yes we use Developers as an example of when FX’s big sci-fi swings go right. Although Alex Garland’s show went relatively under the radar, it was hailed as one of the best things to come out of FX (and FX on Hulu), and an example of why the programming of the network, when it comes to weird and lofty concepts. science fiction stories, has always been relevant.
When Developers premiered in February 2020, Chris Evangelista of /Film gave it a rave review, writing, “Developers‘ deliberate pacing, wistful tone (I don’t think there’s a single moment of levity in any of the eight total episodes), and unapologetically cryptic storytelling is sure to put casual viewers off, and heaven help anyone trying to live-tweet through this beast. you need to study Developers – each image could give you an answer. Or maybe not. Part of the fun of this show is getting swept up in its mind-blowing originality.”
Certainly, Developers had a great genre name behind it – Alex Garland, who had a very specific vision of what the series would be like. The series’ previous genre hits also came from creators with a singular brand, like Noah Hawley and Legion or Fargo. Tom Rob Smith is relatively untested compared to a sci-fi visionary like Garland, but FX is pretty good at spotting a great sci-fi concept, and we can hope that Class of ’09 follow this road.