Watch & Learn: Cowboy Bebop #3

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 30, 2010. Last post by gla55jAw 3 years, 10 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  ...and why not?
 ...and why not?

Well, if there ever were an anime that’s pretty much designed for Adult Swim, it’s COWBOY BEBOP. Obviously, the self-contained nature of the episodes makes them ideal for catching the odd one at 1:00 AM on Wednesday morning. You really don’t have to have seen the previous episodes to get what’s going on, here. Plus, the provocative visuals and jazz music stylings give it something of an installation art feeling. Much like AEON FLUX, this seems like something that’d be perfect to be projected on a wall at a party. You wouldn’t have to pay full attention to it, but it’s concise enough that you’d get the gist pretty quickly if you did.

More to the point, the Roullete Wheel casino ship just SCREAMS “album cover.”

Actually, in the spirited of installation art, and roulette, I want you all to picture the rest of this WATCH & LEARN as being like a big, spinning wheel, and you’re the ball.

RUDDA RUDDA RUDDA… DINK!  

I’m a little confused to what the deal was with the “chip within a chip.” It had important information, I got that, but why did the sharks need Faye to get it from them? Wasn’t it already in their possession?

RUDDA RUDDA RUDDA… DINK!  

The BIG SHOTS bounty hunter show is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of every episode. I’m shocked there isn’t a real life equivalent… hosted by Hawaii’s toughest S.O.B. Dog.

RUDDA RUDDA RUDDA… DINK!  

Faye’s a Roma, huh? Hilarious. I remember spending a week on the Roma in a class in college called “Sociology of Developing Nations.” Perhaps it’s endearing that European stereotypes have endured into the far future. You’ve got a lucky, superstitious thief? Of course she’s a gypsy!

RUDDA RUDDA RUDDA… DINK!

It seems like every episode pays tribute to a different action classic. #1 was DESPERADO, #2 was GAME OF DEATH (as gla55jAw pointed out)… and this one’s definitely evocative of MOONRAKER. Anybody else fell that way?

Anyway, you landed on red. Collect your chips and read my comments on the previous episode, here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of   HYBRID BASTARDS!  &   UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon   here  & here.

Post by Gasero (167 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Of course Bebop was made for Adult Swim. There's a reason why AS showed Bebop reruns for years after its initial airing.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

I was very happy when Faye showed up. For the animation of the time she probably looked as hot as Yoruichi is to us today. I like but yet don't like how each episode is conclusive as I like a constantly building story. Actually never watched this on Adult Swim either. Interesting how each ep seems to pay homage to a particular movie or series.

Post by BloodRaven (34 posts) See mini bio Level 10
The thing is Cowboy bebop was the 1st anime to air on [AS] and they never have had to fight for the rights like other shows they air.This show also has a movie you should try to see befor you get to the end of the show.
 
P.S.Don't trust any thing Faye says ; )
Post by Lemegeton300 (300 posts) See mini bio Level 10
i really liked this episode. never got the moonraker analogy. i should prob watch it again
Post by gla55jAw (109 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Thanks for the shout out Tom.
On the topic of why they used Faye, I think they used her because a) she has a debt to them and b) because she is notorious for having perfect luck, so she will make them money at the table and the deal should go down smoothly. This was to be a top secret exchange between two parties so they didn't have the chip already. I mean they killed the guy who wound up losing the chip to Spike because he wound up with Spike's chip.
 
Most of the sessions are their owned contained story, but there are some reoccurring characters and references and some story lines  that span the whole series. The first one that comes to mind (since I just watched it) is the 5th session, which is also an amazing episode.
Post by ReVolutionOfEvangelion (102 posts) See mini bio Level 3
 Faye is a habitual liar; don't trust facts she says about herself.
 
Minor spoilers:
 
Faye is not a Roma, we're fairly certain she was lying.
 
They...vaguely imply that she's from Singapore.  But you'll see this in flashbacks.
Post by zaldar (1,236 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I thought we eventually figured out for sure what her story was...the tape she found later?  She had a reason for lying...I mean she isn't evil or anything.....I mean thinking fay was evil..well that would just be vicious (pun intended)
Post by gla55jAw (109 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@zaldar said:
" I thought we eventually figured out for sure what her story was...the tape she found later?  She had a reason for lying...I mean she isn't evil or anything.....I mean thinking fay was evil..well that would just be vicious (pun intended) "
We find out a lot in later episodes. Don't ruin it for Tom!
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