To expect the film adaptation of any novel to be completely faithful to its story, something that we can often find in the least reasonable and most tiresome fan readers, lacks any logic whatsoever. Any film buff should be aware that the narrative needs of the seventh art do not coincide with those of literature. They are two different expressive media and, therefore, with different procedures. So, when transferring the fascinating story of the Foundation devised by Isaac Asimov to a television series like the one in David S. Goyer (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) for Apple TV+, changes are inevitable.
Especially considering that the Russian-American writer’s fictional books unfold through conversations about everything, that a translation as-is to moving pictures could be boring as hell without The Man from Earth’s (Richard Shenkman, 2007) singular genius in the genre, and that, on the other hand, it was necessary to contextualize audiovisually the futuristic situation of the galaxy.
But what those who are complaining so much also don’t understand is that the pair of filmmakers’ foundation does not belong to Isaac Asimov but to them.The Shining, by Stanley Kubrick (1980), is not by Stephen King but a free work of the meticulous New York director, who passed the fidelity to the fabulous novel of his compatriot through the Arc de Triomphe and bequeathed us a terrifying experience unforgettable for its findings.
One and Triune
The Holy Trinity constitutes one of the most controversial dogmas of Christian theology, and consists in the fact that its one god is one and triune. It is a single being who, incomprehensibly, exists as three distinct divine persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in hypostasis. Such are the mind-boggling wonders of mythology. Like many other religious details, it does not seem essential that they make any sense for millions of human beings to accept them without complaint.
In fact, the vast majority of biblical churches do not dispute it. Only dissenters like the Mormons in the Latter-day Saint Movement begun by Joseph Smith in 1830, interpret it differently. For them, the he three personalities of the trinitarian mystery are entirely separate but united for the accomplishment of their own designs. Just like, and in a very similar way in their almost divine consideration, the three emperors of Foundation, a happy occurrence of David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman that adds an interesting substance to Isaac Asimov’s Galactic Empire.
The trinities of ‘Foundation’ and ‘Dark’.
As we’re shown in the first few episodes of the Apple TV+ series, Emperor Cleon I set out to perpetuate himself on the throne, not by surviving as an immortal or through his offspring, but by by cloning himself. And, 400 years in the future, we see three versions of him ruling the decadent galaxy: Brother Dawn (Cassian Bilton), Brother Day (Lee Pace) and Brother Twilight (Terrence Mann), who are replaced in such designations as they age and a new clone adds so that at all times there is a young man, an adult and an old man when the latter perishes in “the ascension”.
And, since they act together as the same genetic person and for the purpose of to keep under control the reach and might of the Galactic Empire…as the Mormon Trinity in their own narrative, it is inevitable that they bring to mind the unnamed trio of Dark (Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, 2017-2020). We are talking about the son that Jonas Kahnwald (Andreas Pietschmann) and Martha Nielsen (Lisa Vicari) fathered, which travels through time by splitting into three: as a child (Claude Heinrich), as an adult (Jakob Diehl) and as an old man (Hans Diehl).
His intention is preserve the infinite loop in the parallel worlds of Winden, as Eva (Barbara Nüsse) and Erit Lux, the opposing group to the Sic Mundus of Adam (Dietrich Hollinderbäumer) and Noah (Mark Waschke), wish. Thus, in the imperial clones and the multiplied son and his circumstances to safeguard the status quo lies the curious resemblance between Foundation and the captivating Dark.