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Altered Carbon: Book vs. Series - those are the differences

The second season of "Altered Carbon" will start on Netflix on February 27, 2020. For the new episodes, too, the creators have based themselves on the novel. However, they must have taken some liberties in doing so. Because even in the first season there are many differences between series and book. We have collected the most interesting of them for you here

For “Altered Carbon” the creators of the series have probably even taken more liberties than you previously thought. The Netflix production differs greatly from the original, especially in terms of its characters. Before you read any further, a warning: the following paragraphs contain spoilers for the first season.

Altered Carbon vs. Book: Differences in Takeshi

  • Reileen and Takeshi as siblings: During the course of the first season, it turns out that Takeshi Kovacs and the villain Reileen Kawahara are siblings. The creators of the series explain the different surnames with the fact that Reileen took the name of her mother and Takeshi that of his father. She even develops a kind of obsession with her brother that almost resembles a romantic love rather than a sibling love. And that's fictitious in the Netflix series. Because in fact the two characters in the book are not related.
  • Takeshi's childhood: In both the book and the series, Takeshi faced a violent alcoholic as a father in his childhood. In the Netflix production, he kills him to protect his sister. In the original, however, the father leaves the family after receiving a brand new body.
  • Takeshi's education: Takeshi was only able to win over the ruthless and brutal CTAC in the series. In the template he joins the UN protectorate instead and later changes to its special unit, the Envoy Corp. As is well known, he later also belonged to this unit in the Netflix production. In the series, however, the Envoy are rebels with excellent training and not a special unit of the Protectorate.

Takeshi and Reileen are siblings in the series. - Picture:Netflix

  • Takeshi leaves the Envoy: In the book, the Envoy team that Takeshi is a part of goes mad after a chemical attack. In the series, the incident leads to the death of his comrades and Takeshi leaves the Envoy. The template allows the team to survive. But Takeshi takes what has happened so much that he also leaves the special unit.
  • Takeshi's torture: In the fourth episode, Takeshi has to endure torture with real pain in a virtual reality. This scene alone is very tough. The situation is even worse in the original book: Here his tormentors use the VR world to transform him into a woman. They also ensure that he is even more sensitive to pain. We'll save you the subsequent description of the torture at this point. So much should be said, however: It is far beyond what you saw in the series. Even Netflix shouldn't have implemented the scene in this way without crossing a line.

Differences in other figures

  1. Source Christian Falconer: Netflix presents the battle-hardened source Christian Falconer in the series as a great love and at the same time the teacher of Takeshi. There is no such love story in the book. Source Christian is simply a well-known freedom fighter and founder of the source religion, whose words Takeshi quotes from time to time. In the original book she only appears in person much later. Namely in the third book "Heiliger Zorn".
  2. Virginia Vidaura: In the book, Virginia is Takeshi's instructor, who also gives great speeches. In the series, she is a member of the Envoy and plays a rather unimportant role. The reason for this: In the Netflix production, Quellchrist takes on the role of the character.
  3. Sarah: In the book, Takeshi is in love with a woman named Sarah. It is also in the original that Reileen uses as leverage against Takeshi. In the series, however, the pressure medium is the source stack. Sarah herself only appears marginally: In the first episode, she is riddled with several bullets and dies.
  4. Kristin Ortega and the Ghostwalker: Kristin Ortega plays an important role in the series. She even gets a new and very strong arm and fights against the ghostwalker who has her family on her conscience. None of that happened in the book. Kristin is much less present here. The series creators also invented the deadly ghostwalker who works for Reileen to further expand Kristin's story. A female hitman takes on the killer role in the template, but she allies with Takeshi and betrays her boss.

Kristin Ortega is an important figure in the series. In the book, however, it is rather unimportant. - Picture:Katie Yu / Netflix

"Altered Carbon": Other differences

  1. The Raven Hotel: The Victorian-era villa-style hotel only exists in the Altered Carbon series. In the book, Takeshi also visits a hotel whose artificial intelligence supports him. However, the template says “The Hendrix” and is intended to commemorate the famous musician Jimmy Hendrix and his most successful songs. However, due to the brutality of the series, the series creators have not received approval to use the musician's name and images. So the Raven Hotel had to be built, which is managed by the AI ​​Edgar Allen Poe.
  2. The Bancrofts: The series focuses on several family members of the Bancrofts. So the son Isaac appears several times. Daughter Naomi also has her piquant appearances: she can only be seen in her mother's body, which she uses to have sex with men. Both characters are fictional for Netflix production.

The Raven Hotel's AI is a helpful ally of Takeshi. - Picture:Netflix

The second season of Altered Carbon has also been available on Netflix since February 27, 2020. We are curious to see what further differences await us in the new episodes. If you are looking for similar cyberpunk series, you can take a look at this article.

Have you read the Altered Carbon books? Did a change in the series bother you in particular? Let us know what you think in a comment!