||Suspense, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
||Leonardo Nam, James Purefoy, Dichen Lachman, Martha Higareda, Ato Essandoh, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Conner, Hayley Law, Kristin Lehman
Season One is the first season of Netflix's Altered Carbon. It will air in its entirety on February 2, 2018, and will consist of ten one-hour episodes. It will be based on the novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan. Altered Carbon plunges us into a pseudo-philosophical, cyberpunk vision of the future, one clearly inspired by the work of Philip K. Dick, Ridley Scott, and the Wachowskis, but pulling primarily from the novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan. This is Netflix throwing its weight into action-heavy, high-budget TV sci-fi, anchored by another solid performance from The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman and an intriguing mystery at its center. It’s a fast-paced premiere, one that presents the basic tenets of this world along with some very impressive visuals, while not skimping on the “look, we’re not on network TV!” levels of nudity and violence. In other words, Altered Carbon promises something ambitious right off the bat. We’ll soon find out if it delivers on those promises. “Out of the Past” opens with a body seen floating from below, intercut with someone else showering. We will learn that they are the same person, even though they don’t physically look the same. They are both Takeshi Kovacs, a highly-skilled assassin known as an Envoy. The Takeshi in the shower is in the relatively near-future, and he’s about to be set upon by a dozen heavily-armed men. He takes a few out, but they kill his partner and then blow him to bits. But in this future, the body is just a shell. People can be “re-sleeved,” their memories and personalities kept in a “stack” at the top of their spine. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen to Tak.