Richard Kate Morgan has revealed that Netflix’s cyberpunk mystery Altered Carbon, will have five seasons.
Set in a world where people can switch bodies on a whim, Altered Carbon is adapted from Morgan’s tri-series based on novel — Takeshi Kovacs — published in 2002.
The dystopian series that is based on a far-from-reality theme has proven to be a critical and commercial success. In addition, confirming the news, Morgan has said that if everything goes right, the series will affirmatively have five seasons that will release on a year-by-year basis.
Subsequently, the timeline of the story takes place four to five hundred years in the future where consciousness is digitized and the rich swap their bodies like a boost mobile SIM card from a phone.
In a word, this is a poor man’s Blade Runner because it takes place in this futuristic San Francisco, it has pops of neon light and technology use will make people question ethics.
Season 1 of Altered Carbon premiered on Netflix on February 2, 2018
Therefore, is consciousness really a soul? And if it’s digitized what does that mean for our physical bodies? Do they have any value like we have been lead to believe, or are they just shell housed in our personality?
The story follows Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs a prisoner who has to return into a new life 250 years later to solve the murder of one of the wealthiest man in the cyberpunk universe that is Lawrence Bancroft played by ‘The Followings’ James Purefoy.
So down the rabbit hole, we go into the concept of body-swapping in this sci-fi murder mystery.
Fast forward into the season finale, an episode titled ‘The Killers’ everything seems to come together.
Here’s a quick recap
Kalahari or Raylene confirms that her backups have been contaminated and insists her Ghostwalker to destroy them. He starts to erase Poe but Mickey tries to fight back and is shot in his stack so they take Ava.
The Police show up and Prescott tells the captain where Ortega’s been held.
Lizzy appears in the synthetic body and frees her parents. Meanwhile, Ortega ends up getting the best of the Ghostwalker by removing his stack that Elliot is programmed to hit the clouds and then crash into the sea.
Kawahara and Kovacs play Samurai when she drops the bombs that she backed up quail before she killed her and says if he kills her he would never find her backup.
He decides to shoot her in the stack and crash with the ship and his sister. The Kovacs body that shot Kalahari is put into a duplicate body after he planned this vigorous game of rock-paper-scissors.
Altered Carbon Season 2 will release in February
Morgan’s ambitious science-fiction novel emphasizes a cyberpunk mystery steeped in the noir tradition that delves into the subject of wealth and power, making it a perfect source of material for an eminent television series.
It has since then spawned into two other parts– 2003’s Broken Angels and 2005’s Woken Furies.
The second season is based on the second book Broken Angels and it takes place on a different colony that requires Kovacs consciousness to be transferred into a new sleeve.
However, Netflix will be dropping the new season of the sci-fi series Altered Carbon with some major changes. Avengers: Infinity War actor Anthony Mackie will now be playing the show’s lead character Takeshi Kovacs.
Interestingly, the second edition of Morgan’s novel Broken Angels catches pace 30 years after Altered Carbon takes place; including another time jump at the starting of Woken Furies.
Morgan’s novel introduces us to a world where humans have developed a unique technology called Stack that allows them to copy their consciousness digitally. This technology makes people immortal, only available for those who can afford it.
Furthermore, it allows murder victims to testify against their assailants, travelers to visit other plants planets (if they have a body waiting on the other side). And, the super-rich can keep a bank of clones on standby of the same age.
However, for those who can’t afford a bank concede into selling themselves in hi-tech brothels or renting out their bodies to someone richer with their minds kept in storage.
How Altered Carbon Makes For a Perfect Subject in 2020
A cynical take on human behavior, Altered Carbon highlights the enormous gap in wealth and power that concentrate in the hands of few. In other words, the novel feels like an honest depiction of the sorry state of affairs we live in today.
Written in 2002, Altered Carbon holds a perfect sense about the misuse of status, power and money-making us look forward to the series’ second season due for a February release.
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