Three reasons to watch Altered Carbon

The weekend is almost here, so that mean it’s time for another installment of The Best Flicks on Netflix. You can listen to broadcast, which was recorded live at St. Clair College’s MediaPlex on the Live at 10:00am News Show by clicking here. Or, you can read the transcript below.


Welcome to the Best Flicks on Netflix with your host Josie Richards.

As we get closer to the weekend, I know you all want nothing more than to kick back and relax. And what’s a better way to relax than by lying on the couch and binge watching Netflix?! That’s where I come in, I’ll be giving you a weekly recommendation on what I think are the Best Flicks on Netflix to watch!

Kovacs and Ortega walking through a crowd of Neo-C protesters

This week’s show is Altered Carbon, it’s a brand-new Netflix original based off a book sharing the same name. If I had to categorize it, I’d say it’s something along the lines of a dystopian sci-fi, meets neo-noire, meets murder mystery.

Opening credits of Altered Carbon

We experience the world of Altered Carbon through the eyes of Takeshi Kovacs. He was part of an elite group, called Envoys, who fought against a new technology called stacks that allowed humans to live forever.

A cortical stack

A stack basically contains a human mind and can be surgically or digitally transferred between bodies if it’s intact.

Bancroft speaking to Kovacs aobut the case

Unfortunately, Takeshi and his unit lost the battle and stack technology took over. Which brings us to the point of the show. Takeshi’s stack is revived centuries later in a different body, by a wealth man named Laurens Bancroft to solve the murder of Laurens Bancroft. Confused yet? I know I was the first time around. But trust me, it will all make sense when you see it. Here are three more reasons to give Altered Carbon a watch:

  1. It’s dense storyline. There is so much that goes on in the show. It keeps you guessing with many twists and turns that make for an edge-of-the-seat kind of viewing experience.
  2. The philosophical underpinnings. Altered Carbon makes you think about several deep issues the implications of living forever, the effect of immortality on the social hierarchy of the world and what our bodies contribute to our identity.
  3. It’s mystery factor. The show raises so many questions that you’re constantly left saying what?… in a good way though.

And there you have it! Tune into the Best flicks on Netflix next week for another recommendation.

Are there any shows you think I should recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading. ❤

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