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Children of Dune

Children of Dune

Syfy 2003

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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Children of Dune

Children of Dune - S1E3

#1 - The Golden Path


Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated from 94 votes.

Children of Dune - S1E1

#2 - The Messiah


Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated from 113 votes.

Children of Dune - S1E2

#3 - The Children


Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated from 100 votes.

Last updated: apr 25, 2021



Way less cheesy special effects than the preceding miniseries.


Absolutely faithful to the books.


Books aside, this one is marginally better overall than the 2000 production of Dune. As an adaptation, however, it still leaves a lot to be desired and I tend to be fairly forgiving where adaptations are concerned given the difficulty of translating very rich source material to a much more confined medium. That being said, neither of the miniseries has managed to relate the themes of religion, philosophy, and political intrigue sufficiently and remain surface level sci fi action stories.


Looks better in certain areas but still small budget. I liked the story of the first series more.


its the best film i have seen

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