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And that's the end of Cowboy Bebop. We actually watched these last week, but I wanted to post the noir thoughts at the same time.

spoilers for episodes 24-26 )

Overall, it was almost like watching two different series: the random silly filler bits, and the angsty backstory-repercussions bit. I think I would have liked it better if there was more interplay between the two parts of the series.

But hey, good music and pretty space bits!

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

No Fullmetal Alchemist for us tonight; I've got a cold and am tired and doped up. Instead a couple of nice light Cowboy Bebop episodes.

Bebop episodes 22-23, spoilers )

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Again with the half-watched Cowboy Bebop episodes, really briefly.

Cowboy Bebop, episodes 19-21 )

(Mostly I'm just logging these out of habit, can you tell?)

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Quick notes because I was only half-watching. Spoilers.

spoilers for episodes 11-13 )

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

So over in a pan-fandom RPG called [livejournal.com profile] milliways_bar, a character died, and his in-case-of-death letter to Spike of Cowboy Bebop read as follows:

possible spoilers for the end of Cowboy Bebop )

If the ending actually has something to do with that, I think that might be interesting and worth watching the important episodes leading up to it. Anyone care to comment?

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

I had resolved to watch all of this. I'm not making any decisions now because I'm cranky and I know it, but I can feel that resolve starting to falter.

spoilers for episodes 8-10 )

*kicks NetFlix and BitTorrent, again, for no new Fullmetal Alchemist episodes*

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

More Cowboy Bebop this afternoon. I don't think I twitched out loud about anything in these episodes, at least.

Cowboy Bebop, episodes 5-7 )

I do intend to watch the rest of this, but I haven't fallen for it—which is fine, I don't really have time or brainspace for another serious fandom.

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

One of Chad's students lent us this and Hellsing this week. Chad started watching Hellsing while I was working, and informs me that I wouldn't like it (which I believe thoroughly), but I was interested in trying Cowboy Bebop, so we watched four episodes last night after I finished a bit of work.

I am aware that it's episode 5 where it takes off, and will watch at least that far. If I wasn't aware of that, though, I wouldn't be particularly eager to keep watching. (I had a pretty lousy day yesterday, but I was willing to like this, so I don't think it was only that.)

So far, it's got very nice visuals, interesting music (though the twangy bits in the first episode were tremendously distracting because I kept expecting them to turn into the Firefly theme), and a cute Corgi ([livejournal.com profile] schulman, take note). What it doesn't have, so far, is narrative momentum or information about the characters—who they are, where they've come from, and why I should care. In fact, I found myself telling Spike a couple of times, "Look, you're just not very smart, are you?"

A little more specific discussion, and consequently spoilers, under the cut.

Cowboy Bebop, episodes 1-4 )

I was promised narrative crack and compelling characters to go along with the great visuals and interesting music. So far I haven't got them. If I haven't after episode 5, I will probably start paying much less attention to this.

(It's interesting to compare this to Firefly, which has a not-dissimilar premise of scratching out a living through dubious means on a beat-up spaceship. Firefly's pilot has River and Simon on the run; Mal and Zoe backstory; and a small argument between Wash and Zoe about her relationship with Mal. Nine characters, and you already know something about where four of them are coming from, what emotional issues five of them will deal with, and what an ongoing plot thread will be.)

Reference: [livejournal.com profile] rilina's rundown of the series, including which episodes are key.

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