“Everybody plays the fool, there’s no exception to the rule…”
Or so the song goes. And it’s definitely true. First, we saw Jet’s unresolved issues with his ex on Ganymede, then we saw Spike drop everything for “the one that got away” and, now… now, we get to meet the bastard who broke Faye’s heart. Each one of them has acted so cool and hard most of the time, and each one of them has totally lost control once these scabs have been re-opened. I figure Edward’s too young to have baggage, or even boy troubles, but I don’t know; if kids are growing up faster today, imagine how fast they’ll be in the 2060s.
Speaking of which, I’m not one to wave “the hard science” flag at a space opera, but I don’t buy that there’s be this kind of rampant space travel in 50 years. I don’t even buy that we’d have such advanced cryogenics today, considering how we've found out that Faye’s been (presumably) sleeping that long.
This episode had one of the best exchanges in the whole show...
Faye realizes Spike’s been listening in on her sob story.
“How long have you been there?” she asks.
“Too long. Your story needs editing," he answers curtly.
Wammy! Undercutting the drama with some punchy snark is always the best way to go. It’s like getting some maple frosting and rainbow sprinkles on the broccoli your Mom’s making you eat. I feel for Faye, I do, I do. She got scammed and hurt by this dashing stranger. But it makes me snicker, a lot, to see her still so hopeless for this guy even after he’s packed on years of flab. I guess those pick-up gurus have been right along. It ain’t about looks, it’s all just about talking smooth, acting cocky and treating her like crap… although, I think even they'd agree that slapping all your huge financial debts on the girl is quite a bit harsher than dropping some negs.
I think I’m starting to see the recipe for a good COWBOY BEBOP episode. Black comedy plus simple, but interesting, SF concepts plus emotional tension from the past minus Vicious equals gold.