Foundation S01E10 is the finale 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 “The Leap”, Foundation S01E10 wraps up – to a certain extent – the sub-plots that have been running through most of Season 1. In addition, the episode attempts – rather unconvincingly – to set up storylines for the second season. Once more, the flawed writing and creative decisions made has stunted the potential that Foundation possessed.
The weakest sub-plot : the Terminus crisis is resolved but raises more questions that indicate that plot holes are not something the writers were determined to settle but rather relied on the viewers accepting them at face value. In a sense, it is all quite predictable and could have worked if only more time and effort was put into ironing out the kinks in this sub-plot.
As previously mentioned, the only promising aspect of Foundation has been the Cleon clones sub-plot with Lee Pace’s Brother Day probably the most intriguing characterisation going in the series. Again, plot holes are the order of the day – who is behind what happened to Brother Dawn and how was that achieved is not explained whatsoever. Which all leaves an unsatisfactory emptiness at the end of it all.
And what about Gaal Dornick? – a very promising character built up in the first two episodes and then thrown aside for most of Season 1 to spotlight the rather boring Salvor Hardin instead. Well, Dornick does indeed turn up in this season finale – how could she not? – but in a manner that would not be possible unless treated as a coincidence of almost mathematical impossibility! Does not bode well for Season 2.
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