Before anything else, I’m going to bring up something my roommate mentioned (since he watched this show in college.) So there’s some theory among fans that everything after “Toys in the Attic” is either a dream or some paradisiacal vision from the afterlife - - because the crew all died after their encounter with that monster?!?! Good lord, that sounds stupid. I don’t see it myself, yet, and I don’t know why people have such a fascination with interpreting a story in this way, in general. It basically invalidates all the drama you’ve watched. It’s like how a lot of my friends got so caught up in whether the ending of INCEPTION proved that everything was a dream. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t - - the spinning top was meant to be ambiguous - - but I was a lot less interested in discussing that junk than I was in what the movie had to say about meme theory.
I digress, I know. The message of that diatribe is that I really hope there isn’t any substance to "post-'Toys in the Attic' dream" discussion, because it’d really take COWBOY BEBOP down a peg in my eyes.
Actually, seeing as how I said "ambiguous" back there, I'll mention that I, once again, had trouble following what was going on in this episode. None-too-coincidentally, the last time I had that problem with this show was the last time Vicious showed up. I get the feeling I’m going to appreciate this the same way I appreciated the X-FILES - - that is, I’ll vastly prefer the “perp of the week” episodes over the "mythology" ones. See, I’ve thought about this episode for a bit and I’m still not entirely clear on why or how that androgynous jazz man had big ol' boobies, or how that plasique bomb briefcase of his just came out of nowhere. Again, I was focusing on stuff I enjoyed… like Ed’s food game with Ein and the odd Sting sound-alike they got for the soundtrack and the fact that Jet’s voice actor sounds kind of like a sitcom Dad.