Niccol invents a room full of glowworms as the setting for the big conversation between Jamie and Wanda explaining that Melanie is still very much alive inside her. With the desert setting and the starkly modern host cities, the glowworm cave is a nice escape for the two characters to quietly enjoy each other’s company and forge a bond of trust.


We barely get any of the history of Wanda’s people. In the books, Wanda is a historian and a traveler who is given an honorary professor position among her people. When she lives with the humans, her knowledge and stories about the other planets the hosts have taken over is an arresting way to spend the dinner evening. However, in the film, she barely has time to mention there are twelve other controlled planets, much less get into the politics and differences between the worlds.

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