Smart Seinfeld re-edited with laugh track

The word "Bebop" stylized as the Seinfeld logo.

Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop is a show that is often at odds with itself because it shifts haphazardly between the different and dissimilar tones Which defined the original anime it is based on. Just when the series feels like it’s found a comfortable groove to settle into, things change, and the characters all struggle to make sure they still “fit” into the story.

Depending on the delivery, Cowboy Bebop is a neo-noir, a western, a sci-fi space opera, and more, but the show’s themes never quite converge in any important way. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what kind of series Cowboy Bebop tries or wants to be, but a short video edit that goes around, advocating for it to be read as a sitcom, complete with a canned laugh track to accentuate the awful jokes.

In “Callisto Soul” Cowboy BebopThe fourth episode, the promise of free, unlimited cheese bread, leads Spike and Jet to a restaurant where the pair have a decidedly unfunny conversation about how much of the meat in space is fake. While there wouldn’t normally be anything about the scene to laugh at, Smelford Dip’s montage depicts the space diner as Tom’s Restaurant, the meeting point SeinfeldThe characters’ characters would often hang out while having conversations about very little. “Cowboy Bebop X Seinfeld” isn’t the kind of crossover that makes much sense on paper, but it definitely works here, which says something about Netflix’s adaptation.

More than the so-so ness of some of Cowboy Bebop‘s writing, what often makes the show not feel right is the awkward pauses that linger between actors that don’t seem to be very solid editing choices. Cowboy Bebop should not have to to have the room for a laugh track to fit in so seamlessly, and yet Netflix does. That’s not to say sitcom styles can’t work within the genre or that Netflix had to model itself entirely after the anime, but the bigger joke this video makes — which is also critical — is the kind of thing. Cowboy BebopThe creative team should have seen it coming from miles away.

Cowboy Bebop is now streaming on Netflix.


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