6 Things Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Remake Must Do

6. Character Over Set Pieces

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While the original had some action sequences, most of the time was spent building up character. Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed and even Ein all felt like family by the end of the show’s original run. The problem with a live-action version is that it invites comparison, and every fan will remember their favourite differently. It’s possible (likely, really) that Netflix’s Faye could be perfect for some viewers and utterly wrong for others.

However, the show must still be built around them. Though action will obviously feature with fight scenes, chase sequences and gunplay scattered in there, character must be at the heart. As there are only ten episodes to build these characters, we must feel like we know them a little better by the end of each one.

It remains to be seen whether we’ll get updated versions of the original plot or totally new stories involving old, familiar characters. But however it’s done, what makes Cowboy Bebop special was the cast. A remake invites all sorts of pressure that an original series would not. In order to make the most of that, Netflix must keep character development at the forefront.


Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.