My Broken Angels (Altered Carbon Sequel) Casting

Altered Carbon on Netflix was awesome and now it’s time to think of casting for Broken Angels, the sequel to Altered Carbon. If you’ve read the book, then you know that Takeshi Kovacs is in a new sleeve and he’s on another planet with a cast of characters looking for an Alien ship. So let’s cast this thing…

Roger Cross (Dark Matter) as Takeshi Kovacs

Amber Rose Revah (The Punisher) as Tanya Wardani

Steve Howey (Shameless) as Jan Schneider

Ed Stoppard (Knightfall) as Matthias Hand

Those are my picks… Now Netflix, make it happen!!!

Altered Carbon (Netflix) – Review (NO Spoilers)

Altered Carbon on Netflix is simply a masterpiece of Cyberpunk film making. It follows the book (Written by Richard K. Morgan) fairly well, adding and changing things in certain places for the sake of the series narrative. Don’t worry… If you loved the book (REVIEW HERE) you will be VERY happy with these 10 episodes that cover it.

I believe I sat there smiling for several episodes just because I was finally able to see these characters come to life. I’m not going to go over the plot, you can click on the book review linked above, as that is the same. The characters and acting was wonderful. The sound and atmosphere through the CGI was beautiful. I’m serious when I say that this may be the BEST show I’ve ever watched on the Netflix platform. We all know Bladerunner has been the film to judge all Cyberpunk on since its inception but I do believe that Altered Carbon surpasses both Bladerunner and Bladerunner 2049 for creating a fully fledged world that is both interesting in the genre and makes the viewer believe that this world could exist. If you are a true Cyberpunk fan then you will love this show.

Strangely this is the first time I’ve binged something and I feel like going back to watch it again because it was so damn good!!! I’m beyond ready for Netflix to green light the sequel book: Broken Angels, and get that underway. So if you haven’t checked out Altered Carbon on Netflix yet… GO CHECK IT OUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan (Review)

In anticipation of the Netflix series, I pulled up Altered Carbon once again on my Kindle to give it a re-read. If a movie like Bladerunner exemplifies “cyberpunk” then Altered Carbon could quite possibly be THE cyberpunk template that epitomizes the genre in book form, even more so than Neuromancer.

Written in first person, we are taken into the world Takeshi Kovacs, an Asian Envoy from Harlan’s World, sent to Earth via Needlecast to be resleeved in an caucasian body, and solve the suicide/murder of Laurens Bancroft, who claims that he could not have killed himself. Sound confusing? You have to think on this one and that is part of what makes it such a great cyberpunk tale. In the world of Altered Carbon, the human body is just a sleeve. Your consciousness is actually you, and it can be placed in different bodies (sleeves). Bancroft supposedly killed himself before his next conscious backup, so he’s missing time between his death and his last backup. That’s why he hires Takeshi Kovacs to solve the what and why of his death.

Along the way, we get twists and turns that you really have to think about. I have to say, reading it though on the second pass, I knew what to look for (kind of like going back to rewatch the Sixth Sense, as everyone did, when they found the twist), so I actually enjoyed the story even more this time around. It’s a real noir detective story, and you really do have to keep up with the information that is released to you, because sometimes, those names and characters will show up later and you will get that light bulb moment of, “Oh yeah… whoa!!!”

I’ll be moving directly into the sequel (Broken Angels) next, as well as anxiously awaiting the Netflix series next month (Feb 2nd 2018). I can’t wait to see this universe play out on the screen!!!

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 1/12/18

Dumpster Fire of the Day:

I opened Twitter for a moment today and saw just about every Tweet using the term “shithole” in reference to something that the president may or may not have said. So I instantly closed Twitter because it is in effect, a shithole. There’s a reason I deleted all of of my tweets yesterday. I’m sick of the negative echo chamber that is Twitter. It pulls you in with negativity and creates a narrative to incite you.

Hang it up:

Likewise, I saw some convo on Hangouts where I’m in a few different groups. Oh hey look!!! I already posted about that… 2 DAYS ago. Yet now someone is posting up the same links I already posted, as if they were new. That’s my big thing right now, if I’m taking the time to relay certain info, and you can’t acknowledge it, then why am I posting it??? That’s pretty much everything now… Ergo… this blog being my journal of it all.

I’ve been withdrawing more and more from social media things and the more I think about it, the more I think it is the right decision.

Altered Carbon is coming!!!

The new Altered Carbon trailer is awesome. I need more Cyberpunk in my life and so far, from the trailers, it is doing the book justice. I’m also rereading the book right now and I’m thoroughly enjoying it even more on the reread. 2/2/18 is the big day it hits Netflix. Can’t wait!!!

Alt 105.7 FM in Atlanta

I just happened to have this station on this morning when I pulled out of the garage to go to work. Normally I listen to WSB for the weather and the news but I had this station on from the drive home last night. The morning talk show here was refreshing. They steered clear of politics which was VERY nice. A morning show that doesn’t let itself get politicized? Can it be? Apparently it is, and that is exactly what I am looking for!!!

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

It’s finally here!!! The entire first season is up and streaming on Amazon Prime today!!! Reviews have said that this is better than Black Mirror even. It’s also a cyberpunk show so I’m totally down with that.

The NY Times Noticed that Wearables are DEAD

They ran an article today asking if the fad was dead because wearables are MIA at CES. I said over a year ago that wearables were dead. As a matter fact, before I ever bought a Pebble Steel, I stated that wearables were nothing but a fad or electronic toy for adults and that they would be a flash in the pan. I was right. Sure, people still wear their Apple Watches and Fitbits but the majority of people have tried the fad and dismissed it already. I’m still calling the second coming of VR a second fad also. I hold out more confidence for AR but VR is a Pebble Time 2 away from the history books once again.

Upgrade your Cybernetics and Bionics

Speaking of current tech and fads… How we do things now has totally ruined a future where bionics and cybernetics are a generalized thing. I mean, are you going to buy a cybernetic eye that will only get 2 years of updates? After 2 years, some snot nosed 14 year old hacker will be sitting in his parents basement hacking the shit out of your eye. The same goes for legs or arms or etc… Never mind that to subsidize the cost, you may be forced to watch a commercial via that eye every hour… We are on this tech trend where a new version of tech comes out yearly and the old version gets updates for X many years. Having a cybernetic body that is prone to planned obsolescence would really not be a good thing. I guess those cybernetics will join the jetpack in the the list of cool things that will probably never be.

That’s the Streamline for today… Catch you next time.

-JF