So far marketing for Netflix’s live action remake of “Cowboy Bebop” has basically been giant flashing WE GET THIS STUFF WE PROMISE signs for fans. But on Tuesday Netflix got to have it both ways with the first official trailer that lays out things for people who might not have watched the original anime series — and also, yes, is also a huge WE GET THIS STUFF WE PROMISE message to fans.
No complaints here. Not a one. And unless you’re our old best friend-turned-murderous enemy, you won’t have any either. See for your self right now at the top of the page.
The basic premise is pretty clear. Spike Spiegel (John Cho), as we see when he explains current events to his old pal Ana (Tamara Tunie), used have another name and he used to work with some bad people, who have since turned on him. Now he’s teamed up with Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and works as a bounty hunter on the space ship Bebop. Together the pair travel around the solar system capturing bad guys on the lam and cashing in their bounties. Then they meet Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda), who seems to have some secrets of her own. After some rough beginnings Spike and Jet welcome her to the Bebop crew — though Spike isn’t happy about it.
Oh, and don’t forget about the adorable corgi datadog, Ein, who quite honestly deserves a show all to himself because he is a very VERY good (and smart) boy, yes he is.
But yes, I can hear you asking “where’s Ed?” (People who haven’t watched the show, you can tune out now.) We still don’t know who is actually playing the teen genius hacker. But supposedly we’ll all be “delighted” when the character finally shows up.
So congratulations, you’re now basically brought up to speed on the first couple of episodes of the original anime — though they’ve held a lot of things back that we won’t spoil for you here except to say you will have absolutely no shortage of the dope fight scenes, stylized cinematography and bonkers bebop jazz to enjoy.
You’re into it, I’m into it. we’re all into it. Good good good. But that’s not all. Neftlix held a livestream countdown to the trailer for fans, and after the trailer premiered, fans were also shown the first couple of minutes of the very first episode which, in case you’re on the fence, happens to be where we first see Ein.
Based on the 26-episode, 1998-99 anime series created by Hajime that later aired on Adult Swim beginning in 2001, the live action “Cowboy Bebop” was developed for Netflix by André Nemec. It also stars Elena Satine and Alex Hassell, with Tamara Tunie, Mason Alexander Park, Jan Uddin and the great Adrienne Barbeau among the recurring cast.
The 10-episode (we’re assuming) first season premieres on Netflix Nov. 19.
Of course, if you absolutely can’t wait that long for more of this, you can go here to watch the opening title sequence, which premiered several weeks ago, or you can go here to watch “The Lost Session,” a stand-alone mini episode Netflix released last week.
And meantime, you can spend the horrible next few weeks until the show premieres learning firsthand what all the fuss is about. The original anime debuted on Netflix last week.