In the beginning of Foundation TV series, Hari Seldon warned Emperors about Clone Dynasty and instructed them to end this program. At that time, I thought that Emperors had authority to do that. They just weren't willing to do it.

But, the last episode left me speechless. Brother Day (The Prime) who had supreme authority even among Emperors was helpless. Demerzel (who was programmed to follow orders of Emperors) ignored his words and killed an Emperor to protect the Clone Dynasty and then cried later.

How does the system work? Can Clone Dynasty be ended without external brute force?

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    You're assuming that it wasn't lawful order... The show is such a mess at this stage that it should be renamed and just mention it's inspiration was the book. I think what happened was Zeroth Law of Robotics in play, but as far as I know, this should be impossible (at least according to books), so it may be explained later. FYI, in books word robot and/or android is no longer used as no one even knows this technology exists. Robots are a myth, children's tale...
    – AcePL
    Nov 23 at 12:05
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    "Clone Dynasty" in the Foundation stories? Sounds like the producers pulled a Starship Troopers stunt - kept the names, threw away the story, wrote a new (crummy) story in its place.
    – JRE
    Nov 23 at 12:51
  • @JRE Yeah, that's completely different from the books, but I liked it. The show presents it very well. A futuristic culture and system designed around it.
    – I' Robot
    Nov 23 at 12:56
  • > How does the system work? I don't think even the writers know at this point...
    – Hans Olo
    Nov 23 at 15:37
  • @JRE It’s an interesting addition that creates some on-screen emotional and physical conflict to augment the books’ social conflict, which doesn’t work as well on-screen. The core story of the books, though, is still quite recognizable (so far).
    – StephenS
    Nov 23 at 18:48

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