A full evaluate of “Mrs. Davis” will run nearer to launch, from a critic who has had an opportunity to see the total season. However I felt the necessity to sound the alarm right here. Followers of Lindelof’s earlier work, together with “Misplaced,” “The Leftovers,” and “Watchmen” will discover a few of his recurring pursuits at play right here, however Hernandez is the showrunner, and it is clearly her imaginative and prescient that can throw of us anticipating one thing acquainted for a loop. Her present is funnier by default than Lindelof’s different work, a bit extra barbed and an entire lot sillier — there are occasions when “Mrs. Davis” looks like Monty Python’s tackle the Chatbot plaguing fashionable establishments, or “Sizzling Rod” if the characters had been staring down a impending dystopia with no straightforward escape.
What you must know: Betty Gilpin (excellent, as at all times) performs Simone, a nun in an alternate 2023 the place life is dominated by an omnipotent synthetic intelligence named Mrs. Davis, which has quietly taken over the world by making life simpler for everybody. Simone, whose intense (and weird!) backstory is drip-fed all through the 2 episodes I’ve seen, finds herself in battle with Mrs. Davis. Chaos ensues. Satiric scabs are pulled. Surreal imagery is employed. There may be a couple of grisly beheading. Fairly frankly, it is as maddening as it’s immediately addictive.