What to Expect from the Foundation Season 1 on AppleTV+

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Foundation brings sci-fi lovers a new series that rivals fan favorites like the Star Trek or Stargate series. The long-awaited Isaac Asimov Foundation series finally gets a TV series it deserves. The series is breathtaking at every corner.

Salvor Hardin at The Vault - Foundation AppleTV+
Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey) at The Vault – Foundation AppleTV+

Audiences get their first taste of the new sci-fi series on September 24th with the first two episodes. New episodes air on Fridays, with the season 1 finale on November 17th. Here is what you can expect to see in season one of Foundation premiering on AppleTV. Asimov’s daughter Robyn Asimov is a producer for the show.

Stunning visuals – Foundation is an astonishing series in every sense of the word. From the costumes to the make-up, the show transports audiences into the fictional Galactic Empire. Every scene change elicits a sense of euphoria. The captivating words like Synnax and Trantor play host to world-building that becomes prevalent in the new series. The special effects are seamless and push the envelope even more than some considerable franchise movies.

Gaal Dornick - Foundation AppleTV+
Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) – Foundation AppleTV+

New takes on the cast – Asimov’s original story included an extensive list of male characters. Luckily, the creators cast some of these roles as females. The cast is also exceptionally diverse. With the changes in the roles of some of the popular characters also comes additional creative liberties with the character’s history. It adds a level of storytelling that the book severely lacked.

Gaal Dornick and Harry Seldin - Foundation AppleTV+
Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) and Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) – Foundation AppleTV+

The masterful Jared Harris plays Dr. Hari Seldon. Between him and Lee Pace as Emporer Cleon, there couldn’t be better casting choices. The changes I’ve mentioned include Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick and Leah Harvey as Salvor Hardin. Both play strong characters that prove themselves and those that doubt them over and over again. The use of four different aged characters to play Emporer Cleon’s cloned dynasty is one that I found fascinating. There are always three, Brother Dawn, Brother Day, and Brother Dusk. They consult and teach the younger generations as they pass down their legacy year after year. Lee Pace is always the current Emporer as Brother Day. Still, even over the decades, as another brother takes the throne, his personality changes with each of them, allowing audiences a chance to keep track of the time periods.

Emperor Cleon Brother Dawn, Day, and Dusk - Foundation AppleTV+
Emperor Cleon Brother Dawn, Day, and Dusk – Foundation AppleTV+

Lots more to come – You may think after watching the first two episodes that the series is going fast, but I’ve watched the full season and I promise they were just trying to hook you hard before building the season more. While the series jumps back and forth in time as the book does, season 1 of Foundation barely scratches the surface of the first Foundation book. Apple clearly knows they have a hit on their hands and plan on giving us a show that fans will continue to watch for many years to come. The creative liberties taken with characters that come and go like a breeze in the book are given a new life to the TV series.

Salvor Hardin - Foundation AppleTV+
Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey) – Foundation AppleTV+

Quotes right from the book – “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”


Foundation AppleTV+

From visionary showrunner and executive producer David S. Goyer, “Foundation” is the highly anticipated epic saga that marks the first-ever on-screen adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s iconic, award-winning novel series of the same name. When revolutionary Dr. Hari Seldon predicts the impending fall of the Empire, he and a band of loyal followers venture to the far reaches of the galaxy to establish The Foundation in an attempt to rebuild and preserve the future of civilization. Enraged by Hari’s claims, the ruling Cleons – a long line of emperor clones – fear their grasp on the galaxy may be weakening as they’re forced to reckon with the potential reality of losing their legacy forever. Starring Emmy Award nominees Jared Harris and Lee Pace, alongside rising stars Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey, this monumental journey chronicles the stories of four crucial individuals transcending space and time as they overcome deadly crises, shifting loyalties and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity. The Apple Original drama also stars Laura Birn, Terrence Mann, Cassian Bilton, and Alfred Enoch.

“Foundation” will debut globally on Apple TV+ on September 24, 2021, with the first two episodes, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday.

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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