Friday, February 12, 2016

29 Day Cowboy Bebop Challenge, Day 12: Favorite Pop Culture Reference

Pop culture references aren't necessarily as noticeable in Cowboy Bebop or other anime series as they are in American media because, well, obvs, it's a completely different culture. However, there were a lot of Western references that made their way into episodes of Bebop: Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Hakim) vs. Bruce Lee (Spike) in "Stray Dog Strut" or the Penguin (from Batman) - esque Pierrot from "Pierrot Le Fou," for example.
Via Overthinking It
But my absolute favorite? The entire episode of "Toys in the Attic," which is essentially one giant homage to Alien. It has a very silly ending, and isn't even really in the top ten episodes of the series, but it's a lot of fun to watch just to see Spike run around all Ripley-like, trying to kill the lunch he forgot about for a year. Um, spoiler alert there, by the way. Shit, the show is almost 20 years old; I don't feel bad at all.


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