10 Worst Episodes of Foundation

Follow a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.

Written by Sophie and last updated on nov 06, 2023.

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#10 - Why the Gods Made Wine (Season 2 - Episode 6)

In the latest episode of "Foundation" titled "Why the Gods Made Wine," Day and Queen Sareth make a surprising announcement that leaves viewers intrigued. Meanwhile, Tellem starts sowing seeds of distrust between Gaal and Hari, adding a layer of tension to their relationship. And finally, Hober Mallow reaches his long-awaited destination, raising questions about what he will encounter there.

One viewer described the episode as amazing, praising the brilliant writing in the backstory segment. Another expressed concern over a potential heartbreaking twist, wondering if a certain character met an unfortunate fate. However, not everyone seems convinced, as one viewer expressed doubt about the possibility of such a development.

Despite differing opinions, the episode was described as engrossing, with multiple storylines unfolding simultaneously. The backstory delved into Hari Seldon's relationship with Yanna and shed light on the significance of the Prime Radiant. Additionally, the manipulative telepath woman's actions drove a wedge between Gaal and Hari, adding further complexity to their dynamic. The episode was filled with intensity and emotion, captivating viewers and leaving them eager for more.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 522 votes.

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#9 - Barbarians at the Gate (Season 1 - Episode 4)


In the latest episode of "Foundation," titled "Barbarians at the Gate," Salvor finds herself facing off against a formidable enemy of the Empire. Meanwhile, tensions rise between Brothers Day and Dusk, and Brother Dawn grapples with his own personal truth.

Fans have been raving about this episode, calling it the best since the pilot. The grand scale of Trantor, with its blend of hard sci-fi and political intrigue, has captivated viewers. Lee Pace's multi-dimensional performance, along with Terrence Mann's stellar assist, brings fiery energy to the entire episode. While the mysteries and adventures on Terminus have been enjoyable, it's the raising stakes in this episode that truly make it shine.

As the show diverges from the original books, some viewers are both excited and apprehensive about where the story is headed. The surprises in this familiar content have been a welcome change, but it has also left some feeling uncertain. Despite the mixed feelings, there is still a strong curiosity to see where the show will take us next.

In this episode, trouble is brewing among the Empire brothers as a new religious leader opposes cloned individuals. Day, worried about Seldon's prophecy coming true, becomes increasingly frantic. The identical brothers find themselves at odds, with Day accusing his older counterpart of mishandling the situation. Meanwhile, Salvor manages to outsmart the leader of the Anacreons and takes her prisoner, only to face doubts and unexpected challenges. And the reappearance of Gaal at the end of the episode leaves viewers eager to uncover the mystery surrounding her.

With Lee Pace stealing the show as Brother Day, his performance proves once again that he was made for this role. As the episode raises the stakes and leaves us with more questions, it seems that we may be heading towards a clone war. Stay tuned to see how the story unfolds in the upcoming episodes of "Foundation."

The episode was rated 7.58 from 2684 votes.

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#8 - Preparing to Live (Season 1 - Episode 2)

The Foundation continues their journey to Terminus in the latest episode of "Foundation" titled "Preparing to Live." As the group moves closer to their destination, tensions rise and relationships are put to the test. Gaal and Raych find themselves growing closer amidst the chaos, adding a touch of romance to the mix. Meanwhile, the Empire is faced with a difficult decision that could have far-reaching consequences. With each passing second, this show keeps getting better and better, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats. And that ending? It's sure to leave you saying, "What the Fck?!"

The second episode of "Foundation" has left fans wanting more and proves that someone is definitely doing something right. While there may be nitpicks for those familiar with the books, the adaptation stands on its own and introduces this captivating universe to a wider audience. The high-quality production and captivating storyline have viewers eagerly anticipating what comes next. If the first two episodes are any indication, there's no doubt that this series will continue to impress.

One thing that some viewers have noticed is the show's loose handling of numbers. In this episode, a small bomb causes massive damage, resulting in the loss of 100 million lives. While it may seem unbelievable, it's important to remember that this is a work of fiction. However, maintaining consistency in the show's universe could make it feel more grounded and believable. Despite this minor issue, the episode still manages to captivate with its twists and turns, leaving viewers confused in the best way possible.

With each passing episode, "Foundation" is proving to be a series that keeps viewers hooked. While some may argue that this episode is a step down from the previous one, the final 10 minutes make up for any perceived shortcomings. The series is evolving in mysterious ways, keeping viewers engaged and eager to unravel the intricacies of the plot. Even if you don't have all the answers, the confusion only adds to the excitement. Two episodes in and "Foundation" is already hitting its stride, promising even more thrilling moments to come.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 3094 votes.

