Well, the Sci-fi channel's Dune finally came to Cinemax-Asia.
Overall, it was quite good a visual adaptation of the book.
Not that there aren't some nits I couldn't pick :-)
I am mostly struck by how "Western" it is. For example, the Fremen
robes are the robes of European monks, rather than Berber desert
dwellers. The still-suit design is also no desert-dwellers' outfit,
it is basically the same design as the rubber wet-suit in Lynch's
"Dune," only colored tan instead of black.
The cave apartments look like any apartment in New York City, only
with furniture carved out of stone. I would've thought that at the
least they could take "visual styling" from the real dwellers of the
desert such as the Saudi or the Gobi desert.
There's also the minimal mention of Shields. Which, IMHO, misses one
of the important points of the book.
However, unlike Lynch, they strip out the background, the
Orange-Catholic bible, and all. I guess they wanted to keep it as
simple as possible.
The series is cavalier about the desert. They went on and on about
"desert power" yet take the desert for granted, and go out in the
desert without a stillsuit.
In fact, another major failing of the series, again IMHO, is the lack
of preoccupation with water, much less moisture. Arakkis is a planet
not barren of water, but of moisture. The series never did convey a
sense of urgency where water is concerned.
And the last, they keep mispronouncing "Mahdi." They pronounce it
"Ma-hadi" when it should be "Mah-di."
It was impressive, but has some glaring mistakes.