“If they asked how I died tell them: Still angry.”
-Richard K. Morgan
Good day Bingers. Netflix’s latest cyberpunk thriller, Altered Carbon, is officially on the “hot” list, so it should come as no surprise that I have to post about it. If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ve never taken on the task of writing a post about the hot topics of the Netflix world such as Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black. I try to tackle the “smaller” shows – the ones that don’t get enough attention; however, I decided that because it was so new and so amazing, I couldn’t resist.
Now, if you don’t know what Altered Carbon is by now, it was originally a novel written by Richard K. Morgan (hence the opening quote.) Have I read it? No. So I can’t tell you how it relates to the book; however, I can tell you that the 3-part series is now on my reading list as soon as I get through Game of Thrones (so it might be a while.)
To be honest, the first episode didn’t really pull me in. I actually fell asleep on my couch, but I’m pretty sure it was because I had just had food and was under a blanket. Either way, by episode 2 you can say that I was officially in binge-mode.
Altered Carbon was officially released on February 2nd, 2018 with 10 episodes each spanning 1 hour. It focuses on Takeshi Kovacs (Tak for short) who was a United Nations mercenary turned envoy turned rogue detective(ish). If that’s confusing, I don’t blame you. I honestly didn’t understand myself until about the 8th or 9th episode. Basically, the government picked him up and turned him into a solider, he turned on them one day and became an envoy. Then, after all of the envoys were destroyed, he went rogue until he was caught, killed, and resleeved 250 years later by Laurens Bancroft.
So how is Tak still alive after 250 years? Well, in the time period for the show, humans have discovered how to download their “souls?” onto disks that are inserted into their spines. This means that whenever the person dies, they can be “resleeved” into another body.
To be honest, this is a really complicated show to explain in general because I don’t want to give away anything, so instead of giving details, just know this show satisfies a lot of different areas: humor, love, sci-fi, gore, and mystery, so you’re bound to like to show whatever you like.
If you want to know my personal favorites character-wise, I would definitely have to say Poe. Poe is an AI (artificial intelligence) that runs a hotel. The thing about AI hotels though is that they are…. protective… of their residents. So whenever someone threatens Tak inside of the hotel, Mr. Poe (themed from Edgar Allen Poe) has many “measures” to protect him.
My other favorite character is Officer Ortega. She has an obsession with Tak (for reasons you’ll figure out in the show,) but I love her because she is who I want to be when I grow up. She is so headstrong and can really take care of herself, yet she is still soft inside and needs love. She also just doesn’t give a flying f**k. 🙂
Overall, this show has a pretty darn good binge factor of 7.9. It’s definitely a “page turner” in the Netflix sense, but you won’t lose too much sleep if you have to go to bed. However, I suggest not watching this show if you have things to do because you really have to pay attention to understand what’s going on.
And to all of the critics that didn’t like this show please take a seat because you know it’s good.
That is all 🙂
Binge on my friends!
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