Altered Carbon Reviews & Ratings

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Altered Carbon is set in the 24th century when the human mind has been digitized, and the soul itself is transferable from one body ("sleeve") to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy whose cortical stack has been stored for 250 years, is given the choice to spend the rest of time in prison for his crimes, or solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete.
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by UnknownfearContributor
Feb 4, 2018 5:12PM EST
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Altered Carbon is a breakthrough series of the Sci-Fi genre, showing that with enough money in your budget, anything is possible. At $70 million, or $7M per episode, Altered Carbon looks like a hollywood movie you'd see in theaters that took 3 years to make. Its absolutely gorgeous. I'd say Altered Carbon is perhaps the only successful TV applications of a true Cyberpunk future Dystopia. The show's world feels much like a cross between Total Recall, Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and the game series Deus Ex, but the story itself focuses more on a mystery subplot within this vast and cruel world, and its done in a way that feels very immersive. It's also worth mentioning that Altered Carbon has some of the greatest fight choreography thats ever graced the small screen. Theres tons of action, both long range and hand to hand. There is one sword fight in episode 7 that reminded me of one of my favorite action movies of all time, Equillibrium (2002). So this show will appeal to those who love action, those who love sci-fi, as well as those who loves mystery and intrigue.

Unfortunately, while sexual violence in a dystopian future is a fairly common theme considering the inevitable destruction of the middle class, the show hits this theme way to heavy handed, bordering on an almost unprecedented cruelty towards women. While the show does technically indicate that the same things that are happening to the women portrayed also happens to men, and children, there is significantly more focus on objectifying women in horrific ways. Episodes 8 and 9 were so graphic and disturbing that It almost ruined the entire show for me and made me not want to watch 10 and wish I'd never watched them. After watching 9, I decided to read some critic reviews because I believed there was no way I was the only person who would have issues stomaching these types of scenes. It turns out that 13 out of 15 critics all stated that the shows heavyhanded sexual violence of women was far too extreme and was in very poor taste. So I will absolutely recommend this show for all the wonders it has to offer .. but I would advise STRONG caution when watching episodes 8 and 9, and might even suggest you avoid them all together and ask someone else to fill you in on what you missed (in general terms). Having finished the series now, Ican say that I would've enjoyed it about 20% more had I not watched those two episdoes. Hence the 3 and a half star review instead of 4 and a half. Themes included in episode 9 are snuff rape, torture rape, the brutal murder of an entire family including the children, suggested child prostitution, and more. Be advised.

Altered Carbon is a breakthrough series of the Sci-Fi genre, showing that with enough money in your budget, anything is possible. At $70 million, or $7M per episode, Altered Carbon looks like a hollywood movie you'd see in theaters that took 3 years to make. Its absolutely gorgeous. I'd say Altered Carbon is perhaps the only successful TV applications of a true Cyberpunk future Dystopia. The show's world feels much like a cross between Total Recall, Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and the game series Deus Ex, but the story itself focuses more on a mystery subplot within this vast and cruel world, and its done in a way that feels very immersive. It's also worth mentioning that Altered Carbon has some of the greatest fight choreography thats ever graced the small screen. Theres tons of action, both long range and hand to hand. There is one sword fight in episode 7 that reminded me of one of my favorite action movies of all time, Equillibrium (2002). So this show will appeal to those who love action, those who love sci-fi, as well as those who loves mystery and intrigue.

