Deadline is exclusively reporting that Netflix have cancelled sci-fi series Altered Carbon after two seasons.
The series was based on the cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan. The first season took us to a futuristic San Francisco known as Bay City in 2384, in a time where a person’s memories can be stored in a disk-shaped device called a cortical stack, which is implanted in the back of the neck. They can be placed into physical human beings or synthetic bodies known as ‘Sleeves’ and the stacks can be transferred to new bodies after death, but a person can still be killed if their stack is destroyed. Throughout the series we follow Takeshi Kovacs, a political operative with mercenary skills and is the sole surviving soldier of the Envoys, a rebel group defeated in an uprising against the new world order. 250 years after the Envoys were destroyed, his stack is pulled out of prison by Laurens Bancroft, one o the wealthiest men in the settled worlds. Bancroft gives him the choice of earning a new shot at life….by solving his murder. In the second season, Kovacs is continuing his quest to find his lost love Quellcrist Falconer. After decades of planet-hopping and searching the galaxy, Kovacs finds himself recruited back to his home planet of Harlan’s World with the promise of finding Quell. Haunted by his past and responsible for investigating a series of brutal murders, Kovacs is stunned to discover his new mission to solve the crime and his pursuit to find Quell are one and the same.
The report from Deadline states that the cancellation news is different in comparison to The Society and I’m Not Okay With This as while their cancellations were due to circumstances related to COVID-19, the streamer decided back in April to cancel the series due to standard viewership vs. cost renewal review process.
While I absolutely loved the first season of Altered Carbon, I felt this cancellation was coming because the second season felt like it went the opposite direction of what we were introduced to and while I felt they could’ve recovered with a third season, the second did feel like it had less of a spectacular budget in comparison to the first and there felt more negative thoughts towards the series during its release back in March. Maybe in the ‘streaming wars’ worlds we reside in at the minute, something like Amazon, HBO Max can revive it down the line.
Altered Carbon was created by Laeta Kalogridis and starred Joel Kinnaman, Anthony Mackie, Chris Conner, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Dichen Lachman, Lela Loren, Simone Missick, Ato Essandoh, Kristin Lehman, Trieu Tran, Dina Shihabi, Bryon Mann, Will Yun Lee and Torben Liebrecht.