In the future, society got used to the practice of exchanging bodies: after storing a person's consciousness, it can be transferred to another "cover", allowing it to live several lives. The mercenary Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) wakes up after 250 years in another body.

In addition to adapting to this situation and the new society, he is hired by a wealthy man to discover the author of his own murder. Tak has the help of a Mexican policewoman, an ex-military man trying to help his daughter and a robot equipped with artificial intelligence.

Imagine being able to store all the information you have on something like a hard drive, a memory that can be rescued at some point. Imagine that if your body has a problem, has an accident or you feel uncomfortable with it, you can replace it with another one.

This is practically immortality. It's a good thing, but like everything else in human history, it comes at a price. Not of moral and ethical values, but monetary.

Altered Carbon brings up this debate. The world of this series is very similar to that of Blade Runner. But instead of Replicants, what we have are people who, if they can afford it, can change their cape (body) when they need to. And if they can't pay, they can still have another one, but according to what's on the market and what the government can give you.

So it's no surprise that a child who "died" now has a lady's body. But no one dies? On the contrary. You can die if your storage drive is destroyed.

According Joel Kinnaman, the main actor of the story in an interview with The Country, “this project forces you to have existential discussions and that was one of the things that led me to do this series.Renee Elise Goldsberry, who plays Quell, said that “I love the fact that this series is more than just entertainment. Altered Carbon feeds deep conversations, and that's something that doesn't always happen”, he concludes.

James Purefoy, who plays the multi-millionaire and almighty Laurens Bancroft, leaves an integral question about the plot: “Identities are linked to the body we live in, but… what if it wasn't so? What if choosing a body was something completely voluntary?”.

Altered Carbon, is based on the novel of the same name cyberpunk in Richard K. Morgan. The series brings much more than the discussions said in an interview with The Country. They talk about what moves humanity, which is power, passion, money, love and death. Even though cheating death sounds like a bad thing, that changing bodies is almost like shedding your skin like a snake - as shown in the opening - who hasn't thought of that?

Is it totally bad? Imagine a world where a person who is murdered can come back and point out their executioner or family members who might come back because they died too soon? But in this term, the series also brings other questions. Does anyone die prematurely? The soul, the one that moves your body, where will it go? To hell?

Very relevant questions about the power that human beings have over others are not new, as shown in the Blade Runner or The price of tomorrow. AND Altered Carbon knows how to work this theme in a not subtle way. He doesn't give you answers, he makes you wonder.

The Price of Tomorrow – Accused of murder, one man must figure out how to bring down a system where time is money and which allows the rich to live forever, while the poor must beg for every minute of their lives.

Another interesting social aspect is about the endings of wars and how they are described by the victors. Villains are created very easily. Was every loser a villain? What will human history be like in 250 years?

There are a lot of questions in a dense series that doesn't make you want to leave the screen.

And let the curtains go up! To the next!!


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