Altered Carbon – a binge-worthy sci-fi series
It’s rare to find a mini TV series that can delight the sensibilities of all varieties of avid sci-fi viewers. We all have our favourites, depending on our age and range of viewing preferences. Having grown up with a love for all things sci-fi, especially for some classics in the vein of Blade Runner and The Matrix I was delighted when a new series called Altered Carbon premiered on Netflix back on February 2.
Set 300 years in the future, this hardcore science fiction thriller series not only bursts with plot twists and engaging Blade Runner’ish type stimulating environments but also provides visually stunning and edgy depth that crosses a murder mystery with the unlikely hero of Takeshi Kovacs (Played by the buff Swedish American actor Joel Kinnaman, who was ironically one of the contenders for the lead roles in Thor (2011) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)).
The series is based on Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk noir novel of the same name. The plot lines build slowly (so be patient), culminating in many thought-provoking situations that simultaneously tackle the complexities and philosophical struggles that come with a new form of immortality juxtaposed against the hierarchies of a class system, where the very rich strive for God-like power leading to hubris…whilst the poor, sick and religious minorities are pushed to the margins. Those at the very top even begin to revel in the infinite possibilities and reckless sexual appetites that challenge what it means to be human.
Throw in quite a few amazing fight scenes and exotic yet tastefully done nude shots…coupled with Kovacs desire to bring humanity back from the brink of overstepping the bounds of propriety…I found it easy to get caught up in his strange quest to uncover the real secrets and mysteries surrounding the murder of one of the richest and most powerful men of the time.
Kudos to Netflix for this excellent series, and I hope they’ll renew Season 2 because it definitely delivers the right stuff.