In Netflix’s new Neo-Noir science fiction series, Joel Kinnaman is actually a Japanese dude named Takeshi. He’s been ‘sleeved’ in the body of Joel because everybody has these alien tech things in the back of their necks that stores their entire identities and memories and they can shuffle bodies. But he was brought back for a purpose: to solve the murder of a rich guy who can’t remember why he died or whodunnit (dude is already re-sleeved, of course). Bringing together aspects of Blade Runner, anime, and a host of other borrowed elements as you’ll hear in our review, Altered Carbon may just blow you away, or maybe you’ll just *shrug*. Listen to Chris, Beau, Sarah, and Zach take it on.
Written by Chris Cox
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.