Altered Carbon (Review)


    Altered Carbon is a new cyberpunk show on Netflix and it's ready to show you some futuristic moments. This show brings a lot to the table with very little not to like. It's the beginning of the cyberpunk genre which is coming back with a storm of glory. So let me tell you a little about Altered Carbon before I give you my verdict. 



    In the novel's dystopian world, human personalities can be stored digitally and downloaded into new bodies, called "sleeves". Most people have cortical stacks in their spinal columns that store their consciousness. If their body dies, their stack can be stored indefinitely. Catholics have arranged that they will not be resleeved as they believe that the soul goes to Heaven when they die, and so would not pass on to the new sleeve.



    This makes Catholics easy targets for murder since killers know their victim will not be resleeved to testify. A UN resolution to alter this legal position forms one strand of the novel's plot, to allow the authorities to sleeve a deceased Catholic woman temporarily to testify in a murder trial.



    While most people can afford to get resleeved at the end of their lives, they are unable to update their bodies and most go through the full aging process each time, which discourages most from resleeving more than once or twice. So while normal people can live indefinitely, in theory, most choose not to.



    Only the wealthy are able to acquire replacement bodies on a continual basis. The long-lived are called Meths, a reference to the Biblical figure Methuselah. The very rich are also able to keep copies of their minds in remote storage, which they update regularly. This ensures that even if their stack is destroyed, they can be resleeved.



    So I don't wanna give away to much but you're in for a cyberpunk treat with Altered Carbon. It has it all from action to a love story and even some very highly scientific theories that make you ponder the future of our human race. From start to finish I enjoyed almost every minute of this show. I would say the only drawbacks are a few drawn out moments but other than that it hits the mark with everything else. This UGeek gives Altered Carbon a 9 out 10 and totally recommends this cyberpunk show. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.


    Rated  9 - 10