I suppose it was inevitable that these space cowboys would eventually run afoul a “real” cowboy.
This is definitely another example of the best kind of COWBOY BEBOP episodes. Referring to my earlier formula for success, I’d say you also need these episodes to tie-up in a meaningful way, preferably with a punch line. That was my issue with the last one with the Feng Shui girl… it just kind of ended. But this… you get the doozy of a closer with the samurai gag (which has the added bonus of reminding me of a Phil Collins music video.)
Speaking of music, they might not be playing "Susudio" or "Easy Lover," but I'm so glad to see (hear) the soundtrack referencing Morricone’s spaghetti western scores. Oddly enough, I was just musing about the shortage of memorable movie scores these days over at Screened, and I pointed to his work in the talkbacks as something that, sadly, wouldn’t be considered fashionable today.
The Teddy Bomber’s another great addition to steadily-increasing rogue’s gallery of great villains in the show (an outfit that definitely doesn’t include Vicious.) I’d add Jake the cowboy to that list to, as he is a foil for Spike. I'm not so sure about them being two sides of the same coin, though I do think they might’ve been voiced by the same guy? Speaking of which, w hile my mind was initially blown when somebody pointed out that Spike is voiced by the same actor who voices Leeronin GURREN LAGANN, I’m starting to notice a little Leeron asserting himself in the voice work.
Heh, and I was definitely in agreement with Faye about his yacht living room being one of the tacky decorated rooms ever. He didn't even need a leopard skin rug! And Jet’s hippy costume with him rocking the weed shirt was a hoot too.
“Hey, don’t forget about peace and love, everybody!”
This episode’s another example of why I’m seriously digging this show. It’s just so eclectic.