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‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action Series Axed After a Single Season

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‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live-Action Series Axed After a Single Season

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The debut of the live-action version of the much-loved anime Cowboy Bebop on Netflix last month received a rather mixed reception. The alterations to the storyline and characterizations left many long-time fans disheartened or even enraged, while critics deemed the series to be uninspiring and lackluster. Consequently, it garnered a lukewarm 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from both critics and viewers, indicating a less-than-enthusiastic response.

Seemingly, the negative feedback became too overwhelming for Netflix, prompting the abrupt decision to discontinue the live-action Cowboy Bebop after just one season, a mere month post its release.

“I had a great experience working on this project,” shared the show’s co-executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach through a tweet. “The endeavor was fueled by genuine respect and fondness.”

“I had hoped to realize our vision for a second season, but as the saying goes, ‘man plans, and God laughs.’ Farewell, Space Cowboy.”

Unfortunately, the cancellation of the series implies that the final scene of the premiere season, where Spike Spiegel encounters Radical Edward, a key figure from the anime who was largely absent in the live-action adaptation, will remain unexplored. Shortly after the show’s launch, a clip featuring Ed’s introduction circulated on Twitter, with many viewers expressing their disappointment at the character’s exaggerated portrayal, which led them to shun the show entirely. It’s especially disheartening as this marked one of the initial roles for budding actor Eden Perkins. However, those dissatisfied with Ed’s depiction clarified that their discontent was more directed towards the character’s direction rather than towards Perkins.

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