Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ Brought to Life

One of the latest science fiction shows to hit OTT platforms has been Apple TV+’s series called ‘Foundation’, created by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman. The series is based on the award-winning author Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, one of science fiction’s top written works till date. 

Asimov imagined a retro-futuristic setting, weaving in the influence of the environment around him in the 1950s. It’s safe to say that the series added color and life to some of the best science fiction out there. The popular adaptation of Asimov‘s ‘I – Robot’ is another example of his amazing work translated for big screens and television. The first thing to catch your attention is how the stunning visuals throughout have such a huge impact on this show. 

The powerful and flourishing planet Trantor from Foundation.

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The original idea for the storyline is taken from the Foundation book series itself. However, there were certain elements within the show that needed to be modified to make it more ‘television friendly’. You will notice a majority of male characters in the books, whereas the show tries to create a gender balance by incorporating a few female characters as well. 

The first 10-episode season of Foundation, which released episodes every Friday on Apple TV, is based on a tale of planets in one part of the galaxy. This fictional world is in a part of the galaxy that heavily revolves around the planet in most power  – Trantor. The monarchy is controlled by three clones or the Kings of Cleon, a young, middle aged, and an old man respectively. Each of them are named Brother Dawn, Brother Day (played by Lee Pace), and Dusk respectively.

The characters of Hari Seldon (played by Jared Harris) and Gaal Dornick from the repressive planet Synnax (played by Lou Llobell) are exiled to the distant planet Terminus on a mission to establish the ‘Foundation’. The Foundation, as proposed by Hari, is supposed to help save the historical record from that portion of the galaxy before the upcoming prediction of dark ages hits the planets in the system. When the ship reaches Terminus, the crew stumbles upon a mysterious object that governs the area around it in some sort of force field. Full cast HERE

Characters Gaal Dornick and Hari Seldon

We find interesting concepts like psychohistory, the Abraxas principle, and the power of mathematics in the vast expanse of the universe. The show also talks about the concepts of the soul on a planet called The Maiden, and seeking a higher invisible power, something that reflects Asimov’s societal influence, and the developing extremities of religion and blind faith overtime.

The story starts to take nasty turns when turmoil breaks out on Terminus, and both Trantor and Terminus face attacks. The angry and fierce Grand Huntress of Anacreon, Phara Keaen (played by Kubbra Sait) sets out to avenge her family, who is lost when most of her home planet is destroyed by Trantor. Brother Day suspected terrorist activity which resulted in the destruction of Trantor’s star bridge, and attacked both planets – Anacreon and Thespis. Meanwhile, the warden of Terminus, Salvor Hardin (played by Leah Harvey), has to defend and stand for the science community working on the planet without any combat training or fighting experience.

Kubbra Sait plays the Grand Huntress of Anacreon


Nothing else here, we don’t want to spoil the experience of this wonderful series. 

Watch the first season of Foundation on Apple TV+



All images in the article are screenshots from the Foundation TV Series airing on Apple TV+.


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