'Altered Carbon' Teaser Shows a Body-Hopping Cyberpunk Mystery

Sunday, 24 December 2017 - 11:14AM
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Sunday, 24 December 2017 - 11:14AM
'Altered Carbon' Teaser Shows a Body-Hopping Cyberpunk Mystery
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Up until recently, the marketing for the upcoming Netflix show Altered Carbon has been light on plot details, sticking mainly to the show's general premise of "in the future, you can transfer yourself into new synthetic bodies," as well as showing off some Blade Runner-themed visuals. But there was little else.

Now, at the very least, we know more about what the characters will be doing as they run around in their new, synthetic bodies. In a new featurette called "Building the World of Altered Carbon," the cast talks a bit about the upcoming adventures of Takeshi Kovacs, played by both Joel Kinnaman and Will Yun Lee (more on that in a bit).

Basically, it's going to be a murder mystery, with the twist being that the guy who hires Kovacs to solve the murder is the guy who supposedly got murdered. Check out the featurette below:



Kovacs, the main character, will be in a "sleeve" (the name for these synthetic bodies) played by Kinnaman when the show begins, although he was originally an Asian man played by Lee — there seem to be plenty of flashback scenes showing his original body. But in either body, Kovacs is a trained special forces soldier, who upset his shadowy evil government in the past and was "put on ice," until the wealthy "murdered" man brings him back 250 years later to solve said murder.

What's particularly new is the idea that, in between transferring bodies, a person's consciousness seem to be downloaded onto discs that several characters are running around holding. This would suggest that kidnapping is fairly easy in the world of Altered Carbon, provided the kidnapper jumps in when someone's using their disc to switch bodies.

It also makes murder more complicated, as the featurette does indeed suggest. If your consciousness is confined entirely to a disc, which is presumably more sturdy than a mushy brain, it makes you harder to kill off.

In fact, the show seems to be dealing with the fact that a lot of people are essentially immortal now, although there's enough people in the show opposed to the technology that there's likely a catch they haven't revealed. The tech seems connected to the shadowy, evil government, which is certainly throws a wrench into mankind's invention of immortality.




Altered Carbon comes out February 2, 2018 on Netflix.

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