Unfortunately, while sexual violence in a dystopian future is a fairly common theme considering the inevitable destruction of the middle class, the show hits this theme way to heavy handed, bordering on an almost unprecedented cruelty towards women. While the show does technically indicate that the same things that are happening to the women portrayed also happens to men, and children, there is significantly more focus on objectifying women in horrific ways. Episodes 8 and 9 were so graphic and disturbing that It almost ruined the entire show for me and made me not want to watch 10 and wish I'd never watched them. After watching 9, I decided to read some critic reviews because I believed there was no way I was the only person who would have issues stomaching these types of scenes. It turns out that 13 out of 15 critics all stated that the shows heavyhanded sexual violence of women was far too extreme and was in very poor taste. So I will absolutely recommend this show for all the wonders it has to offer .. but I would advise STRONG caution when watching episodes 8 and 9, and might even suggest you avoid them all together and ask someone else to fill you in on what you missed (in general terms). Having finished the series now, Ican say that I would've enjoyed it about 20% more had I not watched those two episdoes. Hence the 3 and a half star review instead of 4 and a half. Themes included in episode 9 are snuff rape, torture rape, the brutal murder of an entire family including the children, suggested child prostitution, and more. Be advised.

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by Infowun
Feb 9, 2018 7:16AM EST
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This is actually one of the best shows I have seen from Netflix. It's a little cheesy and somewhat far fetched but HUGELY entertaining and brilliantly written. Some of the acting is OTT (although a special mention should be made of the supporting actors who play multiple parts as multiple "sleeves") but on the whole it all works together beautifully. Well worth a binge and well worth keeping track of.

This is actually one of the best shows I have seen from Netflix. It's a little cheesy and somewhat far fetched but HUGELY entertaining and brilliantly written. Some of the acting is OTT (although a special mention should be made of the supporting actors who play multiple parts as multiple "sleeves") but on the whole it all works together beautifully. Well worth a binge and well worth keeping track of.

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by Velocir
Feb 3, 2018 10:10PM EST
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Somehow, Netflix managed to screw up one of the best sci-fi books out there. By trying to make it 'cooler', they introduced massive plot holes: Kristin Ortega's bionic arm (why would CTAC not universally equip its soldiers with sleeves with enhanced limbs, when they are such a massive advantage?), the appearance-changing synth sleeves (why would characters like Dimi the Twin not use them?), and most of all - making Reileen Kawahara Kovacs' sister! That has messed up the stories of the next two books.
Additionally, the ridiculous physics (Kovacs' returning slug pistol, Kristin punching the fight freak across the arena, despite him outmassing her by at least a factor of 2:1, and her arm somehow not breaking all her shoulder bones) typical of low-brow sci-fi TV is a huge departure from the carefully considered implications presented in the novels.
They took incredible source material and tried to improve it, failed dismally, and in the process made it less than what it would have been if they had just done a faithful adaptation.

Somehow, Netflix managed to screw up one of the best sci-fi books out there. By trying to make it 'cooler', they introduced massive plot holes: Kristin Ortega's bionic arm (why would CTAC not universally equip its soldiers with sleeves with enhanced limbs, when they are such a massive advantage?), the appearance-changing synth sleeves (why would characters like Dimi the Twin not use them?), and most of all - making Reileen Kawahara Kovacs' sister! That has messed up the stories of the next two books.
Additionally, the ridiculous physics (Kovacs' returning slug pistol, Kristin punching the fight freak across the arena, despite him outmassing her by at least a factor of 2:1, and her arm somehow not breaking all her shoulder bones) typical of low-brow sci-fi TV is a huge departure from the carefully considered implications presented in the novels.
They took incredible source material and tried to improve it, failed dismally, and in the process made it less than what it would have been if they had just done a faithful adaptation.

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Apr 15, 2018 11:31PM EDT
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This was better than I thought and kinda binged it in a day...

This was better than I thought and kinda binged it in a day...

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Mar 19, 2018 10:07PM EDT
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I seriously dig Joel Kinnaman! I loved him on The Killing so of course I blindly watched the show without watching the trailer. The verdict is pretty good. It started off with a lot of naked bodies which was disturbing at first but Netflix has a way of keeping you on the hook & as I binged through it got better & better with each ep. TBH sci-fi wise this is probably a possibility for the far far future and I enjoy seeing shows with dark eerie imagination. All the cast was badass af.

