Every episode of Cowboy Bebop is worth watching, except for one

Fans of the 1998 sci-fi western black anime denim It can be agreed on three things: Even after so many years, the series is still amazing; Yoko Kanno’s soundtrack is flawless, arguably the greatest work other than the series itself; In the 26 episodes of anime, there is only one at most. The two episodes are a bit “um”.

Listen, I know some of you have just started yelling, but can’t we keep 50 dollars here?I’m not alone. Look at the comments on the list. denim In the series we recommended last month, in dozens of responses, I yelled at me because I didn’t recommend new people, just watch the whole series (I completely Indeed, please note), people are arguing about which of the 26 episodes of the series is the weakest. Some people think that “sympathy for the devil” or “toys in the attic” is the worst episode in the series. I respectfully disagree. “Sympathy for the Devil” tells an interesting villain whose nature is not only related to the overall theme of the series “living in the past”, but also essentially hints at a major event in history. denimOf the universe. Although “Toys in the Attic” has nothing to do with the arc of the main character in the animation, it is an interesting and weird transmission of Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror classic alien Since Ed was introduced, this is the first time that the personalities of Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed have been brought together and put together. So interesting!

These two episodes are not the “worst” episode denimThis honor belongs to such an ordinary episode that it does not seem to exist in the memory of fans of the series. This is why the 21st episode of the series “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui” is the lowest point of a near-perfect show.

Picture: Sunrise

Set smack-dab in the middle of the last episode of the series, “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui” centers on the role of Jet, who is the oldest member and captain of the Bebop bounty crew. After receiving a mysterious e-mail riddle from Bao Puzi, Bao Puzi is an alienated acquaintance and a well-known master of “Universal Fengshui” (more on this later). Jeter searches for Alba City on Mars Look for him-it turns out that Bao is now dead. While visiting Bao’s grave, Jeter met Bao’s teenage daughter, Bao Hairdresser, and was shot by a mysterious attacker. Jeter dives into a nearby river to avoid potential hunters, Jeter brings Bao Mei’s hair back to Bebop. Knowing that her late father tried to contact Jeter before his death, Bao Meifa was convinced that his information was related to the legendary “sunstone” hidden somewhere on Mars, and begged Jeter to find it and hope her father The truth about the death.

The question of “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui”, or more specifically, why it is called the “worst” episode denim In my estimation, it ends up being the equivalent of a furry dog ​​taking a detour, focusing on a specific character (Jett), without any climax to elevate his arc or deepen the audience’s understanding of him before it ends, but not climax. Of course, the same criticism can be said to apply to “toys in the attic”, but what this episode offers to replace the shortcomings-and what “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui” obviously lacks-is in the respective headspaces of the Bebop core Time spent characters. It juxtaposes and provides a glimpse into the thought processes and personality quirks of Spike, Fay, Jet, and Ed as they are thinking about the mystery at the heart of the show.

The first two episodes of Jet specific episodes, “Ganymede Elegy” and “Black Dog Serenade”, respectively explore this role through his past failed relationship with a woman named Alisa and the story of him losing his arm as a member History. Inter-solar police force. Compared with “Ganymede Elegy” and “Black Dog Serenade”, what “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui” lacks is a central concept that is completely integrated. The whole plot revolves around “universal feng shui”. This philosophy itself centers on the relationship and connection between living things (ie, humans) and the environment, and is formed through a “law of attraction” called “magnetism”. . The bond between Jet and Pao Meifa is the focus of “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui”. The two met by chance in the form of Pao Pu-Zi through a common connection, but Jet seems to be the only one of the two who seems to express anything similar to the other person. In addition, it’s particularly strange that, for episodes centered on interpersonal relationships and attractiveness, other Bebop crew members (their dynamics as a group seem to be the perfect example and focus of applying Meifa’s “magnetism” theory) ) It is rendered almost entirely that Jet and Meifa continue to look for the periphery of Sunstone. In any case, they have no real reason to participate, because these bounty hunters do not have actual bounty to hunt, which of course is not good for this episode.

Pao Pu-Zi's grave decorated with Pao Meifa's Feng Shui Compass in “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui”

Picture: Sunrise

How “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui” was packaged and set up was better on paper than it actually played on the screen. Jeter and Meifa finally found the Sunlight Stone. Ed unexpectedly discovered that when combined with Meifa’s compass plate, this stone could be used as a magnetic compass to point to the last known whereabouts of Bao Puzi. Driving Bebop into hyperspace, Jet and his companions used Swordfish II cannons to launch sunstones, opening a wormhole in hyperspace, revealing the pocket dimension of Bao Puzi’s ship aground. Bao Puzi, who has no way to escape from lack of oxygen, revealed that he sent Jeter a message to use his “magnetism”, hoping to take his daughter and say goodbye. This episode ends with the reconciliation of hairdressing with his father and returning to Mars. Jeter reflects on what happened since he encountered hairdressing. Now he never reads the constellation page when checking the news, so as not to inadvertently seal his destiny.

Creator Shinichiro Watanabe was unable to merge the various parts of the fascinating story into a satisfactory ending. In addition to any particularly noteworthy or memorable moments of action or character development, what this episode ultimately lacks is any obvious connection between the theme of the episode and the entire series. Nothing here can compare to how Wen’s secret yearning for death in “The Goddess of Sympathy” reflects and foreshadows Spike’s final fate in the series, or what Glenn means to “comrade” in “Jupiter” Think about how to force viewers to check the partnership between Spike, Jet and Faye on Bebop. This episode is sandwiched between “Pierrot Le Fou” (one of the most iconic and action-packed episodes of the series) and “Cowboy Funk” (its central villain Teddy Bomber and fan favorite episodes) to no avail. Spike’s stupid nemesis and comedy foil cowboy Andy.

In the end, a so-so episode in the “Boogie Woogie Feng Shui” series is defined as a spectacular, unique, focused and enduring orgasm. Although it is certainly not without its own charm hint, but it has never been completely self-contained, it is easy to be skipped, but it can be said to be relatively harmless, even if you do it, it does not matter.