The show takes a massive jump and is more about a drama rather than a mystery there are certain things that are just left in the air. Garland doesn’t embed the episodes with thrill about unraveling the technology rather he chooses to embed the episodes with emotion and clear backstory which is good but sometimes looks unnecessary.
DEVS starts with a Russian coder Sergei (Karl Glusman). He is an artificial intelligence specialist working for Amaya, he is suddenly promoted to work in a department called Devs, whose operations are known only to the people that work in it. After discovering what is happening in the strange place completely supported by electromagnetic fields, he decides to record the coding of the office computer but is caught and murdered. Sergei’s girlfriend Lily gets worried as Sergei doesn’t return home. The next day, she is shown a film of Sergei committing suicide. But after finding a hidden text message app inside a game, Lily comes to know that Sergei was a Russian intelligence operative.
What could easily have been a murder mystery show, suddenly becomes a journey of technology which can prove that everything, literally everything in the world can be determined. This jump is admirable and magnificently told with amazing VFX and very absurd yet unique in a way background score. Episode 7 ‘s initial background score is the strangest thing I have ever heard. But, as the show takes a massive jump and is more about a drama rather than a mystery there are certain things that are just left in the air. The Russian intelligence story could have been explored more. Garland doesn’t embed the episodes with thrill about unraveling the technology rather he chooses to embed the episodes with emotion and clear backstory which is good but sometimes looks unnecessary. And the end is somewhat predictable as the constant hints are already said plenty of time in the dialogues. This made the show a somewhat satisfactory cerebral pleasure rather than a mind-blowing experience.
Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Nick Offerman, Sonoyo Mizuno, Zach Grenier
Streaming: Hulu, Disney Hotstar
DEVS is a dark, fresh, emotional tale that swiftly changes its genre from being a murder mystery to being a drama about a tech fanatic who is ready to cross any barrier to feel something that has left him long ago.