More Cowboy Bebop this afternoon. I don't think I twitched out loud about anything in these episodes, at least.
"Ballad of Fallen Angels," episode 5: In which Spike's past (as represented by the moody opening of episode 1) catches up with him.
Mmmm. I am not hugely enamoured of this; it's certainly gorgeous (though I particularly hate to see stained glass windows being destroyed [*]) and moody and all, and I am interested to see how Spike got from there to here, but I'm not panting after it or anything.
[*] We have now looked again at the window Spike went through. It's hard to say, but it certainly resembles a Buddhist window, especially the central figure.
I'm not entirely clear on what Vicious was trying to do, and I'm also not entirely clear on whether my questions are to be answered later or if I just missed something because I was sleepy. Mao Yenrai suggests that Vicious killed everyone who signed the treaty as part of a syndicate power struggle; what I'm not sure about is whether the subsequent trap for Spike, using Mao Yenrai's corpse, was planned from the start (and if so, for what purpose, syndicate politics or personal revenge?) or was prompted by the comment that Vicious wouldn't have done it if Spike were there?
In a show whose episodes were less tightly self-contained, there would be visible emotional repercussions from these events in the episodes immediately following. Spike did seem a bit less goofy, but unless we're supposed to infer that his dream in episode 6 and his hangover in episode 7 were related to this, I didn't spot any.
"Sympathy for the Devil," episode 6: In which an improbable quirk of hyperspace is used as an excuse to do a very fantasy-style plot.
I might've got a bit more involved in this one because I recognized the shape of the plot fairly early. Other than that, not much to say but that Spike's dream at the start of the episode made me think, "Hell, he's not going to turn out to be Wolverine, is he?"
"Heavy Metal Queen," episode 7: In which Spike uses a handgun to change his velocity in zero G and has a cat sit on his head. (Okay, okay, in which they meet a trucker who hates bounty hunters in pursuit of a guy carrying high explosives.)
Were we supposed to know that V.T. was female before she mentioned her husband? Because I thought the voice choice was a little odd but didn't click to it until that conversation. Bad gender biases, no biscuit.
The three old men are back, just as I was saying that I was hoping to see them again. (Chad tells me they appear in the movie as well.)
And they still haven't gotten paid once. Will they ever?
I do intend to watch the rest of this, but I haven't fallen for it—which is fine, I don't really have time or brainspace for another serious fandom.