Well, now that Netflix has canceled their live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop, there’s nothing stopping the production staff from talking about season 2. Or rather, what would’ve been season 2. You know, because of that cancellation.
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop: Missing Out on Season 2?
Cowboy Bebop writer Naomi Markman recently took to Twitter to talk about what would’ve happened for season 2. You know, had Netflix not canceled it. Admittedly, Markman doesn’t go into any specifics. It seems like she’s still under an NDA despite the cancellation. Her exact words in that Twitter post were:
“not to rub it in your faces, but as the individual who has read the cowboy bebop s2 scripts more than anyone else in this world – fuck you’re missing out”
As you can see, Naomi Markman mentions nothing specific about the planned season 2 of Cowboy Bebop. The only thing she mentioned is a pretty general “It would’ve been great too if it hadn’t been for that meddling Netflix!”. Perhaps one day, when that NDA runs out, we can finally find out some actual details about that canceled season 2. Until then though, let’s examine the veracity of Markman’s claim based on what we saw of season 1.
Are We Missing Out On Season 2?
Warning: spoilers for Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop below.
I actually thought that remake of the original Cowboy Bebop anime was doing pretty decently well, despite the occasional CGI hiccups. I was all ready to give it a score of 80 out of 100, and then came the 10th and last episode. Good lord.
There were so many things wrong with that last episode that I won’t even go into detail here. To summarize in general terms: it felt like the writers were trying to cram too much into a single episode, and finish off the whole Spike x Vicious x Julia storyline while still leaving room open for a season 2. Not only that, but many of the characters’ actions just didn’t make any sense within the context of the story. I have honestly not felt the hand of the writers that hard until that last episode. It felt like the characters were being forced to act that way because the writers told them to. That should never be the case, and it’s a sign of bad writing.
Not to mention that Gainax ending where a certain young hacker and a certain cybernetic Welsh Corgi find a drunken Spike to seemingly recruit him for the next adventure. That came out of nowhere and was clearly intended to be the Sequel Hook. It’s just that the cancellation made it into that Gainax ending. With those factors in mind, I don’t believe I would miss Cowboy Bebop season 2. If it only hadn’t been for that last episode, I might’ve wanted to watch it. As it is though, the writers would have to actively redo the last episode for me to regain any interest in it. There, I’ve said my piece on it. Perhaps you might have another point of view about this in the comments section.