Highly Suspect Reviews: Altered Carbon Season 1


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 justĀ *shrug*. Listen to Chris, Beau, Sarah, and Zach take it on.

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5 thoughts on “Highly Suspect Reviews: Altered Carbon Season 1”

  1. Chris, I have been wandering in a soul-less Internet desert since watching this show, agog at how many reviewers are giving this pile of crap a ‘it’s purty and fun, so get over yourself’ pass. So THANK YOU for holding this show to account for its stupidity! Beau’s keenly observed point about its views on late-stage capitalism aside, the show has nothing useful to say about our future selves. Exposition is vomited all over slimy bagged bodies, which is only one of its many, many writing sins. It has ATROCIOUSLY tin-eared dialogue that strains to be hard-boiled, every character is laden with contradictory, nonsensical motivations (I’m a hard-boiled cop losing my Catholicism who is is OK with spinning up dead grandma up as a biker on the Day of the Dead, yet I’m really obsessed with my dead boyfriend’s ripped-as-fuck sleeve…ok, I guess that plays in a puerile sense), and a completely incompetent detective protagonist who is supposedly a super-disciplined empatho-ninja, but whose only real superpower seems to be to artfully soap up his pecs after a fight while quaffing artisanal cocktails served by a Paul F. Tompkin clone. I will savor every moment I will not be watching his mind-numbing pretension for the rest of my (single, non-stacked) life.

  2. Great review. Although I think there somethings socially it does say about the idea of gender and the idea of love. In a world where gender can be freely swapped, love is more that skin deep. Mostly through the relationship with Vernon and his wife. Maybe I’m reading more into it that was intended but worth mentioning.

    Also, shout out to the actor who played the bald guy with the tattoos. Playing a street punk, a Hispanic grandmother, and a Russian physcopath and pulling them all off convincingly.

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