I just--there's something really weird about riding giant worms carrying drums. Like, it feels beneath shai-halud dignity, okay? Think about it; you're a giant worm, you got stuck with a fancy Fremen crowbar and OUCH OUCH OUCH so you roll over and then TRICKERY the humans are riding you! But fine, fuckers, it's for going to war which you're a giant worm, you are always killing humans and now you're driving humans to kill other humans, so that's consistent. Until you realize, no, you're not carrying tiny humans to kill other humans; you're carrying tritons that the tiny humans will play for dramatic emphasis and all you can think is, the other makers are never going to stop laughing. And they won't.
1.) The entire Reverend Mother spontaneously losing hair thing is not book canon, but it was a very cool marker for making them more intimidating visually and marking them as really fucking dangerous. The entire theme of fancy hats in the miniseries was really--I don't know. The entire hat thing--and that cone thing that made Alia look like a pencil eraser in the miniseries Children of Dune (and the less said about Farad'n's wedding attire, the better; who picked that?) was just unsettling.
2.) No matter how hard I try, I don't get Lynch substituting the entire "Weirding Sound Thing of Weirdness" for the reason the Emperor was afraid that Leto would build a better army instead of just building on the stated fact in the movie that Leto was super popular in the Landsraad because he was awesome and due to that, had attracted fanatically loyal, brilliant military commanders.
One of the things Lynch's movie captured (somewhat) was the Known Universe was very militarized, and--I don't know if this was stated in the movie--a big reason the empire was relatively stable was because while the emperor had an army, every Major House in the Landsraad did too and the Emperor's army equaled that of the combined Landsraad. The Emperor's army was trained on the second suckiest planet, Salusa Secondus, a radiation wasteland, and where the strongest survive is like, literal. They were fanatically loyal, super violent, and scary as shit. The movie didn't really touch on that at all, which still annoys me, since developing the military rivalry of fanatic Saurdaukar who are basically brainwashed versus Leto's people being fanatics because he's awesome (and he really is just that awesome) would have drawn in the entire reason Leto was negotiating with the Fremen at all and okay, stopping now. It's just--for the same amount of time spent with the Weirding Sound thing of Weirdness, we could have gotten the actual reason, which a.) made sense, b.) was really awesome.
I finished re-reading Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune; yeah, skipped three to leap ahead.
For the record; Heretics and Chapterhouse are surprisingly good and are better written and better paced than Dune itself, and they're also massively female pov and dominated by powerful female-only organizations; the Bene Gesserit, the Fish Speakers (Leto II's private fanatic army and their descendants) and the Honored Matres. It's not necessarily inconsistent with the earlier books in philosophy, but--still.
But going back to Dune:
This bothers me: in however many years people have been using melange, which is a fucking lot, in all that time, no one--and I mean no one--worked out where it came from? Like, even by accident? The entire basis of a lot of Dune is that no one knows where the mysterious Spice comes from. They can clone people, travel in space, see the future, control people's minds with special voice training, but spice is this eternal mystery of mysteriousness. They know:
1.) Spice can only be found on Dune.
2.) Dune has giant sandworms that don't exist anywhere else.
3.) Sandworms are really attracted to spice.
4.) No matter how much they take, the spice does not run out.
5.) These facts are in no way connected whatsoever.
The worst part--and I mean, really--is when people do find out, there is not chagrined shock--we have missed something really simple!--but instead this strange, "Wow, this is proof Muad'dib is superawesome and inscrutable; he worked out the worms and the spice are connected! How is this possible? It is so obscure and strange!" and everyone draws in a breath in awe and amazement at the fact it took having to achieve COSMIC POWERS to do cause and effect that the average five year old could work out within twenty minutes of the movie starting. If you read the book, the first time they tell you about Arrakis.
And now I go back to ignoring that again. Very thoroughly.
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