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Altered Carbon Preview: “Fallen Angel”

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[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

After the initial framing setup of the series premiere, Altered Carbon‘s second episode lays the groundwork for us to get a better bead on who Kovacs and Ortega really are, beyond the trappings of Envoy and Detective.

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Kovacs takes the lead on Bancroft’s investigation but makes it very clear that he will not be subserviant to Laurens as he works the case. Bancroft is bemused at the challenge but takes Kovacs at his word that threats hold no sway against him because he literally has nothing to lose if he’s put back on ice.

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Initially planning to work way too many leads the old-fashioned way, Poe suggests modern methods to narrow down who might want Bancroft dead. The trail’s most promising suspect is Vernon Elliott (Chicago Med‘s Ato Essandoh), who is former military and grieving on many fronts. Kovacs’ interview/interrogation of him actually throws shade back on Bancroft and sets Kovacs on another path, where he winds up an accidental Equalizer.

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His past comes present when he realizes the Envoy history that’s still recent in his mind has been recast for public consumption. He also has to deal with Miriam (a knockout Kristin Lehman in a role that Ghost Wars fans may well flip out about) when she decides to exert who own interests related to her husband’s murder. Her monologue about her contributions during their century-old marriage is eye-opening.

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Ortega is still crossing lines to keep any eye on Kovacs, which maker her partner, Abboud (Prison Break‘s Waleed Zuaiter) very nervous, and her captain (Legends of Tomorrow and iZombie‘s Hiro Kanagawa) annoyed with her distracted absences. Outside of that, she’s struggling with a case about a murdered young woman and her grieving mother while balancing the concerns of her own devout mother (Runaways’ Marlene Forte).

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It’s an interesting parallel structure of soul and science, grief and memory, and concepts of peace–all things that Kovacs mulls in VO throughout the episode. I really liked this one, and it’s a particularly women-driven episode, with women portrayed at all stages of the power spectrum, from victim to victor.

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We learn more about Ortega and Miriam while we get a better sense of Kovacs’ code. Again, there are some killer hand-to-hand fight scenes, stunning visuals, and humor laced in–including a scene with Kovacs and a little girl in a museum where he delivers some hysterical truth-telling.

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Look for Tamara Taylor as the Bancroft family attorney and Hallmark regular David Lewis as the director of the high-end sleeve house used by the Bancrofts.

Altered Carbon‘s first season is available now on Netflix.

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