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#7 - Death and the Maiden (Season 1 - Episode 6)


In the latest episode of "Foundation" titled "Death and the Maiden," tensions rise as Brother Day encounters a formidable opponent named Zephyr Halima, who challenges the Empire's authority. Meanwhile, Brother Dusk becomes increasingly suspicious of Brother Dawn. Lee Pace delivers a brilliant performance as Brother Day, captivating audiences with his portrayal of the enigmatic character. Plus, if you were struggling to understand the alien language, fret not! Subtitles are now available, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in this intriguing world. With its intense plotlines and intricate political intrigues, this episode has been compared to the likes of "Game of Thrones." Don't miss the fascinating developments in the battle for power within the Empire, as well as the surprising revelations about Dawn's unique qualities and his unexpected connection with a gardener girl.

Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster as Salvor experiences heart-wrenching losses in "Death and the Maiden." After being freed from prison by the kids, Salvor reunites with her father and Hugo, ready to take down the corvettes. However, their plan takes an unexpected turn when Salvor has a vision that shakes her to the core. She learns of Hari's sacrifice to save Gaal and watches as her father tragically loses his life during the explosive mission. The poignant scene where Salvor's father reveals the true reason behind his decision to join the Foundation adds an extra layer of sadness to his demise. Amidst the chaos, Salvor blames herself for her father's death, grappling with guilt. As they face an imminent threat from the Anacreans, Salvor and Hugo's bond grows stronger as they rely on each other's skills to survive.

Clocking in at just over 50 minutes, this episode of "Foundation" feels like a whirlwind of captivating dialogue and compelling storytelling that will leave you wanting more. Discover the intricate web of power struggles and personal tragedies that unfold in "Death and the Maiden," as the show continues to deliver gripping narratives and unforgettable performances.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 2471 votes.

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#6 - King and Commoner (Season 2 - Episode 3)

In the latest episode of "Foundation" titled "King and Commoner," the Empire takes a bold step by enlisting Bel Riose to investigate the resurgent Foundation. Meanwhile, Hari takes Gaal and Salvor on a thrilling adventure to a mysterious desert planet. The episode seamlessly blends the philosophical and political aspects of Trantor with action-packed scenes, creating an engaging storyline that keeps viewers hooked.

Some fans have mixed feelings about the episode. While some enjoy the integration of different storylines and character introductions, others miss the seriousness of the first season. The attention to detail, such as Hari's footprints disappearing on the desert sand, is appreciated by viewers. However, the unexpected ending leaves everyone wondering what's next for our beloved characters.

With elements that remind some viewers of Disney, Star Wars, and even Star Trek, "Foundation" continues to captivate audiences with its imaginative universe. The thrilling chase scene involving Gaal and Salvor being pursued by mining machines adds an exciting twist to the plot. However, the inclusion of Bel's husband as a plot device is seen by some as an unnecessary addition to promote an LGBT agenda. Nevertheless, the episode leaves viewers curious about the adventures of the spaceship crew and what lies ahead for the characters in future episodes.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 973 votes.

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#5 - In Seldon's Shadow (Season 2 - Episode 1)


In the latest episode of "Foundation" titled "In Seldon's Shadow," the plot thickens as Hari finds himself trapped in a mysterious prison. Meanwhile, an assassination attempt leaves Day shaken, and Gaal and Salvor come up with an escape plan.

The episode delves deeper into the complex nature of the show, which sets it apart from other sci-fi series. With its cerebral storyline, "Foundation" keeps viewers engaged and eager for more. In fact, one fan mentioned how it made them want to rewatch the entire first season to fully grasp the intricacies of the new season. The stunning scene on Synnax, where the characters find themselves on the water, evokes a surreal and dreamlike atmosphere that captivates the audience.

While some viewers admit to feeling a bit confused at times, they still appreciate the premiere episode for its stunning visuals and metaphors. However, others found this particular episode to be weaker in terms of pacing and writing. Despite mixed opinions, the episode manages to shed light on the characters' pasts and their complicated relationships. As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that the future of mankind may not align with Hari's predictions, leading to a tense confrontation between Hari and Gaal.

In the Empire, Day's desire to get married creates tension among his peers, especially considering his involvement with Demerzel. The marriage plot adds a layer of intrigue, as it was not mentioned in the previous season. The Empire discovers that the Foundation has survived and decides, based on Demerzel's advice, to keep this knowledge hidden for now. With multiple plotlines intertwining, the episode leaves viewers eagerly awaiting the next installment.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 1216 votes.

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#4 - The Sighted and the Seen (Season 2 - Episode 5)

In the latest episode of "Foundation," titled "The Sighted and the Seen," our protagonists Gaal, Salvor, and Hari make their way to Ignis, where they finally uncover the source of the mysterious signal they've been tracking. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dawn and Dusk grow suspicious of their brother, Day.

Some viewers expressed their excitement about the Empire plot, as it takes an intriguing twist involving memory banks. It appears that memories can be altered without the person even realizing, but there is a way to retrieve these memories from the Memorium. Day has been manipulating his brothers' memories without their knowledge. When they seek help from the original Cleon, a new element is introduced as they are able to awaken him and ask him questions. However, Dawn and Dusk don't receive the support they were hoping for.

