Posted: September 6, 2022
FOUNDATION is a gripping sci-fi series that denigrates the Christian faith
By Movieguide® Contributor
FOUNDATION is the name of a sci-fi drama live on Amazon Prime. The show is based on the novels by Isaac Asimov and is written by Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer, Sarah Nolen and others. It is produced by David S. Goyer, Cameron Welsh, Robyn Asimov, Winston Azzopardi, Bill Bost, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and others. It stars Lou Llobell, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Leah Harvey, Sasha Begar and others. Foundation revolves around a complex saga of humans scattered on planets across the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
Each episode of the first season is approximately 60 minutes long. Each episode has some sort of important character introduction or discovery that you can feel builds into a larger adventure woven between the lives of multiple characters. Each episode ends with the characters finding some sort of resolution or piece of the larger puzzle while leaving plenty of unanswered questions to keep viewers coming back. The show is very story-driven as you have to watch each episode to understand everything that happens next. However, each episode begins with a handy recap of the most important information from previous episodes.
Much of the conflict stems from a multitude of obstacles faced by multiple players, including the government, criminals, warring factions, and the dangerous natural conditions found in space. For example, in one episode, tensions rise as a character named Salvor confronts an enemy from the Galactic Empire. Salvor must decide how to deal with the rather capable enemy while dealing with multiple unforeseen revelations that arise during the conflict. In another episode, one character meets another who is a potential leader who opposes the Empire and the plot thickens regarding the Empire’s potential overthrow. This all unfolds as the rulers of the empire begin to mistrust their own parents and suspect each other of betrayal.
There are strong negative and indirect Christian references throughout the season. In the first episode, all members of civilized society appear to be atheists, and the only major religion is practiced by backward, primitive adherents who murder mathematicians and scientists. This is reinforced in episode five which focuses on Gaal’s conflict between faith and science. Even though this is a bad reference to the religion (Christianity) that is responsible for science and math as we know it, the fact that the show probably refers to Christianity with its false religion does not can be ignored. On top of that, the show has a moderately moral worldview with people risking their lives to save themselves and generally respecting mentors. The show also emphasizes the importance of natural resources and identifies with the plight of those who are victimized by the rich and powerful. However, this contrasts with a case of sexualized children and a relatively constant stream of swear words. There are a few moments of true human decency, like when a character offers himself to certain death to speak the truth in front of a dictatorial ruler.
There is a moderate amount of obscenities, including d-word, b-word, s-word, and h-word. Characters also use the occasional substitute, including dang, darn, and a few extra words, for what would otherwise be swear words. There’s some “OMG” profanity, though it looks like the characters are referring to a false god.
There are moments of strong graphic violence. One man blasts another with a device, no organs clearly visible but lots of blood splattered. Episode 2 has many fatalities related to shooting high tech weapons. A victim is hit in the forehead. The wound is visible but not excessively bloody. In Episode 5, a group of religious fanatics who follow a false god drown a man for reading books and studying math. Later in the episode, we see his corpse at the bottom of the lake. In Episode 10, a character breaks another character’s neck by hand. The whole season has moments of such violence, with Episode 8 being the bloodiest of the season.
There is an example of rear female nudity in episode 6, and in episode 3 there are two instances where the side of a woman’s chest is shown when she gets dressed or gets out of bed naked . Otherwise, there is only light nudity as several scenes include scantily clad characters; Moderate sexual content as occasional sex scenes are depicted or directly involved. Sex is also brought up a few times throughout the season.
There is no smoking, drug use and abuse or alcohol consumption; slight miscellaneous immorality as the series presents certain wrongful crimes as moral simply because they are perpetrated by the poor against the elites.
The camera work is well done. There are a multitude of special effects that are usually not noticeable due to their smooth execution. The show is visually appealing at times and offers many stunning views of futuristic civilizations and different planets.
FOUNDATION is an engaging sci-fi drama with moderate questionable elements. Adults will likely find the show’s plot entertaining and the characters interesting enough to keep watching while the bigger mystery unfolds. Parts of the story take on serious levels of suspension of disbelief, like when a girl who lives on a planet with hardly any math books and where mathematicians and scientists are killed somehow becomes the greatest mathematician. of the universe during his stay on said planet. . However, if you ignore some of the inconsistency in the setup, the rest of the story is quite engrossing and takes you on an adventure that promises to be a rewarding journey. However, it is ultimately marred by excessive foul language, indirect bashing of Christianity, and sexual content, and Movieguide® advises caution for teenage audiences and below.