Comedy emerges as one of the modes Cowboy Bebop is most comfortable in as the series goes on, and Nemec described how he and the rest of the show’s creative team took care to make sure that Spike and other characters always walked a fine line between being jokey archetypes and real people. Spike is basically a surly teenager in the same way that Jet’s an exasperated father figure, and Faye’s an annoying kid sister type, Nemec said, and being one another’s found family is the key to understanding the live-action series.
“When you look at it, it is a family story,” Nemec said. “It’s a disparate family of broken toys, and they’re coming together in order to bond, and to find some solace in the pain of their existences in the families that they couldn’t have with the new family that they now want to form themselves into together.”
Cowboy Bebop is now streaming on Netflix.
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