New Altered Carbon teaser offers up silent, cyberpunk thrills

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Dec 7, 2017

For anyone needing a cyberpunk fix, Netflix has your number. The streaming giant just dropped the second teaser for Altered Carbon, a new original series based on the acclaimed 2002 dystopian novel by sci-fi fantasy author Richard Morgan, about a hardboiled detective named Takeshi Kovacs and his body-hopping adventures in the 26th century.

A former elite soldier known as an Envoy, Kovacs is a private detective who lives in a futuristic world where not only have humans settled extrasolar planets, but human consciousness itself can be downloaded via cortical stacks in their spinal columns and transferred to new disposable bodies. The process, known as "resleeving," allows those who can afford it, dubbed Meths, the possibility of ... you guessed it ... immortality.

The story begins when one Meth, a wealthy aristocrat named Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy), has apparently committed suicide. But after he's resleeved, Bancroft believes he may have been murdered, as he learns the last automatic backup of his stack took place just before his death, leaving him with no memory of who might have offed him. So he calls up Kovacs, who's downloaded from an offworld prison into the body of a disgraced cop and tasks him with finding the truth.

As the trailer reveals (rather quickly due to the rapid cuts), Kovacs is portrayed by two actors: Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine, Hawaii Five-O), who plays him in flashbacks, and Joel Kinnaman, who plays him in the present and is no stranger to dystopian nightmares, having starred in the RoboCop reboot from a few years back.

Based on the snippets glimpsed thus far in the new teaser and an earlier one released a few days ago (see below), Altered Carbon features a heavy dose of Blade Runner's noir cool along with some high-octane action and a love story. No doubt the intoxicating mix is certain to draw viewers curious to see whether Netflix's latest offering lives up to the hype and continues the company's track record of boundary-pushing shows.

Altered Carbon premieres Feb. 2, 2018, on Netflix.

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