Altered Carbon (2018– )
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Force of Evil 

Tortured by his captor, Kovacs taps into his Envoy training to survive. Ortega springs a surprise on her family for Día de los Muertos.


Alex Graves


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Kinnaman ... Takeshi Kovacs
James Purefoy ... Laurens Bancroft (credit only)
Martha Higareda ... Kristin Ortega
Chris Conner ... Poe
Dichen Lachman ... Reileen Kawahara
Ato Essandoh ... Vernon Elliot
Kristin Lehman ... Miriam Bancroft (credit only)
Trieu Tran ... Mr. Leung (credit only)
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Quellcrist Falconer
Will Yun Lee ... Stronghold Kovacs
Waleed Zuaiter ... Samir Abboud
Matt Biedel ... Abuela
Adam Busch ... Mickey
Alika Autran ... Okulov
Stephanie Cleough ... Anemone


Kovacs is virtually tortured by his captor Dimi 2 and recalls his Envoy training with Quellcrist Falconer to support the pain and survive. Meanwhile Lt. Kristin Ortega resurrects a criminal implanting her grandmother's consciousness to celebrate the Día de los Muertos with her family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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English | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)| Dolby Atmos (Netflix)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joel Kinnaman's favorite episode is the 4th episode. See more »


Quellcrist Falconer: Let him believe you are weak - until the moment he discovers you are not.
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This is the episode that really blows this show open
23 February 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Kovacs had one of his first breaks in the previous episode, but took a downturn because he was not careful. He is now strapped to a Virtual table.

This singular episode answers a question we had been having: Where do the "Skins" regular, poor people use, come from? Apparently incarceration is virtual incarceration, Skins are passed back and forth, and maybe will never come back to the original owner.

The concept of "Double Sleeving" is examined here too. As is the origin of the Sleeve Kovacs is wearing, if he can figure it out.

Kovacs had been trained to be who he is regardless of what sleeve he is in. The source of that strength is shown here, in great detail.

And we start to see glimpses of who The Envoys really were.

Meanwhile, Ortega finds a "ghost", which she saw in the previous episode, there is no trace of him as she tries to find out who he is. Not to worry, this is not the last we will see of This Mystery Man. Nothing Is as it Seems.

I don't think we really understand who and how Kovacs is, until we see this.

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