Bring back ‘Altered Carbon’

Bring back ‘Altered Carbon’

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Netflix’s cancellation of Altered Carbon is at once tragic and foolish. The show was easily one of the best science fiction dramas on TV, and certainly one of the biggest-budget, with crazy production value and a tremendously talented cast. It was my personal favorite sci-fi show on Netflix and now it’s dead.

Granted, Season 1 was a lot better than Season 2. And sure, the critical response to even the first season was fairly dismal—though the critical response was quite clearly wrong. None of that matters. Altered Carbon had a fascinating story to tell and now it won’t be able to finish. It cost too much and didn’t garner enough eyeballs. In other words, money is to blame, as per usual.

Besides, I was really looking forward to Season 3 and (hopefully) Will Yun Lee’s version of Takeshi Kovacs taking front and center.

I have to admit, not only did I prefer Joel Kinnaman to Anthony Mackie’s, but that’s partly because Kinnaman was first and it’s hard to adjust to a new actor playing the character and because, let’s face it, the first season had a much, much better story and script. I was really hoping Season 2 would be the outlier, and that Season 3 would swoop in for a redemption run, and at the very least wrap up loose ends.

 

With Lee’s “OG” Kovacs, we could have really explored the crazy cool cyberpunk universe that Altered Carbon developed in the first two seasons. There was so much potential.

 

As it stands, Season 1 told a pretty complete story and really can stand on its own, while Season 2 sort of floundered and relied way too much on our love of Poe (Chris Connor) who, I am saddened to say, will no longer grace us with his adorable AI charm.

Netflix has cancelled many shows, probably some even less deserving of cancellation than this one, certainly many less expensive ones. But this is one that I care about, so I reserve my right to cry foul and gnash teeth and rend garments and beat my chest and wail and complain.

 

Altered Carbon is really, truly dead after two seasons. It is no Meth with clones of itself to crawl into; there are no second chance sleeves for it to wear. Netflix has blasted its cortical stack to pieces.

 

What a damn shame.

(Erik Kain)

Hopefully Netflix will listen and bring back this show.

 

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