You’d think with all that technology, they’d have figured out how to synthesize the active ingredients.
The Tleilaxu are all up on that shit but it puts them in obvious competition with the Guild. Eventually they do, but I wouldn’t recommend reading those later books to find out more.
Yeah, from what little I recall of trying to read those it was like the Silmarillion x 9000.
The wikipedia page summarizes it all pretty nicely. And by “nicely”, I mean it’s still TL/DR.
Yeah, the takeaway is that monopolies (economic or other) fight to retain their monopoly by using the power of their monopoly. In fact, that may be the core Issue of the entire series.
The SciFi Channel miniseries was surprisingly decent. I prefer it to the movie, nostalgia notwithstanding.
Yeah, it wasn’t bad. Honestly, though, I’d rather see a movie by this guy. His understanding of the aesthetic — from what few clues Herbert gives to us — is better than either. On the other hand, Irulan here is dressed way more revealingly than I imagine her. By the time she’s reciting this, she’s a full-grown woman, for one thing, not a princess. She’s also a Fremen, which means dressing for protection, even symbolically.
That said, Art Nouveau/Mœbius is a damn fine aesthetic source and this guy’s nailed it.
The mini-series was good overall, but it missed so many small detail that it drove me nuts. Things like Fremen drawing crysknives and not using them to draw blood, Fremen walking around with their masks and nose plugs, and sardaukar walking around looking like Swiss Guard and not fighting in threes (okay the movie missed that, too.)
Plus, Alec Newman’s portrayal of Paul wasn’t great. William Hurt made a much better Leto than Jurgen Prochnow, though…and I’ll stop.
That should read with their masks and nose plugs off…
I should write a thing about Herbert someday. I think he had some very strong ideas, but they were also kind of muddy in implementation. The movie adaptations have had a similar muddiest to me.
Chris, you have to admit that the miniseries got a lot more right than the movie. I mean, weirding modules are cool and all, but wtfingf?