Altered Carbon (2018– )
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Man with My Face 

With Ortega's fate hanging in the balance, Kovacs drops a bombshell on the Bancrofts. Later, he comes face to face with an unsettling opponent.


Alex Graves


Richard Morgan (based on the novel by) (as Richard K. Morgan), Laeta Kalogridis (created by) | 3 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
Kristin Lehman ... Miriam Bancroft
Trieu Tran ... Mr. Leung
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Quellcrist Falconer
Tamara Taylor ... Oumou Prescott
Byron Mann ... O.G. Kovacs
Waleed Zuaiter ... Samir Abboud
Matt Biedel ... Dimi
Adam Busch ... Mickey
Marlene Forte ... Alazne Ortega


Kovacs takes Ortega to a hospital and uses Bancroft's credit to save and implant a new arm in Ortega. During her recovery, she learns the fate of her friend and partner Abboud and the unethical behavior of Captain Tanaka. Meanwhile Kovacs and Elliot head to Isaac's room and then they go to Bancrofts house where Kovacs discloses what his son did to him. When Kovacs and Ortega leaves the hospital, they are captured and sent to a cage, where they need to fight to save their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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English | 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?


During the final scene the soundtrack includes an electronic version of White Zombie's 'More Human Than Human' song (from their Astro-Creep: 2000 album), here recorded by Sune Wagner. The song lyrically refers to themes of artificial humans, specifically the Nexus series of replicant from the Blade Runner (1982) movie, also relevant to the world of Altered Carbon. See more »


When at the police station, while Tanaka is holding Prescott's arm, Prescott can be seen speaking, but there is no matching audio. See more »


Mr. Leung: If we do not know our role in this world, why are we in it?
Dimi: I cannot speak for you, my friend, but I am here to kick great amounts of ass.
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More Action Adventure than Sci-Fi, But Still A Solid Episode
3 February 2018 | by LorenBiegSee all my reviews

A face off with Isaac the weasel and some fun with a mechanized arm lighten this episode a bit. And, James Purefoy reminds us just how terrifyingly insane he can be (a la Joe Carroll in The Following) in an episode that delivers a lot of story and a lot of action without the usual level of visual exhilaration or sci-fi gimmickery.

The world of Altered Carbon is beginning to feel like home. Meetings in a cheap VR cafe? Didn't think twice about it. Crowds chanting "Real death! Real death!" at an organic damage event? Just another day in the Protectorate. But several revelations emerge in this episode, one of which is a twist and, at first glance, a bit of a stretch. I won't spoil, but I was left thinking, "whuuutt?"

The amount of cutting and shooting and injuries are starting to fatigue a bit. I suppose it keeps the tension high. But, the balance struck by series like Breaking Bad is that the violence was intense from time to time, but not every episode. Acting is still very strong. And the world of Altered Carbon is still intriguing and well thought out. The threads of the plot are beginning to weave together. And Kovacs and Ortega are working together better than ever.

Poe and Vernon are given moments that remind how they both bring heart and humanity to tip the scales against Kovacs and Ortega's cynical individualism. I would enjoy more of them. And Ortega's mom continually HATES Kovacs, which is still funny.

Keeping the quality high, though I'm missing the transporting effect of the first few episodes a bit. Seven stars for this outing.

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