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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Netflix Live Action Series Cowboy Bebop, a Review

UPDATE 12/09/2021: Not surprising, Netflix cancels Cowboy  Bebop, so no season 2.

It's been a decade or more since it was first announced that there would be a live-action Cowboy Bebop film.  Much speculation circulated around the web about famed actor Keanu Reeves in the role of Spike Spiegel, a former member of the criminal Red Dragon Syndicate, who left after faking his death to find the woman he loved by the name of Julia.

Well, the film did not pan out; however, fans of the popular Japanese neo-noir science fiction anime were glad to see that their wait was over when Netflix's  live action Cowboy Bebop debuted its first season on Friday, November 19, 2021. In the role of the motley crew of the spaceship Bebop, a converted interplanetary fishing trawler, is John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine. The character of Radical Ed (Edward in the anime) played by Eden Perkins unfortunately comes in the series at the end of season one, alluding to a second season.

However with the series lack luster retelling of the adventures of the crew aboard Bebop, it is clear that a second season hinges on the talents of the famed actors, especially John Cho, whose embodiment of Spike Spiegel down to his famed swagger, may or may not be enough to warrant a second season. 

True, many first season series and film debuts are viewed as “intro to or get to know the characters" pieces of work that follow, or as in Cowboy Bebop, loosely follow the original works they are based on, thus leaving room for more creative work and character development for future seasons or films. 

This being stated, and because there is the question as to whether Spike was badly injured or died in the anime series and now in the live action series, here's to a possible second season of Cowboy Bebop.

 


 

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