The Apple TV + space opera ends with a final episode full of drama. Terminus has a great shining weapon that he can use against the Empire, which has been renewed in his belief that every rebellion must be confronted. Between the stone and the anvil is a human ark that throws out wisdom like Yoda. Read on to find out what I mean by that.
Foundation Review: Season 1, Episode 10 “The Leap”
Harry Seldon (Jared Harris) came out of his suitcase inside the vault at Terminus and has some knowledge he can throw at anyone. Salvor Hardin’s boyfriend (Leah Harvey) Hugo (Daniel MacPherson) has called for reinforcements from his home planet Thespin, Anahreon’s sworn enemies. So, with an audience of mortal enemies, Harry tells them the story of the beginning of their hatred and tells them that it is based on a lie; that the first clone of Emperor Cleon organized this act to prevent them from aligning themselves and not posing a threat to the empire. What if they team up? Put aside the old anger to take over the most powerful regime in the galaxy?
Harry was in the vault and was the vault, all the time, since nanotechnology has turned it into machinery so that it can live as long as it needs to be able to see all of human history even though it is technically dead. It’s a pretty silly concept, but Harris gives a speech with such blissful charisma that you just get into it. That’s what Harris does.
Brother Day (Lee Pace) returned from his stay to be told by Brother Dusk (Terrence Man) about the accident of Brother Down (Cassian Bilton). Dawn’s complaint that he just wants to feel like something other than the gear in the machine is the last thing he wants to hear after he’s just made a potential impact on an alien planet. If even other clones no longer purchase a cloning program, how should Day maintain the galaxy’s belief in clones? Demerzel (Laura Birn) breaks the tie in a very gloomy literal way when Dawn brings his case before them, and the effect it has on her is intense.
All this leads to progress on both sides. It is clear that when, inevitably, the empire and the people of Terminus finally meet in battle, they will be scarier and more cruel than ever before. Chief among them with a renewed purpose will be Salvor, whose mother finally says she was the product of in vitro fertilization. Her donor? None other than Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell), which explains why they share some kind of prediction that allows them to intuition future events. So instead of staying and helping the people at Terminus, she goes to the stars to find Gaal. And where is Gaal? She is 134 years back in Synnax in the future and will soon receive a visit from someone unexpected.
Lee Pace gets a bunch of great scenes here, telling Azura that he let his guards track down everyone who ever knew her well enough to remember her (all 712) and that with a wave of his hand he would kill them all to make sure no one ever sets. Cooling stuff. Even worse and weirder, he makes it clear that he’s only doing this because he loves his brother Dawn, whom he could have killed anyway.
The family dynamics here have boned, and each performer has been given the opportunity to immerse themselves in their characters. From the synchronized choreography at the breakfast table at the opening to this last turning point, it was quite a ride. It’s really something to see the way Dusk went from proud, cold paterfamilias to a miserable killer, while Day is reduced to a god who turns into a man whose sense of self is completely shattered. Pace, Mann and Bilton have done a fantastic job this season and I’m eager to see what the changed dynamics will look like when we get back.
I had my doubts Foundation but this show impressed me so consistently that it’s hard to remember what it felt like to have those reserves. I am looking forward to the next season and a real reunion with these actors who play these characters. It was emotional.
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The first two episodes Foundation premiered Sept. 23 on Apple TV +. New episodes arrive on Friday.
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Scout Tafoya is a film and TV critic, director and creator of a long-running series of video essays The Unloved for RogerEbert.com. He wrote for The Village Voice, Film Comment, The Los Angeles Review of Books i Nylon Magazine. He is the director of 25 feature films and the author of more than 300 video essays, which can be found at Patreon.com/honorszombie.
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