Foundation S01E06 is the sixth instalment of the first season of an American science fiction epic streaming drama based on the classic novel series written by Isaac Asimov. Asimov developed high concepts regarding the decline and fall of empires and civilisations in his Foundation series of novels (number seven in total).
Entitled “Death and the Maiden”, Foundation S01E06 spends its time divided between Brother Day’s visit to the planet Maiden and the military conflict on Terminus. In truth, neither narrative resonated strongly as once more the series seems to be floundering and incoherent.
On Maiden, a religious leader challenges the Emperor’s right to exist, on the account of them being clones of Cleon I. Brother Day intends to appoint another leader to rule Maiden but this troublesome leader appears to gaining acceptance and popularity much to Day’s chagrin. On Terminus, Warden Salvor Hardin continues to lose ground, as the Huntress of Anacreon reveals her plan to use a planet-killing ship against the Empire.
With four episodes left in this first season and a season two renewal already confirmed, it’s amazing that the writing is as bad as it is. Considering the quality of the source material, surely the writers could have done a better job in establishing a measure of coherence in the narrative.
Already in season 1, Foundation reminds us of the worst aspects of Game of Thrones, where the jumping around all over the map to following numerous characters made it very hard for viewers to engage and to follow the storylines. Everything feels fragmented and smacks of the writers trying too hard. We would have preferred that emphasis be placed on the Cleon clones and Gaal Dornick, with less focus on this tedious Terminus sub-plot. Especially when the Terminus characters are dull overall. Sigh.
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