Friday, October 29, 2021

Foundation S1E7 "Mysteries and Martyrs" Review: An Interesting Reveal Has Some New Flaws

Release date: October 29, 2021
Running time: 49 minutes

The Anacreons and their hostages board the fabled Invictus warship. The bond between Brother Dawn and Azura intensifies.

Now we are starting to barrel towards some interesting territory but it still feels like Foundation is setting up the world.  This episode is similar to others we have seen, though I will say the reveals seemed to happen more evenly throughout.  Rather than the previous episodes that seemed to have a big reveal at the start and end, this has a few spaced out.  There were a few key plot points that help to flesh out several of the stories, and I really liked some of the personal crises that this is introducing.  We get to see one of the Emperor's vulnerability, we get to see a big reveal from Gaal, and Salvor is put in very difficult position.  And I really liked he evolution of both Brother Dawn and Gaal, both of which had big story segments in this episode.  I have not been a fan of Brother Dawn, but with these new insights his overall story has become that much more interesting.  

And although Foundation is starting to come together, I still feel like this episode is building building building.  I guess that is just what this series will be, a slow intrigue setup for later episodes, but I do wonder when the payoff will happen. Don't get me wrong, I'm still enjoying the characters, but the slow pace and lack of definitive movement is starting to bother me.  Still, I will keep watching as this episode showed that there is still plenty of enjoyment left in this story.

Foundation S1E7 has some big reveals and a return of some of our favorite characters, but still feels like the series is all preparation and no execution.

Rent it.
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Foundation is available to stream on Apple TV+ with Season 1 Episode 7 "Mysteries and Martyrs" available on October 29, 2021.

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