In Review: Foundation (S1 – EP6) Death and the Maiden

Brother Day meets Zephyr Halima-a would-be leader who opposes the Empire. Brother Dusk grows suspicious of Brother Dawn.
Maiden

Synopsis: In Death and the Maiden. Brother Day meets Zephyr Halima-a would-be leader who opposes the Empire. Brother Dusk grows suspicious of Brother Dawn.

 

The Story

The  Anacreon’s have pretty much-taken control of Terminus and have shot down an Empire ship and abducted its captain. Meanwhile, Salvor has been rescued by the two young boys we first saw in episode one. Now free Salvor reunites with her father and their trader friend and looks to take out the Anacreon Corvette ships in order to slow their progress. However, the small victory comes at a deep personal loss for Salvor who vows payback against Phara. But her revenge may have to wait given that Phara’s plans are already in action.

Elsewhere Brother day is off-planet visiting Zephyr Halima who plans to oppose the Empire. Halima seeks change and feels the stagnancy of the Empire’s rule is ultimately going to be its death.

Back on Trantor Brother Dusk is spending time with Brother Dawn and takes him hunting and then on to a Brothel where the prostitutes forget their encounters with the clients. After Day spends time with one of the women. Brother Dusk interviews her about her encounter before she has time to forget it and leans that Brother Day did not get intimate with her. Later on, we see Brother Day talking to the grounds keeper and confesses to her that he is the first clone of the royal line to be born imperfects. He’s color blind.

 

The Acting

Lots of great performances in this episode. Firstly T’Nia Miller is absolutely awesome in her role of Zephyr Halima. I love the scene where she addresses her people at the funeral of their fallen spiritual leader. It is delivered with absolute conviction and Miller conveys a natural gravitas that makes it totally believable.

In terms of one of the quieter scenes. I loved the performances of Leah Harvey and Clarke Peters as Salvor and her father have the father-daughter chat where Abbass tells her about his life on Trantor. And reveals that he only joined the Foundation movement because he was in love with her mother. It’s a really poignant scene given what happens in the episode.

 

Overall

Death and the Maiden builds further on the conflict and political intrigue that began to hit its stride last week. The revelation about Brother Dawn is not a perfect clone like all of his predecessors will most likely prove to be an important puzzle piece later on in the series. As we all know from having watched shows such as Star Trek that Clones and the process of cloning gradually degrade over time.

Also, Salvor is left in an interesting place as she is the only person that can pilot the ship that Phara is in command of. Or is she?

9.6
Foundation (S1 - EP6) Death and the Maiden
  • Story
    9.6
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.7
  • Incidental Music
    9.4

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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