A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.
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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.
Joel Kinnaman revealed that all his life he had suffered from a congenital deformity known as Pectus Excavatum which produces a sunken or caved in appearance of the chest and consequently he had always felt very embarrassed to take his shirt off for films or TV. Just before he got the lead role in this show, Kinnaman went through a surgery to repair his chest to lift it outwards to have proper normal shape. Combining that with his physical transformation for the role to achieve his best ever physical shape, he said he was incredibly proud to show off his new body in the show in numerous lengthy shirtless scenes. He said he was shirtless "all the time" and appears shirtless or partially nude in almost every single episode. He said, after getting in great shape, he had no objections to taking off his clothes as many times as the show-makers wanted. See more »
Hardcore beauty on par with Expanse and Electric Dreams series
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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