Frank Herbert's Dune

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 2000 on Syfy
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Episode 1
On order of the emperor, Duke Leto Atreides moves his family from his home planet Caladan to another planet, Arrakis, also known as Dune. After an attack on their stronghold, his son Paul and his concubine flee into the desert.

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    Jaroslava Siktancova

    Jaroslava Siktancova

    Shadout Mapes

    Guest Star

    Karel Dobry

    Karel Dobry

    Dr Kynes/Liet

    Guest Star

    Zuzana Geislerová

    Zuzana Geislerová

    Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Even though John Hurt received top billing (his name is shown even before the title of the show) he really only appears in episode 1. Both his 5-second appearances in episode 2 and 3 are in one of Paul's visions.

      • Goof: The window in Leto and Jessica's bedroom is open, as can be seen by the wind moving her hair. On Dune windows would never be open, because too much moisture could escape.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: Perverting common wisdom, nephew, is a mark of all great conspiracies.

      • Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: A glorious winter is about to descend on House Atreides and all its heirs, and very soon, the years of humiliation visited upon my family will finally be avenged.

      • Space Guild representative: It's said that Fremen drink the blood of their dead. Isn't that so, Dr Kynes?
        Dr Kynes: Not the blood sir. All of a man's water. A necessity when one lives in the deep desert. The human body is 70 % water, surely a dead man no longer requires it.

      • Duke Leto (to Paul): Learn this lesson well, son. If you want to hold Arrakis, you must be prepared to fight fear with fear. Fear and power.

      • Piter: The plan is elegant and vicious, dear Baron.
        Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: Of course it is. I designed it.

      • Paul: I will not fear. Fear is the mind killer. I will face my fear and it will pass through me and when it is gone there will be nothing, only I will remain.

      • Duke Leto: On Caladan, we ruled with sea and air power. Here, on Arrakis, we need desert power.

    • NOTES (7)

      • The Director's Cut Special Edition DVD, which was released in 2000, contains over 30 minutes of footage that was not shown when the mini-series originally aired on the SciFi Channel.

      • One of the most famous lines in the original novel is the Litany against Fear, a Bene Gesserit method to deal with fear. The line is as follows:

        "I must not fear.
        Fear is the mind-killer.
        Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
        I will face my fear.
        I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
        And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
        Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
        Only I will remain."

        For the mini-series they changed the wording of this litany and abbreviated it. In the mini-series the litany is as follows:

        "I will not fear.
        Fear is the mind killer.
        I will face my fear and it will pass through me and when it is gone there will be nothing, only I will remain."

      • In the novel, the main character, Paul Atreides, is only 15 years old. John Harrison, the director, chose to cast a slightly older actor to increase the quality of acting for such an important character.

      • Alec Newman, the actor playing the main protagonist, Paul Atreides, admitted he had not read any of the Dune books before filming the miniseries.

      • Despite being shot in 2:1 aspect ratio, the mini-series was broadcast in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio.

      • In various interviews, director Harrison mentioned that his first choice for the role of Lady Jessica was actress Alice Krige, however she was unavailable and Saskia Reeves got to play the part.
        Alice Krige did get to play the part in Children of Dune, the sequel mini-series.

      • In 2001, this mini-series won two Emmy Awards: one for "Cinematography" and one for "Visual Effects", in addition to being nominated for a third for "Sound Editing".

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