Netflix’s Altered Carbon can be an unforgiving place when it comes to the wide assortment of new phrases and tech you’re going to have to learn. Fortunately, the show makes it worth the effort to learn its cyberpunk-lingo — to find out why check out our Season 1 review here.
Altered Carbon is set over 300 years in the future and follows ex-soldier Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) as he attempts to solve the murder of a wealthy individual, named Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy). In this futuristic dystopia, the ability to live forever is within reach thanks to a technology known as a Cortical Stack. Now that’s a term you don’t hear every day, so in order to get better acquainted with this universe, here are 5 things to know that will make you an Altered Carbon aficionado before you start your binge on February 2nd.