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Daily Helping for October 2nd, 2021 – Cowboy Bebop

A promotional image of the main characters from Cowboy Bebop. They are standing in a lineup, all in various poses that show just how much they don't care about the fact that they are in a line up.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been hearing a lot about Netflix’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop. And I mean, A LOT. Apparently, the original anime is very beloved, and as such, people have a lot of opinions about the upcoming series. I, on the other hand, have never seen Cowboy Bebop, and therefore I have no opinions about it. However, once I discovered that the Netflix show is starring John Cho, I was all in. I adore John Cho, and would pretty much pay to watch him read the dictionary, so this show was always going to have me as a viewer. That being said, I decided to see what all the fuss was about prior to its debut next month by watching the first couple of episodes of the original anime. Let’s just say I’m starting to see what all the fuss is about.

That being said, it didn’t start that way. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been more confused about a show from its opening five minutes. The credits make it look like a Cold War era espionage thriller/neo-noir, and then Boom! Suddenly we’re in outer space with spaceships flying everywhere. It was a weird stylistic whiplash, but once I got over the initial shock, I quite enjoyed it. I already want to know more about all of the characters, the music is fantastic, and an adorable Welsh corgi just joined the crew. What’s not to love? Also, I’m pretty sure that this is the show that inspired Firefly, and I love Firefly, so I’m starting to wonder why it took me so long to discover Cowboy Bebop in the first place. I guess I have yet another thing to thank Netflix for. Now bring on John Cho!

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