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Netflix fills a sci-fi hole in its originals lineup with Altered Carbon

Netflix fills a sci-fi hole in its originals lineup with Altered Carbon

Consciousness can be digitized, human bodies are interchangeable and death is no longer permanent... Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. Not only will season 4 of Charlie Brooker's wildly popular Black Mirror return, but we'll see two new neo-noirs in Duncan Jones' long promised Mute and the new series Altered Carbon, based on the cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan.

Altered Carbon may ultimately flop, but it should absolutely look great. The new Netflix series follows a soldier/P.I. named Takeshi Kovacs (played by both Will Yun Lee and Joel Kinnman) who wakes up centuries later in a new body to solve the murder of a billionaire. Their memories and consciousness are able to be stored on digital implants, referred to as "stacks", and can be transported between bodies as people upgrade.

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Police deemed it a suicide, however Bancroft is convinced he was murdered and enlists Kovacs to find out the truth. If aesthetic and visual believability matters to you in your sci-fi decisions, evidently Altered Carbon will fall into the Westworld-y higher-end of that spectrum.

Creative staff for Altered Carbon includes writer Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Terminator: Genisys), and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) directed the first episode. The first trailer for Altered Carbon begins with a commercial of sorts for the fictional product, pitching the concept of "human sleeves", as sold to elite consumers. Head on over to the link below to see a few more images from the series. The cyberpunk TV series, based on a 2002 novel of the same name, will release on February 2nd, 2018, Netflix announced in a release date teaser video. The announcement also comes with a trailer which gives Blade Runner a run for its money.


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