Foundation — Episode 8, The Missing Piece Review

It’s All Go Across The Galaxy

Episode eight begins with Phara, Kubbra Sait (“Wakaalat from Home (TV)”, “RejctX (TV)”), recounting the rain of fire on Anacreon to Salvor Hardin, Leah Harvey (“ Fighting With My Family “, “National Theatre Live: Small Island”).

The latter is being forced to help Phara for fear of Phara’s people killing everyone on her homeworld.

Hardin manages to make it onto the bridge of The Invictus without their captors to find the word “exo” scrawled on the captain’s orb, in her own blood, just before she took her own life.

It transpires that humans were hard-wired to The Invictus to make it jump, but it was early technology that doesn’t work. But Hardin decides to take the risk of jacking herself in in order to get the ship back to Terminus.

Gaal Dornick, Lou Llobell (“Voyagers”), continues to tell Hari Seldon, Jared Haris (“Chernobyl (TV)”, “ Allied “), about her future predictive ability.

This worries Hari for fear of what her premonitions may do to his psychohistory and he keeps her in the dark about his plans. Though does tell her they are headed to Helicon to start the second Foundation, a secret one.

This doesn’t please Gaal, more secrets, and she wants off the ship, eventually destroying a part of it, which will effectively kill her. This convinces Hari to let her go and she sets destination to Synnax, her home world, which will take over 100 years.

Meanwhile Brother Day, Lee Pace (“ Captain Marvel “, “30 Beats”), decides to walk the 160 kilometre spiral to ‘prove’ himself to Zephyr Halima, T’Nia Miller (“Cry Me A River”, “The Haunting of Bly Manor (TV)”), and her followers.

They take his protective bracelet and his nanobots, none of which are allowed, and he sets out. The goal is to reach the centre and immerse himself in a special pool which will give him a vision which will inform the others who he is.

Day struggles in the heat but is helped on his journey by a friendly stranger. Eventually he makes it to the pool and, on return, informs them of his vision, a three-petaled flower.

They say it represents the three goddesses and he and his brothers. This proves Halima wrong and anyone questioning him is now guilty of the greatest sin.

Demerzel, Laura Birn (“A Walk Among the Tombstones”, “The Innocents (TV)”), visits Halima to commiserate her, which is hard for her. Halima surmises Demerzel is an android and also realises this means she isn’t going to make it off this planet alive.

On return to the ship Demerzel calls out Day about his vision, she doesn’t believe him and says she hopes, if he did have one, that it enlightens him as she wouldn’t wish the solitude of not having a vision on anyone.

You can tell we are reaching the end of the first series as the action is beginning to ramp up, as is the drama. It’s hard to know which way things will fall though I get the impression we may be left with a cliff-hanger or three.

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