IGN speaks to Dina Shihabi (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) about her new role as an A.I. companion in Altered Carbon Season 2. Will she get a long with Poe? The new season premieres on Netflix on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
The series takes place over 360 years in the future, with most episodes set in the year 2384, in a futuristic metropolis known as Bay City. In the future, a person’s memories and consciousness can be decanted in a disk-shaped device called a cortical stack, which is implanted in the vertebrae at the back of the neck. These storage devices are of alien design and have been reverse engineered and mass produced. Physical human or synthetic bodies are called “sleeves” and stacks can be transferred to new bodies after death, but a person can still be killed if their stack is destroyed.
Takeshi Kovacs, a political operative with mercenary skills, 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 are destroyed, his stack is pulled out of prison. After solving a case for a wealthy businessman in the first season, Kovacs walked off into the sunset with his story seemingly over.
The beauty of the series is that the “sleeves” allow the showrunners to cast a different actor into the role of Kovacs literally whenever and with whoever they want. Season 1 saw the character played by Will Yun Lee and Joel Kinnaman. Season two introduces a newly sleeved Kovacs played by Avengers star, Anthony Mackie.