So how was the legendary "Cowboy Bebop " ? It was cool. Nothing ground-breaking actually, but it was an entertaining show.
In fact the plot is halfway about Spike's story and quest for vengeance ( he takes credit for making me invested in the show...) and Faye recovering her memory. The rest is hit or miss. It seems that the 2 main plot-lines were not enough to fill an entire story so they added those to keep us waiting for the finale. Some are indeed fine ("Toys in the Attic" was fucking hilarious,"Pierrot Le Fou" gets props for using an evil clown and "Sympathy for the Devil" was awesome ...), others are fillerish (" Ganymede Elegy " and "Bohemian Rhapsody" anyone ?). Who knows, maybe the narrative would have been stronger if it were a 2 parter movie ?
As for the characters themselves, they are indeed likable even if they are not revolutionnary (nothing wrong with that, these types of characters exist AND are recycled, simple as that.).
Spike is basically Ryo Saeba's sober cousin. Faye is at first some shady woman and later discovers who Spike is along with us. Jet is a decent supporting character and ... that's it. Ed... oookay . What was her purpose again ? Yeah, she's funny at moments but she just joins the crew and then leaves, without any connection whatsoever to the plot's skelleton. Ed is a ??? character. Ein is a dog, so he gets a pass.
And as for Vicious...Okay Time out ! Did Spike really TRUST A GUY NAMED VICIOUS ? Seriously ? My guess is that he told him his name was Charles-Hubert. Anyone would trust Charles-Hubert ! That aside, Vicious himself is rather stock. I guess the fillerish episodes and the lack of screen-time diluted the guy's presence.
As for the technical side, nothing wrong : The voice acting is great (french dub being my favorite). The animation and setting is nothing short of impressive. Finally the music is pretty nice.
That's all I can say about it really. The best Animated series ever? Absolutely NOT. Great? No. Good? Yeah.