Despite how…lackluster Netflix‘s live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop was at times, it wasn’t too bad of a show. It was actually pretty good most of the time. That’s why I was so disappointed when Netflix announced that they were cancelling the show after only a single season just a month ago. And it seems, I’m not alone.
Over 120k Space Cowboy Signatures Later…
As it turns out, a very determined fan named Ryan Proffer started a petition on Change.org to get Netflix to revive Cowboy Bebop for a second season, or even more depending on how well it goes. His reasoning for it is short, but perfectly encapsulates the feelings of all those fans of the Netflix adaptation who just simply don’t want the series to end the way it did. It reads:
“For those people who want a second (or more) of the live action cowboy bebop. It wasn’t a direct copy of the anime but the world they put together was amazing and deserve a second season.”
The petition is really taking off. Into the orbitals, you might say. As of this writing, the number of people signing this petition has reached a grand total of 128,123. Seriously, these numbers would be enough for the petitioners to start their own city if they so wished. With over 120k signers, maybe that will get Netflix to sit up and pay attention. Maybe we’ll actually get a second season to finally give Cowboy Bebop the ending it deserves? Instead of the show just being left on a cliffhanger on the final episode? Well, we shall see. Fingers crossed, everyone.
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop: Details
For those of you who somehow have no idea what I’m talking about: Netflix recently did a live-action adaptation of the Cowboy Bebop anime series of the same name by Shinichirō Watanabe and Sunrise Inc.. Unfortunately, the adaptation got mixed to negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an approval rating of 47% from critics, with an average audience score of 59%.
No matter how you look at it, it doesn’t look good. And yet, the scores don’t tell the full story. I think much of the reason for the terrible scores Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop got was from the godawful final episode. The episode just…did not work. It clashed with all the themes of the previous episodes and had the main characters behave out of character just to follow a script. It was just…awful. However, before that last episode, the series was actually pretty good. It deserved a better score, I think, and it certainly deserved better than the cliffhanger ending we currently have. Maybe with this petition gaining so much traction, Netflix will think about it.