Foundation: the season finale brings with it a non-trivial meaning about our present

The significance of the season finale of Foundation, the science fiction series by Apple TV + taken from the saga of novels by Isaac Asimov, carries with it a non-trivial meaning that makes the series contemporary.

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Foundation: Lou Llobell in a scene from the Apple series

It seems to have gone a little quietly Foundation, the science fiction series created by David S. Goyer and based on the saga of science fiction novels written by Isaac Asimov. Despite the extraordinary staging that manages to bring a complex and almost impossible operation to the small screen (given the non-immediacy of the story) with a riot of special effects capable of giving shape to a fascinating and hyper-detailed universe, the series available on Apple Tv+ seems not to have taken the public, at least according to social reactions. Such a pity. Because despite this almost invisible presence, passed without too many proclamations but already renewed for a second season, Fondazione is one of the most original and layered audiovisual products of the last year. In ten episodes, in which the viewer was required a certain amount of patience, well rewarded, a story took place in the future, through unexpected time jumps and unpredictable twists, which seems to dialogue with our present. Arrived for the last time at the end credits, one gets the impression that the season finale brought with him a meaning anything but trivial.

The connection

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Foundation: Laura Birn and Cooper Carter in a scene from the Apple series

The first element that catches the eye, beyond the narrative intrigues linked to the pure pleasure of the story is the importance that, in the universe of the series, is given to human beings. Despite a strong reference to mathematical calculations and the laws of science that find communion within Hari Seldon’s Psychohistory, or the prediction of the future only on the basis of complex mathematical operations, Foundation finds its strength in connection. The universe is not only connected through the power exercised by Cleon’s Imperium, but precisely by a relationship of causes and consequences that has repercussions between different planets, different religious beliefs and even between people who, at first glance, are distant. , in time and space. Connections between the living and the dead, between the past, the present and the future, between what is natural and what is artificial. The story of the Foundation wanted by Hari Seldon is the desire to give voice to this connection of a choir of voices, to return to the multitude after years in which the voice of control was only one: that of the traditional Emperor, always equal to himself through cloning. A voice that lives thanks to the echo and which, like the echo, is destined to become more and more feeble. Set millennia in the future, the universe of the Foundation represents, masked by layers and layers of fiction, our own planet, increasingly made up of different voices that are now changing tradition. The future becomes a mirror of the present. The present connects to an imagined future.

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The hope

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Foundation: Jared Harris is Hari Seldon in the Apple series

It is curious to note how psychohistory is the bearer of catastrophes and renewed enthusiasm for life. On the one hand it presupposes the end of the universe, the definitive fall of a lineage and, above all, of a way of living and conceiving life. On the other hand, it is the very renewal of existence, the engine which, although programmed and almost impossible to modify, underlines the strength of human free will. Foundation, as the title of the series and Hari Seldon’s project presupposes, means hope. In a climate of renewed optimism, faith and trust, the colony lives not to improve its present and the current conditions of life, but to lay the foundations for the future. They sacrifice themselves to think of a better universe that they will never live. Their thoughts are directed to the new generations. In this light it is really difficult not to be dazzled by the message full of trust in others, precisely in a historical period in which the emphasis is increasingly on the boundaries not to be crossed and on a certain dose of xenophobia. In the last episode, through the story of the marriage between two different civilizations like the Anacreon and Thespis, Hari Seldon manages to build a renewed bond between adversaries, remembering that tradition and history are written by the winners. It is up to each of us to want to change those predefined stakes and create a new story.

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The leap in the dark

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Foundation: Lee Pace in a scene from the Apple series

The Imperium, huge and powerful. An overly narcissistic giant, busy observing the image that appeared in front of the mirror. A system doomed to failure. Foundation is against inaction. We must change, we must vary, we must break the traditions that set fences. The invitation of the series is that of progress, which can only happen by breaking certain obsolete systems that have stifled the ability to think about the future. As it is pronounced by Salvor, before embarking on a journey into the unknown, you need courage. The courage to take a real leap in the dark, leaving behind the now too boring confirmations. The birth, the abandonment of home and family, the desire to discover, the optimism of becoming a settler, launching into the cosmos in search of a stranger: these are all moments of a path called life that constantly renew the role. The Foundation thus becomes a true collective story, not only for the vastness of the characters involved, but also for the plurality of identities that they represent over time. Otherwise one becomes like the Emperors, powerful but empty beings, unable even to receive divine visions, symbols of an immobility that belongs neither to the present nor to the future. As in the best science fiction stories, the Apple TV + series invites the viewer to watch the wonders of the possible, bringing a distant future within our reach.

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