Altered Carbon Reminds Us of What Makes Us Human

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Altered Carbon Reminds Us of What Makes Us Human

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


t first pass, Altered Carbon, Netflix’s latest entrant into the cyberpunk dystopian sci-fi genre looks a lot like an expensive but modest replica of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. But, dig deeper – ten, hour-long episodes to be precise – and the show is revealed as a clever commentary on the dystopia we could be inhabiting in the foreseeable future, touching on many fascinating issues: classism, income inequality, the nature of identity and the anxieties that accompany a digitised soul.

Created by Laeta Kalogridis, Altered Carbon, is also Netflix’s most expensive show run solely by a woman. Amid the vast and violent neon-lit science-fiction heavy world that Altered Carbon builds, lies the oldest storyline on the planet: a murder mystery. Except, it’s so much more.