6. Altered Carbon
Unlike most cyberpunk series, Altered Carbon resonated with a large number of audiences, even those who don’t typically watch sci-fi dramas. The story of Takeshi Kovacs instantly attracted our attention as the entire concept and idea behind the way the universe works in Altered Carbon‘s world functions.
The first season of the cyberpunk noir follows Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a man put into a new body after 250 years by someone who wants Takeshi to solve his own murder. This future is foreign to us, but we eagerly jump on for the ride. This takes place hundreds of years in the future, where our memories and consciousness can be stored and placed inside a body (which they call sleeves) at any given time.
Takeshi is known to crack down mysteries, making him perfect for solving this one, but he also has intentions of his own. For starters, he had a life before being sent to storage, and he is determined to find a loved one. Season 1 is an action-packed and violent journey, and it leaves us with plenty of questions for the second season to answer.
In season 2, Takeshi, now in a new body (Anthony Mackie), goes back to his home planet and is thrust into a war. He is solving a new crime, or trying to, but is more focused on finding his long-lost love, Quellcrist Falconer (which is portrayed by Renee Elise Goldsberry).
Altered Carbon gives off Blade Runner and The Matrix vibes, but feels like its own thing. The second season also stars Simone Missick, James Saito, Lela Loren and others. Be warned that this is not an easy show to keep up with and will require your attention. But if you are down for it, you’ll very much enjoy this mind-blowing story.