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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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Laeta Kalogridis
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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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Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Netflix)

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50 shades of carbon
6 February 2018 | by rembrandtpastelsSee all my reviews

So this show has: Very good visuals.Very good Cinematics, Good acting considering how bad the Story and script are.

But lets get to the meat of things, Altered Carbon is interesting because it shows exactly what is wrong with today's shows when everything else about the show is near perfect: The Writing. And we see this kind of writing in many of today's successful shows that centre around a dark moody theme to make things "real"

So let me attempt to analyse the writing elements here:

-Monologues about experiences that are meant to reveal irrefutable truth of life , end up being cheap philosophy devoid of true wisdom. -Plot twists and reversals to make us turn the page despite the fact that there is no real meaning or reason to the story. -endless violence to shock us into an emotional reaction to make us believe that what we are seeing is "real" , despite the fact that again, the story is not that interesting. -And when the above stops working they fill in the gap with some Sex and melodrama.

I gave it 5 stars because I think the real story here is about what modern storytelling has become. How instead of finding the real story, writers present a baffe of violence, sex and plot twists regardless of any meaning behind it,

This is not the first time we see this in a TV show, although its one of these times where the story is in a way about the aforementioned writing-elements , This says something about the modern audience, the modern writing and production.


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