Altered Carbon – TV Series Review

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Altered Carbon

The best Sci Fi I have seen since the original Blade Runner. It deals in real science and real possibility not immortal zombies suffering from a magical virus that raises the dead. The fiction here is not unelievable science, but a reasonable extrapolation of the moral consequences of this kind of technology and an extension of our current obsession with giving godlike wealth to a bunch of idiots and then allowing them to rape pillage and destroy the rest of humanity just for fun.

Prisoner Takeshi Kovacs (a ripped Joel Kinnaman), is serving an indefinite sentence for a capital crime he claims he did not commit. Lying in a state of complete inertia for 250 years, he is awakened and purchased by wealthy businessman Laurens Bancroft (an awesomely creepy James Purefoy). Kovacs is promised a new lease on life, with a complete pardon for his crimes, if he can catch a killer. Bancroft’s killer, in fact. Sound trippy? It is. In this future, one never really dies if one can afford to buy a new “sleeve”, as it’s called, or a body.

One’s consciousness, memories and all, can be stored and moved to a new sleeve should they face an expected and/or premature death. So in this world, one can be sixty-seven years old and look like a teenager, or they can have their mindfulness put into a body of their choosing – an enemy, perhaps, or even someone of a different gender or race. However, this “live, die, repeat” foolishness is under threat of being destroyed by a group who will undoubtedly surprise you.

In this age on immortals, what is the extent to which one would go for love? And does one love the soul or the body that the soul is in? Can a love be so strong that it transcends centuries and bodies with a blood trail so huge and wide?

Beautiful acting by the cast. Definitely binge worthy and there is a twist in every episode and all characters and sub stories come together beautifully at the end. Joel Kinnaman did a great job and is now an actor whose career I would be following starting today. Having been a fan of Will Yun Lee since Elektra, it was a pleasant surprise to see him in this as I had not noticed him in the Cast before starting the binge.

Watch the trailer below:

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