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Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Here's what influenced Altered Carbon
Film noir classics like Clash by Night and In a Lonely Place inspired the Netflix series, as did The Matrix and Edgar Allen Poe -- not to mention the obvious nod to Blade Runner.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
Joel Kinnaman won't confirm he's done with Altered Carbon
Kinnaman recently signed on to reunite with The Killing co-star Mireille Enos on Amazon's Hanna. But he won't rule out that he's finished with the Netflix sci-fi drama -- even though he was only signed on for one season. "I can't confirm that. We don't know anything about the second season," he says.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Why Altered Carbon shows so much nudity
The Netflix series feels like it takes premium TV's "copious amounts of violence and nudity" to a "whole new level," as Michael Rougeau puts it. But show creator Laeta Kalogridis doesn't think the nudity is gratuitous, and points out that it's "equal opportunity" between male and females. "Our worst instincts as human beings have to do with our carelessness with natural resources, and when the body itself becomes just one more of those resources, how will we treat it? Will we treat it with such indifference and with such depersonalization that it becomes more like a very fancy car than a repository of the self?" says Kalogridis. "And that, I think, is one reason that the nudity itself is not gratuitous; it's meant to reinforce to you, as a viewer, that the advent of this technology fundamentally and substantially changes people's relationships with their idea of their own body." ALSO: Kalogridis says "I don’t have a second season" when asked which actors will return for Season 2.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Did Netflix’s surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox overshadow Altered Carbon?
“There’s only room for one big streaming release in the average media cycle,” says Alex McLevy. And the surprise release of the sci-fi movie The Cloverfield Paradox during the Super bowl seemed to come at the expense of the release of the sci-fi series Altered Carbon, which was released two days earlier. “This is merely the most glaring example of a flawed business model that can’t see the forest for the trees,” says McLevy. “Netflix has poured truly staggering amounts of money into its programming, but is building a system where almost none of those shows and movies have room to thrive.” He adds: "That method of doing business—of sacrificing awareness of numerous other programs on the alter of carefully selected potential blockbusters—is the real tragedy of the service’s business plan. As Netflix rushes more and more shows, comedy specials, documentaries, and films onto its site every week, many of these promising forms of entertainment are falling victim to the streaming service’s chosen few highlights. Sure, it makes sense on a certain level to program a romantic comedy for fans of that genre, an action movie for the adrenaline junkies, and a thoughtful period piece for those seeking more highbrow fare, but in terms of actual attention—or opportunity to be introduced to these programs in a way that engages our attention more than just the next still image of some new series we’ve never heard of, as we idly scroll through the list of options on the home screen like bored Tinder users—that chance to make an impression disappears.”
- Altered Carbon’s visual effects supervisor on Blade Runner: “We knew going into this that we would be compared to it, so we tried to embrace it, but not be a copy; to try and give it our own spin”
- Altered Carbon’s costume designer: “I think we fit probably over 2,000 costumes over the course of the show, and then custom-made somewhere in the realm of 500 pieces or more”
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Altered Carbon is a confusing mess
“The cyberpunk sci-fi series, which debuted Friday on Netflix, is ambitious, convoluted, violent, derivative, and somehow simultaneously grimy and glossy,” says Jen Chaney. "It raises provocative questions about the social implications of turning people’s souls into transferable digital files, but piles so much exposition and so many story lines on top of everything that it collapses like an excessively tall tower built out of Philip K. Dick novels and CGI. There are some compelling scenes and moments in Altered Carbon, but at no point do any of them convince me to care about what happens to the main characters residing in Bay City, a San Francisco from decades hence that looks an awful lot like the hologram-ad-heavy Los Angeles from Blade Runner, with a few dashes of Total Recall mixed into the sauce.”
- It looks like an above-average Syfy series with basic-cable production values and premium-cable nudity
- It’s stunning how indebted Altered Carbon is to Blade Runner
- Altered Carbon is gratuitously violent and sexual, using its gore and nudity as filler when the story drags
- The deep pockets of Netflix allow for an astoundingly ambitious production design
- Ambitious, dense and thrilling: Altered Carbon is flawed — and fantastic
- Cast and crew respond to whitewashing criticisms