Netflix canceled Cowboy Bebop less than a month after its debut. That means John Cho won’t have the opportunity to reprise his role as protagonist Spike. In a recent interview, he had commented that he expected the series to get “weird and darker” and about what he would like to see happen to his character.
The actor was the first cast member to speak out on the streaming giant’s decision. He shared a gif of Tom Selleck on Friends on Twitter saying “I’m fine”. He was followed by Daniella Pineda, who played Faye Valentine on the series. The actress shared a photo on her Instagram profile to show her frustration with the cancellation.
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— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) December 10, 2021
Producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who also wrote the script for the eighth episode of the series, also spoke about the cancellation. On his Twitter profile, he regrets that he couldn’t have taken the story as far as he had planned.
“I really loved working on it. It came from a real and pure place of respect and affection. Wish we could do what we planned for a second season, but you know what they say, men plan, God laughs. See you around, space cowboy,” wrote Grillo-Marxuach.
Cowboy Bebop chronicles the adventures of a group of bounty hunters who travel through space as they try to leave the past behind. However, during these adventures, former enemies come across the group, who will need to relive memories and accept challenges that could put their lives at risk.
The main cast completes Mustafa Shakir, Elena Satine and Alex Hassell.
The 10 episodes of the first (and only) season are available on Netflix.