Altered Carbon: Season 1 (2018)

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Altered Carbon leans hard into its cyberpunk roots, serving up an ambitiously pulpy viewing experience that often overwhelms, but never bores.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2018

Series premiere. Two hundred fifty years after his own death, Takeshi Kovacs wakes up in a completely new body with the purpose of solving an industry giant's murder case.

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While Kovacs tracks down a man who sent Bancroft a death threat, Lt. Ortega bends the rules to keep tabs on his whereabouts. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Kovacs recruits an unlikely partner to watch his back during a banquet at the Bancroft home, where Ortega oversees the night's grisly entertainment. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Tortured by his captor, Kovacs taps into his Envoy training to survive. Ortega springs a surprise on her family for Día de los Muertos. -- (C) NETFLIX

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After learning his sleeve's identity, Kovacs demands the full story from Ortega. A tip from Poe leads to a major breakthrough in the Bancroft case. -- (C) NETFLIX

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With Ortega's fate hanging in the balance, Kovacs drops a bombshell on the Bancrofts. Later, he comes face to face with an unsettling opponent. -- (C) NETFLIX

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As Kovacs reconnects with a figure from his past, his tangled history with the Protectorate, the Uprising and Quell plays out in flashbacks. -- (C) NETFLIX

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His world rocked, Kovacs requests a dipper to help him sew up the Bancroft case quickly. Ortega races to identify the mystery woman from Fight Drome. -- (C) NETFLIX

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After a devastating rampage, Kovacs and his allies hatch a bold -- and very risky -- scheme to infiltrate Head in the Clouds. -- (C) NETFLIX

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As a cornered Kovacs braces for a final showdown in the sky, a new hero emerges and more buried secrets come to light. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; 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. His mind was imprisoned -- on ice -- for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder ... that of Bancroft himself.

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Critic Reviews for Altered Carbon Season 1

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (29)

It's a dark, violent and exploitative future, of course, but we wouldn't want it any other way.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: 16.5/20 | Full Review…

Big issues of body, mind, identity and technology shuffle around the "Altered Carbon" universe, but the show often drags its feet in order to fill its individual episodes' running times.

Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Yet for all of its bells and whistles, nothing about Altered Carbon feels very different or new or bold.

Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The sheer amount of imagining, both borrowed and original, accumulates into a vast, dirty world and gives Altered Carbon the feel of a proper cyberpunk novel: big, baggy, ambitious, trashy, funny, gruesome, clever, cheesy, and hyperactive.

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If you can get past that violence, or even through it, there's much to savor. Morgan's novel has been turned into a phantasmagoria of sights, sounds and details.

Jan 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Part of the thrill of "Altered Carbon," the new sci-fi series from Netflix, is figuring out the rules of the strange future universe we've been dropped into.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The performance has catapulted the season to a higher level.

Mar 3, 2020 | Full Review…

I think it's easier to call Altered CarbonSeason 2 good, which is only frustrating because Season 1 was extraordinary.

Feb 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Altered Carbon has a lot going for it - it's production values are high, it's absolutely gorgeous to look at, and it's playing at themes that might very well be interesting.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Altered Carbon is a slick, sexy, noirish cyberpunk romp.

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Altered Carbon shines a technicolor male gaze on the bruised and mutilated bodies of young women.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The first two episodes of 'Altered Carbon' are not wonderful, but they do have enough virtues to surprise us with this Richard Morgan's novel's adaptation. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Altered Carbon: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Tries to combine a character and setting that emulates Blade Runner with a plot reminiscent of classic noir, but fails to live up to either in its execution. Has the right motions on the surface, adds violence and some character development, but never feels profound (Kovacs' backstory, especially the flashback in Episode 7, feels almost supremely generic). In a show that is supposed to discuss the dark ramifications of unfettered capitalism and medical advancements that establish an untouchable ruling class, contrasting base human nature with a supposedly 'developed' future, the overarching plot, many subplots, characters, and much of the dialogue often feels childish or unrefined (particularly Reileen; there's a moment where she explicitly states that she won't stop killing kids, despite supposedly being some sort of 'conflicted' villain). Still, the ride has its enjoyable moments, especially the later episodes as the payoffs start rolling in and the dialogue gets sharper. (3/5)
  • Sep 19, 2020
    This story was butchered by the TV writers and is very different from the book. It is disjointed and simplistic compared to the real story which is a well done murder mystery. For example Kovacs sister who is essential to the TV version doesn't even exist as a character in the book. The entire essence of Kovacs is misconstrued as an emotional wreck when the real character is far more intelligent and inspiring. The entire episode on Quell is completely fabricated as she is a historical character in the book only. Why change the things that made the book great and worthy of a show to a pithy and somewhat incestuous story of a crazy sister?
  • Sep 17, 2020
    Fun and refreshing, this was a great watch.
  • Sep 12, 2020
    I liked it on the first watch, really got into it on the second
  • Sep 08, 2020
    This show is basically what people expect to get out of a story in Cyberpunk 2077 the video game. Beautiful interwoven story with complex characters and nothing is out of bounds. One of the best narratives to come out in a decade. It felt as if was watching someone play a choose your own adventure game and it was fantastic. You are always guessing what's going to happen and deaths have wait to them, The themes of mega- corporations was superb and current without being preachy. Deserved so much more than what happened in Season 2. The acting was top notch and I can't expect anything more form my 11:99 and I've watched this season three time over. This team should be producing movies. If this team got laid off they should produce a Judge Dredd show on Amazon or Hulu. Netflix dropped the ball hard on season 2 with both
  • Aug 31, 2020
    A great cyberpunk sci-fi show in an intriguing setting. The world-building is done well and the story keeps you hooked throughout the season. However, the character of Quellcrist was not an interesting plot hook, and the scenes involving her were among the least interesting.
  • Aug 27, 2020
    Very impressive on all fronts, great story and premise from the book, and the show had great acting and visuals - in Season 1. Watch Season 1 but don't ruin the experience by watching Season 2 (which is almost definitely why the show was canceled).
  • Aug 21, 2020
    It was okay, to a point. They tried hard to replicate the style and look of Blade Runner, but only slightly successfully. The story seemed forced far too many times, as if the writers ran out of things to say, so they just piled on a ton of crap to fill the time. I really wanted to like it, but didn't.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    Hands down one of the best sci-fi series of all time, seriously gripping, imaginative and dynamic... the story line leaves you curious as to what Tak isn't capable of and his characters sticks with you.
  • Aug 02, 2020
    A unique experience with a very creative setting, a brilliance performance from Joel Kinnaman and Martha Higareda only slightly behind

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