The first full trailer for Netflix’s upcoming original series, Altered Carbon, is finally online and I think it was worth the wait. The show definitely looks polished and there seems to be the promise of much action, mainly in the form of violence. But this is a detective story about people who can change bodies like we change pants (if you wear pants) and death is only a temporary setback. With that in mind, you’d expect a lot of fighting, killing, explosions, breaking of things and all the other stuff humans are prone to doing; doubly so when you don’t have to worry about dying.
The look is very Blade Runner, with the most notable aspect being a complete absence of the sun. What is it about these “dark future” tales that makes them take the dark bit so literally? Would it kill someone to take a walk in the sun once in a while? Maybe. I don’t know. I’m not from the future. I guess I’ll have to watch to see if old Sol is still out there somewhere.
Now go watch the trailer below …
Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future. Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned – on ice – for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder … that of Bancroft himself.
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