At the top of Altered Carbon season 2, the conflict has been, properly, not gained, however most likely delayed for the reason that root causes are nonetheless round. And we lastly get decision on Kovacs’ sidekick Poe’s story.
Throughout the season, Poe had been having glitches and bother together with his reminiscence, processor, and focus. In the ultimate scene of the season, we get some decision about Poe’s sickness, however he comes with an entire new thriller.
Let’s discuss that final scene. But first, let’s keep in mind how we received there.
[Ed. observe: this publish incorporates main spoilers for Altered Carbon season 2.]
What was unsuitable with Poe in season 2?
Way again within the last episode of season 1, Rei’s henchman Mr. Leung made a last assault on The Raven lodge. Leung used an “electron destabilizer” to disable and seemingly kill Poe.
In the primary episode of season 2, we see that Poe survived the vicious assault on his personhood, as he described it, and is touring with Takeshi Kovacs, performed in season 2 by Anthony Mackie. The wide-frequency emitter (that pyramid-shaped necklace) Poe resides in whereas travelling was how the bounty hunter Trepp discovered Kovacs.
But Leung’s assault had left Poe with an addled reminiscence and a corrupted processor. We be taught in episode 2 that the one method to repair it will be a full reboot, however Poe hesitates out of concern of dropping his recollections — of Lizzie Elliot, of his 30 years with Kovacs, and, presumably, of the greater than 50 years he spent as a lodge(ier) earlier than they met.
It’s solely when Dig 301 (one other AI) gives to construct a program to save lots of his recollections that Poe relents.
The season’s drama and deceits all culminate in a battle in Harlan World’s bombed out needlecast tower. Quellcrist Falconer, Takeshi Kovacs, and the double-sleeved Takeshi Prime battle it out towards Colonel Carrera/Jaeger/the Elder.
Poe pops in mid-fight to test on Kovacs, and, proving that expertise is simply as inconvenient within the distant future as it’s in the present day, it’s at that second that Dig 301’s program publicizes it’s time to restart.
Just earlier than he shuts down, Poe begins writing on a Post-it, his most popular technique of notetaking. We don’t get to see what he writes earlier than he disappears.
Poe, Dig 301, Annabel, and DHF
Three months, 10 days, 12 hours, and 55 seconds later, Poe reappears in The Nevermore lodge’s foyer. Dig 301 has taken the title Annabel and began taking care of the lodge in his absence.
Poe’s reminiscence hasn’t been restored, although Annabel is bound it’ll come again with time. More importantly, Poe’s programming (his personhood, because it have been) has been entangled with loads of fragmented information.
We be taught that the observe he was writing when he rebooted was a decryption key. Using it, Poe and Annabel uncover that the thriller information is a whole uncooked human DHF — digital human freight. DHF is an individual’s thoughts, mind, and character in information type. That information that will get saved on a cortical stack and inserted right into a sleeve (physique). It’s what permits folks to develop into successfully immortal within the Altered Carbon universe.
Presumably, Poe was planning for this second as he scribbled the observe.
So whose DHF is it?
Looking on the DHF, Annabel publicizes, “Better get the good whiskey ready,” strongly implying that the DHF belongs to the present model of Takeshi Kovacs (the one we’ve watched in seasons 1 and 2, not the double-sleeved Takeshi Prime). Annabel’s trace was confirmed by showrunner Alison Schapker in interviews with CinemaBlend and Collider.
During season 1, offsite backups of an individual’s DHF have been expensive and uncommon — the 48 hours between Bancroft’s backups have been a serious plot level of that thriller. In season 2, although, backups appear loads much less intensive. For instance, we see Danica Harlan’s sleeve get killed, and then watch her hop into a brand new sleeve moments later with out lacking a beat.
Assuming the DHF in Poe’s possession was equally contemporary, Poe might drop it onto a stack, discover a sleeve, and carry again the Kovacs from moments earlier than the ultimate battle. We’ll have to attend to see for certain if — hopefully when — Altered Carbon will get picked up for a 3rd season.