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Frank Herbert's Children of Dune

7/10
Release Date 2003-03-18
Runtime 87 minutes
Genres Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Stars James McAvoy, Jessica Brooks, Daniela Amavia, Julie Cox, Edward Atterton
Directors Greg Yaitanes, Ondrej Nekvasil, Todd Murakami, Dan O'Connell, Michal Caban

Frank Herbert's Children of Dune is a three-part miniseries written by John Harrison and directed by Greg Yaitanes, based on Frank Herbert's novels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. First broadcast in the United States on March 16, 2003, Children of Dune is the sequel to the 2000 miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune and produced by the Sci Fi Channel. As of 2004, this miniseries and its predecessor were two of the three highest-rated programs ever to be broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel.

1. The Messiah

2003-03-16

This episode starts 12 years after the first Dune miniseries. Duke Paul Atreides has become emperor. During an attack he is blinded but utilizes his "visions of the future" to see. Chani his concubine has given him twins - Leto II and Ghanima. When his children are attacked, Paul uses Leto's eyes to see and avert the danger, but in the process loses his psychic vision and becomes completely blind. In accordance with Fremen custom, he walks into the desert and leaves his children in the care of his sister, Alia.

2. The Children

2003-03-17

As conspiracies to gain political power abound, Paul's power base is eroded from within and his highly ambitious sister, Alia is gaining a political foothold. Born aware of her ancestral memories, Alia is considered an abomination by the Bene Gesserit. The Lady Jessica, her mother returns to Dune (Arrakis) to visit her grandchildren Leto II and Ghanima. When one particular ancestor begins to possess Alia, Lady Jessica has to take refuge. Leto II and Ghanima devise a plan toward salvation.

3. The Golden Path

2003-03-18

As Alia becomes totally possessed she also has to deal with rebel Fremen. Ghanima, who survived an attack on her by House Corrino, is now engaged to Farad'n Corrino. Unexpectedly, Leto II returns from the desert being believed dead. While in the desert his body has absorbed some sandtrout, slowly mutating him into a sandworm. Alia resists possession by the baron while Irulan declines Jessica's offer to return with her to Caladan.

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