Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Altered Carbon premiere date: Meet Netflix's next great show

Altered Carbon premiere date: Meet Netflix's next great show

Over the summer, Netflix likely ruined the day for some sci-fi fans when the company announced its biggest original genre series, Sense8, wouldn't be returning for a third season. The new Netflix series follows a soldier/P.I. named Takeshi Kovacs (played by both Will Yun Lee and Joel Kinnman) who wakes up centuries later in a new body to solve the murder of a billionaire.

Altered Carbon may ultimately flop, but it should absolutely look great. At least, that's the nightmarish vibe radiating off of Netflix's first trailer for Altered Carbon, a relentlessly chilling (albeit socially conscious) science-fiction series based on Richard K. Morgan's bestselling cyberpunk noir novel of the same name.

In classic Black Mirror fashion, the Altered Carbon trailer nails its essence right from the get-go.

Altered Carbon (the novel) takes place in the 25th century when humanity has spread across the universe, and technology has advanced to the point where personalities can be stored digitally and transferred from body to body.

The cast for Altered Carbon is fantastically impressive and includes the likes of Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), James Purefoy (Hap and Leonard), Ato Essandoh (Chicago Med), Tamara Taylor (Bones) and many others. It's a bit more complicated than that in the source material, which sees Takeshi's mind placed into the body of Elias Ryker, a white Bay City policeman, but the Nerds of Color's Clara Mae argued past year that it's still a case of whitewashing because Morgan's novel spends large portions of the book writing from Takeshi's point of view as Japanese, even when his mind is in Ryker's body. The series is said to be one of the most expensive shows Netflix has produced, at $6-7 million per episode. The announcement also comes with a trailer which gives Blade Runner a run for its money.

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