Altered Carbon (2018– )
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Out of the Past 

Waking up in a new body 250 years after his death, Takeshi Kovacs discovers he's been resurrected to help a titan of industry solve his own murder.


Miguel Sapochnik


Laeta Kalogridis (created by), Richard Morgan (based on the novel by) (as Richard K. Morgan) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Kinnaman ... Takeshi Kovacs
James Purefoy ... Laurens Bancroft
Martha Higareda ... Kristin Ortega
Chris Conner ... Poe
Dichen Lachman ... Reileen Kawahara
Ato Essandoh ... Vernon Elliot (credit only)
Kristin Lehman ... Miriam Bancroft
Trieu Tran ... Mr. Leung (credit only)
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Quellcrist Falconer
Byron Mann ... O.G. Kovacs
Waleed Zuaiter ... Samir Abboud
Antonio Marziale ... Isaac Bancroft
Olga Fonda ... Sarah
Daniel Bernhardt ... Jaeger
Paul Lazenby ... Trooper #1


In a distant future, in a dystopic society where people's consciousness and memories are stored in devices and then resleeved into another body, the Alcatraz prisoner Takeshi Kovacs is awaken 250 years after his death. He has recollections of his and his beloved companion Ava deaths and soon he learns that the upper-class millionaire Laurens Bancroft is the responsible for his awakening in a body of a strong man to investigate who has killed him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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English | German | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)| Dolby Atmos (Netflix)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hindi text "Raksha Karna" can be seen on the police car, and it simply translates to "For Protection". See more »


[first lines]
Quellcrist Falconer: First thing you'll learn is that nothing is what it seems. Ignore your assumptions. Don't trust anything. What you see, what you hear, what people tell you, what you think you remember
[soft gasps]
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References Out of the Past (1947) See more »

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Altered Carbon Starts Strong!
3 February 2018 | by LorenBiegSee all my reviews

Altered Carbon launches out of the gate like a winning stallion. The world of Altered Carbon is rich and interesting. And, the introduction to all the terminology, tech, and culture is deftly handled. Kovacs, played by the always enjoyable Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, House Of Cards, Robocop) is a man out of time, lost in history, having been brought back from an indefinite prison sentence 250 years after being incarcerated. The twist is, he's been re-sleeved, meaning his "stack" (consciousness) now inhabits a new body with military enhancements. It's not an unfamiliar premise. But Altered Carbon is so well executed, it's just fun and intriguing to watch.

The show runners take full advantage of the highly developed backstory and culture available from Richard K. Morgan's detailed source material. This is an immersive story that doesn't take time to explain itself. The plot moves quickly forward through this futuristic, yet somehow familiar world where people commonly switch languages as they speak to one another. Cars fly, and police officers seem pretty much the same as they are now.

Visually, Out Of The Past is stunning, Art Direction, Cinematography, Direction, digital artwork, all is top echelon. Comparisons to Bladerunner are inevitable. But, the look is so good Altered Carbon stands on its own.

At the center of the story is the mystery of who and what Kovacs is. We know he is an Envoy and we know how he died. But, there is more to him, more to his past, and more to his abilities than we understand. He has a destiny.

The only weak element is Ortega's unexplained hostility towards him. Why is she so pissed that he was brought back? But, this is not enough to drag the episode down. Altered Carbon is dressed to impress!

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