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Devs (Alex Garland series - FX on Hulu)

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  • 09-01-2020 11:51pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭


    Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, Ex Machina and Annihilation.

    Snip from wiki: computer engineer investigating a quantum computing company

    Trailer:



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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    Appears to have had two previous teasers.

    Style elements feels a like of a mix of Ex Machina, Blade Runner 2049 and Cube so far.

    One:


    Two:



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,916 ✭✭✭cdgalwegian


    Excited by this. Alex Garland has one of the best sci-fi minds in the business, and is bringing a long-form story to us at last. Directing all 8 episodes as well.
    Nick Offerman's soothing voice means all will be well....


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 35,941 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp


    You had me at "Alex Garland"
    Excited by this. Alex Garland has one of the best sci-fi minds in the business, and is bringing a long-form story to us at last. Directing all 8 episodes as well.
    Nick Offerman's soothing voice means all will be well....

    Excellent, that was my next wondering; sometimes the aesthetic or tonal shifts between directors' visions can be quite jarring, so am glad to hear Garland himself is helming all the episodes. Should make everything nice and consistent.


    Some footage of the finale has already been leaked however ;)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,916 ✭✭✭cdgalwegian


    Damned spoilers.
    Though Ron Swanson as a Luddite? Shoulda seen it coming.


  • Registered Users Posts: 60,425 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson


    FX reusing all the sets and locations from Legion.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice




  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    TV spots three, four and five. Think I've got the names right.

    Three: Devs | Amaya Preview


    Four: Devs | Gold Preview


    Five: Devs | Scared Preview


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,916 ✭✭✭cdgalwegian


    From SFX:
    "Heady ideas about quantum physics, determinism vs free will, technology's increasing chokehold on our lives, and even the unpredictability of love, are revealed and swirled together.
    All of it is the distillation of Garland's 15-year exploration of certain philosophical and scientific ideas, especially determinism".
    Drool.....Not long now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55,473 ✭✭✭✭Mr E


    First two episodes are out now.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Mr E wrote: »
    First two episodes are out now.

    generally positive on metacritic

    https://www.metacritic.com/tv/devs/season-1


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,503 ✭✭✭brevity


    Is this coming to bbc2 - I thought I read they have a deal with fx/Hulu

    Do I have to go talk to my cousins if I want to get it sooner?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    1:

    Me at the start of the episode: hrmmm.. why is there a violence warning
    Me at the end of the episode: oh

    For an hour in length, that episode absolutley flew by! High quality, well acted, good camera work, good direction.
    Story is very mysterious!

    Plot:
    At first the only idea I was thinking that Sergei hadn't guessed was teleportation.

    When Katie (Alison Pill who plays in Star Trek: Picard)
    said it changes absolutely nothing, I then guessed it was gonna be that the universe is a finite state machine. They say deterministic but feels like I got it there.

    At a guess
    I'd say we're about to explore what it feels to be trapped in events you already know are going to happen and you can't do anything about.... unless they've cracked some way to make changes.. or maybe Lily (Sergei's girlfriend) might turn out to be "the one (tm)" who can change it all
    :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    2: :eek:

    I thought he was losing the fight.. maybe trying to break yer mans arm. I didn't see that coming!

    Also to add that the sound/music work on this show is really good so far!

    Oh and I notice
    some license plates begin 6PCI
    .. I assume that's a San Francisco thing?


  • Registered Users Posts: 838 ✭✭✭human 19


    Great timing now that I am missing Mr. Robot. I love the fractal cube. Now, that's an office!


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,624 ✭✭✭✭extra gravy


    Slydice wrote: »
    2: :eek:

    I thought he was losing the fight.. maybe trying to break yer mans arm. I didn't see that coming!

    Also to add that the sound/music work on this show is really good so far!

    Oh and I notice
    some license plates begin 6PCI
    .. I assume that's a San Francisco thing?

    They're specialty plates for film/tv production I think.


