Watch & Learn: COWBOY BEBOP #20

Topic started by No_name_here on Oct. 26, 2010. Last post by Fishstick3000 3 years, 8 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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   Beware any man with an umbrella.
  Beware any man with an umbrella.

OK… that was seriously demented.  

If we’re talking about homages, this episode was definitely cooked up during some session of watching BATMAN RETURNS while listening to Pink Floyd’s DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (I wonder if all the parallels pop up like they do when you watch it to THE WIZARD OF OZ?) The result is much like the unholy love child of Donald, Goofy and Pluto we see in the animatronic parade - - something so weird that I almost can't even comment. This Pierrot the Penguin on acid, a cackling creature conjured by the trippy drones of the hypnotic soundtrack. Man... even the plotting of this episode felt like a nightmare. He just floats down from the sky and starts killing people, and Spike just happens to be in his way.  

Speaking of that ass-kicking... hoo boy! I’ve seen aerial combos a thousand times, but I don’t think I’d ever see one outside a fighting game. The French dude racked up at least seven hits on Spike before letting him even hit the ground! I suppose that’s a "DEADLY COMBO" on KILLER INSTINCT's scale. I'm sure he racked up enough XP for his super-move after that one.

Too bad we didn’t get to see more of Edward in this episode. Even when she’s doing something as basic as hacking the encryption or calling Faye “Faye Faye” I'm... just... so intrigued by her. I don’t suppose you’ll ever see anybody else compare her to L but, for me, they both belong to a specific class of characters whom I'm so compelled to just watch and see how they react to things; to everything.

Getting back to what I was saying about the nightmare plotting, I love how this ending is so messy. What I really relish about serial fiction like this is that, the deeper you get into it, the more the experience is allowed to be visceral. It doesn't have to fit into the narrow boxes of plot structure and all that. I like how it’s just a simple hatchet job, how you don’t really even understand how Spike kills Pierrot and how all that drama about finding the weaknesses online ended up being wasted. It's so much more interesting this way.

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Post by frsty13 (30 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Amazing episode, and by far the best use of a creepy carnival I've ever seen.  Again, the music really helps make this episode.  The off-key circus music really sets the done for how creepy and slightly disturbing this episode is.  Even listening to the songs from this episode on the soundtrack creeps me out. 
Post by AnimeAlex (29 posts) See mini bio Level 8
This episode solidified Spike Spiegal on the throne of anime badasses.
Post by Beomoose (13 posts) See mini bio Level 5

The sound Pierrot's teeth makes when he's grinning in that close up STILL freaks me out and I've seen this episode at least 9 times.

Post by Dream (7,221 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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Take Penguin and Joker, put them in a blender and you get Mad Pierrot. XD
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@frsty13: If you liked the soundtrack on this one, you should seriously listen to Pink Flloyd.
Post by frsty13 (30 posts) See mini bio Level 5
@Tom_Pinchuk:  Eh, I think the tracks for this episode work for the tone they were setting, but not really something I'd want to listen to outside of it.
Post by SamJaz (11,623 posts) See mini bio Level 19
He's kinda like Heath Ledger's Joker. We don't know who he is, where he came from, or why he's doing it. We just know he's crazy and he's very good at killing things.
 
And he's a child. In his head, he's a little kid. That's all we know about him. And that's why it's terrifying.
 
You'll also notice that every single other episode title refers to either a song or a music genre. Not this one. This is the only episode in which the title refers to an obscure french student horror film.
Again, magnificent episode, almost put me off finishing the series it was that creepy.
Post by gla55jAw (109 posts) See mini bio Level 13
I can watch the air fight over and over again. Spike gets his ass beat. Love this episode.
Post by zaldar (1,236 posts) See mini bio Level 15

eh the things you liked about this were the things I didn't creepy as hell yes...but I wanted to know how spike finished him off.  I don't like things unexplained in my anime unless it is something you are supposed to figure out and I didn't get that vibe here..now it has been years since I watched this so may be remembering wrong.  It was creepy as hell though from what I remember.  Was wondering what episode you were talking about when I read your tagline till I saw the picture of the guy with the umbrella...then I shivered and it all came back.  Definitly a good halloween episode but not one of the best for bebeoop for me (perhaps it was to french?  French movies never really work for me either)
Post by CapeBarnes (492 posts) See mini bio Level 18
"Man. I hate theme parks." (I think that is how the quote goes)
Post by Count_Zero (344 posts) See mini bio Level 20
That first fight scene in this episode freaked the hell out of me when I first saw it - especially the part where Pierrot gets up close, with his grinning, leering face right in the camera before he backs off, sticks the barrel of his umbrella-gun in the camera and fires a few shots.
Post by Jnas (19 posts) See mini bio Level 5

This was one of my favourite episodes.
Post by Fishstick3000 (4 posts) See mini bio Level 4
"Time to die, Boy"  man that cane gun packs a punch! 
 
This is one of my favorite episodes of bebop!  Anytime they get into the surreal your in for a treat :)
 
And basically Spike finished him of cause he was afraid of cats...
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