Altered Carbon – Review

Genre Science-fiction, Action, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Created by Laeta Kalogridis
Starring Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Chris Conner, Dichen Lachman, Ato Essandoh, Kristin Lehman, Trieu Tran, Renée Elise Goldsberry
Released on February 2, 2018 – present
Duration 46–66 minutes
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 10
Flixxpanda Rating 9/10
Channel Netflix

Altered Carbon is one of Netflix’s newest shows and it’s definitely getting all the hype it deserves from the fans but, surprisingly not the critics. Most critics called it something akin to delusional drivel and I fail to fathom why.

The show has literally built an entire world from ground up. In fact, it reminds me a little bit of Harry Potter because they too built an entire world for a story to take place in. That’s not easy. That takes a huge amount of effort. The crew of Altered Carbon has literally left no stone unturned and spared no expense in realizing their vision to the best of their abilities. Tiny details and quirks make the show a fabulous watch.

Now, that I’ve given the show it’s well earned praise, let’s get into what the show is all about. It is in essence a science-fiction cyberpunk drama. Everything takes place about 360 years into the future. (So yes, they’ve got flying houses). We see futuristic San Francisco, now known as Bay City. Also minor detail, nobody dies anymore!

Okay that might be a bit of a stretch. Yes, people can die but it’s not that simple. Remember those jokes we used to make about how they’re gonna figure out a way to upload us to the cloud? Well they did it! (Sort of). Everybody’s consciousness is stored in this disc called the cortical stack, which stays in your neck. So even if your body dies, as long as the disc is intact, you can just be put into a new body. These bodies are called sleeves. But, if your stack is destroyed, you die. So, the wealthiest humans live in houses in the sky for hundreds of years, above the filthy masses. They’re called “Meths”.

What happens when one of the Meths, Laurens Bancroft wants a murder solved, more specifically his own? Well, he pulls out the stack of a mercenary from prison. (Yes, stacks can go to prison, much more economical than making a living human stay in prison if you think about it). Bancroft puts Takeshi Kovacs’ stack in a new body 250 years after he was “dead”. So, the timelines are a bit complicated but don’t worry you’ll be fine!

Anyway, Altered Carbon keeps switching from Takeshi’s past and present, it’s a little confusing because his old body isn’t the same as his new one. Nevertheless, the show will tell you a story that will draw you in and leave you craving for more by the end.

With a diverse cast and strong female leads, the show can do no wrong. Characters are developed, each with their own stories to support their actions. The effects and CGI are amazing and must have cost tons of money without a doubt, but honestly it was clearly quite worth it. Everything looks brilliant! It can get slow at times but the futuristic action scenes make up for that. It’s incredibly entertaining and you will never be bored!

Video Credit – Netflix | YouTube

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