The second part of our first double feature lies
below.

Cast and Crew

Alec Newman as Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib

Julie Cox as Irulan

Edward Atterton as Duncan

Ian McNeice as Baron Harkonnen

Barbora Kodetova as Chani

Steven Berkoff as Stilgar

Daniela Amavia as Alia

P.H. Moriarty as Gurney Halleck

James McAvoy as Leto Atreides II

Jessica Brooks as Ghanima Atreides

Alice Krige as Jessica Atreides

Susan Sarandon as Wenisicia Corrino

Written for the screen by John Harrison, based on
Frank Herbert’s
novel.

Directed by Greg Yaitanes

Complete information is
available from this
IMDB
page
.


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Past TV reviews can be found here.

Original Airdate


This miniseries originally ran in 2003.

Synopsis

Combining adaptations of Dune Messiah and
Children of
Dune
, this miniseries depicts the passing of the
torch from
father to son, and the temptation of the Golden Path.

High Point

Leto takes Irulan for a ride.

Low Point

Replacing Saskia Reeves with Alice Krige. I’ve read
that this was
motivated by pregnancy, and that Krige was actually
the first choice
for Jessica in the previous miniseries, but think
Reeves did a
significantly better job.

The Review

The originality again suffers from doing a
very accurate
adaptation. This was the first filmed adaptation,
though. I give it
3 out of 6.

The effects were mostly well done. Some of
the CGI shots
looked too much like CGI shots, and the scenes with
the CGI generated
rooms have the “slipping feet” problems that happen
when the blue
screen room isn’t moving at the same speed as the
original room. I
give it 4 out of 6.

The story was well written, and nicely
streamlined from the
source material. This set would be hard to adapt, but
it was done
well. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was generally good. Most cast
replacements
worked, though I wasn’t pleased with the cast change
for Lady
Jessica. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was good, as it was a
little more
involving than the first miniseries, possibly due to
less exposure to
the source material. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was nicely done. This one
felt less stylistic
and more like a studio film, though. I give it 4 out
of 6.

Overall, it’s a good adaptation of good
books, and well worth
your time and money. I’d be looking forward to
adaptations of the
rest of the series, as well. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Children of Dune receives 30 out of
42.