Do I accept the Atreides mystique? Dress myself in our myths?" Um, shouldn't that be "undress myself"? Since when do the Atreides wear shirts? Or maybe that's the myth he's talking about. "I don't understand," answers Jessica. "Because you do not understand time," explains Leto, before using The Voice himself. Jessica falls completely under its spell, and is powerless to do anything but sit and stare. Nice.
Cut to later, where Leto and Ghanima are playing Future Chess. Future Chess appears to be exactly like Normal Chess, only with twice as many pieces on a board that's still the exact same size. It also seems to involve a lot of laughing and inappropriate touching amongst siblings. But then, what doesn't these days? Alia joins them for a family conference, and warns them that they must all work together to avoid all the dangers they face. She also begs them to "engage in the spice trance," which would allow them to see the future much more clearly than she can, but would also put them at grave risk of possession or abomination. As a demonstration of just how special the children of Muad'dib really are, we see that they're able to simultaneously carry on a conversation while never letting their attention waver from the Future Chess board. Ah yes, but can they walk and chew gum at the same time? That, my friends, is the true test of a Kwisatz Haderach. Alia finally grows frustrated with their lack of sympathy for her plight, and she sweeps the chess pieces onto the floor. She also endures more mental flashes of sound and color, and finally departs after taunting them with the possibility that they will one day end up just like her. Incidentally, since when do Imperial Regents shop at The Gap?