A hundred-year time jump. That’s what we’re contending with when Foundation returns to Apple TV+ in July. The massive timeline suits the scale of the show, which stars Lee Pace (in an increasingly dramatic series of costumes) as one of a trio of clone emperors whose time has long since come.
The show is, yes, an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, but it might be best watched as its own, somewhat related thing.
The synopsis for the coming season is very dramatic:
More than a century after the season one finale, tension mounts throughout the galaxy in Foundation season two. As the Cleons unravel, a vengeful queen plots to destroy Empire from within. Hari, Gaal and Salvor discover a colony of Mentalics with psionic abilities that threaten to alter psychohistory itself. The Foundation has entered its religious phase, promulgating the Church of Seldon throughout the Outer Reach and inciting the Second Crisis: war with Empire. The monumental adaptation of Foundation 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.
Foundation also stars Jared Harris, Lou Llobell, and Leah Harvey; the returning cast includes Laura Birn (as a conflicted android), Cassian Bilton, and Terrence Mann. Season two introduces a whole new pile of characters, as seems inevitable when we’re jumping a century into the future: Ben Daniels (Bel Riose), Kulvinder Ghir (Poly Verisof), Rachel House (Tellem Bond), Nimrat Kaur (Yanna Seldon), Isabella Laughland (Brother Constant), Dimitri Leonidas (Hober Mallow), Holt McCallany (Warden Jaegger Fount), and Ella-Rae Smith (Queen Sareth of Cloud Dominion).
Foundation, which is co-created and showrun by David S. Goyer, returns with weekly episodes beginning July 14th on Apple TV.