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The Wire 1.4-1.5

1.4 Old Cases

So this is Omar (Michael K. Williams)? We met him last episode, but I didn’t make the connection until now. I know he’s a fan favorite; it’s the one character people almost always mention when they talk about the show. Right now he seems rather low-key, but there’s certainly something a little unsettling about him. I think this is another example of how The Wire is playing the long game. It’s building slowly instead of trying to be cool and attention grabbing at every possible moment.

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The Wire 1.1-1.3

1.1 The Target

When you think about the first episode of a TV series, it’s usually important to set the stage, introduce the characters and give us some kind of hook into what the show is going to be. The Target does these things, but in some interesting ways. First of all, it drops us in the middle of this world and doesn’t bother to explain anything. We’re knee deep into the American criminal justice system in the second scene of the episode.

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Cowboy Bebop Postmortem

I thought I’d give a few closing thoughts on the series. Bellow is every episode ranked in my personal order of preference. I also made a few fun categories of my other favorite things about the show. Feel free to ask me about any of my other general thoughts about the show. It was the first time I’ve gone through an anime show (I’ve seen plenty of anime movies), and it was a blast.

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Cowboy Bebop E23-26

1.23 Brain Scratch

Cowboy Bebop has always been loosely structured, but this episode is a doozie in that regard. At first, it seems like it might be trying a unique storytelling technique, but instead it uses the unusual opening to delve into some interesting ideas about transhumanism and media. This is the best bit of science fiction from the whole series. The show has typically avoided taking on ideas, but when it does, the result is always interesting. I really dug this episode. It comes together nicely and concludes with some interesting ideas.

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Cowboy Bebop E19-22

1.19 Wild Horses

What a cool episode. Spike is a super laid-back character, but this one takes that to a whole other level. It’s an episode more about tone and mood, at least the Spike part of it. He’s along for the ride, and just kicks back his legs. The blend of sci-fi and western is one of the staples of the show, but here it more direct than the rest of the show.