Out of all the movies that COWBOY BEBOP’s paying homage to, I never expected, nor even imagined, that it’d be dropping references to campy direct-to-video cult-schlocker, SPACE TRUCKERS. Ha! I jest, I jest… although it was pretty amusing for this show to basically put some real old fashioned, ham radio gabbin’ truckers as is into outer-space without too many embellishments. I’m pretty convinced that V.T.’s real name was actually Large Marge.
I probably shouldn’t be surprised that there are classic metal bands from the land of the rising sun, but good lord, was it amusing to hear the Judas Priest sound-a-like singing in Japanese here. I realized that music’s pretty much the recurring theme of the show, as it were, but I wasn't expecting some balls-out rawk ( \m/ ) to accompany the boistrous jazz and smooth sax jazz. I know a lot of you have watched the rest of this show (some many times over)… is there going to be a new wave episode? I think some A-HA would a perfect accompaniment for the intergalactic bounty hunting.
Oh, and I’m with Ein. Bean sprouts are some all-caps NASTY, awful tasting stuff… even for a dog. I always pick that crap out whenever it’s in my ramen.
I was going to call out the show for fudging breaking some sci-fi rules when Spike jumped out of his pod for his zero-G shenanigans - - he should’ve been frozen immediately! - - but I suppose they had some wiggle room since they were caught in that (presumably) sealed tunnel. That was pretty badass when he used the pistol as a propulsion source, though. Do we have any scientists in the audience who can vouch for its credibility?
The self-contained nature of these episodes is something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s a nice break from the sometimes-too-serious-and-too-complex nature of the other shows. On the other, there’s really no hook to watch the next episode as there is for, say, GURREN LAGANN.