and an end.
Life is just a cycle of them.
With unwanted endings, becoming an adult is to experience the inevitable finale.
It’s been a fast trip for Bebop, with only two episodes left.
But make sure you pay close attention to how it ends.
The Real Folk Blues (Part 1).
Promo recited at the end of session 24
Is there anyone out there reading this as old as I am who remembers “Frodo Lives!”?
Well, I’m starting a new one, “Spike Lives!”
I have a bone in my head that makes me challenge ‘conventional wisdom’ if I see something that contradicts it. This is a prime example.
Who should read it:
1. Those who have watched Cowboy Bebop and think Spike survived but can’t explain WHY.
2. Those who have seen the show and think Spike died and are unhappy about it.
3. Those who are watching the show for the first time, read the internet and think Spike died and may or may not continue watching it because of it. I almost didn’t finish watching it because of everyone saying he was dead until someone said it was “ambiguous.” It is.
The ending of Cowboy Bebop IS ambiguous, and here I attempt to show why. Even though I’m convinced he’s alive, the creators would say – whether we say he’s alive or dead – “don’t be too sure about that.”
This isn’t intended to try to change the minds of anyone who is convinced in their hearts that Spike is dead and think that this is the only satisfying conclusion to Cowboy Bebop. Y’all have your reasons for thinking the way you do – I just want to show that WE are allowed to think the way we do too and our reasons are every bit as legitimate, based not only on what is on screen, but what is in print. But, check it out. Watch the episode (again) and see what you think.
Feel free to discuss it here. Agree? Disagree? Love or hate my theories? What’s on the screen is on the screen. If I make assumptions, I label them as such. If you disagree, please state reasons and we can talk about it.
Note that it is a living document and does change from time to time if I see something new.
See you space cowboy…