FRANK HERBERT’S CHILDREN OF DUNE
"Every revolution carries within it the seeds of its own destruction . . ."
SCI FI Channel's December 2000 presentation of New
Amsterdam Entertainment's Emmy
Award-winning six-hour epic Frank Herbert's Dune was a dramatic action adventure
saga that wove a complex tale of messianic compulsion, ruthless power,
manipulation, back-stabbing betrayal, and heart-rending love. Wrapped
in a stunningly visual package, the miniseries garnered two Emmy Awards
(Outstanding Cinematography & Outstanding Special Visual Effects) and
became the most-watched program in the
history of the SCI FI Channel. It also
earned a place among the Top 10 highest-rated original basic cable miniseries
in the past five years.
Frank Herbert's Dune told of the adventures of young Paul Atreides, heir to
a political dynasty and destined to
become the future's next messiah. Taking
place amidst an ongoing power struggle among the Great Royal Houses in
the year 10,091, the saga began with Emperor Shaddam IV sending Paul's father,
Duke Leto Atreides, to the desert planet Arrakis to manage the mining
of "Spice" - the most precious commodity in the universe. But when
Duke Leto is assassinated by rivals
from House Harkonnen, Paul and his mother,
Lady Jessica, a mystical 'Bene Gesserit' witch with powers of mind control,
are forced to escape into the Arrakeen desert. Under his mother's tutelage,
Paul hones his own considerable Bene Gesserit skills, and begins to
see into the future. Rescued by the Fremen, a fierce desert people who believe
the young Atreides to be the "Mah'di" - the messiah of their
legends - Paul begins to recognize his power to shape the future.
Eventually, Paul accepts the mantle of his faith. Using the Fremen
"desert power," Paul, now known by his Fremen name Muad'Dib, leads his
people in a successful revolt against the corrupt House Harkonnen. As this first
miniseries in the Dune saga draws to a close, Paul unites the ruling houses of
the empire and preserves peace by marrying the Emperor's daughter, Princess
Irulan. But it is a marriage in name only, as his heart belongs to his Fremen
concubine, Chani, the future mother of his heirs.
In Frank Herbert's Children of Dune, we rejoin Muad'Dib twelve years later.
He has lived to witness his glorious revolution become a bloody jihad, with all
manner of corruption performed in his name. While bound to Irulan in a loveless
marriage made for political expediency, Paul has become Emperor of a society
terrorized by its own soldiers. The freedom he fought for has become a brutal
dictatorship and he has become the figurehead of a theocracy of which he wants
Further complicating matters, conspiracies to gain political power abound,
especially from Irulan's sister, Princess Wensicia. Paul's power base is also
eroding from within. His highly ambitious sister Alia is gaining a political
foothold. He is surrounded by corrupt priests and bureaucrats and eventually
comes to realize that the only hope for the future may lay in the hands of his
twin heirs, son Leto II and daughter Ghanima. Ultimately, the only salvation
from the revolution begun by Muad'Dib may be the absolute destruction of his
myth. And the tempest begun by the father must somehow be ended by the son.