Netflix Delivers – Altered Carbon Review

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Oscar Gordon

A Navy Turbine Tech who learned to spin wrenches on old cars, Oscar has since been trained as an Engineer & Software Developer & now writes tools for other engineers. When not in his shop or at work, he can be found spending time with his family, gardening, hiking, kayaking, gaming, or whatever strikes his fancy & fits in the budget.

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  1. I’ll watch it on your recommendation!Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Larry Hamelin says:

      I won’t be offended if it isn’t your cup of tea, but I would suggest giving it until episode 3 before setting it aside.Report

      • Avatar Anne in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

        I know I read some reviews after watching it and thought the same thing you did and then there were reviews that obviously had not watched the whole season and were complaining about the show not addressing issues that were addressed throughout the ENTIRE show!Report

        • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Anne says:

          I was kinda annoyed by how many reviewers obviously didn’t watch the whole show, or openly admit they didn’t, and yet still feel perfectly fine writing a review of it. This isn’t an open ended story like a normal TV show, it’s more like a long movie or mini-series. You kinda need to watch the whole thing, or don’t bother writing a review.Report

  2. Avatar Anne says:

    Dear hubby and I just binge watched it. It really was fantastic…dark…but really good!

    Thanks @oscar I was hoping someone was going to do a post on thisReport

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Anne says:

      You are welcome.

      I read quite a few negative reviews, but they all struck me as the reviewer being upset that the series wasn’t what they wanted, (projecting their expectations onto the show) rather than taking it for what it was. I went into it with no such expectations and was glad I did.Report

  3. Avatar Jason says:

    We watched the first episode and liked it. We’ll watch the rest.Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    I cheated a bit. Using my Super Editor Powers, I’d noticed this post in the pipe recently and pre-read it. Based on what I read, I watched episode 1 last night.

    It’s amazing. Netflix has made some high quality stuff before but this blows it all away. I can’t wait to binge the rest of it out this weekend.Report

  5. Avatar pillsy says:

    This was next on my list, since I just finished Season 2 of The Expanse.

    I have to say I’m digging this trend of turning good series of SF novels into TV shows.Report

  6. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    Was planning to check it out; now I will rush to do so.Report

  7. Avatar Hoosegow Flask says:

    I finished it last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Every episode left me wanting more, which is a contrast to Netflix’s Marvel shows. To me, even the best of those are slow in the middle. I think they would absolutely benefit from 10 episode seasons like Altered Carbon instead of the 13 they have now.Report

  8. Avatar Zac Black says:

    I think I’ve mentioned before that the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy is one of my favorite book series, so I was strongly ambivalent about this when it was announced. Mostly, though, I just wanted it to not suck, and it certainly didn’t suck. I found the dialogue a bit clunky, but Joel Kinnaman and Martha Higareda were both amazing as Kovacs and Ortega, so I got the main thing I wanted out of it. I don’t know how many people here have read the books but they’re fairly different from the show (and honestly much better). I don’t love all the changes they made from the books, but I understand why you have simplify things to make it a coherent show, so I try not to hold that stuff against the show itself. And they do pretty much tell the same basic plot from the first book, and tell it well, so overall I’m satisfied with the show even though it’s not as good as it could be.Report

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