|Created by||Alex Garland|
|Written by||Alex Garland|
|Directed by||Alex Garland|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||5 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||43–57 minutes|
|Original release||March 5, 2020 –|
Devs is centered on Lily Chan (Sonoya Mizuno), a computer engineer investigating a quantum computing company called Amaya, run by Forest (Nick Offerman). She believes this company is responsible for the disappearance of her boyfriend.
Cast and characters
- Sonoya Mizuno as Lily Chan, a computer engineer at Amaya
- Nick Offerman as Forest, CEO of Amaya
- Jin Ha as Jamie, a cybersecurity specialist and Lily's ex-boyfriend
- Zach Grenier as Kenton, head of security at Amaya
- Stephen McKinley Henderson as Stewart, a member of the Devs team
- Cailee Spaeny as Lyndon, a member of the Devs team specializing in work on sound waves
- Karl Glusman as Sergei, Lily's boyfriend and co-worker at Amaya
- Alison Pill as Katie, a quantum physicist and second-in-command at Amaya
- Linnea Berthelsen as Jen, Lily's coworker and good friend
- Aimee Mullins as Anya, Lily's coworker
- Brian d'Arcy James as Anton
- Janet Mock as Senator Laine
- Davie Tse as Lily's father
- Amaya Mizuno-André as Amaya
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Episode 1"||Alex Garland||Alex Garland||March 5, 2020|
|Sergei, an employee of the tech company Amaya, is offered a position on Amaya's secretive quantum computing 'Devs' team by Forest, the CEO. Sergei is shown to the division's futuristic vacuum-sealed lab inside a Faraday cage by Forest, who is elusive when Sergei asks questions about his role there and simply tells him that what he should do will become clear. The code Sergei sees shocks him, and he later surreptitiously records the code using his wristwatch. When Sergei leaves that night, Forest confronts him about stealing the code and has Kenton, the head of Amaya security, kill him as he attempts to run. Sergei's girlfriend Lily, who also works at Amaya (in encryption), worries that he has not come home and reports his disappearance to Kenton and Forest. They show Lily footage appearing to show Sergei walking out of the building and off the company grounds. Unconvinced, Lily downloads a backup of Sergei's phone from the cloud and discovers a suspicious password-protected program disguised as Sudoku, a game Sergei disliked. She contacts her ex-boyfriend Jamie to help her crack the password. Jamie, upset over Lily's total disregard of him after their breakup, refuses to help. Later Lily is shown additional footage of Sergei apparently committing suicide by setting himself on fire.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Alex Garland||Alex Garland||March 5, 2020|
|Forest attempts to console Lily and tells her about the death of his own young daughter, Amaya, and the impossibility dealing with such incomprehensible reality. Lily convinces Jamie to crack the program on Sergei's phone and finds it is a Russian government messaging app that Sergei, a suspected industrial spy, was using to contact his handler. Kenton meets Forest at home and advises him to let go of the past. Forest assures him he is, but later uses an interface in the Devs lab, on which the team has achieved a projection of the Crucifixion 2000 years in the past, to view a projection of his daughter. Lily uses the app to arrange a meeting with Sergei's handler, Anton, who tells her Sergei was sent to infiltrate Devs and that he suspects Sergei's death was murder. He offers to bring her onboard in Sergei's place. Kenton watches their meeting. Jamie tries to convince Lily not to contact anyone through the Russian app, not knowing she already has, and offers his support. Lily decides to refuse to cooperate with Anton. Kenton follows Anton into a parking garage and tells him he will kill Lily if she starts working for Russia. Anton derides him over Amaya's secrecy and attacks Kenton, stabbing him, and in the ensuing struggle Kenton breaks Anton's neck.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Alex Garland||Alex Garland||March 12, 2020|
|Senator Laine, who wants to use the Devs technology for the US government, visits Amaya and questions Forest about his work. Katie admonishes the Devs team for using the projection system for their own amusement. Lily shares her suspicions with co-workers that Sergei was murdered, who suggest she tell Kenton. Jen mentions that Lily has struggled with schizophrenia in the past, which Kenton reports back to Forest. Lily seems to suffer a breakdown while in a meeting with Kenton and climbs out onto a high-up window ledge, in front of Forest and the senator. When Kenton goes to her rescue, Jen copies data from his computer onto a flash drive — Lily, with Jen's help, had pretended to have the breakdown episode to get the security camera footage from the night of Sergei's death. Lily watches the footage with Jamie, who notices that the flames on the screen are not real, but digital effects. In a flashback, Kenton is shown staging Sergei's suicide.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Alex Garland||Alex Garland||March 19, 2020|
