Altered Carbon Season 2 (2020) Review

I binged this season back to back with season one, and to me, the first season was superior, but that doesn’t mean season two isn’t freaking awesome.

Certificate: 18

Creator: Laeta Kalogridis

Starring: Chris Conner, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Anthony Mackie

Genre: Sci Fi, Action

Runtime: 8 Episodes, 50 mins/episode

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After finding season 1 a compulsive watch, I carried straight on to see season two.  And as with many many movies out there, sometimes, the follow ups just can’t quite keep up with the original.  And this is an example of that.

This time the role of Takeshi Kovacs is played by Anthony Mackie, as he is spun up once again onto Harlan’s World to work as a bodyguard.  Unfortunately, upon being resleeved he finds his employer already dead and other founders aren’t far behind.  When he comes face to face with rebellion leader and former lover Quellcrest Falconer, he thinks he has the mystery solved.  But there is another player in the mix, with much more disastrous and ambitious goals.

Romance is never really my thing, and it is the route force behind the main plot for this season.  Kovacs wants to save the woman he loves.  And while that is touching and everything, I much prefer him when he is sassy and difficult and kind of just being an asshole.  Anthony Mackie does a great job as Kovacs, brining a little bit of sensitivity to the role that I don’t know if Joel Kinnaman could have delivered, but I did miss his sarcasm, his throwaway lines.  I don’t feel like we were really dealing with the same character as we were is the first season.  I am willing to accept that the events of season one changed Kovacs as a person, and that in the 30 years he has been searching for Quell he has mellowed out a bit, but I miss the Kovacs of season one.

It is Chris Conners storyline that really pulls on the heartstrings for me rather than our main story.  Poe is trying so hard to hold himself together, to remain useful to Kovacs and his new team, while he is really coming apart at the seams.  We continue to see his relationship with Lizzie, even if here she is just a mere figment of his glitching programming.  And the final chapter of his story when it is finally time for him to do what is necessary to ‘fix’ his glitch, I really had a whole lot of sympathy for our little AI.

This season does leave a lot of unanswered questions considering there has been no formal announcement yet as to whether there is going to be a third season.  And considering there was a 2 year gap between season 1 and 2, I am guessing that announcement won’t be made for some time.  It is an obvious leap to assume whose consciousness Poe has been storing, and Anabelle’s comment about getting the good Whiskey ready should be the biggest give away of all.  So If that is the case, will the third season be focussing on rebuilding the rebellion?  On finally getting rid of stacks for good?  Will we see some previous faces make a return?

Seasons 1 and 2 or Altered Carbon are available now on Netflix, but there’s no rush, Season 3 probably wont be around for a good while yet.

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