Altered Carbon Season 1 was polarizing for many because instead of being logical, the narrative relied on tense battles between Kovacs and the many people who opposed him.
Even the mystery surrounding who killed Laurens Bancroft struggled to live up to the hype. The best part of the show was Kovacs, with his multi-layered personality and a past that haunted him every waking minute of his existence.
Part of the show's early success was Joel Kinnaman's portrayal of the character. Yes, we did see multiple actors take on the role during Altered Carbon Season 1, but Kinnaman was the constant to which we always returned.
For that reason alone, I expected to struggle to like Altered Carbon Season 2. As you will recall, Kovacs gave the Season