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Altered Carbon 

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Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Joel Kinnaman ...  Takeshi Kovacs 10 episodes, 2018
James Purefoy ...  Laurens Bancroft 10 episodes, 2018
Martha Higareda ...  Kristin Ortega 10 episodes, 2018
Chris Conner ...  Poe 10 episodes, 2018
Dichen Lachman ...  Reileen Kawahara 10 episodes, 2018
Ato Essandoh ...  Vernon Elliot 10 episodes, 2018
Kristin Lehman ...  Miriam Bancroft 10 episodes, 2018
Trieu Tran ...  Mr. Leung 10 episodes, 2018
Renée Elise Goldsberry ...  Quellcrist Falconer 10 episodes, 2018
Hiro Kanagawa ...  Captain Tanaka 7 episodes, 2018
Will Yun Lee ...  Stronghold Kovacs 7 episodes, 2018
Waleed Zuaiter ...  Samir Abboud 6 episodes, 2018
Adam Busch ...  Mickey 6 episodes, 2018
Marlene Forte ...  Alazne Ortega 6 episodes, 2018
Hayley Law ...  Lizzie Elliot 6 episodes, 2018
Antonio Marziale ...  Isaac Bancroft 6 episodes, 2018
Zahf Paroo ...  Curtis 6 episodes, 2018
Tamara Taylor ...  Oumou Prescott 5 episodes, 2018
Fiona Vroom ...  Sandy Kim 5 episodes, 2018
Lisa Chandler ...  Mary Lou Henchy 5 episodes, 2018
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ALTERED CARBON is set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored in cortical stacks implanted in the spine, allowing humans to survive physical death by having their memories and consciousness "re-sleeved" into new bodies. The story follows specially trained "Envoy" soldier Takeshi Kovacs, who is downloaded from an off-world prison and into a combat ready sleeve at the behest of Laurens Bancroft, a highly influential aristocrat. Bancroft was killed, and the last automatic backup of his stack was made hours before his death, leaving him with no memory of who killed him and why. While police ruled it a suicide, Bancroft is convinced he was murdered and wants Kovacs to find out the truth.

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No body lives forever.


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2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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This is Joel Kinnaman's second time in a lead role which has been brought back from the dead. The first was RoboCop(2014). See more »

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Hardcore beauty on par with Expanse and Electric Dreams series
11 February 2018 | by CommonSenseIntelligenceSee all my reviews

As a Blade Runner and Battlestar Galatica(remake) fan, I am picky with futurist sci-fi. Am pleased to say, Altered Carbon exceded my expectation.

Wasn't aware of the book version, but the adaption certainly feel sufficient for such a convoluted technology universe. Relatively seamless exposition of the hyper complex world, and nicely written, nicely edited backstories. Nothing jarring. I hate jumpy frequent flash backs, especially nested flash backs, and I know how hard it is to convey "past lives" type concepts. The efficiency of how the crucial info are delivered, the fluidity, very, very rare, and very appreciated.

Violence is graphic, but a necessity, not GOT/ Vikings gratuitous. Lots of sex scenes and nudity. Strong cast. The underrared Joel Kinnaman's Kovac exhibited form, substance, and great emotional range. (Watch out for his pink anime backpack, sure to be a deadly serious fun meme). Nice touch guys.

If I had to nitpick, it is the same issue I have with 90% of sci-fi = the 21st century America guns and porn babes visual - overly rugged clunky weapons, overly dirty back alleys and overly coquettish elite class women who dress and behave more like high end Vegas escorts.

Stylisitc beauty no doubt. Eventhough I am so sick of cold wet gritty dystopia referencing Blade Runner again, but honestly, Altered Carbon version felt more homage to Ridley Scott, rather than imaginative laziness. Visual details as meticulously executed as my two other current top TV sci-fi series The Expanse and Electric Dreams.

This is a well thought out, respectfully produced and sincere work. I am into the 5th episode, I want more seasons. I rate this series higher than Westworld and Black Mirror 3rd season. HIGHLY recommended.


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