I wanted to see what all the fuss was about for Azamov's stories. The Foundation trilogy looked like a perfect place to go. Glad I read it, but it's not really what I'm looking for in SciFi.
This particular episode struck me as dull. It was well written, but predictable, not particularly descriptive (either of characters or the environment), and far too Empirical.
Character development throughout the series is quite weak. That's probably because the characters change rapidly, necessitated by the jumps in time.
Overall, yes, I see why this is considered "classic". It's jut not really what I'm looking for in a good fiction novel. I compare writing to others, like Frank Herbert & Edgar Rice Burroughs and find this trilogy lacking.