It's time to sing the real folk blues.
After just one season, Netflix has canceled its ambitious and inclusive live-action Cowboy Bebop reboot.
Starring John Cho as space bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, along with Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda as Jet Black and Faye Valentine, Cowboy Bebop was a live action attempt at rebooting the classic sci-fi anime of the same name. While fans were delighted by the show's casting, once the episodes actually came out, the reception was less enthusiastic.
Now, that reception has led to Netflix canceling the show less than a month after it first debuted.
While many questioned the need for a live-action update of the beloved animated series, one bonus was that the Netflix series cast two nonbinary actors in trans-coded roles. Nonbinary actor Mason Alexander Park stepped into the fashionable shoes of Gren, who in the original show was an androgynous war veteran who took an experimental drug that caused them to grow breasts.
In this update, Gren was described as "a Bowie-esque embodiment of 22nd century handsome and seductive beauty." Park posted a picture of them with Cho in costume on Twitter. "Gutted," they said. "See you space cowboy." Park will next be seen as Desire in Netflix's The Sandman.
Netflix also cast a young nonbinary actor to play the gender noncomforming child hacker Radical Ed. Newcomer Eden Perkins stepped into the role at the end of the first season, with plans for the character to come back if the show was renewed for a second season. Unfortunately, it looks like we've seen all the Ed we're going to get.
Co-executive producer Javier Grillo Marxuach tweeted out his dismay at the news. "I truly loved working on this. It came from a real and pure place of respect and affection," he wrote. "I wish we could make what we planned for a second season, but you know what they say, men plan, god laughs. See you space cowboy."
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