Cowboy Bebop star wishes the live-action Netflix series was ‘given a chance’

Cowboy Bebop, the iconic neo-Western sci-fi animated series, has garnered a solid cult following after its season over twenty years ago. For the first time since fans were rewarded with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie in 2001, Spike, Faye, and Jet returned last year in a live-action Japanese anime adaptation for Netflix. Whereas many fans loved the show, its run was cut short by the streamer, and now actress Daniella Pineda – aka Faye Valentine herself – has let us in on her feelings on the cancellation, as well as her hopes of returning in a possible spin-off.

Daniella Pineda also stars as Dr. Zia Rodriguez in the new blockbuster Jurassic World: Dominion. We caught up with her at the film’s red carpet premiere, where we asked if her portrayal of Faye could return in some capacity. She told us this:

I wish Faye had her own spin-off. It was such a crazy experience, and I really wish we were given a chance. You know, a lot of shows, they fit in, that’s just the truth. You find your footing even from the pilot episode to the season. And then season 2, season 3, you grow. You develop and you understand things. I find it unfortunate that we did not have the chance to do so. But you know, we’ll see. Who knows? Maybe Faye will come back. He was a really fun character to play.

It’s clear that Daniella Pineda still feels the disappointment of the show’s cancellation, and while she seems to admit that the live-action cowboy bebop wasn’t perfect, she wishes they had the opportunity to grow and improve. Not only that, but she’s still holding out hope for a Faye Valentine spin-off! Does it make sense for a show to be canceled in this capacity and then return, but focused on one character? We will see.

Although cowboy bebop was not perfect and many elements were changed from the original anime, many fans agreed that it accurately captured the spirit of the original series, and they certainly wanted to see more of it. Some even believe that there were elements that improved compared to the original, and as Pineda said, if given the chance, they might have found “their own footing.”

Although the anime series also had a short run, it wasn’t due to cancellation. The show lasted 26 episodes and the creator wrote it with a finished ending. That is, until the follow-up movie that came a few years later. Obviously, the live-action is a bit more expensive, and the Netflix show didn’t go past its 10-episode first season.

In the final episode of Season 1, we caught a glimpse of fan-favorite character Ed, who probably would have had much more screen time in Season 2. Fans seemed to think it was more like important missing element, and it looks like we may never see the series reach that full potential.

But as Daniella Pineda told us, “who knows?” We may see more cowboy bebop all along the line. In the meantime, you can find both the original series and the live adaptation (opens in a new tab) on Netflix! If you’ve already watched the shows, check out the others binge-worthy options the streamer has available.

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