I did my initial and notebook screening of episode 5 today, and I am literally, not figuratively, but literally exhausted by the episode. Where episode 4 was flighty, kind of pointless, but at least exciting and fun, episode 5 is dense, symbolic, and layered.
Let me give you my impression of Cowboy Bebop in episode 5.
“Good day. In today’s offering we have layered salient details about the main character’s history through smash cuts to scenic ephemera, seemingly inconsequential dialogue, and Schubert’s Ave Maria. Likewise, our muse Yoko Kanno has prepared a selection of poignant and evocative music as accompaniment to tension filled callbacks to the first episode. We believe there is an elegant symmetry to this episode’s structure and the overall leitmotif of the show, as elucidated in the narrative manifesto we have included in the bumpers between acts.”
And this is also my impression of Cowboy Bebop in episode 5.
*Shotguns a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon* “HOOORAAHHH! WHO OUT THERE WANTS TO SEE FAYE’S BIG OL’ BOOBIES JIGGLE DURING A GUN FIGHT? I PAID OUR ANIMATOR TO DRAW THE SCENE SO IT LOOKS LIKE HER JUGS ARE LITERALLY DODGING BULLETS. HOOOOOO WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. BOOBIES!” *fires guns in the air and dances like Yosemite Sam*
So yeah, I didn’t get around to writing a draft of the episode tonight. Sue me.