When “Foundation” Gets the Blockbuster Treatment, Isaac Asimov’s Vision Gets Lost

The TV version of the classic sci-fi saga sidelines its source’s most pressing questions about power and precarity.

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Hasnain says:

Interesting take, though I don’t fully agree with it. I’m personally a fan of the show, it’s a good portrayal that’s inspired by the novels. It’s definitely too hard to make the source material into something that has mass market appeal, and we’re still left with an exciting story.

“The Apple TV+ series could have tried to craft a new template to encompass these constellations. Instead, it falls back on a sturdily familiar one: a ragtag band facing down a mighty empire, with the fate of the universe pivoting on the actions of a gifted few. It’s an approach that would have appealed to Asimov’s Lord Dorwin, a dilettantish dignitary obsessed with identifying humanity’s original solar system. Rather than search for it himself, though, Dorwin relies on the findings of long-dead archeologists. When Salvor suggests that he do his own field work, Dorwin is incredulous: Why blunder about in far-flung solar systems when the old masters have covered the ground so much better than we could ever hope to? ♦

Posted on 2021-11-02T07:00:54+0000