|While viewing a future projection with Katie, Forest reveals that Lily will die in two days. Lily and Jamie argue the morning after she stays the night at Jamie's apartment over whether to contact the police. Kenton waits for Lily outside her apartment, where the homeless man treats him with suspicion and offers Lily his support. Kenton pressures Lily into seeing a psychiatrist, with whom she discusses her past drug use and her distant relationship with her mother, who remarried and moved to Hong Kong after Lily's father died. Lyndon develops a new algorithm based on the many-worlds interpretation, rather than the deterministic De Broglie–Bohm theory favored by Forest, that enables clear sound to be heard on the Devs projections, but Forest rejects his work and fires him. The psychiatrist reports back to Kenton that Lily is faking her schizophrenia, but as they drive away, Kenton lies to Lily that the doctor said she was psychotic and at high risk of suicide. When Lily realizes that Kenton is driving her somewhere unknown, she crashes the car by grabbing the wheel, escaping after the impact knocks Kenton unconscious. Katie applies Lyndon's algorithm to light waves, resulting in clear color images, and calls up a projection of Forest's daughter Amaya, causing him to weep. Lily runs to Jamie's apartment, where she calls the police to report Sergei's death as a murder. The police arrive, accompanied by the psychiatrist and Kenton. Lily is arrested for causing the crash and taken away for psychiatric commitment, while Kenton brutally forces Jamie back inside his apartment.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Alex Garland||Alex Garland||March 26, 2020|
|Katie views projections of events from various points in time in the Devs lab, including Kenton torturing Jamie, Lily at age ten playing Go with her father and talking to him on his deathbed, Sergei and Lily's first meeting at work and admitting their love for each other for the first time, Forest recruiting Katie at a lecture on the superposition of quantum particles after she argues with the professor for disregarding the many-worlds interpretation, the Devs team working on an early projection trial, Forest witnessing the car accident that killed his wife and daughter (superimposed with one reality in which they arrive home safely), Katie talking to Forest about his reasons for starting Devs, Kenton telling Forest and Katie that he will give them up to the authorities rather than go to jail himself, Lily falling to her death inside the Devs lab, and finally, Jamie telling his family to go into hiding before sneaking a heavily sedated Lily out of the psychiatric ward, which Katie watches with a smile.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Alex Garland||Alex Garland||April 2, 2020|
|7||"Episode 7"||Alex Garland||Alex Garland||April 9, 2020|
|8||"Episode 8"||Alex Garland||Alex Garland||April 16, 2020|
On March 13, 2018, it was announced that FX had given the production a pilot order. The pilot was written by Alex Garland who also directed and executive produced the episode as well. On July 23, 2018, Rob Hardy mentioned in an interview that he would serve as the cinematographer for the series.
On August 3, 2018, it was announced the during the Television Critics Association's annual summer press tour that FX had decided to bypass the pilot process and instead were giving the production a straight-to-series order consisting of eight episodes. Additional executive producers include Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Eli Bush, and Scott Rudin.
Garland appeared at the New York Comic Con and explained his reasoning behind the creation of the series: "I read more about science than anything else, and it started with two things. One was getting my head around this principle of determinism, which basically says that everything that happens in the world is based on cause and effect...That has all sorts of implications for us. One is that it takes away free will, but the other is that if you are at a computer powerful enough, you could use determinism to predict the future and understand the past. If you unravel everything about you, about the specifics of you why you prefer a cup of coffee to tea...then five seconds before you said you'd like to have a cup of coffee one would be able to predict you'd ask for it." In November 2019, it was announced the show would premiere on Hulu instead of FX, as part of "FX on Hulu". On January 9, 2020, it was announced that the series would premiere on March 5, 2020.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaeny, and Alison Pill had been cast in the series' main roles.
The first teaser for the series was released October 5, 2019. The first two episodes of the series were released on March 5, 2020, with the rest debuting weekly on Hulu under the label "FX on Hulu". In India, the series premiered on Hotstar on March 6, 2020.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an 82% rating with an average score of 7.76 out of 10 based on 62 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "A hauntingly beautiful meditation on humanity, Devs' slow unfurling may test some viewers [sic] patience, but fans of Alex Garland's singular talents will find much to chew on." On Metacritic, it has a score of 70 out of 100 based on 31 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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