Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

Science-fiction television series
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Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon is an American cyberpunk television series created by Laeta Kalogridis and based on the 2002 novel of the same title by English author Richard K. Morgan. In a world where consciousness can be transferred to different bodies, Takeshi Kovacs, a former soldier turned investigator, must solve a murder. The first season consists of ten episodes and premiered on Netflix on February 2, 2018. On July 27, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season of eight episodes, which was released on February 27, 2020, with an anime film set before the first season released on March 19, 2020. Though the series received generally positive reviews, it was canceled after two seasons.

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United States
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2
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46–66 minutes
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February 2, 2018 (2018-02-02)
February 27, 2020 (2020-02-27)
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  • The series made some changes to the the original novel:
    • In the show, Takeshi and Reileen Kawahara are siblings. In the book that is not the case at all.
    • In the book, Detective Ortega doesn't have a family pressuring her to become Neo-Catholic and against re-sleeving. This also means they don't get visited by the Ghostwalker.
    • In the book, Laurens Bancroft doesn't indulge in violence against women or anyone else, for that matter, and there's no indication that he is going to be punished at all other than feeling bad. There's a UN hearing about it, but they put all the blame on Reileen Kawahara and assume that she drugged him aboard Head In The Clouds. Kovacs also agrees to cover up Miriam Bancroft's role in the events, meaning she also faces no legal consequences for her actions.
  • The museum where Kovacs sees Quell is an actual museum in Vancouver, BC. It is the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology.
  • 'Poe' is based on the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe, which also gives the name of his hotel 'The Raven' (one of his famous works). The shirt he wears during AI poker match (ep.8 26min) also has the signature of Edgar Allan Poe embroidered on the chest. Coincidentally, James Purefoy (Laurens Bancroft) played a serial killer obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe on The Following (2013).
  • Dichen Lachman's second series involving personalities being implanted into empty shell-bodies. A similar process to re-sleeving is utilized in Dollhouse (2009), which also starred Tahmoh Penikett (Dimi 1).
  • The Bancroft family, along with other super-wealthy members of society, are referred to as "Meths," short for Methuselahs. Methuselah was a biblical figure from the Old Testament who was rumored to have lived for 969 years.

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