Anybody else feel like there was some serious black comedy in the first scene with Jet and Spike? There they are, having a drink at that bar and then, with the timing of a punchline… DANGER! The bullets are flying! The scenery’s blowing apart! The blood’s squirting! And these two guys are so unimpressed with it all. And then, Lin shows up (hopping the fence from FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST?), but no… it’s really Shin. Whoops. Of course. Such an easy mistake to make, right?
I was seriously dreading the re-appearance of Vicious because all his appearances prior to this have led to boring, confusing episodes. It’s almost like we had a six-episode long, really dreary mini-series (or OVA, to keep it in the anime parlance) that was chopped up and distributed over a 26 episode run of fun. Sort of like having pieces of broccoli floating in your bowl of Frosted Flakes. This had the added, dread-inducing ingredient of a dog fight in space - - and I’m always a little leery of those, here. I might have to update my formula for a good BEBOP episode, because the space combat's usually a sign that thing's are going to get confusing in a hurry to tie everything up.
It’s odd, this is the penultimate episode, but I’m not feeling the kind of tension I’d normally get from a final cliffhanger. Chalk it up to the more episodice nature of this series. It’s not like when the final angel had arrived in EVA or the mechas got universe-sized in GURREN LAGANN or even when Near and Kira started their warehouse stand-off in DEATH NOTE. It's reaching something of a crescendo, but on a much smaller scale.
In the odd reminders department, that scene with Lisa driving Faye reminded me of something similar in THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY. "Oh, so you just happen to know my friend, Spike?" Neither of them were being totally honest. And yeah, if the shinigami in BLEACH reminded me of the Green Lantern Corps, then Vicious' bosses - - the pasty old triplets - - reminded of an evil, Asia Guardians of the Universe.