DEVS : New SciFi show on Hulu/FX

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  1. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member Thread Starter

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    Devs is a new series that just started yesterday (3/5/20) on Hulu, through Hulu's collaboration with FX. (So it's an FX series appearing exclusively on Hulu).

    The central premise is a mysterious tech company in Silicon Valley (Google-ish), a program in quantum computing and someone who disappears.

    It's extremely stylish and a bit claustrophobic. The sets are beautiful, especially the one housing the quantum computer, which looks exactly like a quantum computer (i.e. for which pics have been published). The first episode is gripping, the second not quite as much, but still interesting. It's not entirely clear exactly how this will play out.

    The acting is a mixed bag. I am not enthralled by the female protagonist, but others are better.
     
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  2. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    An FX show NOT on FX.....
    how modern...:shake:
     
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  3. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member Thread Starter

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    The “FX on Hulu” hub collects 40 of the network’s most popular and beloved series (Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck) with some of its underrated classics (Terriers, Thief) and new original shows that will exist exclusively on Hulu (Devs). The new hub is meant to replace FX Plus, a standalone ad-free streaming service that cost $6 a month and included 1,400 episodes of FX programming, that Disney shut down in August 2019. Certain popular series like American Crime Story and Pose aren’t available to stream on Hulu yet because of pre-existing licensing agreements with streamers like Netflix, an issue that also plagued Disney Plus at launch, too.

    The hub will also include next-day streaming for shows airing on FX’s broadcast network; meaning that new episodes of shows like American Horror Story’s tenth season will be available to stream less than 24 hours after they air.​

    FX on Hulu launches today, cementing Disney’s attempt to turn Hulu into a necessity
     
  4. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

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  5. KAT

    KAT Forum Resident

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  6. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer

    Started watching 1st episode. Interesting enough for me to keep going, and I'm not a big SciFi fan.
     
  7. dougotte

    dougotte Petty, Annoying Dilettante

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    I enjoyed the first episode. I thought the lead's acting was fine. So many things on my list, and I haven't gotten to subsequent episodes yet, but I will.
     
  8. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer


    Agree about the lead. She's playing it like somebody who's in shock, which is appropriate. Halfway through the latest episode and am enjoying this a lot.
     
  9. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Is it similar to Taken ( 2002)?
     
  10. I've watched episode 3 and I'm enjoying it quite a lot.
     
  11. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    I love Alex Garland's style, so this was a must watch for me. I'm glad they revealed the twist in the middle of episode 2 so that you could stop wondering and focus on the story line.

    The basic premise is similar to a few classic sci-fi short stories from back in the '50s and '60s that I suspect were the germ of this series, but without all of the atmosphere, and murder, and suicide.

    JohnK
     
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  12. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

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    I think since Disney paid $71 billion dollars for Fox, they can pretty much use their TV shows and movies any way you want. Disney only owns 2/3 of Hulu, but they own 100% of Disney+. If they air the episodes on Disney+, they get all of the money vs. 2/3 of the money.

    I will make a note to watch Devs because the promos look terrific.

     
  13. dougotte

    dougotte Petty, Annoying Dilettante

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    I've never seen Taken, but looking at the IMDB page, it seems completely different.
     
  14. kanakaris

    kanakaris Forum Resident

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    Three episodes in, best show in years...
     
  15. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    No, not at all. As I noted earlier, it's a spin on a tried-and-true sci-fi trope, but updated and with its creator's unique spin.

    JohnK
     
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  16. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer

    Another pretty good episode.
     
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  17. An intriguing one that when it ends lets you thinking "and now what?". I admit I have not the slightest idea where the plot may go from now on.
     
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  18. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer

    I like that. I like the actors, and the story line is keeping me in it. I'm not a big sci-fi fan so I don't know if that's good or not, but I'm enjoying it.
     
  19. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

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    Just don't like this cross-branding crap. This is the sort of thing Disney does particularly well...not in anybody's interests except Disney.

    If it's an FX series, there are viewers on FX who would like to see it. If they're being leveraged into making good product that people have to pony-up extra for so they can help subsidize reruns of Mom and Family Guy, thanks no. They're even pimping it on their own network website, to get you over to competitor HULU, to make some money for them. I just don't see re-branding themselves as "FX on Hulu" as a good thing...not like I have any say in it.

    But, if the only things left on FX to watch down the road is Season Three Of Whatever Came Out In 2004...why is part of my cable bill getting allocated to pay for a channel who demands even more money before we see any of their wares on another platform?

    A little of my entertainment dollar is already going to "FX on FX". Where do I sign up for my refund?
     
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