Good: A more economical script than the new movie, that fits more details from the book into a shorter running time.
Good: The cast is mostly decent to good. Ian McNeice clearly has fun chewing the scenery as Baron Harkonnen.
Bad: Alec Newman looks to old and comes off as unlikable in his sub-Mark Hamill performance as Paul Atreides. He's 26, and so is Timothée Chalamet in the new one, but Chalamet looks younger. I still think the character is better written in the new one.
Good: They left in the banquet scene, and more stuff about the water-culture and the local ruler's relationship with the local peasants. I couldn't believe they cut some of that of the new movie.
Good: It's bright and colorful and the production concepts are good.
Bad: But their recourses were still limited to what was done on television at the time, so the actual sets and costumes are a mixed bag. Some of the sets look good but some of them look kind of cheap, the costumes often look silly and might have looked better if the basic designs had been done on a modern budget.
Really Bad: The CGI has aged like milk. The sandworm attack on the spice harvester looks horrendous, and that was one of my favorite set-pieces from the book.
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to say that I like this more than the new version, because the storytelling is better and it's not all completely dismal and boring, but it hasn't aged well and Newman is weak as Paul.
I'm curious to see what the second miniseries looks like, because it feels like 20 years separate this from the 2004 Syfy Channel Battlestar Galactica, which only came four year later, but BSG only came one year later than Children of Dune.
Did anybody else here ever bother watching this?