Altered Carbon (2018– )
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Fallen Angel 

While Kovacs tracks down a man who sent Bancroft a death threat, Lt. Ortega bends the rules to keep tabs on his whereabouts.


Nick Hurran


Richard Morgan (based on the novel by) (as Richard K. Morgan), Laeta Kalogridis (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Kinnaman ... Takeshi Kovacs
James Purefoy ... Laurens Bancroft
Martha Higareda ... Kristin Ortega
Chris Conner ... Poe
Dichen Lachman ... Reileen Kawahara (credit only)
Ato Essandoh ... Vernon Elliot
Kristin Lehman ... Miriam Bancroft
Trieu Tran ... Mr. Leung (credit only)
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Quellcrist Falconer
Tamara Taylor ... Oumou Prescott
Waleed Zuaiter ... Samir Abboud
Lisa Chandler ... Mary Lou Henchy
Stephanie Cleough ... Anemone
Marlene Forte ... Alazne Ortega
Teach Grant ... Jimmy DeSoto


Kovacs accepts Bancroft's offer and begins the investigation using videos Bancroft had received threatening his life. He identifies the serial number of a weapon in a video and tracks down the owner, a former military soldier. Meanwhile Lt. Ortega uses a device to follow Kovacs's movements and whereabouts. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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[first lines]
Takeshi Kovacs: [narrating] Peace is an illusion. And no matter how tranquil the world seems, peace doesn't last long. Peace is a struggle against our very nature. A skin we stretch over the bone, muscle, and sinew of our own innate savagery.
Fisherman: What are you doing?
Boy: [reaching for floating woman] We can't just leave her here.
Fisherman: She's not our problem. You want to get us arrested? Just let her go.
Takeshi Kovacs: [continuing narration] The instinct of violence curls inside us like a parasite, waiting for a chance to feed on our ...
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Enjoying Altered Carbon More and More!
3 February 2018 | by LorenBiegSee all my reviews

Fallen Angel continues to rocket forward filling in the world of Altered Carbon as it both answers and expands the questions surrounding the enigmatic Envoy, Takeshi Kovacs.

The people in the future struggle with the implications of being "spun up", i.e. brought back to life in another sleeve. The implications, possible abuses, and dangers are explored further in continually thought-provoking ways. Sleeves are not only used to extend life, but also for travel. Consciousness is transferred across interstellar distances from sleeve to sleeve in the Altered Carbon version of business travel. And its possible to be caught in a trauma loop in which a damaged stack relives a traumatic moment over and over. What of the soul? Religious people struggle with the idea of being lost in the process of being spun up.

Everything in this world is inventive and creative. The artistry of this episode is as strong as the first. Dream sequences, flashbacks, visions, and a VR scene all remain visually fantastic. Altered Carbon is more Bladerunner than Bladerunner 2049. Particularly enjoyable is the AI hotel keeper, Poe, who is old tech but full of humanity and inspiration. We learn some more about Kovacs' backstory. And, I'm still not clear why Ortega is obsessed with him, even at the risk of her job. The history of the Protectorate seems to view Envoys as terrorists, though Kovacs' flashbacks suggest they were something more. This suspicion alone doesn't seem personal enough to explain her behavior. Perhaps it will become clear. And, what's the connection with Mary Lou Henchy? Mysteries abound.

Nine stars for continued greatness!

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2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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