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March 3, 2020

Poe, Dig 301, and what’s really going on in Altered Carbon season 2’s final scene

Poe, Dig 301, and what’s really going on in Altered Carbon season 2’s final scene

At the end of Altered Carbon season 2, the war has been, well, not won, but probably delayed since the root causes are still around. And we finally get resolution on Kovacs’ sidekick Poe’s story.

Throughout the season, Poe had been having glitches and trouble with his memory, processor, and focus. In the final scene of the season, we get some resolution about Poe’s illness, but he comes with a whole new mystery.

Let’s talk about that last scene. But first, let’s remember how we got there.

[Ed. note: this post contains major spoilers for Altered Carbon season 2.]

What was wrong with Poe in season 2?

Way back in the final episode of season 1, Rei’s henchman Mr. Leung made a final assault on The Raven hotel. Leung used an “electron destabilizer” to disable and seemingly kill Poe.

Altered Carbon season 2 final scene Poe is damaged by the attack from Leung in season 1

Image: Netflix

In the first episode of season 2, we see that Poe survived the vicious attack on his personhood, as he described it, and is traveling with Takeshi Kovacs, played in season 2 by Anthony Mackie. The wide-frequency emitter (that pyramid-shaped necklace) Poe resides in while travelling was how the bounty hunter Trepp found Kovacs.

But Leung’s attack had left Poe with an addled memory and a corrupted processor. We learn in episode 2 that the only way to fix it would be a full reboot, but Poe hesitates out of fear of losing his memories — of Lizzie Elliot, of his 30 years with Kovacs, and, presumably, of the more than 50 years he spent as a hotel(ier) before they met.

It’s only when Dig 301 (another AI) offers to build a program to save his memories 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 against Colonel Carrera/Jaeger/the Elder.

Altered Carbon season 2 final scene Poe writes a note before rebooting

Image: Netflix

Poe pops in mid-fight to check on Kovacs, and, proving that technology is just as inconvenient in the distant future as it is today, it’s at that moment that Dig 301’s program announces it’s time to restart.

Just before he shuts down, Poe starts writing on a Post-it, his preferred method of notetaking. We don’t get to see what he writes before he disappears.

Poe, Dig 301, Annabel, and DHF

Three months, 10 days, 12 hours, and 55 seconds later, Poe reappears in The Nevermore hotel’s lobby. Dig 301 has taken the name Annabel and started looking after the hotel in his absence.

Poe’s memory hasn’t been restored, though Annabel is sure it’ll come back with time. More importantly, Poe’s programming (his personhood, as it were) has been entangled with a lot of fragmented data.

Altered Carbon season 2 final scene Poe Annabel DHF

Image: Netflix

We learn that the note he was writing when he rebooted was a decryption key. Using it, Poe and Annabel discover that the mystery data is an entire raw human DHF — digital human freight. DHF is a person’s mind, brain, and personality in data form. That data that gets stored on a cortical stack and inserted into a sleeve (body). It’s what enables people to become effectively immortal in the Altered Carbon universe.

Presumably, Poe was planning for this moment as he scribbled the note.

So whose DHF is it?

Looking at the DHF, Annabel announces, “Better get the good whiskey ready,” strongly implying that the DHF belongs to the current version of Takeshi Kovacs (the one we’ve watched in seasons 1 and 2, not the double-sleeved Takeshi Prime). Annabel’s hint was confirmed by showrunner Alison Schapker in interviews with CinemaBlend and Collider.

During season 1, offsite backups of a person’s DHF were costly and rare — the 48 hours between Bancroft’s backups were a major plot point of that mystery. In season 2, though, backups seem a lot less intensive. For example, we see Danica Harlan’s sleeve get killed, and then watch her hop into a new sleeve moments later without missing a beat.

Assuming the DHF in Poe’s possession was similarly fresh, Poe could drop it onto a stack, find a sleeve, and bring back the Kovacs from moments before the final battle. We’ll have to wait to see for sure if — hopefully whenAltered Carbon gets picked up for a third season.

Published at Tue, 03 Mar 2020 00:54:20 +0000

Pokémon Go Thundurus raid guide: best counters and movesets

Thundurus is hitting Pokémon Go’s tier five raids starting on March 2.

Thundurus is the second of the Forces of Nature trio to join the game, following Tornadus. This means Landorus will likely join raids starting in April, though an end date for Thundurus’ raids has yet to be announced.

Just like Tornadus, Thundurus has two forms: the human-like Incarnate Forme and the bird-like Therian Forme. The typing of the Pokémon doesn’t change between forms, so all these counters should work no matter what. The Therian Forme has yet to make a debut in Pokémon Go.

Thundurus is only weak against rock– and ice-type Pokémon, so consider using any of the following:

  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker

If you’re having trouble, remember to use weather boosts to turn the tides in your favor. Rain will boost electric-type moves and partly cloudy weather will boost rock-type moves.

The best moveset on Thundurus is Thunder Shock and Thunder, though it’s not that great of an PvE attacker. However, it does have a high attack stat and its downfall is its limited moveset. If Niantic decides to add better electric-type moves to its pool in the future, it’ll be a great attacker, so consider picking one or two up and holding on to it, just in case.

For more information on raids, check out our guide here.

Published at Mon, 02 Mar 2020 21:24:26 +0000

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