Altered Carbon’s dystopian world is back and darker than ever in S2 trailer
Hard-boiled mercenary Takeshi Kovacs is back on a brand new case back and in a brand new physique (or “sleeve”) in the trailer for season two of Altered Carbon, the Netflix adaptation of Richard Ok. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel of the identical identify.
(Some spoilers for S1 under.)
Like the novel, the collection is set in a world extra than 360 years in the long run, the place an individual’s reminiscences and consciousness may be uploaded into a tool—primarily based on alien know-how—often known as a cortical stack. The stack may be implanted on the back of the neck of any human physique (often known as a “sleeve”), whether or not synthetic or natural, so a person consciousness may be transferred between our bodies. Income equality nonetheless exists, nonetheless, so solely the very wealthy can afford true immortality, storing their consciousness in distant backups and sustaining a gradual provide of clones. Those individuals are known as “Meths” (a reference to the biblical Methuselah, who supposedly lived for 969 years).
In season one, the cortical stack of Takeshi Kovacs, a former warrior for a insurgent group often known as the Envoys, is introduced out of long-term storage and uploaded into a brand new physique (Joel Kinnaman, Hannah). He’s been revived on the request of a Meth named Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy, The Following), who needs Kovacs to resolve Bancroft’s personal homicide in change for his freedom and recent begin.
Kovacs finds helpful allies in an AI named Edgar Poe (Chris Conner, American Crime Story), who runs the lodge the place Kovacs is staying, and a police officer named Kristin Ortega (Martha Higareda, Into the Dark), who finds that her case and Kovacs’ are linked. Through a collection of flashbacks, we additionally study Kovacs’ background and the folks he has misplaced—most notably, his sister Reileen (Dichen Lachman, Dollhouse) and Quellcrist Falconer (Renee Elise Goldsberry, The Good Wife), chief of the Envoys who skilled Kovacs. They fell in love, however she was supposedly killed when the rebels had been worn out—though in the finale, he learns her cortical stack could have survived.
Altered Carbon S1 was rumored to be some of the costly collection Netflix has but produced, and the consequence was conceptually formidable and visually gorgeous, merging sci-fi/cyberpunk parts with a basic noir detective story. Like Morgan’s novel, it featured a fancy, multi-layered narrative and loads of intercourse and violence, together with Kovacs being subjected to a grotesque, prolonged digital torture session. Plot-wise, it was a gradual burn, with the homicide thriller typically taking a back seat to the frilly world-building. But all of the threads converged neatly in the previous few episodes to ship a satisfying finale, although Ars’ Sam Machkovech wished the season had pulled “a few of its needlessly violent and sexual punches—let alone the egregious moments that gratuitously combine those two extremes.”
The collection was profitable sufficient for Netflix to resume it for a second season, with Anthony Mackie (Falcon in the MCU) taking on as Kovacs. (There is additionally an anime in growth, slated for launch later this 12 months.) Morgan wrote two sequels to his unique novel, and it appears like S2 will draw on parts from the third novel, Woken Furies (2005), in explicit.
Per the official synopsis:
After a long time of planet-hopping and looking the galaxy, Kovacs finds himself recruited back to his dwelling planet of Harlan’s World with the promise of discovering Quell. Haunted by his previous and answerable for investigating a collection of brutal murders, Kovacs is surprised to find his new mission to resolve the crime and his pursuit to seek out Quell are one and the identical. With the assistance of his loyal AI Poe, Kovacs should now associate with new allies to outwit his enemies and discover the reality: Who is Quellcrist Falconer?
The S2 trailer opens with Kovacs awakening in his new physique: a really expensive, military-grade bioware physique with fast therapeutic capabilities, amongst different enhancements, courtesy of a brand new rich benefactor in want of his explicit set of abilities. “I crossed the stars in a colony ship before stacks were invented,” we hear stated benefactor declare in a voiceover. “Left a dying Earth behind to seed a new world. Mr. Kovacs, I know what you dream of.” That could be Quell, after all, though we see Yakuza boss Tanaseda Hideki (James Saito, Eli Stone) warn, “That’s not love. It’s obsession. In time, even love turns to dust.”
We get a quick glimpse of Quell in the trailer, in addition to Kovacs’ unique physique (or an expensive clone, performed by Will Yun Lee), now inhabited by another person’s stack. He appears to have new adversaries in the planetary governor, Danica Harlan (Lela Loren, Power), and Colonel Ivan Carrera (Torben Liebrecht, X Company), head of a particular forces unit known as the “Wedge.” Carrera is looking for Kovacs on the governor’s request. (Carrera is truly a personality from Morgan’s second Kovacs novel, Broken Angels.) “I can destroy you so utterly nothing will be left,” Carrera growls, to which Kovacs responds, “I’ve heard that one before.” Our cash’s on Kovacs.
Altered Carbon S2 debuts on Netflix on February 27, 2020.
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