Synopsis: In Cowboy Bebop a ragtag crew of bounty hunters chases down the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll save the world – for the right price.
This first season is very much an introduction to the chaotic world of Cowboy Bebop. From the get-go, we are introduced to Spike Spiegel and his partner Jet Black who are known as Cowboys, which is this world’s slang term for Bounty Hunters. The series follows them as they hunt down various dangerous criminals while trying to avoid attention from a syndicate, which Spike escaped from. We also meet Faye Valentine who is a rival Bounty Hunter that Spike and Jet occasionally team up with.
All the stories in this first season see the team go after various bounties, but also see Spike have occasional run-ins with the syndicate, which he chose to leave when he was betrayed by Vicious. Spike’s relationship with this syndicate is a thread that runs throughout the series as is the dysfunctional relationship that he has with Jet Black who is an ex-cop.
From the little that I know and have seen of the original animated show, which is also available on Netflix. John Cho feels like a good choice for the role of Spike and seems to take ownership of it fairly early on. By the time I had gotten through the first three episodes I was pretty convinced by Cho’s performance. I also liked the chemistry that Cho seemed to have with his co-star Mustafa Shakir, who is absolutely brilliant as Jet Black. I really enjoyed the obsession that Jet Black has with buying a doll for his daughter, which is a thread that runs through the first three episodes. Daniella Pineda is stunning as Faye Valentine and I enjoyed the air of tension that she and Cho create between Faye and Spike.
Cowboy Bebop is a fun action romp that feels very retro, but also very modern at the same time. The clothes and styles feel very much like they have come out of a mixture of 1970/80s fashions in that every character we meet in this world dresses really outrageously. I’m pretty sure that Cosplayers around the world will have something to say about the costumes and dress sense of these characters.
The action beats, which include lots of martial arts are fantastically executed and truly over the top. Complimenting the action and the general world-building in this series is a fantastic soundscape as well as some brilliant music cues. I can’t wait for the music from this show to be available to buy because I really dig some of the grooves.
Overall. I really enjoyed this show and hope that others will also enjoy it when they see it.
Cowboy Bebop is available to watch now on Netflix and runs for about 10 episodes.
- CGI & Stunts9.8
- Incidental Music10