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Mentat: The Freshmaker

A public service announcement:

Mentats are love.

Left to right: Thufir Hawat (Sci-Fi miniseries), Duncan Idaho as Hayt (Sci-Fi), Piter de Vries (Sci-Fi), Thufir Hawat (Lynch movie), Piter de Vries (Lynch), Thufir Hawat (Sci-Fi), Piter de Vries (Lynch)
Provenance: Google search, all images edited with Macromedia Fireworks 8

Maybe someone could make one of Piter de Vries holding a roll of Mentos instead of a vial of sapho juice?
"Mentat: The Freshmaker"



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 8th, 2006 09:11 am (UTC)
Yay! Lynch's Hawat was, and always will be, the best Mentat ever :)
Feb. 8th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
It is by the Eyebrows of DOOM I set my mind in motion
While I agree that Lynch's Hawat r0x0red hardcore, I have a comment about your preference for the film to the miniseries.

Having watched and loved the Children of Dune miniseries (which had 5 times the production value of the Sci-Fi original miniseries Dune, and probably a larger budget), I decided to watch the 2000 series of the original book. I know you didn't like it, and I know many people hated the odd headdresses (Byzantine? Egyptian? Conehead?) and autistic-sounding Mentats, but there were a lot of things I loved about the series:

1. Liet Kynes was much better developed as a character.
2. Jessica's guarded cynicism and gradual realization of her destiny hits on all four cylinders. Her life, marked by tragedy and triumph, stretches across the complete 12-hour saga in rich panoramic tones. (Even the transition from Saskia Reeves to Alice Krige helped, IMO.)
3. Generalizing beyond 1 and 2, the whole feeling of being "swept away by the tide of history" is there. Instead of endlessly repeated visions of jihad as shown in the book, Paul's life unfolds, in ways that drive him to seek out the rest of it.
4. The series is more introspective about the Observer Effect and other aspects of being the mahdi, prescient, the awakened "male Bene Gesserit", etc.
5. Paul is sympathetic - wonder of wonders! I hated his guts when I read Dune at 15. It wasn't that was privileged; it was the whole Jesus complex, which everybody kept feeding through all the congratulatory foreshadowing. "Ooh, he knows just what to do; a good sign!" followed by grins so smug you can almost feel them coming out of the page just makes you want to flip to the more interesting appendices and glossaries.
6. Like Troy, the miniseries secularized Paul Atreides somewhat, and made the messianic aspect of his struggle more ambiguous. Unlike Troy, it didn't turn the 4-year epic into a 4-week one (well, Herbert marked time with Alia and the original Leto II, but you know what I mean).
7. The ecological/economic aspect of the story actually made sense! Instead of spice being this chewy treat or "just another drug", its value to the Spacing Guild is hammered home. I didn't like the analogy with snuff, but I did like the way the Harkonnen's reacted to it, and how it was treated as a real treasure, with health benefits (among other things).
8. There were a few really good-looking women (Julie Cox, Saskia Reeves, Susan Sarandon) in this. Daniela Amavia (Alia), kindasorta. Chani (Barbora Kodetova), heck no. Sean Young was way hotter. :-)
9. Duncan Idaho actually gets good lines in Dune Messiah.
10. NO "WEIRDING MODULES". 'Nuff said.

One thing bothered me about both series: the constant repetition of terms. "The voice from the outer world"... "the Golden Path"... "we go forward, we go back".

One thing that confused me: in the book, did Muad'dib really threaten to poison all the Great Makers with a giant Water of Life/pre-spice mass reaction? Would that even have worked?

Feb. 9th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: It is by the Eyebrows of DOOM I set my mind in motion
"One thing that confused me: in the book, did Muad'dib really threaten to poison all the Great Makers with a giant Water of Life/pre-spice mass reaction? Would that even have worked?"
"If I hear anymore nonsense from either of you [guildsmen]," Paul said, "I'll give the order that will destroy all spice production on Arrakis... forever."
That's a very clear threat, and earlier in the book (though I couldn't find the exact quotation) he mentioned the 'Water of Death' reaction.

Judging by the way the spacing guild reacted to him (and the Fremen he was talking to when he mentioned the Water of Death, who reacted to it like it was sacrilege), at least they believed it would work.

Feb. 8th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
True enough, but . . . . Mentats are UGLY, in general. How weird.
Feb. 8th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
Duncan Idaho Mentat judges you!
Mentats are beautiful! Well, their brains are.

Mmm, brains,
Feb. 8th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Mentat love! And I totally want an icon with Piter de Vries holding a roll of Mentos--that is way LOL!
Feb. 8th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Here's a really quick pathetic looking icon, and the original photoshopped image so that you can make a better icon :D

Feb. 8th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Mentats are love!
Yay! Thank you, thank you!

This is going in my GreatestJournal, and for now, I've replaced my LJ "power" icon (McKay with a ZPM) with this.

Feb. 8th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Mentats are love!
Yay, glad you like it :)
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
Re: Mentats are love!
Love it!

Been reading about Jenova and FF7, thanks to icon. Interesting...

Feb. 9th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: Mentats are love!
My friends and I actually have started up a semi-cultish Jenova following after being visited by one to many Jehova witnesses and deciding that it was time we started spreading the right word: Jenova. :D We are Jenova Witness's!

It's all really a whole bit of fandom sillyness, but we have quite a big following of almost 50 people--considering this semi-cult was only started up about a month ago that's amazing! My last semi-cult amassed only 20 followers, all who have followed me to this one, oddly enough. (I think I may one day become an actually cult leader, I seem to be decently good at it, but for right now, I'll just spread the word of Jenova at conventions)

I think jenova often becomes one of the forgotten characters in FF7. Even though the story couldn't continue without her, people tend to focus on Cloud, Aeris, and Sephiroth with never giving Jenova a thought beyond what she contributes to the plot. There's such a fascinating idea behind Jenova: possibly an extraterrestrial creature questing for god hood, possibly an unwitting carrier of a deadly virus, or maybe simply the embodiment of human greed and corruption.

All hail Jenova :D
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