The limited series Devs from Alex Garland was a bright spot in a generally bleak 2020.
Devs S1E7 Is a Box Within a Box, and Ramps Up the Anxiety
I’ve been dealing with a very elevated level of anxiety over the past few weeks, as I’m sure many have. Unprecedented amounts of uncertainty have me feeling completely helpless at times. And then last week, coincidentally, I watched two of the most anxiety-inducing episodes of television I have seen in a long time. The first […] More
Devs S1E6 Signals Things Are Coming to a Head for Lily
I feel like Devs S1E6 was a nice complement to the episode that preceded it. Both episodes slowed the pace from earlier in the season. They both fill in background information on our main characters. But the most interesting similarity, for me was how each episode began and ended. Episode 5 opened with the song […] More
Devs S1E5 Delves into Many Worlds and Looks to the Past
While most of this season of Devs has been fast-paced and action-packed, Devs S1E5 stepped back and took a breath. The episode was used to fill in the backgrounds of many of the major players—Lily, Katie, Forest, and Sergei—while only slightly moving the plot forward. And that worked for me. I welcomed this change of […] More
Devs S1E4: Are We Still on the Tram Lines?
Similar to last week’s episode, Devs S1E4 opens with an ominous scene blending strange visuals and eerie music. This time we are shown four close-ups of characters’ faces: First is Lyndon (shaded with the color red), then Stewart (blue), Katie (another red), and finally Forest (green). I’m not exactly sure what this is supposed to […] More
Devs S1E3 Is Bookended by Two Mind-Bendingly Great Scenes
The opening scene of Devs S1E3 erased any apprehensions I may have had about the show’s quality taking a dive after its strong premiere. I found myself speechless after watching the scene, sitting there with a confused dumb grin on my face. This is officially my kind of show, I thought. S1E3 opens with the […] More
Devs Premiere: A Visually Stunning Sci-Fi Mystery (S1E1 & S1E2)
New limited series Devs, which premiered on March 5 as the first FX on Hulu exclusive, is a mix of many elements. On the surface, it is a science fiction drama about a near-future Silicon Valley firm that is developing some sort of top-secret technology. But it’s also a mystery that features dazzling visuals and […] More