Saturday, July 30, 2011
This mini-series was what made me fall in love with the SYFI channel in the first place. This adaptation is sumptuous with big actors spouting big lines about honour and justice and beauty. It's betrayals are huge but so are the payoffs when young Paul Atreides ascends to godhood.
I love how the story doesn't end there. Paul is unprepared and therefor unable to be the god the Universe needed. He actually destabilized a pretty stable system and his 'jihad' left piles of bodies on a thousand different worlds. Convert of die was the battle cry.
Maud'Dib's flaw was not using the political power he was given and therefor anarchy reigned in his absence. Sadly Paul's vision was too small. He needed to thing much bigger as Leto II did when he took on the mantle of the sand worm to become the God Emperor. Leto controlled the spice and controlled commerce in a thousand different systems. He systematically converted most of the desert of Arrakis to green thus making spice an even scarcer commodity that it already was. It gave the God Emperor enormous power over his subjects.
"Bless the Maker and his water.
Bless His comings and his goings.
May His passing cleanse the World.
May He keep the World for his people."
Only after the stagnation of humanity during Leto's 'golden age' and the engineering of an individual able to avoid Leto's gaze or notice just long enough to kill him and end this Atreides nightmare forever.
And this point I have to call out Brother Jaquandor who said he started DUNE but has had nothing to say about it since. I know you have seen the book buddy. I submit this photographic evidence to the court. You put it down after a hundred pages didn't you?
Posted by Kal at 2:37 PM