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Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« Reply #15 on: 27 September, 2021, 02:13:08 PM »

Also, plays. Also, one of the best episodes of Babylon 5, Intersections in real Time, is just two people in a room talking. Also, Pulp Fiction is full of scenes of people talking. I don't think that comparing a TV show to a TV show is comparing two different things. The question is, 'is the talking compelling?' My answer to that question regarding the first episode of Foundation is 'yes.'
Especially when you have Lee Pace, Jared Harris and the like doing the talking. I loved the first episode.

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Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« Reply #16 on: 27 September, 2021, 02:45:20 PM »
Ah, so Star Wars would have been acceptable if it had been filmed as Leia and Luke sat telling General Dodonna about everything that happened?

Get Threepio in there to do sound effects, it wouldn't be the worst Star Wars movie ever.
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Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« Reply #17 on: 27 September, 2021, 06:39:08 PM »

Episode 2's more of the same - another corker. One of the best things I've seen in a while - hope they can keep it up.

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Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« Reply #18 on: 27 September, 2021, 06:47:47 PM »
Ah, so Star Wars would have been acceptable if it had been filmed as Leia and Luke sat telling General Dodonna about everything that happened?

Get Threepio in there to do sound effects, it wouldn't be the worst Star Wars movie ever.

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Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« Reply #19 on: 27 September, 2021, 10:38:21 PM »
OK. I take it back. I must have been in an odd mood yesterday, because we gave the first episode another go tonight and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« Reply #20 on: 28 September, 2021, 07:07:44 AM »
Good god is this gorgeous looking, never read the books so don’t really know the story but liking it so far.  Well acted and spectacular looking sci-fi, just what the doctor ordered.  The fact something like this can be made for TV just shows we are in the golden age of TV and I have high hopes for upcoming series on the streaming services (please be good Wheel if Time🤞)

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Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« Reply #21 on: 29 September, 2021, 06:16:50 AM »
Ah, so Star Wars would have been acceptable if it had been filmed as Leia and Luke sat telling General Dodonna about everything that happened?

It may have (ahem) forced Lucas to address the deficiencies in his storytelling by not having the distraction of recreating of his favourite bits from his favourite films  to fall back on.
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Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« Reply #22 on: 04 October, 2021, 12:51:00 AM »
Episode 3. Bland and directionless. They're edging into 'The Mayors' territory but rather poorly.

Unsurprisingly they've added a lot of extraneous material but they can't seem to decide how they want characters to be portrayed. In the first two episodes, the Emperor(s) are clearly meant to be hated but then we're supposed to feel sorry for them?

What's clearly missing is Asimov's firm belief that intelligence and careful planning will do more than threats and aggression.

I know it sounds like I want this series to fail but I'm quite the opposite. They could've added a lot of needless padding as long as they had kept the clear story Asimov gave us. I'm actually desperate for this series to be great but so far no luck.

Remember the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation? They were pretty dismal at points but by the third things really came together. This may be the problem with limited series like this. Eight or ten episodes a series is not enough to come to grips with the characters by the actors and the fans, especially for something as big as Foundation.

A longer series would give everyone a chance to breathe and relieve the pressure on the characters and the stories. I guess we'll have to wait and see.