Altered Carbon

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Altered Carbon - Second season

The second season of Altered Carbon starts thirty years after the ending of the first season. The main character Takeshi Kovacs has been given a new sleeve. The role was portrayed by Joel Kinnaman (House of Cards (2013)) and the role has been passed on to Anthony Mackie (Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier). Mackie is mainly known for movies and is probably most well-known for his portrayal of Falcon from the Avengers movie series.

Actors who were also part from the first season and have returned are Chris Conner as Poe and Renée Elise Goldsberry (The Get Down) as Quellcrist Falconer. The most important new roles in the second season are portrayed by Simone Missick (Marvel's Luke Cage) as Trepp the bounty hunter, Dina Shihabi (Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018)) as Dig 301, Lela Loren (Power) as the governor, Torben Liebrecht (Monsignor Renard) as Jaeger, Kovacs' old commander and finally Will Yun Lee (The Good Doctor) as a clone of the original Takeshi Kovacs.

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After thirty years, Kovacs arrives on his home planet. He's there to investigate several brutal murders and he's also still looking for his true love Quellcrist Falconer. He is shocked when it turns out these two missions are connected. To find the truth he has to outsmart his enemies, with the help of old and new allies.

This season has a lot of references to the first season. I found that to be troublesome. It was difficult to remember everything from a series that had its previous episodes released two years ago. Especially a series that is as complex as Altered Carbon. It took me a few episodes before things became a bit more clear. I would like to advise everyone to watch the first season again, before watching the second. This results in ten extra episodes, but it does pay off. It grants clarity and besides that, the first season was amazing.

For all of those who enjoy the visual aspects of a series, this one is a treasure. The special effects are breathtaking and of such a quality, that they would often only be seen on the big screen. Directing, camera work and editing are also masterfully executed. The music and colours create the right atmosphere at the right moments. In 2018, this series was one of the most expensive ones ever made. It's clear that this time a lot of money has been invested once again.

Eight action-packed episodes have been made. Two less than the first season. This pretty much ensures a storyline that lasts for six hours. The general vibe is very dark and may not be suitable for everyone. The society in which this series takes place appears to be quite dictatorial and obviously refers to the Roman Empire with its praetorians. Murder and torture are a daily occurrence. Those who are evil make the rules and those who are good try to hold the line. In this setting, a story unfolds that is kept exciting from beginning till the end. The story is also rounded off properly.

The actors appear to have been cast well and they seem to feel right at home within this futuristic world. Although, this is a matter of taste. The chemistry between the actors works well, at least that's how I feel. Unfortunately, the series has been cancelled and thus there will be no successor to Anthony Mackie.
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