Altered Carbon Season 2 Netflix series
Altered Carbon Season 2 Despite the fact that I did not like the first season of ‘Altered Carbon’, I must admit that I was very curious to see how the second would unfold, which Netflix has released today. A new batch of episodes whose main novelty was the incorporation of Anthonie Mackie as the new “cover” for Takeshi Kovacs.
Fortunately, this change in the protagonist was not the only improvement in the series. Getting rid of that Sherlock-Holmesian mystery and downgrading to eight episodes instead of ten also serves to better compact this whole story of revolutionaries, dystopian governments, people who want Kovacs dead and touches of cyberpunks.
Laeta Kalogridis returns to the forefront of the season by telling us of Kovacs’s return. The current scenario is a Harlan quite changed since the last time he saw it (about thirty years, he says), a key world for the Protectorate, and for the revolution that Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry) raised at the time.
A change of location that brings with it a certain aesthetic transformation and, why not say it, a feeling at all times that there are no open spaces and that they have saved the most when building sets. Considering that this series premiered as an ambitious science-fiction blockbuster, it seems like a step back.
But not only in this sense but it is also seen in the fight scenes (which there are several in its first episodes), to which the tricks are noted. The new Kovacs case is a modified elite soldier and this already leads to the melee being more important and looking for the spectacular, but I am not finished convinced of every scene of this type.
I don’t want to dwell too much on the story but I will only say that the main villain will be found in Colonel Iván Carrera (Torben Liebrecht), the main representative of the Protectorate. On the other hand, we have new faces like Trepp, a bounty hunter played by Simone Missick and friends like Poe (Chris Conner) who will try to assist Kovacs as much as they can.
The most interesting thing about season 2 of ‘Altered Carbon’ is that we find another story very different from the previous one. So much so that if it weren’t for the fact that there are things from the past to be solved (and not only that loving epic in search of Falconer) it could be seen perfectly independently.
So much so that I am even tempted not to compare Mackie and Kinnaman as the Takeshi Kovacs of these seasons. I think I’ll just say that Anthonie Mackie is pretty good, even though I think, especially at first, she shouldn’t be too comfortable in this series with all the intensity that it takes to step into the shoes of a century-old character.
A better planned ‘Altered Carbon Season 2 ‘
It is not that it has stuck, at least for me, a great leap in quality between seasons but that Laeta Kalogridis has changed the planning of these new episodes in a successful way. Despite not displaying the interesting ideas exposed two years ago (or thanks to it, depending on how you look at it), the story manages to breathe and pose something that is, directly, more entertaining.
I think that, in general lines, this rebirth of ‘Altered Carbon‘ shows a bit more seams in this second season than in the previous one. These new episodes are still far from the perfection that we would have liked to see in their time, but the series embraces its imperfections and that makes it more enjoyable.