Devs (2020)
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Episode #1.8 

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The question is answered: is the Universe deterministic, a multi-verse, or something else?


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Episode credited cast:
Sonoya Mizuno ... Lily Chan
Nick Offerman ... Forest
Jin Ha ... Jamie
Cailee Spaeny ... Lyndon
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Stewart
Karl Glusman ... Sergei
Alison Pill ... Katie
Jefferson Hall ... Pete
Janet Mock ... Senator
Linnea Berthelsen ... Jen
Georgia King ... Lianne
Amaya Mizuno-André Amaya Mizuno-André ... Amaya
Aimee Mullins ... Anya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Garcetti ... Wildly Unpopular Mayor


The question is answered: is the Universe deterministic, a multi-verse, or something else?

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Stewart recites sections of 'The Second Coming' by W.B. Yeats. See more »


Forest: I took nothing from you. I can't take what you never had. The sense that you are participating in life was only ever an illusion. Life is just something we watch on a fold, like pictures on a screen.
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The ending credit of episode 8 shows the title of 'Devs' differently, the corrected way after its true meaning is explained during the episode. See more »

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S1: Engaging and handsomely made, but is hurt by its overly sombre and self-important tone
16 August 2020 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I was attracted to this by the names involved, and the praise I had heard others give it, but I didn't know a great deal about it as I went in. It is certainly a very handsome piece of television - a lot of work in the production design and other elements of crafting that give it a very deliberate and 'designed' feel. From the start, I liked this because it felt like a work of quality in all details, but on reflection I think it also worked to add to the concept of things being as they are - ordered, structured, and unchangeable - certainly not chaotic or random.

It extends this delivery across the whole season. It always seems to feel controlled, designed, almost to the point of being a little stiff. In terms of the narrative, it is never stronger than in its opening episode or the run-in to the conclusion but it does enough to remain interesting throughout, even if I wasn't always taken by its tone. It is overly sombre and at times almost feels self-important; as an idea I didn't feel it was ever as clever as it seemed to carry itself - and the conclusion in particular felt a bit obvious and 'easy' compared with the build-up. That said, I was held by it - it was more a reaction to how it seemed to view itself. The performances are hard to judge because they have that same very stiff and unnatural feel that much of the season does; I think this was deliberate, but mostly it means they don't feel like real people within the story.

Overall it is engaging, and I found it interesting in how well designed and handsome it was, but it is not something I would rush to watch again now that I know all its content. It is worth watching, but I suspect I'd not be the only one put off by the sombre and slightly self-important tone it has.

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