Apple TV’s ‘Foundation’ trailer changes the books in a major way
The next epic TV sci-fi is almost upon us.
And the ambitious vision of Apple on that of Isaac Asimov Foundation The series, which premiered on September 24 of this year, appears to be at least a philosophically faithful adaptation of the source material, although the TV series takes creative liberties elsewhere.
You have revolutionary Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) proposing to shorten the galaxy’s new dark ages by creating the Foundation, which will rebuild a civilization he believes is on the verge of destruction. Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) became Seldon’s obvious successor. And the ruling Empire is resisting the growing influence of Foundation scholars, by any means necessary.
But in the middle of it all, something New and not found in Asimov’s novels is already focusing. No, it’s not the fact that Gaal is now a woman instead of a man. (Other than Susan Calvin in the Robot books, Asimov didn’t have a great track record with non-male protagonists.)
Instead, the biggest change to Foundation is actually what this new trailer comes out of the door with. It’s a change that could reveal the series’ biggest secret and explain the existence of new characters Brother Day, Brother Dusk and Brother Dawn, three characters created specifically for the series. Here’s what it all could mean. Sweet trailer spoilers ahead. Speculation follows.
How? ‘Or’ What Foundation change the books
Right away, the trailer shows us an old man (Terrence Mann) watching an embryo floating inside some sort of tank. âI can’t be the first to want to see my younger self,â he says.
We then get a flash of different versions of that person, from childhood to adulthood. We see actors Cassian Bilton and Lee Pace, who play characters named Brother Dawn and Brother Day respectively. This older character is the mysterious Brother Dusk.
Then, in a voiceover narration, Brother Day (Lee Pace) tells us, âOur genetic dynasty has ruled for nearly four centuries.
Here is the thing. To have cloned or genetically modified oligarchs ruling the future Imperium by Foundation not part of the Asimov books at all. In other words, one of the foundations of this Foundation changed.
Why Brother Dusk is an Asimov game changer
While the first scene in the trailer may involve some sort of time travel, it seems more likely that cloning or some other similar sci-fi genetic deception is taking place in Foundation. The three “Brothers” – Dawn, Day and Dusk – represent a kind of life cycle for a person, divided between three actors. Is this someone who has been cloned over and over again? If so, the character isn’t just a departure from the novel – it’s a completely new invention from the show’s writers.
Asimov first published the new “Foundation” (later renamed “The Encyclopedists”) in 1942. Although genetics was an established science at the time, the discovery of DNA and its role in determining the genetic inheritance was not widely known until the following year. Cloning, moreover, only became prominent in science fiction stories after this date.
In fact, clones and genetic engineering are not taken into account at all in most of Asimov’s stories. An author contributing to a 1985 review of Robots and empiree at the Washington postThe Book World section noted that:
âIn the Asimov universe, because it was conceived a long time ago, and because its author hates confusion, there are no computers whose impact should be noted, no complexities social, no genetic engineering, aliens, arcologies, multiverses, clones, sin or sex … “
At the time, the critic was doing an aesthetic search against Asimov, but the most literal point holds. As it is written, the Imperium in the Foundation of the novel did not include clones.
Is this change good or bad? As convincing as the Foundation the stories are, this universe was first created in the 1940s and then refined in the 1950s, although it was eventually revived (by Asimov himself) in the 1980s. We’ve certainly come a long way way with sci-fi epics since then, so it only makes sense for Foundation to update his mythology too.
Does the new Foundation include robots?
One retcon Asimov realized in his lifetime was the retroactive inclusion of robots in the world of Foundation, long after the books hit the shelves. the years 1982 Foundation edge incorporated robots, much like his prequel novel from 1988 Prelude to the Foundation. The question is whether the new Foundation show updates its sci-fi nomenclature to include clones, will we also have Asimovian robots? It’s been a while since the tragically unfaithful 2004 film I robot, starring Will Smith, and the last time anyone referred to Asimov’s robots in a major sci-fi series was in last year’s season of Star Trek: Picard.
the Foundation the trailers represent a kind of soldier (photo above) who could report the inclusion of robots in the show. We know a clone attack is coming Foundation. Are robots next?
Foundation will be released on Apple TV + on September 24, 2021.