Altered Carbon (2018– )
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Force of Evil 

Tortured by his captor, Kovacs taps into his Envoy training to survive. Ortega springs a surprise on her family for Día de los Muertos.


Alex Graves


Richard Morgan (based on the novel by) (as Richard K. Morgan), Laeta Kalogridis (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Kinnaman ... Takeshi Kovacs
James Purefoy ... Laurens Bancroft (credit only)
Martha Higareda ... Kristin Ortega
Chris Conner ... Poe
Dichen Lachman ... Reileen Kawahara
Ato Essandoh ... Vernon Elliot
Kristin Lehman ... Miriam Bancroft (credit only)
Trieu Tran ... Mr. Leung (credit only)
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Quellcrist Falconer
Will Yun Lee ... Stronghold Kovacs
Waleed Zuaiter ... Samir Abboud
Matt Biedel ... Abuela
Adam Busch ... Mickey
Alika Autran ... Okulov
Stephanie Cleough ... Anemone


Kovacs is virtually tortured by his captor Dimi 2 and recalls his Envoy training with Quellcrist Falconer to support the pain and survive. Meanwhile Lt. Kristin Ortega resurrects a criminal implanting her grandmother's consciousness to celebrate the Día de los Muertos with her family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

2 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)| Dolby Atmos (Netflix)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Quellcrist Falconer: Focus on what you care about most in this world, with every atom of your existence. Rip yourself open, and you can rip a hole in the virtual world. That is how you get back to the real. That is how you get to the next screen.
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Wakey Wakey, Eggs And Bakey
3 February 2018 | by LorenBiegSee all my reviews

"...or gas and a blowtorch." You'll have to watch Force Of Evil to appreciate that quote. This episode could have been named: Torture, Die, Repeat. There's really a lot of killing and burning and torture of rich variety. Oh, and cooking also. And a bit too much talking.

Tahmoh Penikett's Dimitri throws a Tim Burtonesqe glee into his torture. The techs controlling the VR Torture program are impatient with how long it's taking for Kovacs to break because they have dinner plans. It's a bit over the top for the tone of Altered Carbon so far. But, it provides an opportunity for Envoy training flashbacks that illustrate how deeply prepared Envoys are for all scenarios, and to reveal something unexpected about Quell.

For a change, there's not a lot new visually in this chapter, which seems like a bottle episode, shorter on sets and effects than the prior three. The script seems unnecessarily dialogue-heavy and drawn out, much of it unrelated to the central story. The thread involving Ortega's mother coming over to cook and a guest who was also a thug completely lost me. And, it was unclear to me what the torture was about. Dimitri seems convinced that Kovacs was trying to kill him. Yet, Dimitri appeared to be hired to hit Kovacs at the Raven. And, who is Ryker?

The least strong episode so far, Force of Evil may be a budget-balancer. It's too bad the writers couldn't find a way to take the characters deeper with the dialogue. I was going to take 4 stars off for the slowness of this one, but I give one star back for an explosive finish, and the first human moment for Ortega.

"Hello Unicorn." (alright I'll stop)

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