I finished the first season last night (technically early this morning).
Definitely a binge-worthy show about the work/life balance with a touch of dystopia and a slowly unraveling onion of a mystery show. Absolutely fantastic.
There is a lot more to say about the show, but I feel like I want to watch it over again to really take it all in. The characters are limited, which really helps control the mystery around the show. It does not become too overwhelming to keep track of the timeline or the mythos of the show.
Severance is definitely not a minimalist show in its production, but the elements of the show are. Every choice carries so much weight forward and backward when the viewer reflects on the show. I absolute love shows like this that are careful with how the show is crafted from the set, the characters, the camera movements, and, of course, the writing.
One of my favourite directing professors from University had a great phrase for what these elements become:
a monumental grain of sand.