Altered Carbon: Man With My Face   Show Only 
February 20, 2018 12:08 AM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

With Ortega's fate hanging in the balance, Kovacs drops a bombshell on the Bancrofts. Later, he comes face to face with an unsettling opponent.

RECAPS: (some book references)
Vulture: Beyond Thunderdome
Den of Geek: Man With My Face
Decider: Hey Little Sister
Bleeidng Cool: Man With My Face

“I want your respect.”

Shades of Gusteau - "I'm juzht a feegment of your eemagination!"
Oh boy Daddy's got rage issues.
Sweet, another shadowy Meth.
That new arm is coming in handy!
Custom sleeve fighting is again what I was thinking of - why settle for mere Homo sapiens?
I guess cloning isn't an exact science (this is O.G.Tak ver 2.)
Oh shit techninja!
This fight crowd looks super cheap, low on extras.
I have lots of thoughts about Dmi Kadmin, more later.
Even Carpernterized and roughed up I still recognize those White Zombie lyrics

Hello sestra...
posted by the man of twists and turns (3 comments total)
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posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:00 PM on February 25, 2018

This was the first episode i didn't like. The cage fight had so little tension. I'm not sure why the crowd was that excited. And no part of me thought either Kovacs or Ortega would die.

I suppose it was a fine way of introducing a new(ish) character but, again, it was too quick and lacked mystery.
posted by mountmccabe at 4:40 PM on March 24, 2018

So, Dimitri Kadmin, aka "Dimi the Twin," which is an English-speaker's diminutive, not a Russian-speaker's one.
What do we know: he's a career criminial whose main distinguishing feature is that there are two of him running around - he's double-sleeved. The two Dimis have different bodies, but similar personalities, and different experiences. We don't know for how long he's been like this.

Dimitri (Dimitry, Dmitry) is the Slavic form of the Greek Demetrios, the "follow of Demeter." The goddess of agriculture, sacred law, the mother of Persephone, and bringer of seasons, so .... life and death and rebirth. A key figure in the old-ass pre-Olympian religion of Ancient Greece, and tied to various fertility cults and parallel goddesses and similar "mystery religions" in the Ancient Near East.

The "D" in Dimitri and his twin-nature immediately makes me think of the Gemini (Dioscuri), Castor and Pollux (Polydeuces). aka Tyndares, the children of Leda (married to Tyndareus, King of Sparta) and Zeus, along with their sisters, Helen and Clytemnestra. Zeus "seduced" Leda in the form of a swan, and you can tell the Dioscuri by their conical pilos caps, like eggshells. Their immortality was contingent, and put into the sky as a reward after death. Boxers and horsemen, they were worshiped by libations (as mortals) and holocausts (as gods). Complex!

Kadmon makes me think of Adam Kadmon, and I'm not well-versed in Kabbalah, so I'll skip to Cadmus, legendary founder of Thebes and the first Greek hero, a Phoenician who slayed a dragon and sowed its teeth, and was followed by ill-fortune.

so: twins, dragon (wyrm?) , divine parentage, life and death and rebirth, cthonic descent and emergence, mortality, bad luck, and

It's appropriate much of the imagery around Dmi Kadmon is in darkness and death. A worthy opponent for Tak, if a doomed one.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:23 PM on October 31, 2018

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