Altered Carbon: Clash by Night   Show Only 
February 25, 2018 2:43 PM - Season 1, Episode 8 - Subscribe

His world rocked, Kovacs requests a dipper [ed: hacker who specializes in DHF data] to help him sew up the Bancroft case quickly. Ortega races to identify the mystery woman from Fight Drome.

"Haven't you lost enough?"

Bleeding Cool: Clash by Night
Vulture: Sibling Rivalry
Den of Geek: Clash by Night
Decider: Attack of the Clones

There's that snake imagery again: the snake shedding its skin, the snake that killer was sleeved into and driven insane, the dragon/snake (wyrm) ouroboros tattoo that is also Tak and Rei's mother's symbol - the snake of temptation, of world-encirclement, of knowledge, of rebirth. The snake that devours itself in a quest for everlasting life and self-discovery.

Gettin' a weird vibe with the sister here. Maybe immortality and power make people very, very inhuman and inhumane.
They still have deductibles in the future - this future [Kinneman voice] suuuuuuuuuucks.[/Kinneman voice]
Oh hey, Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son. NAILED IT
Begin again, shed your skin .... and the Mom reference!
You know what they say about getting what you want...
Rei sounds like a Cardassian with the "everyone's guilty" bit. Is this a Repetitive Epic? [SIDENOTE: James Purefoy played Mark Antony in HBO's Rome ; Elim Garak thinks Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is a dunderhead for not realizing the assassination plot, but will go on to quote Cassius in the DS9 episode The Die Is Cast.)
"Are you a believer?"
... oh this guy is NUTS.
"It'll hurt less than listening to this." LOL.
She-Who-Endures. uh....ok.
that little head bob and "....yeeah."
This protest looks very fake!
This whole sleeve/stack thing makes family reunions a little awkward. But why isn't Ava represented as her DHF (residual self-image, to steal a phrase) when in VR?
The virus was in the chips? Ouch.

So we're gonna tell a story. Traditional murder-mystery - get all the suspects in the room and walk them though it. I think he's gonna use that Envoy intuition to weave a convincing story built out of Bancroft's narcissism, brutality fetish, and suicide - and healthy suspicion for the people around him.
Tanaka's necktie is odd - very old style, can see the tie visible.
Tamara Taylor is a heck of an actress in these scenes.

Thanks Quell-voice! OK, making Rei the secret villain pulling all strings is ... very Spectre. Quell-as-Kovacs-V.O. analogue so we can work through his thought processes is a nice technique, better than the standard noir V.O.
But spinning camera and flashbacks with V.O. is very tiresome, and I feel like a conclusion I already came to is being thrown in my face.

Oh this guy is just the right amount of uneager to help, well-played. As soon as he closes the door it's a TRAP.

I appreciate the weirdness of this nude clone fight scene and the implications it has for DHF, needlecasting, cloning, and the whole Meth inhumanization story, buuuuuuuuuut it seems like an Envoy-trained ruthless killer would do a little better against a cop with an upgraded arm.


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posted by the man of twists and turns (2 comments total)
That was perhaps the most gratuitous scene I’ve ever watched. It’s like all the identity stuff and all the political stuff was just a ruse to set up the author’s personal weirdo sex fantasy. Really gross.
posted by rikschell at 5:12 AM on March 4, 2018

Poe is the man! Not technically accurate, I suppose, but he’s been consistently great and is stone cold in a bowling shirt, it turns out.
posted by rodlymight at 5:12 PM on March 10, 2018

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