Meanwhile, Gaal, Salvor, and Hari find themselves in quite a predicament as they are kidnapped. The suspense builds when one of their captors impersonates Salvor's boyfriend, Hugo. Initially, both Salvor and the audience are fooled by his convincing story about going into cryo just like Salvor did. The hope for a reunion of lovers seems within reach. However, when they regain consciousness, they discover they are in a haven for individuals with telepathic abilities. It seems like they may have finally found a place where they belong, but the leader of the telepaths reveals her intention to prevent the Second Foundation from ever coming into existence. Are Gaal, Salvor, and Hari now facing enemies within their newfound community?

While some viewers found this episode to be slow and filler-like, others believe it is setting the stage for future developments in the show. The Empire plotline continues to captivate, and the mysteries surrounding memory manipulation and telepathic abilities deepen. With each episode, "Foundation" keeps us on the edge of our seats, eagerly awaiting what comes next.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 746 votes.

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#3 - A Glimpse of Darkness (Season 2 - Episode 2)


In the latest episode of "Foundation" titled "A Glimpse of Darkness," Gaal experiences a disturbing vision that shakes her to the core. As her bond with Queen Sareth deepens, the mysterious Vault finally opens, revealing a cryptic message that leaves us with more questions than answers.

Fans of the show have mixed feelings about this episode compared to the previous ones. While some argue that the first season was more engaging, others appreciate the gradual development of Gaal and Salvor's relationship. Gaal's growing protectiveness towards Salvor is evident in their emotional scenes, like the one involving the ship's engine. And with the final revelation, Gaal's journey takes an intriguing turn.

Furthermore, new characters make their appearance, including the sassy Queen Sareth, who fearlessly challenges the Empire. It seems that part of the Foundation has transformed into a religious cult, with the Magicians acting as apostles of Hari Seldon and his mission. Gaal's vision of the future, where she is threatened by a mysterious figure called the Mule, adds another layer of complexity to the story. It becomes clear that the events at the Vault on Terminus are connected to Gaal's vision, leaving us eagerly awaiting the next episode.

While some viewers may find themselves momentarily lost in the intricacies of the plot, it's important to remember that fiction is meant to make us question and wonder. "Foundation" continues to deliver thought-provoking content that keeps audiences engaged and craving more. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride as this show hurtles towards its next revelation.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 1081 votes.

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#2 - Where the Stars Are Scattered Thinly (Season 2 - Episode 4)

In the latest episode of "Foundation," titled "Where the Stars Are Scattered Thinly," we see Queen Sareth and Dawn sharing a heartfelt moment as they try to unravel the mystery surrounding Day. Meanwhile, the introduction of new characters, Constant and Poly, brings an exciting twist as they bring Hober Mallow to Terminus.

Fans are raving about this episode, with many considering it their favorite of the season so far. The absence of Gaal and Salvor seems to have brought a refreshing change, allowing the new characters to shine. The stunning scenery continues to impress viewers, adding an extra layer of visual delight to the episode.

The episode takes us on a journey with three different sets of characters, each with their own captivating subplot. One particular highlight is the chemistry between Constant and Hober, which evolves from playful teasing to a surprising revelation of love. As the characters delve deeper into the Vault, they encounter Seldon, who assigns them individual missions. Meanwhile, the Empire subplot centers around Queen Sareth and Rue, as they attempt to uncover the truth behind her family's demise.

While some viewers found this episode to be a bit lackluster, others appreciate the break from the usual focus on Gaal and Salvor's escapades. Overall, "Where the Stars Are Scattered Thinly" offers an intriguing storyline and memorable character dynamics, making it a standout episode in the second season of "Foundation."

The episode was rated 7.39 from 845 votes.

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#1 - The Mathematician’s Ghost (Season 1 - Episode 3)


In the latest episode of "Foundation", titled "The Mathematician's Ghost", Brother Dusk takes center stage as he reflects on his legacy in preparation for ascension. Meanwhile, the Foundation makes their long-awaited arrival on Terminus, only to be greeted by a mysterious object that holds secrets yet to be revealed.

The time jumps in this episode may have initially confused some viewers, but fear not! By the end of the episode, everything falls into place, and the story unfolds in an intriguing manner. While it may take a few episodes for the show to truly take off, there is hope that the investment will be worth it.

However, not everyone was thrilled with the time jumps. Some viewers found it challenging to become fully invested in the characters, as their presence in the show feels transient. Additionally, the lack of explanation for the previous episode's cliffhanger left some feeling unsatisfied.

Despite these mixed reviews, there is still optimism for the series. While it may deviate from the original books, it offers a fresh retelling with the main plot points intact. As the episodes progress, it is hoped that the show will find its stride and become a standout series.

For those who found the episode a bit confusing, fret not. The hope is that as the series continues, the time jumps and abundance of characters will become clearer, allowing for a more immersive viewing experience. And with the next episode on the horizon, there is anticipation for a return to the fast-paced excitement that captivated audiences in the previous episodes.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 2824 votes.

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