Netflix's Altered Carbon Canceled And I’m Pretty Upset About It
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Netflix Cancels The Incredible Sci-Fi Series Altered Carbon And I’m Pretty Upset 

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BY August 29, 2020

After Netflix’s recent cancellations, the newest series getting the axe is the science fiction actioner Altered Carbon. While the other two shows canceled, The Society and I Am Not OK With This, happened due to COVID-19 related reasons, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Altered Carbon. The amazing series pulled together two seasons along with an anime movie, but now will not be returning for a third season. And I’m definitely not happy about any of it. 

Altered Carbon Was Ahead Of Its Time In Many Ways

Netflix's Altered Carbon cancelled Kinnaman. Image via Netflix.

The original Netflix series Altered Carbon was an amalgamation of some of the greatest science fiction influences of all time. So the concepts in the series were huge and mashed together the visual styles of many different genres to create an amazing show. From the visual tone of Blade Runner to the metaphysical themes from The Matrix, Altered Carbon had it all. 

The series explored a distant future where consciousnesses become downloaded into different bodies, artificially making people immortal. This is just one of the core premises behind Altered Carbon, as the consequences of this one thing, is incredibly extensive. The technology came from aliens, the use of which sparked a civil war between purists and those in power. Religious ideologies came into attack due to immortality voiding a soul, from their perspective. Artificial intelligence, drugs, societal inequalities, the show dealt with all of these themes and so much more. I’m personally very upset by the news that Netflix’s Altered Carbon is canceled. It felt deeply relevant with a wide array of stories left to tell. 

Netflix’s Altered Carbon Cancelled After 2 Seasons

Netflix's Altered Carbon cancelled Mackie. Image via Netflix.

The official Deadline report confirms that Netflix canceled Altered Carbon after 2 seasons and a movie. Unlike its recent cancellations, this may be more as a result due to viewership in the series, than anything else. Our very own Joshua Patton kind of foresaw the Altered Carbon cancellation in his season 2 review, picking up on patterns from Netflix. 

While season 1 blew minds with its edgy concepts, season 2 was much more paired down with a different showrunner. So when the focused changed to a complicated story over amazing world-building, the shift in tone and substance was noticeable. As a result, I can’t help but wonder if that dip in viewership led to its cancellation. But it’s safe to say that we won’t be getting any more Altered Carbon going forward. Especially given Netflix’s hold over their original intellectual property, it’s unlikely that the show will ever find a new home at a different network or platform. 

Altered Carbon seasons 1 and 2, along with the Resleeved anime are streaming on Netflix. 

So what do you think about Netflix’s Altered Carbon getting canceled? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image via Netflix. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.


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