Altered Carbon Review: 7 Ups & 3 Downs

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Altered Carbon

Netflix's much-anticipated new sci-fi TV show, Altered Carbon, is finally available to watch, and while being generally met with mixed-to-positive reviews so far, it's fair to say that it's one of the most impressively ambitious undertakings the streaming giant has tackled to date.

Adapted from Richard K. Morgan's 2002 acclaimed, award-winning cyberpunk novel, Altered Carbon delves deep into heady themes of identity and existence, while cleverly relating this far-flung future to our own present-day Earth.

Though not always broaching its ideas as well as you might hope, the end result is nevertheless an intoxicating trip like nothing else on TV right now, and a totally singular experience.

With an evidently huge budget, admirably adult tone and plenty of potential to become one of Netflix's most intriguing cult hits moving forward, this is a must-see for sci-fi fans starved of compelling new content.

Free of spoilers, here's everything Altered Carbon got right, and what it could improve upon for the inevitable second season...


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