I seriously dig Joel Kinnaman! I loved him on The Killing so of course I blindly watched the show without watching the trailer. The verdict is pretty good. It started off with a lot of naked bodies which was disturbing at first but Netflix has a way of keeping you on the hook & as I binged through it got better & better with each ep. TBH sci-fi wise this is probably a possibility for the far far future and I enjoy seeing shows with dark eerie imagination. All the cast was badass af.

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Feb 25, 2018 6:40PM EST
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It's necessary to have an open mind when starting this show but once you get past all the futuristic elements that make you uncomfortable it's easy to get hooked on this show. You really don't know what the future has in store so any plot twist can happen.

It's necessary to have an open mind when starting this show but once you get past all the futuristic elements that make you uncomfortable it's easy to get hooked on this show. You really don't know what the future has in store so any plot twist can happen.

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Feb 22, 2018 3:59PM EST
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Altered Carbon is a fantasy science fiction drama set in the future where we as a civilization can transfer our consciousnesses from one sleeve (body) to the next using a stack implant. What would you become if you could live forever? How much power could one possibly attain? How would the levels of society be divided? This show depicts an amazing concept that has always fascinated me, the ability to live forever and be whoever you want to be. The cast is well chosen and the story is intriguing. I recommend this futuristic fast paced science fiction to anyone who loves to sit on the edge of their seat and use their imagination.

Altered Carbon is a fantasy science fiction drama set in the future where we as a civilization can transfer our consciousnesses from one sleeve (body) to the next using a stack implant. What would you become if you could live forever? How much power could one possibly attain? How would the levels of society be divided? This show depicts an amazing concept that has always fascinated me, the ability to live forever and be whoever you want to be. The cast is well chosen and the story is intriguing. I recommend this futuristic fast paced science fiction to anyone who loves to sit on the edge of their seat and use their imagination.

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by gusters
Feb 18, 2018 11:17AM EST
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This started off so strong, but sort of fizzled out at the end. I'm interested in seeing if they go for a second season and if so where they're going to take it. I can't imagine it will be as awesome as the first one though with how they left things for the main character. It was really well written and thought out. There were a lot of twists and turns that I definitely didn't see coming. Another one of those shows that is easy to binge watch and leaves you wanting more when it concludes.

This started off so strong, but sort of fizzled out at the end. I'm interested in seeing if they go for a second season and if so where they're going to take it. I can't imagine it will be as awesome as the first one though with how they left things for the main character. It was really well written and thought out. There were a lot of twists and turns that I definitely didn't see coming. Another one of those shows that is easy to binge watch and leaves you wanting more when it concludes.

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Feb 7, 2018 5:24AM EST
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This show is great, I am impressed by the excellent production design and thorough worldbuilding reminiscent of genre titans like Blade Runner or the original Ghost In The Shell. The story and characters are interesing, The acting is decent all the way through with some stand-out performances by James Purefoy, Joel Kinnaman and others. If you like cyberpunk or sci-fi noir, definitely give this a look!

This show is great, I am impressed by the excellent production design and thorough worldbuilding reminiscent of genre titans like Blade Runner or the original Ghost In The Shell. The story and characters are interesing, The acting is decent all the way through with some stand-out performances by James Purefoy, Joel Kinnaman and others. If you like cyberpunk or sci-fi noir, definitely give this a look!

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Feb 6, 2018 10:44PM EST
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Film Noir at its best...
If you are a hardcore sci-fi addict, Altered Carbon has the fix you have been looking for.
Dark, mysterious with game changes going on throughout, don't even try to do any guess work, because you will only frustrate yourself.
Some are comparing it with Blade Runner but they are in two different ballparks, like apples and oranges.
Altered Carbon is fresh take on a future where one can live forever.

Film Noir at its best...
If you are a hardcore sci-fi addict, Altered Carbon has the fix you have been looking for.
Dark, mysterious with game changes going on throughout, don't even try to do any guess work, because you will only frustrate yourself.
Some are comparing it with Blade Runner but they are in two different ballparks, like apples and oranges.
Altered Carbon is fresh take on a future where one can live forever.