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Posted on 02-12-18 05:40:33 PM (last edited by Tarale at 02-12-18 05:41:40 PM) Link | Quote
Have recently started watching "Altered Carbon" on Netflix, and I'm wondering who else is (no spoilers, please!)

The general premise is that we (generally) no longer die. Our selves are encoded in a little puck-shaped thingy in our spines, called a "stack" and we can switch bodies ("sleeves") when they are damaged. There is real death -- when a stack is destroyed -- but generally people can, in theory, choose to live forever… if they can afford to pay for the sleeve/cloning services/etc.

Of course, this is all not distributed evenly, and not everyone wants to switch sleeves. There are themes of inequality, as well as what happens to the soul. The rich live for hundreds of years and are abusive and exploitative and everything is very ultra-capitalist and nasty. There's all this tech that could benefit humanity, but mostly only the rich have access to it, and they're not interested in helping humanity at all.

It's very cyberpunk and very violent and I'm enjoying it so far.
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Posted on 02-12-18 07:27:19 PM Link | Quote
I watched the whole thing through recently.

Though I enjoyed it, I found the ridiculous amount tits and torture porn a bit gratiutous (I'm not one for it at all) which took away from the interesting sci-fi parts of it.

I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't call it a great.
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Posted on 02-12-18 07:40:46 PM (last edited by Tarale at 02-12-18 07:41:11 PM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xenesis
I watched the whole thing through recently.

Though I enjoyed it, I found the ridiculous amount tits and torture porn a bit gratiutous (I'm not one for it at all) which took away from the interesting sci-fi parts of it.

I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't call it a great.

I agree that it is a little over the top with that stuff, and I have to wonder if the book is the same, or if it's like GoT where extra violence (especially sexual violence) is added to make it more exciting.
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Posted on 02-12-18 07:46:50 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xenesis
Though I enjoyed it, I found the ridiculous amount tits and torture porn a bit gratiutous (I'm not one for it at all) which took away from the interesting sci-fi parts of it.


I thought the carelessness of the torture porn and violence fit the universe (especially in the later episodes), but yeah, some of it was excessive and edgy for the sake of it.

I totally enjoyed it though, even if it was rather trope-y and predictable near the end of the series.
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Posted on 02-16-18 04:38:20 PM Link | Quote
Yeah, it really had to tick off a whole bunch of cyberpunk tropes right at the end, doesn't it?

The violence… is mostly in service of the story, but also… kind of over the top. I mean, to a large extent it makes sense that things are like that because human life is so extremely devalued once death loses some of its meaning. They're also clearly going for a much more action vibe than a thinky vibe.

Still, I would generally prefer fewer images of dead women… if we had to have all of that it'd be nice if they'd also shown more ways that society devalued men's lives as well.
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