Altered Carbon: Season 2 (2020)

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Season 2
Altered Carbon

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While not quite there yet, a clearer sense of purpose and more defined characters push Altered Carbon's sophomore season one step closer to the brilliance of its source material.

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Critic Ratings: 35

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User Ratings: 1655

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 27, 2020

Kovacs receives a unique opportunity to reunite with Queelcrist Falconer and take on a new job thirty years after the Bancroft mission.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2020

Kovacs tracks down Axley's bounty hunter. Meanwhile, Colonel Carrera asserts control over the case as Poe continues to suffer glitches in his memory.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2020

Carrera's interrogation of Kovacs dredges up memories of the past. Trepp follows a new lead in her investigation while Poe teams up with another AI.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2020

Kovacs devises a plan to escape as Harlan's Day celebrations begin. Poe contends with retribution as Quell tries to recount her past.

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Carrera uses his unknown weapon on a risky endeavor as Trepp and Kovacs team up to deliver Quell outside of the city. Meanwhile, Poe travels through virtual reality.

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At Stronghold, Quell returns to her past and lures a clone into a hidden chamber. Meanwhile, Governor Harlan exposes her true self.

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Ms. Dig and Poe put Quell into virtual reality to fix her sleeve. Kovacs works out the clues to the meaning of Quell's attacks.

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Kovacs and his allies seek out Konrad Harlan as the fate of the world rests in their hands.

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Season Two begins 30 years after the epic conclusion of Season One, and finds Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie), the lone surviving soldier of a group of elite interstellar warriors, continuing his centuries old quest to find his lost love Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry). After decades of planet-hopping and searching the galaxy, Kovacs is recruited back to his home planet of Harlan's World with the promise of finding Quell. Haunted by his past and responsible for investigating a series of brutal murders, Kovacs is stunned to discover his new mission to solve the crime and his pursuit to find Quell are one and the same. With the help of his loyal A.I. Poe (Chris Conner), Kovacs must now partner with new allies to outwit his enemies and find the truth: Who is Quellcrist Falconer?

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Critic Reviews for Altered Carbon Season 2

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9)

The distinct episodes help keep viewers invested when "Altered Carbon" goes too heavy on diegetic mumbo jumbo or changes its own rules to set up silly twists.

Feb 28, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Mackie gives Kovacs a suitable sort of intensity and loose-limbed physicality... New showrunner Alison Schapker (Lost, Fringe) continues expanding a fascinating world out of the novels by Richard K. Morgan.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

The story itself is somewhat downgraded from a provocative examination of the role mortality plays in defining our humanity to a soap opera with a whole lot of gratuitous punching, kicking, and bleeding.

Feb 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Altered Carbon's biggest asset is its visually amazing universe, and the endless possibilities that come with it. Season 2 is somewhat better than 1. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 20, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It had good moments, it had bad moments, it had dull moments. I kind of wish now that there was just Season 1 standing alone as a great example of the genre...

Jun 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

We're offered a bold new performance by Anthony Mackie, and this season also brings in exciting new characters while greatly exploring returning ones.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Season 2 might seem like it has a lot of unnecessary layers to it, however, once you give those said layers time to grow, and a much closer look, then you'll see that there is a lot to be adored.

Mar 24, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The action remains intense; it's just got more meaning.

Mar 11, 2020 | Full Review…

At first it was hard to see where this season was going, and it seemed a bit less interesting than season 1. But ultimately, by the time you reach the end, it's hard not to be satisfied with the journey and the finale.

Mar 3, 2020 | Full Review…

It continues the overall premise of the first season while introducing a new lead, a new case and fresh cosmic terrains for interstellar action scenes. And it's still a lot of fun to follow.

Mar 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Anthony Mackie and Will Yun Lee's stellar performances save this often underwhelming second season of Altered Carbon, and while it remains enjoyable and exciting viewing, the series might now benefit from a reboot.

Feb 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The story manages to breathe and present us something that is, directly, more entertaining. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Altered Carbon: Season 2

  • 6d ago
    A dumpster fire which lacks everything which made the first season so amazing. It's generic, almost cheesy, with little depth.
  • Apr 06, 2021
    The show took a slow turn for the worse in the second half of the first season and then quickly hurled down the hill in the second one, being completely boring and unwatchable.
  • Mar 23, 2021
    The main character lacks the emotional depth necessary to play Kovacs. The new characters are meant to reflect leftist social awareness but are in fact tired tropes. The character personalities do not even closely resemble their Season 1 personalities and leave most people who enjoyed the first season completely confused. If you watch television to have a narrow-minded political agenda paraded into your living room, you'll love this season - see the "critics" for proof.
  • Mar 05, 2021
    Anthony Mackie made this show unwatchable - dude is always plays himself and it's just rotten character - flat and uninteresting (his dumb voice made my teeth hurt)
  • Feb 24, 2021
    This is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. From the Complexity of its Character development, superb casting, and fantastic acting. It demands an active and engaged audience to pick up on the many details. The way it depicts human nature and where it could take us in the future will send you on a rollercoaster of emotions. So many layers and attention to detail. The negative reviews are unnecessary and inaccurate to the shows complex and layered meanings. This show truly deserves more respect then the negative audience score on this site. What a gem of a show. "Im a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude."
  • Feb 22, 2021
    Damn what happened between season 1 and 2 haha.... everything is so much worst. From casting to acting. Budget and more...
  • Feb 20, 2021
    Season 1 is one of my favorite shows ever.. and I'm not even a big fan of sci fi. I looked forward to season 2, and was extremely disappointed. Had to force myself to watch without skipping this boring mess in the hopes that It would get better. It did not. If you have watched season 1 and think "how bad could it be", its worse. Just do yourself a favor and don't watch it. If I could rate it lower I would.
  • Feb 19, 2021
    Awful compared to the first season. This was disappointing in every way possible. Cheaper and poorly acted . Mackie was an awful choice to replace the imposing Kinnerman.
  • Feb 14, 2021
    Don't know what they critics were thinking rating this shit bucket of a season 2 anything higher that 30%. Utter trash compared to season 1... Watched the first episode and that was it for me. Tried my best to continue but episode 4 was the furthest I could get. Biggest flaw - Anthony Mackie was not the pick for this role, nevermind all other mindless nonsense in this excuse of a season 2. Would write more but my time would be best spent else where now.
  • Feb 13, 2021
    Aside from Anthony Mackies already abysmal & forgettable acting career.. he didn't even try to recreate Kovach from the first season in the slightest; his dialect, the way he walked, everything about him, the new Kovach is absolutely unreconizable from his predecessor in every sense of the word.. Pair that with a poorly written storyline, underwhelming character development by the rest of the cast, budget cuts to the CGI & I'm left wondering why Netflix didn't just cancel the show after the first season..everything that made season 1 interesting and compelling was completely gone & removed from season 2... I would have given it zero stars if that was an option.. if they ever make it an option, I will come back and fix the mistake.. just like they should have done on the first day seeing Anthony whatever at the table read 👎🤮

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