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Devs is an easily spoiled show, so if you haven't seen it I wouldn't suggest reading much further. However, I will say that if you are at all interested in watching Devs I would recommend checking it out if you are into hard(ish) sci-fi, discussions about fate and quantum physics, and don't mind slow pacing.
If these things don't peak your interest look away now because you will probably end up feeling disappointed or bored.
- The original soundtrack feels very ethereal and atmospheric.
- The set design of Devs is great.
- The acting is pretty strong, though some parts felt mechanical. The series nearly topples into the problem of making their characters mouth pieces to show how clever the writers are, rather than being actual people.
- The series does subvert your ideas about what can and will happen, while also having enough set-up to prevent the twists feeling unearned.
- There is some really great direction going on. The scene where Forest is experiencing multiple versions of how Amaya's death could have played out was very well handled and effective.
- Devs does suffer from a few issues that many Tropers can spot as being Fridge Logic. Essentially, there are a few plot hiccups that ruin the experience for me.
E.g. Lily pretending to have mental health problems. I felt like my time had actually been wasted after the reveal that Lily was lying, since the show spent lots of time showing Lily panicking and having suicidal thoughts. I started to feel that perhaps Lily's viewpoint was unreliable and could change the direction of the show, but oh never mind, she was just acting!
She was also a bit stupid to think that Amaya wouldn't use what she says against her. They could easily deny any evidence she discovered by claiming she was insane (which actually ends up happening).
The ending also slightly rubbed me the wrong way, considering its essentially a "bad guy wins" situation. Yeah, ok, Forest isn't evil, he just wants his daughter back. But, to do it, he caused the pain and deaths of several people (that we know of)and developed a messiah complex while using the excuse of "It's just fate, bro". Forest doesn't learn anything. He gets exactly what he wants: the life of his daughter and wife back.
I'd give Devs a 7/10. I had a good time, but it is a bit flawed. I was going to write quite a bit more, but I'm probably going over the word limit as is.
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