'Cowboy Bebop' Ending Explained: A look at the uncertain future of the Bebop crew
If you've found yourself watching 'Cowboy Bebop', one thing is for sure, the live-action series deviates from the source material. With each episode titled as sessions, Session 9 titled 'Blue Crow Waltz' delves into the back story of Vicious (Alex Hassell), Spike (John Cho) and Julia (Elena Satine). This episode gives context to Julia, Spike and Vicious' relationship, marking exactly when it all went wrong
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As it goes, Vicious saved Spike back when they both were children. Spike was no more than a street rat back then, with no family or future. Vicious convinced his father, Caliban, an elder at The Syndicate to take Spike in. Soon, they began working together for The Syndicate, carrying out their dirty work. While Vicious was the careless, hotheaded maniac, Spike was the calm and collected one who would always get the job done.
Spike soon became the preferred one out of the two, a fact Vicious failed to see as Spike was constantly cleaning up his messes. Even though they both fell in love with Julia the first time they saw her, Spike never acted on his feelings as he knew Vicious liked her as well and always felt indebted to him. However, when deal with the Neptune Cartel goes south due to Vicious's behavior, Spike is left cleaning his mess yet again and ends up sleeping with Julia while confessing his feelings.
Caliban used this as an opportunity to beat down on his son, exposing just how incompetent he is. Vicious has Julia taken away and attacks Spike as they had planned on running away together. But what he didn't account for was Spike surviving. The final session, titled 'Supernova Symphony', sees Vicious and Spike face off yet again. And while Spike manages to wound him, Julia shows up. It's a bittersweet reunion, with Spike declaring he never stopped loving her and Julia demanding to know why he never saved her from Vicious. She asks him to kill Vicious once and for all, an act Spike refuses to do, saying that he had put this life behind him.
But for Julia, it is not as easy to let go, as she claims that Spike was the reason she had changed. She shoots him, causing him to fall out of the window and into the river. While Spike survives, the Bebop crew seems to have disbanded -- with Faye (Daniella Pineda) determined to find out who she is and Jet (Mustafa Shakir) broken over the lies Spike told him and the emotional loss of his family. As a drunk and wounded Spike wanders through the street, he meets a peculiar character -- Ed (Eden Perkins), who is out looking for a bounty hunter and has a job for Spike. The arrival of Ed sets up for Season 2, where fans might see Julia take on the role of the antagonist as she takes Vicious prisoner while commanding The Syndicate on his behalf.
'Cowboy Bebop' preimeres on Netflix on November 19, 2021.