Fellow Space Cowboys, we have some bad news to report. Netflix has chosen not to renew the live-action Cowboy Bebop for a second season. The announcement came to us from The Hollywood Reporter this afternoon. Netflix leaped and unfortunately couldn’t stick the landing with this highly ambitious series. As a longtime fan of the anime series, I found lots to love within the adaptation, but I understand Netflix’s choice to move on from the series. It struggled to tackle the overall tone of the original series.
Cowboy Bebop came out of the gate running after months of heavy advertisement hype from Netflix, but after the first week, the views fell drastically. The series also wasn’t met well by many fans and critics who found fault with its pacing, campy tones and changes to many of the main characters like Spike (John Cho). I’m sure the ratings, views, and cost of the series came into heavy consideration when Netflix decided whether to bring us another season of the series.
Without a second season of Cowboy Bebop, we will never know how Netflix’s form of the story will end. I am hopeful that maybe at some point in the future, Netflix may decide to find a way to let us know how their rendition will go. Perhaps, they will decide that going back to the anime route will fare better for their version. But, I really have to ask myself if I would watch a second Cowboy Bebop anime. Was Netflix’s changes to the story enough to garner more attention? I’d love to see Faye’s (Daniella Pineda) story continue and where they take Julia’s (Elena Satine).
If you haven’t watched Cowboy Bebop yet, I still suggest doing so. Unfortunately, you will be met with quite the cliffhanger, but it is still worth the ride. Check it out here! How are you coping with this news? Let us know in the comments below and on social media.
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