Review: Foundation 2021 Tv Series
Apple TV+ has released the first two episodes of its much-anticipated new series Foundation, starring Jared Harris and Lee Pace, on September 24. Produced for Apple by Skydance Television, the 10-episode series is a feast for the eyes, a stunning adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s epic saga. But for those who have not read the books, it may take a while to get into.
Dr. Hari Seldon (played by Jared Harris) is predicting the fall the Galactic Empire, ruled over by the Cleons—three clones of an original emperor named Cleon, each of a different age, training their younger selves to be the next ruler. Seldon is a mathematician who has developed the science of “psychohistory” which, he claims, can predict the future of large populations through the use of maths. Seldon’s calculations foresee an upcoming Dark Age that would last 30,000 years, but he has a plan that could shorten this to a thousand years. Unhappy about this prediction of their Empire’s imminent fall, the Cleons, headed by Brother Day (played by Lee Pace) decide to exile the professor and his prodigy Gaal Dornick (played by Lou Llobell) to the far reaches of the empire, a border planet called Terminus, where they will create an archive of human knowledge, the “Encyclopaedia Galactica”, to guide future generations to form a new society.
Created by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, Foundation is an ambitious series that has dared to adapt the deemed unfilmable epic. The first two episodes offer a promising start to the series, which its showrunner Goyer is hoping will be running for 8 seasons.