Epic Foundation season 2 trailer goes supernova


The fate of humanity hangs in the balance when
The fate of humanity hangs in the balance when "Foundation" returns to Apple TV+ July 14.
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Season 2 of sci-fi series Foundation explodes like a supernova on Apple TV+ July 14. That may sound a bit dramatic, but the main word that comes to mind upon watching the new trailer for the season the streaming service dropped Tuesday is … epic. And lots of stuff explodes in it.

Or let’s go with “epic saga,” the phrase Apple TV+ used to describe the hit show based on Isaac Asimov’s award-winning stories about a band of exiles defying a crumbling galactic empire.

Foundation season 2 trailer: Epic and action-packed

The new trailer does an admirable job of showing the grand scale of the series and its story, which unfolds over tremendous reaches of time and space.

It involves, after all, the cloned rulers of a galaxy — the 1,000-year Galactic Empire — struggling to retain power amid a series of crises only truly understood by revolutionary scientist Hari Seldon and The Foundation, his group of exiles.

Here’s how Apple TV+ describes season 2:

More than a century after the season one finale, tension mounts throughout the galaxy in Foundation season two. As the Cleons unravel, a vengeful queen plots to destroy Empire from within. Hari, Gaal and Salvor discover a colony of Mentalics with psionic abilities that threaten to alter psychohistory itself.

The Foundation has entered its religious phase, promulgating the Church of Seldon throughout the Outer Reach and inciting the Second Crisis: war with Empire. The monumental adaptation of Foundation chronicles the stories of four crucial individuals transcending space and time as they overcome deadly crises, shifting loyalties and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity.

Take a look at Cult of Mac‘s recap of season 1’s finale.

Ensemble cast

The large cast is led by Emmy Award nominees Jared Harris and Lee Pace, alongside Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey. Other returning cast members include Laura Birn, Cassian Bilton and Terrence Mann.

New characters are played by Isabella Laughland (Brother Constant), Kulvinder Ghir (Poly Verisof), Ella-Rae Smith (Queen Sareth of Cloud Dominion), Holt McCallany (Warden Jaegger Fount), Rachel House (Tellem Bond), Nimrat Kaur (Yanna Seldon), Ben Daniels (Bel Riose) and Dimitri Leonidas (Hober Mallow).

Skydance Television produces the series, led by showrunner and executive producer David S. Goyer. Alex Graves, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bill Bost, Robin Asimov and Marcy Ross also serve as executive producers.

Watch the trailer

July 14 debut with companion podcast

The 10-episode second season of Foundation debuts with its first episode Friday, July 14. A new episode follows weekly on Fridays through September 15.

Goyer and Jason Concepcion host Foundation: The Official Podcast, produced by Pineapple Street Studios with Max Linsky, Jenna Weiss-Berman and Bari Finkel serving as executive producers. You can listen to the first season now Apple Podcasts.

Get Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available by subscription for $6.99 with a seven-day free trial. You can also get it via any tier of the Apple One subscription bundle. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.

After first airing in November 2019, “Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 299 wins and 1,451 award nominations and counting,” the service said.

Those include multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy Ted Lasso and historic Oscar Best Picture winner CODA.


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