Netflix Cancels Cowboy Bebop

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Netflix has apparently canceled Cowboy Bebop after one season, the live-action series that saw John Cho, Daniella Pineda, and Mustafa Shakir as Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, and Faye Valentine. With the series being received to mixed reviews but still hitting the top of the charts for the streaming service, a new report from The Hollywood Reporter seems to confirm that the new live-action take has been cut short by the streaming service, bringing to an end the current stories of the Bebop and the wild world that they inhabited.

The Hollywood Reporter had this to say as to the potential reason that Netflix decided to cut the series after only one season:

“Insiders pointed out Netflix’s renewal rate for scripted series that have two or more seasons stands at 60 percent, in line with industry averages, and, like all Netflix renewal verdicts, the decision was made by balancing the show’s viewership and cost. The streamer also prides itself on taking big swings on projects like Cowboy Bebop and has many other genre shows on the air and in the works.”

In our review of the series, which we noted was an “entertaining yet conflicted jam,”, breaking down some of the weaknesses of the live-action adaptation:

“Where Cowboy Bebop truly stumbles is the expansion of the world with the likes of Vicious, Julia, and their place in the Syndicate. In the original series, these characters were almost like templates for the life that Spike had left behind, having little to no characterization outside of their archetypes. In the live-action series, they take an opposite approach and attempt to give us more background into Vicious and Julia, but it simply doesn’t work. The couple of Vicious and Julia (and they are a couple now) brings the show to a screeching halt when they appear, seemingly ditching the Grindhouse appeal and giving us characters that aren’t likable in any definition of the word. Vicious, in the original series, was almost thought of as a soulless “edgelord” by many, and while the live-action show attempts to place more meat on the bone, it does so in a way that defangs the villain and takes away the inherent threat of the boogeyman. Julia herself is given such a major departure that it will leave many scratching their heads when the smoke settles.”

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