This is a series that deserves a cinema release. It really does deserve to be seen on the big screen. Your phone or tablet just won’t do it justice. The sets, cinematography and CGI show that no expense has been spared.
Now let me admit straight away that I have not read any Asimov novels. To be honest I prefer movies to books. Maybe if I had read the novels then I might feel that the complicated storylines involved, at times, might feel a little less mystifying, but don’t let that put you off. There are a number of simultaneously running storylines, some of which occur in different time periods- a technique I often find frustrating, but I still got hooked into the various characters, and what was going to happen to them.
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 unrivalled reign may be weakening as they’re forced to reckon with the potential reality of losing their powerful legacy forever.
Perhaps the best aspect of Foundation, beyond, as I said all the money spent on sets and fx, is the characters really come alive. They show their flaws; that they are blinkered to achieving their own goals; Foundation is a show where people care for each other, not something you often see in less emotional sci-fi productions. You actually care about the characters at least I did.
Featuring an international cast led by Emmy Award nominees Jared Harris and Lee Pace, alongside rising stars Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey, the monumental adaptation 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.