NeoSkies Reviews Altered Carbon: Favourite Characters, Laurens Bankcroft and The Major Downfall!
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Altered Carbon is set in a future where technology is so advanced that humans can become immortal! In this story Takeshi Kovacs, an Envoy, is hired by Lauren Bankcroft to find out who killed him. Alongside this murder hunt, we get to see the dark gritty side of society and how immortality as turned even the best of us into monsters.
Now let me give you a little bit of backstory, you see I watched Altered Carbon back in 2018, when it came out. And I even though I only watched an episode, I absolutely hated the series, especially, Takeshi (which is funny because after watching the series again, I fell in love with him).
So when I asked you all to chose which show or movie I should watch next, and you chose... Altered Carbon, I'm not going to lie, I was like:
Before we get into the review, I would really love to know what you all thought of the show. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Let me know in the poll below.
P.S. I've got a little surprise for you guys at the end of the blog post ;)
There are so many lovable characters in this show, it's unbelievable! But if I had to pick my top 3 it would be: Takeshi Kovacs, Quellcrist Falconer and Poe.
Let's start of with my husband (I mean Takeshi), at first I thought he was a dickhead, he didn't care about nobody else but himself. And usually those type of characters have this 'Me against the world' type of shit and I'm just bored of that.
But the more he interacted with characters like Poe, Elliot and Kristin, the more I liked him. They definitely humanised him and gave us a lot of comedy whenever they were in scenes together.
One of the major things I love about Takeshi is the sassy remarks that he always manages to pull up in a conversation with someone. Take this scene for example:
The amount of sass in this scene! My favourite part is when Takeshi says: "Attack me please. It would hurt less." Wow he really did write the book on How To Be Sassy and Savage.
Another reason I love Takeshi is because his HOT! Like there's no other way to put it okay, I'm not going to go around the bush. He's hot! A girl's allowed to appreciate the human body like damn!
One thing I will say though is I'm sad that Joel Kinnaman won't be reprising his role as Takeshi, like he played him so well! And yes I maybe bias BUT Joel embodied the sass, emotion and personality of this character. So it's hard to see him played by somebody else.
I am interested to see what Anthony Mackie is going to bring to the character because I absolutely LOVE his personality!
First of all, I just want to say how nice it is to see a woman in a position of authority, Renee Elise Goldsberry played this character so well!
Quell demands attention every time she appears on the screen and she captures the essence of what a leader should be. There's a particular scene where Takeshi and another envoy think they can go up against her. And she literally makes it look so easy when she defeats them.
I love how we see her struggle with her duty to be a leader and her compassion for Takeshi.
Throughout their time together you can see how she slowly drops her tough exterior and starts opening up to him. And can we mention how devoted Takeshi is to her! Like damn this dude literally worships the ground she walks on!
Also, I was super shocked when I found out she was the one who created the 'stacks' (a device used to transfer your subconscious to another human body). Wow! Not only is she an absolute badass but she's an inventor too. Somebody wife her up or else I will!
Poe holds a special place in my heart; not only is he kindhearted but he will fuck up a bitch if he has too!
He has this witty and charming personality that you just can't help but fall in love with.
I loved his story arc because even though he was an AI (a machine that works and reacts like humans), he showed more compassion and courage than any human character on the show. The way he helped Lizzie overcome her past and how he protected his friends till the very end... RIP Poe, the legend.
Laurens Bankcroft... Where do I start with him. This man needs a whole section for himself because I feel so conflicted whenever I want to talk about him.
I had a love and hate relationship with this Laurens. On one end of the spectrum, he was a classy and threatening character. That's what I loved most about him, you never knew what his motives really were because his charm acted as a disguise. But on the other end of the spectrum he was very aggressive and a sexual predator. What he did to the poor girls that he slept with... I'm disgusted. To be honest, I don't want to go into more detail because those scenes were quite graphic.
What I will say though, is that I'm disappointed with how his arc ended. When I found out he was the one who killed himself, I was just unsatisfied. There were so many other characters that had a way more interesting reason for killing him. Like Miriam Bankcroft for example, Laurens barely showed her any affection and treated her and her son like shit! To be fair, I was hoping it was Miriam because you could tell she knew he was a dangerous man. And the way she latched onto Takeshi kind of made it seem like she was looking for an escape.
Now, up till the episode where Reileen (Takeshi's sister) saves her brother from being killed in the Fight Drome, I was having the time of my life. I was enjoying the show, the characters and the story was intriguing!
But then Reileen got reintroduced as the villain and it went downhill. Why is that you ask? Well, first, let's take a look at Rei's character development.
At the beginning, we saw she was very reliant on her brother as a child, so when he abandoned her, she became more independent. She learned how to survive on her own, she also grew hatred for her brother so when they reunited she wasn't too quick to trust him.
Fast forward to when we meet her again but this time we find out she's a Meth (wealth citizen) and she provides sexual fetish services such as allowing her customers to rape and kill sex workers (even children). WTF! Where did this come from?
And then we had this thing were she showed love for her brother but it was borderline incestuous... I don't understand, this type of character development was too drastic for me. It came out of nowhere.
So when Rei became the main focus of the story, that's when I lost interest. I didn't really care about Rei's obsessive attachment with her brother so I got bored very quickly.
Hell yas! Mainly for the characters though, because for me, they are what brought the show to life. So you'll be pulled into Altered Carbon for the story but you'll definitely stay for the characters!