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: 33

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Episodes

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Air date: Feb 27, 2020
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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?

Cast

Martha Higareda
as Kristin Ortega
Tamara Taylor
as Oumou Prescott
Antonio Marziale
as Isaac Bancroft
Joel Kinnaman
as Takeshi Kovacs
James Purefoy
as Laurens Bancroft
Renée Elise Goldsberry
as Quellcrist Falconer
Hayley Law
as Lizzie Elliot
Ato Essandoh
as Vernon Elliot
Leonardo Nam
as Stronghold Kovacs
Trieu Tran
as Mister Leung
Kristin Lehman
as Miriam Bancroft
Dichen Lachman
as Reileen Kawahara
Dina Shihabi
as Dig 301
Torben Liebrecht
as Colonel Ivan Carrera
James Saito
as Tanaseda Hideki
Lela Loren
as Danica Harlan
Anthony Mackie
as Takeshi Kovacs
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Critic Reviews for Altered Carbon Season 2

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

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…
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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…

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…

Thankfully, it seems creator Laeta Kalogridis and the series producers have taken this on board, and this time around there's not a ridiculously see-through gown or inexplicable nude scene in sight.

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

It's no secret Mackie is a Hollywood veteran, but this is the first time he has had eight hours of screen time to stretch his legs as one character - and he is fantastic.

Feb 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Altered Carbon: Season 2

  • 12h ago
    Much lower quality than season 1, dull characters, average acting, less cinematic scenes, they did a terrible job I wonder how critics give it a higher score, are you blind ?!
  • 1d ago
    Good expansion from the world created in season one. And liked the actors, but they removed all intellect and grit. Yes last season was based around a darker premise, but season 2 went to PG and highschool love story. With 30 years passing this character would have been through hell. Poe's story was excellent, seems weird he would backup one mind but not the other tho. Why not just let the other Kovacs continue storyline
  • 2d ago
    Season 2 really is not good. I waited 2 years for this? Nothing even remotely like the nior/gumshoe/sci-fi of season one. If you are a fan of season one you will be very disappointed by season 2. The kicker is that they did it on purpose. New staff, new writers....they just chose to take a successful show and go in an entirely different direction. I don't think we will make it through the second season. I hope Taboo doesn't make the same mistake.
  • 3d ago
    Was blown away by season 1 so I cant help but be excited for season 2. Yet the one thing I love about it is gone. It used to be detective cyberpunk story but now it transfored to an action flick series. Yes there's some mystery and entertaining plots. But I still like the old theme. Poe is also back,which is so adorable. Anthony Mackie (MCU's Falcon) now takes on the mantle of Kovacs. He tried the best he could, no one is digging his Kovacs. He's too soft for the part.
  • 4d ago
    Season 1 was like a gold plated lobster, but season 2 is like a rotten turd that got shit out by an even more rotten turd. Then someone sprinkled shit on it just for extra measure. The only thing that made me bear it out till the end was Poe and the faint hope that it would be able to salvage even an ounce of what season 1 had. Boy was I wrong.
  • 4d ago
    Well i don't know what to say. All the peaces are there of the jigsaw, science fiction, action, mystery, murder and a lot of talented actors. Then we have more of twist and turns in the scenario to be interesting. Something didn't work i don't know what? The whole thing of the obsession over a dead girl, or a forevermore love. Who knows, it was easy for watching. Definitely I want more of this show.
  • 4d ago
    Terrible dialogue, bland story, weak shadow of season one.
  • 4d ago
    Horrible casting the lead actor is to cheesy for me. Sometimes his on point sometimes his not. I get the concept of the sleeves but why would you downgrade from a stellar cast. The 1st season cast was phenomenal and not at one moment did I feel as if they were acting. But I guess to be fair maybe I just dont care for his acting ability oh well. What a lost of interest for me
  • 4d ago
    Horrible. They obviously didn't want a season 3 or they would have tried harder. Watched the first episode and was soooooo disappointed that I just skipped to the last one to get the misery over. Kind of hope the show just ends now they lobotomized the novel. As far as the critics scores, it just proves any idiot can be one.
  • 5d ago
    They completely ruined the storyline with quellist romantic bullspit. They should have followed the Broken Angles storyline. Instead they went for some nonsense and accomplished it.

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