What you need to know about the Apple TV + adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s novels

The adaptation of Apple TV + of Foundation, Isaac Asimov’s award-winning sci-fi book series, is slated to air in a few weeks. Asimov’s story is a sprawling one spanning over a thousand years, and based on the jaw-dropping scenes from the trailers, it appears Apple has invested a lot in bringing the epic to life. ‘screen.

Here’s what you need to know about Foundation ahead of the show’s premiere on Apple’s streaming platform.

How to watch

Foundation is an Apple Original and as such will only be available to Apple TV + subscribers. The current price is $ 4.99 per month, but if you buy a qualifying Apple device, you might be able to score three months for free.

The first three episodes – the first of which is aptly called “Foundation” – should be released on September 24 on Apple TV +. The streamer will release the remaining seven episodes one by one, every Friday.

What Foundation is all about

Apple TV + Foundation is based on Isaac Asimov’s iconic sci-fi series, such a foundational work (see what we did there?) in the form of a short story series published between 1942 and 1950. Due to their popularity, these stories were turned into three books – Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation – and published from 1951 to 1953.

The premise of Foundation is that the mighty Galactic Empire, which has ruled over thousands of planets for thousands of years, is – according to one man, Dr. Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) – on the verge of collapse. Seldon knows this because he developed a practice called psychohistory, a science that allows him to predict the future using probabilistic terms.

Unsurprisingly, the Empire isn’t very happy with the Doctor’s conclusions, but Seldon is working to set in motion events that will reduce the time civilization spends in the Dark Ages. One of his followers is Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell), another psychohistorian who helps set Seldon’s plan in motion by establishing the first “Foundation” on the planet, Terminus. This Foundation is ostensibly a repository of knowledge, a collection to preserve Empire technology when the going goes wrong. In the books, Seldon had an additional intention behind creating the Foundation on Terminus, but digging deeper into that will likely get us into spoiler territory.

In addition to Harris and Llobell, the Apple TV + Foundation stars Lee Pace as Brother Emperor Day. Cassian Bilton and Terrence Mann play other members of the Empire family, Brother Dawn and Brother Dusk respectively. Leah Harvey is also on board as Salvor Hardin, the mayor of Terminus. Laura Birn plays Demerzel, the Emperor’s Prime Minister. Writer David S. Goyer (Batman begins, The black Knight) is the showrunner.

While we haven’t seen the series yet, the diversity of the cast alone reveals that Goyer and Apple have tweaked some of the dated aspects of the source material.

The potential future of Foundation

Apple has yet to officially confirm that it has given the show the go-ahead for subsequent seasons. If they do, however, there are a lot more stories to tell, as the Asimov series includes five books as well as two prequels.

Goyer, at least, is certainly hoping that there will be more than one season. “With Foundation, we can hopefully tell the story in 80 episodes, 80 hours, instead of trying to condense it all into two or three hours for one movie, ”he said. in an interview with Lovin Malta in February 2021.

We would need our own degrees in psychohistory to find out if Foundation will arrive at 80 episodes or not. In the meantime, we can start watching the first 10 episodes of the series on Apple TV + starting September 24.