The First Crisis is the ninth episode of Foundation's first season on Apple TV+. It aired on November 12, 2021. The episode was written by Victoria Morrow based on the novels by Isaac Asimov. Roxann Dawson directed the episode.
On Terminus, a young Salvor Hardin asks her father about the common origin of Humans throughout the galaxy. The conversation turns to current troubles between the Empire and planets like Anacreon and Thespis, and Abbas reminds Salvor that violence is the last refuge of the incompetent and the current problems are a sure sign that the fall is coming.
The Invictus jumps, and Salvor is caught in the disconuity, seeing the recent past. Recovering, she finds that the Invictus has jumped to Terminus. Investigating, she finds that Lewis Pirenne guided them home in in the navigation cradle, but at the cost of his own life. Both Phara Keaen and Rowan are unconscious from the affects of the jump. Salvor attempts to contact Terminus control, but receives no answer.
On Trantor, Brother Dawn and Azura Odili begin to plan an audacious feat; smuggling Dawn out of the palace and allowing him to be free. Brother Dusk summons Dawn to the Mural of Souls to show him that he has painted their hunt into the work of art. Dusk directs Dawn to see the three ghillie raptors that he shot on the hunt and then leaves, telling him to appreciate it more. Using the colour-correction 'hesives that Azura gave him, Dawn sees something else hidden in the painting -- three more raptors, in colours he can't normally see. Dawn realizes that Dusk is now aware of his differences. Dawn desperately flees the palace using the irrigation system.
The Invictus jumping dragged several ships along with it -- the Thespin Lancers and the Beggar. In an attempt to escape the ship before it jumps again, Salvor space jumps between the warship and the transport. She is reunited with Hugo Crast, and finds that no one on Terminus is responding, not even the Anacreons. Salvor suspect the null field is responsible.
On Trantor, Dawn tracks down Azura. The reunion is not exactly what he is expecting, and he finds out some truths about himself.
On Terminus, Salvor manages to trigger the deactivation of the null field, leading to a standoff between the Termini, the Anacreons and Thespins that ends with the transformation of the Vault and the arrival of an old friend.
- Jared Harris as Hari Seldon
- Lee Pace as Brother Day (Cleon XIII)
- Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick
- Leah Harvey as Salvor Hardin
- Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk (Cleon XII)
- Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn (Cleon XIV)
- Elliot Cowan as Lewis Pirenne
- Daniel MacPherson as Hugo Crast
- Sasha Behar as Mari Hardin
- Kubbra Sait as Phara Keaen
- Amy Tyger as Azura Odili
- Pravessh Rana as Rowan
- Jairaj Varsani as Poly
- Chloe Lea as Gia
- Clarke Peters as Abbas
- Nikhil Parmar as Freestone
- Mido Hamada as Obrecht
- Darragh O’Toole as Romus
- Matt Gavan as Jord
- Muiris Crowley as Tacud
- Luis Masters as Pirro
- Youssef Quinn as Frye
- Shane Quigley Murphy as Thespin Pilot Obsidian
- Eleanor Byrne as Thespin Pilot Arkose
- Meddinah Gabrijela Rahaman as Young Salvor
- Chris Dowling as Big Guy
- Julien Blaschke as Homeless Man
- Barry Roe as Thespin Soldier 1
- Fiach Kunz as Thespin Solder 2
- Ryan Ali as The Beggar Computer