Netflix has released a full-length trailer for its original science fiction TV show Altered Carbon, and it takes viewers forcefully into the future where consciousness and body are two distinctly separate things. This is the first full length trailer Netflix has released for its hotly anticipated show. The series stars Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman known for his role in The Killing.
Altered Carbon is based on the 2002 cyberpunk book with the same name written by Richard Morgan. Blade Runner fans in particular have expressed excitement about the series’ upcoming arrival and its potential for bringing the genre a new level of popularity.
The movie is set hundreds of years in the future where consciousness is something that can be saved and then downloaded into a new body; the body, in that world at least, is something like an advanced suit that consciousness merely inhabits for a short while.
The show revolves around character Takeshi Kovacs, an ex-Envoy soldier who is brought back into a “world he doesn’t recognize” in order to solve the attempted murder of Laurens Bancroft, the world’s richest man. “If you don’t solve this quickly enough,” he warns in the trailer, “I will erase you.”
The trailer is exciting, explosive, colorful, and just slightly NSFW. It seems to do a good job of sidestepping potential spoilers, but you should probably avoid it if you want to jump into the series with a completely fresh start. The series will arrive for Netflix subscribers around the world on February 2; you can find its show page here.