Foundation‘s premise is rooted in the theory of psychohistory. Developed by mathematician Hari Seldon, psychohistory comprises a highly secretive statistical formula capable of predicting civilization’s future with an extraordinary degree of accuracy. The problem in Foundation is that the formula has foretold, with no room for error, the imminent demise of the Galactic Empire and a subsequent dark age lasting 30,000 years. It’s a prediction the Empire does not take too kindly to hearing, and one that kicks of a series of events whose ripples extend into the coming millennia.
Asimov’s introduction to Foundation was first published as a series of short stories, commencing in 1942. These initial stories, and their subsequent generation-jumping follow-ups, were long deemed unfilmable in their scale and scope. Only in 2021 did Apple TV+ take the plunge with a new high-budget, prestige sci-fi series from co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner David S. Goyer. Over 80 episodes and eight seasons, Apple TV+ plans to finally turn Asimov’s sci-fi novels into a stunning space-spanning experience that honors the original books while treading new ground all of its own.