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The first full trailer for Netflix's outrageously expensive 'Altered Carbon' is finally here

This show is going to be huge

The first full trailer for Netflix's outrageously expensive 'Altered Carbon' is finally here
12 January 2018

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. 

(Image: Netflix)