One of the most anticipated Sci-Fi series "Foundation" has finally arrived on Apple TV Plus with the first two episodes of the epic saga. Based on Isaac Asimov’s novel series of the same name, the series follows a band of exiles lead by Dr. Hari Seldon who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.
I watched the more than an-hour long first two episodes as soon as they arrived on Apple TV Plus. To be clear, I haven't read the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, and I am sharing my opinion only as a sci-fi enthusiast.
What I liked:
The show has got everything right with the special effects and the VFX used in making the galaxy look mesmerizing. Mainly because of its big-budget the show is not going to be short on the resources.
The design of StarBridge on Trantor is one of the most insane things I have seen in a TV series so far. The StarBridge is a tall building, which is so tall that it takes 14 hrs on a high-speed car to travel from top to the bottom.
Jared Harris as Dr. Hari Seldon is very convincing to be a charismatic leader, and his speech delivery already gave me goosebumps.
What I Didn't Like:
The music is not up to the mark. There were a lot of scenes that were so spectacular where with the right music, any viewer would have got goosebumps. Like during the speech by Dr. Seldon or the destruction/bombing by the Empire.
I have also seen the "See" TV series on Apple TV Plus, which gets the music right in each episode. This type of music is lacking in Foundation, and I hope that it will be addressed in the following season.
The show doesn't dive much into the background of the characters.
I also observed few things, which can be called a plothole, but I didn't write above as I expect to get an answer in the upcoming episodes.
Dr. Seldon states that planet Terminus is 50 thousand light-years away from the Trantor, and it will take 878 days to travel there without the FTL jump drive. Without FTL means, he has to travel slower than light or max at the speed of light, which will take at least 50K yrs to reach. However, in the second episode, the traveling days are adjusted to 1878 days, which once again does not resolve the core point. In the upcoming episodes, I will be looking, if this gets answered.
One of the conversations also mentions that the galaxy has over 300 living planets with a 40 trillion population, which in conversion makes each planet with a living population of 133 billion, making them highly overpopulated. The series is set 10,000 yrs in the future and the humans in it are descendants from the earth. So, imagine if at the origin the earth's population was 10 billion, it will take an insane amount of growth rate to reach 40 trillion in 10,000 years. Again, this may be a plot hole, which series creators have taken very lightly.
The Empire's power has not been explained. Why the whole galaxy fears them, or why their people do fear them as well. The Empire doesn't have superpowers and nor do they seem to have blind followers, then how are they ruling for thousands of years. Like in Star Wars, Darth Vader is a villain and he has extraordinary powers that separate him from the others. Similarly in The Expanse, Marco Inaros has a large no. of followers making him dangerous.
The first two episodes proved that the show is not for everyone. The show does have a lot of special effects, making it a visually great experience, but it also has a lot of complicated dialogues with maths and much deeper meaning impacting the plot.
In the end, the show is for hardcore sci-fi nerds. If you are new to the sci-fi category, you may want to see it at a later time.
Final Score: 7.0/10
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