After two years of fans waiting, the second season of Altered Carbon
, based on a series of dystopian cyberpunk novels by Richard K. Morgan, drops February 27th on Netflix. The series takes place over three hundred years in the future, where people can extend their lives indefinitely, if they have the money. The human consciousness is stored in “stacks” that can be transferred between bodies which they call sleeves, but just because people can live forever, doesn’t mean they should. These elite “Meths” (short for Methuselah) hold all the power.
The series focuses on the character of Takeshi Kovacs, played by Joel Kinnaman in season one, a former soldier of the Protectorate (future police force) who joined the rebellion after meeting and falling in love with leader Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry). Quell, who originally created stacks so she could “see the stars” and help people, did not foresee the consequences to humanity.
In season one, Quell trained her followers, called Envoys, to become warriors and take down the Protectorate. In an attempt to upload a virus into stacks that would add a code to stop humans from living more than one hundred years, they were betrayed by Tak’s sister, Reileen (Dichan Lachman), and all of the Envoys were killed, except for Kovacs. All hope, however, was not lost for our hero, who was given reason to believe Quell could be alive.