Altered Carbon (Netflix) First episode date: February 2, 2018
I am a huge fan of Richard K. Morgan’s novels. He is a very good author for sci-fi noir, at least from my point of view. Altered Carbon from Morgans own intro is as follows:
"...Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sub-light colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.
But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn’t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society."
The Netflix show seems to be following the Altered Carbon book closely, which is not a bad thing if you like what is sdescribed above. If you read the book you know the mystery I guess, but this book is so much more about the seeing taht world as much as it is solving the mystery. I think one scene I would LOVE to see is one where Kovacs (our protagonist) negotiates with a 'seedy' hotel's AI manager for protection and armament for a hostile group of thugs. I don't think it reveals too much to say - chaos ensues.
This is the sort of science fiction I want on television - modern scifi taht is socially relevant. It will be interesting to see what they cut out, like if the show will be set on a colony world or just earth. Will they show the more weird stuff or will they keep it PG-13?
NOTE: So, I hope after the first airing we can discuss the show here with spoiler tag covers. I know with teh books being a 15 years old it hard to see this show as something that could be spoiled, but I woudl rather side on allowing all to come poke around this threat and use the spoiler blocks to make ist safe for people who might want to watch along. So, if you read the books and want to comment before teh show starts, just use the /spoiler function form the menu. Thanks!