Foundation – So Not The Book

Rating (2 out of 5)

Summary: I started watching this series, and after the first few episodes, I was highly puzzled; this “Foundation” didn’t resemble what I had read many years ago. Honestly, it has been probably 30 years since I read the “Foundation” series. Fortunately, my son had the books, and I read “Foundation” again.

The book blew my mind when I was younger. Approaching conflict by not fighting. That is Science Fiction. The book “Foundation” is a series of crises that are solved with intelligence, and the main characters definitely don’t shoot anyone. So imagine how surprising it was for me when the main characters started shooting guns and fighting.

Then Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey) had some magic powers. Huh. There were no magical powers in the first Foundation book; simply people utilizing their brainpower. The whole series of events on Terminus was highly disappointing.

If you didn’t want to hold true to the books, then don’t call this “Foundation.”

During one of my rants around the house, my wife asked me if “Foundation” was a good show ignoring the book? A great question. This show is slow and spends too much time on characters swimming or making love. Move on and get to the plot.

When they focused on moving the story forward, it was almost enjoyable. The story of the Emperor walking the spiritual road was by far the most exciting portion of the show. With the parallel story of his clone who falls in love, the last couple of episodes were “Foundation.”

Overall, if you expect to watch the books, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a good science fiction show, keep on surfing.

Plot: Harry Seldon, using mathematics called psychohistory, predicts the end of the galactic empire. The only way to shorten the pain and chaos that follows is to set up the Foundation. The story follows the path of the Foundation and the Emperor.