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,136 ✭✭✭✭is_that_so


    Didn't take to this at all. For all the mystery it turned out to be pretty predictable stuff for me. Was also not a fan of the long meaningful pauses and the sparse Pinteresque dialogue along with the dreary music. After watching both of the first two, felt I could have just skipped the first one completely as episode 2 actually went somewhere and IMO covered the ground a whole lot better. Anyway I'm sure it'll keep those who like it entertained.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    is_that_so wrote: »
    it turned out to be pretty predictable stuff

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  • Registered Users Posts: 687 ✭✭✭al87987


    Enjoyed the first two eps, intrigued for more and to see where it goes. Great song for the fight scene at the end of episode 2.

    Predictable is not the word I would use to describe it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 32,136 ✭✭✭✭is_that_so


    Slydice wrote: »
    505152.jpg
    Never having watched the show no idea what the reference is but I guess you're upset! :)

    Different strokes ...


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    is_that_so wrote: »
    Never having watched the show no idea what the reference is but I guess you're upset! :)

    Different strokes ...

    Warning! Joke explainer...

    Fry is the characters name.
    The joke I'm going for is: Fry see what you did there

    because..
    the show is being made out to be about how everything is predictable in the universe and then you posted your post

    505233.jpg


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    3: Well, they sure got their creepy music vibe going.

    I think
    we're seeing glimpses at the bigger plot here. Something to do with USA politics on one hand and maybe an internal plot for Amaya in Devs. Maybe Lily is succeeding before she's being helped. The guess I'm going with it maybe Katie (Alison Pill) is helping her. Maybe she wants to take over this new technology from the inside.


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,624 ✭✭✭✭extra gravy


    Am I right in thinking that the technology allows them to see into the past? But what do they hope to achieve with this? Predict the future?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    Am I right in thinking that the technology allows them to see into the past? But what do they hope to achieve with this? Predict the future?

    It's wierd what they've shown so far.
    Yeah the past has potential but all I can see is maybe to find valuable things and get information for bribery.

    I felt like they implied being able to see the present/future by killing Sergei. That they knew he was an imposter. That's where my suspicion about Katie possibly helping Lily is coming from.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    4: Hrmmmm

    So
    either Lily has one day left before she dies.. or I'm guessing:
    • the everything-is-predictable idea is proven wrong
    • the everything-is-predictable idea was hacked by the insider (Katie?) I was guessing about
    • her death might have just been a glimpse into one of the future mutliple-worlds thing

    Some very fine audio-visual directing by Alex Garland in this episode. Right from the start. Earphones on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    5: So chill after that episode.
    I also smiled at how he rescued her. Again still thinking Katie is up to something. Although maybe it's all just a Lily-joins-the-crew thing, the only way the multiverse would allow.

    Dammit, I can't remember enjoying a show like this without it being cancelled.

    Keep going through the credits for .. a surprise song?

    I looked up:
    jebal: Korean - used when pleading or begging for something.
    American Century: kinda heard of this one before - used by some historians to refer to the 20th Century.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice


    6: Right so. My guess is either:
    • they've been mistaken and the universe is not deterministic and randomness can happen
    • the event they couldn't see was lily breaking the machine somehow and that the machine could only see as far as it was turned on
    • something really wierd is gonna happen
    Kenton definitley gonna be involved

    2 episodes left!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,499 ✭✭✭✭Snake Plisken


    Great show, just binged the first six episodes, happened across it watching GQ interviewing Nick Offerman breaking down his top roles, and this was the last on his list and once he mentioned Alex Garland, I knew I had to watch it. Fantastic soundtrack up as well if you search on Spotify you will find a playlist for the show. I do hope we get a second season but it could well be a one season deal. Looking forward to the final 2 episodes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 85,578 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1


    brevity wrote: »
    Is this coming to bbc2 - I thought I read they have a deal with fx/Hulu

    Do I have to go talk to my cousins if I want to get it sooner?
    brian_t wrote: »
    Devs starts on BBC2 on Wednesday 15th April at 9pm
    .


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,499 ✭✭✭✭Snake Plisken


    There won't be a season 2, Alex Garland has stated, nothing left to tell outside the 8 episode story arc.
    Also aparantly this week's episode is crazy from critics who have seen screeners for this episode. Can't wait love this show!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,387 ✭✭✭Cina


    The main actress is terrible, she's ruining an otherwise really good show.


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