Netflix’s new $7,000,000-per-episode sci-fi show Altered Carbon is nearly here, and this new trailer shows a lot more of it than we’ve seen up to now.
It’s all punchy, sexy, hologrammy, Blade Runnery and exciting, plus it features a particularly excellent curtains hairdo.
The show, based on the first novel in a cyberpunk trilogy by British author Richard K. Morgan, follows Takeshi Kovacs, a gangster turned supersoldier turned mercenary in a dystopian future where people’s personalities can be downloaded and passed from body to body - he’s awakened 250 years after dying by a millionaire who wishes to solve his own murder.
Joel Kinnaman plays the ‘sleeve’ hosting Kovacs in this particular instance, but if the show continues for multiple seasons there’s a high chance he’ll be sleeved in different people every time, which is a pretty interesting idea for a show to go with.
After watching the trailer, we have some questions:
- Should we get curtains? It’s a pretty classic look, right?
- What’s with the magic tree?
- A sleeve comes with combat muscle memory, providing fighting abilities - that is pretty ace, but what does it mean for Kovacs’ handwriting? Eh? Will they go into that? If you’ve got really tidy handwriting, but your consciousness is downloaded into a body with really messy handwriting, what does your handwriting look like? Eh? EH?
- Is he smoking in a bar in the future? Is that allowed?
- What’s with the hologram-head guy with the spiky hair, and how come his head (a) gets bigger and (b) faces a different direction when it changes, and what would that mean for something like (i) punching him; (ii) him looking at something; (iii) a piece of sandwich he had in his mouth?
- And the face he turns into has pierced ears. Right, are the earrings holographic projections or real, and if they’re real, where were they when he had the other face?
- What if you were kissing him when he changed?
- Seriously though, the curtains: good idea or bad idea?
The answers to all these and more will hopefully be found within the show, which debuts on Netflix on 2 February.