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Am I in the minority for thinking that Apple TV's series called Foundation is a terrible adaptation of Isaac Asimov's work?

You can call me a science-fiction enthusiast or a devoted Isaac Asimov fan, but I cannot help but express my disappointment regarding the recent Apple TV series called Foundation. I must clarify that this critique stems from my personal perspective, and the purpose of this article is not to diminish the efforts of those involved in the production. Nevertheless, I have certain observations and reservations about this adaptation that I feel compelled to share.

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Written bySteven Moore
Published onJanuary 8, 2024

Am I in the minority for thinking that Apple TV's series called Foundation is a terrible adaptation of Isaac Asimov's work?

You can call me a science-fiction enthusiast or a devoted Isaac Asimov fan, but I cannot help but express my disappointment regarding the recent Apple TV series called Foundation. I must clarify that this critique stems from my personal perspective, and the purpose of this article is not to diminish the efforts of those involved in the production. Nevertheless, I have certain observations and reservations about this adaptation that I feel compelled to share.

One of the main reasons for my disappointment is the deviation from Asimov's original vision. Asimov, a master storyteller, created an intricate universe that combined science, politics, and philosophy seamlessly. His Foundation series explored the rise and fall of empires, the power dynamics between individuals and organizations, and the complexities of human nature. While the series' creators may have aimed to capture these elements, the execution fell short.

The pacing and storytelling in the series feel rushed and lack the depth that Asimov's writing conveyed so brilliantly. The intricacies of the plot and character development are sacrificed for quick action and unnecessary visual effects. As a result, the story loses its nuance and fails to capture the essence of the Foundation series.

Another aspect that disappointed me was the portrayal of the characters. In Asimov's work, the characters were multi-dimensional and underwent significant growth throughout the narrative. However, in the TV series, they appear rather one-dimensional, with limited development and depth. This reduction in complexity diminishes the impact of the story and leaves the viewer wanting more.

Furthermore, the visual representation of the Foundation universe falls short of my expectations. Asimov's universe is expansive and rich in detail, but the production design of the series lacks the grandeur and awe-inspiring quality that the books provoked. The sets and effects feel constrained and fail to capture the imagination in the same way that Asimov's words did.

While I acknowledge that adaptations often require adjustments and modifications, the changes made in this series seem to detract from the essence of Asimov's work rather than enhance it. The liberties taken with the storyline and character arcs detract from the philosophical and intellectual themes that made the Foundation series so captivating.

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