Alan Tudyk is no stranger to the world of sci-fi. The actor made a name for himself in space-heavy projects like Firefly and Serenity before zooming into shows and movies like I, Robot and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. He’s made a web series about fan conventions, and he’s even the voice of a Star Wars droid: K-2SO.
In other words, Tudyk has sci-fi bonafides. He loves the genre wholeheartedly and is committed to its success—and not just because his currently airing Syfy fish-out-of-water-comedy, Resident Alien, just got picked up for a third season. The dude’s got taste. WIRED asked the actor to tell us a little bit about what he’s watching and loving right now, from Peacemaker‘s opening credits to the eye-popping world of Foundation.
This Apple TV+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s book series is a wonder of world-building.
Tudyk’s Take: I like that it’s set in a world that exists and is new. It’s like Star Wars in that it has its own, “This is a galaxy far, far away that we’re witnessing and this is how they’ve arranged themselves. These are different humanoids and this is what technology exists, what magic exists, and what is important? What’s valued? What is their government? What are their politics?”
It’s also got great, great, great actors. Jared Harris is so fantastic. Lee Pace as well. What is Lee Pace doing with his diet, because how do I do that?
That’s another show that, if you stick with it to the very end, does a lot of cool twists and turns.
It’s its own world, and it’s beautiful. There’s no way anybody could have done it Foundation too many years ago, or probably too many years from now either. I feel like it’s part of Apple saying, “We need to make shows and we happen to have a shit ton of money, so we’re gonna throw it out into different places.”
Speaking of Apple TV+ shows, this one about a very warped workplace is subtle sci-fi at its finest.