Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon – Experiment Perilous

by Alan Rapp on September 1, 2020

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Altered Carbon - Experiment Perilous television review

Discovering there is as second consciousness within Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) calls on the help of Dig 301 (Dina Shihabi) and Poe (Chris Conner) to load both of them into VR where they hope to separate and contain the second personality obsessed with killing the founders. “Experiment Perilous” offers explanation for several of the season’s questions including Quell’s abilities to permanently kill someone and rain down Angel Fire, a skill that Governor Danica Harlan (Lela Loren) desperately wants for herself, by revealing the second personality is actually an Elder seeking vengeance for the murder of the last of her kind. The other Kovacs (Will Yun Lee) and Jaeger (Torben Liebrecht) hacking into the VR doesn’t prevent Kovacs from saving Quell but it does allow the trapped elder a means of escape back into the real world.

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Altered Carbon – Bury Me Dead

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2020

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Altered Carbon - Bury Me Dead television review

Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry) recovers her memory, believing he’s killed the other version of himself the clone of Takeshi Kovacs (Will Yun Lee) attempts to win over Quell and learn about her secret weapon. Things don’t go exactly as planned as Quell provides some insight into what became of his sister in the centuries that have passed and the, still living, other version of Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) and Trepp (Simone Missick) take out the rest of Carrera‘s (Torben Liebrecht) men with the help of new friends (who it turns out are all that friendly after all).

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  • Title: Altered Carbon – I Wake Up Screaming
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Altered Carbon - I Wake Up Screaming television review

The episode where Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) fights himself (Will Yun Lee), literally. Breaking both law and taboo, Carrera (Torben Liebrecht) spins up an earlier version of Kovacs to hunt the missing Envoy and Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry). Using the sudden appearance of Quellcrist Falconer to stir up panic, Governor Loren (Lela Loren seizes more power and declares martial law, cementing her position against further threats from Carrera. In the race for power and the chance to prove which one is the season’s more villainous character, it remains a stalemate.

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Altered Carbon – Shadow of a Doubt

by Alan Rapp on August 14, 2020

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Altered Carbon - Shadow of a Doubt television review

As Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) and Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry) spend time together reconnecting, the Governor (Lela Loren) takes certain steps to hide her activities from Carrera (Torben Liebrecht), and Tanaseda Hideki (James Saito) is forced by the soldier into a difficult choice concerning his old friend and a debt he can never repay. Kovacs wants Quell, Carerra wants Kovacs, but it’s still unclear just what the Governor is ultimately after (other than continuing to solidify her legacy). “Shadow of a Doubt” confirms the targets of the still not yet fully aware Quellcrist Falconer as the founders of Harlan’s World (two more of whom are killed in the episode). As to who, and what, is lurking behind these attacks (and why her splintered mind isn’t aware of them) we only get tiny fragments of Hideki’s failing stack leaving Kovacs with more questions. The episode also features some strong scenes between Dig 301 (Dina Shihabi) and a despondent Poe (Chris Conner) reconsidering reboot after failing Kovacs yet again offering hope that the most human character of the series may not be finished just yet.

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Altered Carbon – Nightmare Alley

by Alan Rapp on August 6, 2020

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  • Title: Altered Carbon – Nightmare Alley
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Altered Carbon - Nightmare Alley television review

With Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) falling into the hands of his enemies, who still believe him to be the assassin they are after, “Nightmare Alley” provides the opportunity for the season’s torture episode. After identifying as Kovacs, our hero is sentenced to death in the Circle where warriors in sleeves of his closest friends are sent to kill him in the middle of an arena. Helping to tilt the odds against Kovacs, Carrera (Torben Liebrecht) pumps our protagonist full of drugs prior to sending him into battle. The structure of the episode allows for supporting characters from the show’s First Season to return as Ato Essandoh, Martha Higareda, and Dichen Lachman all return as the sleeves of killers out to win the big prize. Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry) is meant to be the fourth killer, but the real one shows up adding extra drama to the night’s proceedings.

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