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Apple today shared a first look at the second season of popular science fiction show "Foundation," which is based on Isaac Asimov's classic book series.

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The show focuses on four crucial individuals as they transcend space and time to overcome deadly crises, shifting loyalties, and complicated relationships that will determine the fate of humanity.

"Foundation" was renewed for a second season back in October 2021, just a month after it was initially released. The second season of the show will add several new cast members that will be familiar to those who are fans of the books.
  • Isabella Laughland as Brother Constant, a cheerfully confident claric whose job is to evangelize the Church of the Galactic Spirit across the Outer Reach. Constant is a true believer, whose courage and passion make her hard not to love.
  • Kulvinder Ghir as Poly Verisof, High Claric of the Church of the Galactic Spirit. Whip-smart and sardonic, he's also a terrible drunk -- intelligent enough to see the path he's on, but too cynical to change.
  • Sandra Yi Sencindiver as Enjoiner Rue, the beautiful, politically savvy consigliere to Queen Sareth. A former courtesan to Cleon the 16th, Rue parlayed her status to become a royal counsellor.
  • Ella-Rae Smith as Queen Sareth of Cloud Dominion. Used to being underestimated, Sareth employs it to her advantage, charming her way into the Imperial Palace with biting wit, all while on a secret quest for revenge.
  • Dimitri Leonidas as Hober Mallow, a master trader with a sarcastic personality and questionable morals, who is summoned against his will to serve a higher, selfless cause.
  • Ben Daniels as Bel Roise, the last great general of the Superliminal Fleet and would-be conqueror of the Foundation. Bel is noble to a fault, but his fealty to the Galactic Empire is waning.
  • Holt McCallany as Warden Jaegger Fount, the current Warden of Terminus and guardian of its citizens against external threats.
  • Mikael Persbrandt as The Warlord of Kalgan, a monster of a man, coiled with muscle and possessing powerful psychic abilities, and fueled by hate in his quest to take over the galaxy.
  • Rachel House as Tellem Bond, mysterious leader of the Mentallics.
  • Nimrat Kaur as Yanna Seldon.
Because of the timescale of "Foundation," several of the original cast members from the first season will not be returning, but Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Laura Birn, Terrance Mann, and Cassian Bilton will continue to be part of the show in the second season.

There is no word yet on when the second season of "Foundation" will premiere, but as the first season wasn't released until September 2021, there are still likely several months to go until Apple is prepared to debut a new season.

Article Link: Apple TV+ Shares First Look at 'Foundation' Season 2 With New Cast Member Reveal
 

polterbyte

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Best thing on Apple TV

I like a lot of things on Apple TV: For All Mankind, Ted Lasso, The Problem With Jon Stewart, and even The Morning Show. Still, I agree that Foundation (for my taste, at least) is the best one. It's more fan fiction than an Asimov adaptation (much like Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" was more fan fiction than a Tolkien adaptation), but even so it's an excellent show, IMHO.
 

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What exactly does it mean to transcend time? I feel like I do that every night.
 

nwcs

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I tried to get into the story but it just didn't do anything for me. But it does seem well received.

Every TV/movie based on a book is usually not better than the source material. Just more accessible and flashy -- and expensive.
 

Polymorphic

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I'm surprised that Foundation has been received well, and that Apple is renewing it for a second season. I love all kinds of sci-fi, from high-concept like "Arrival" to pulpy like "The Expanse", but Foundation left me cold. It's pretty to look at, but that's about it.
 

canadianreader

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Give me some context. Why this guy is dressed with a skirt ? ?

That's brother Day the head of the 2nd Galactic Empire, thousands of years in the future. On the left Demerzel an advanced humanoid AI and aid to the emperor. And at the center Hari Seldon the founder of the Encyclopedia Galactica, a compounded knowledge of thousands of years of human history.
 

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What exactly does it mean to transcend time? I feel like I do that every night.
It's set over a *long* time. Many years. I think the entire book series is something like 1000 years. So effectively there are many time skips but some characters (or actors) can exist across much longer than normal periods of existence. So basically it's set over hundreds, if not thousands of years and across the whole galaxy. That's what they mean.
 

Spanky Deluxe

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It's a phenomenal show. It took me a few episodes to get into it because i didn't know what was going on and I needed to put subtitles on for a good chunk of the Trantor stuff just because they use a varied vocabulary and some terms and place names that were new to me (or just very unfamiliar). It's really a remarkable show and I hope they go the distance and complete the show, how ever many years that will take.
 

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I like a lot of things on Apple TV: For All Mankind, Ted Lasso, The Problem With Jon Stewart, and even The Morning Show. Still, I agree that Foundation (for my taste, at least) is the best one. It's more fan fiction than an Asimov adaptation (much like Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" was more fan fiction than a Tolkien adaptation), but even so it's an excellent show, IMHO.
I don't think that's a fair comparison. The Hobbit was unnecessarily stretched (I thought the LOTR trilogy was well done, though). It was fan-fiction + the "need" to echo the formula for LOTR.
There was never going to be a way to bring Foundation to the screen without some major changes - even Asimov said that. I don't agree with all the changes, but I thought they did a really good job of preserving the spirit of the story, while making it work on screen.
That said it's been years since I read the books, and I think I only read half of them.
 

PJWilkin

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I'm surprised that Foundation has been received well, and that Apple is renewing it for a second season. I love all kinds of sci-fi, from high-concept like "Arrival" to pulpy like "The Expanse", but Foundation left me cold. It's pretty to look at, but that's about it.
Now if only Apple would pick up The Expanse to make the remaining books
 

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It's great to hear that people are liking this. I hadn't heard much at all about it since last fall, so I was afraid it was a dud. I'm waiting to start watching it with my son - he wants to read at least some of the books. He's almost done with the second one now. From the sound of it, it may not matter too much if we just get started.
 

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A Slight departure from the book, as the Warlord had no psychic ability, it was the Mule/Magnifico that had those
Well, given what the characters initially believed about the Mule, this description may be in-character perspectives at the start of the season, to avoid spoiling the conclusion of that plot arc, same as a summary of The Empire Strikes Back should not describe Darth Vader as Luke’s Father.
 
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