It’s been a long time since I watched the Cowboy Bebop animated series and movie. I don’t recollect all the ins and outs, but I do remember how fun they were as we followed the adventure of the three cowboys as they galivant across the galaxy aboard the Bebop.
After watching the first episode I thought to myself “there’s no way this series will get a second season”. I think it is because this live action take is unique in the way it has been constructed. There have been no other series that captures quite the uniqueness of this series, with the sci-fi adventure mixed with classic Hong Kong films and the dramatics of westerns.
Despite my misgivings during the pilot, I found myself unable to turn it off. I was drawn into Netflix’s gambit by the relationship between the three mains. When they are not fighting about food or who to hunt for the bounties, they help each other through their rough histories.
John Cho captures the natural cool swagger of Spike Spiegel and continues to play to the character’s distant and clever persona. Jet Black, played by Mustafa Shakir, is probably the most anime accurate take with his straightforward yet caring persona.
By far, Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine is the best character in the series. Her character is a lot more endearing than in the anime. Vicious (Alex Hassell) and Julia (Elena Satine), Spike’s nemesis and ex-lover, get more development than in the animated series.
Despite all these positives the show is still not perfect and often stumbles when trying to mimic the original series. However, when the show does do its own thing in the Cowboy Bebop universe it shines. Neflix‘s adaptation of Cowboy Bebop is a diverse and inclusive universe as well. This is a unique show which ends up being more captivating than I even expected. It deserves a second season.