Session Two: Stray Dog Strut
The second episode strikes a very different tone from the first one.
It begins with three gunmen, wearing lab coats, ambushing a criminal named Abdul Hakim in a men’s room. Or trying to. He makes very short work of them. Hakim is carrying around a case containing a priceless, stolen lab animal.
Spike is contacted directly on this one. Hakim has had his appearance surgically altered and the doctor is willing to sell a picture of the new face to our heroes. The doctor’s had his lab trashed by Hakim, so it’s interesting that the doctor is willing to help catch the guy, but only if he’s paid for the information. The thief now looks a lot like Kareem Aldu Kabar—at least that’s the conventional wisdom, with his afro I think he looks more like Jim Kelly in Enter the Dragon, but he is certainly tall.
We don’t know how he got his hands on the animal, but there are no masterminds in this episode. No sooner does he steal it, than he loses it to another thief. It’s all one big chase scene with Spike after Hakim, and Hakim after the petty crook who’s got his prize. The episode’s priorities are chase scenes, action, and humour. It’s a much, much lighter episode than the first one. The lab animal is eventually revealed to be… a Welsh Corgi, who is adopted by the crew of the Bebop, who have no idea what he actually is, or what he’s worth.
This episode introduces us to Big Shots, a TV show ostensibly for the 300,000 bounty hunters out there, but really just a tool to introduce bounties, and by extension bad guys, to the audience. We also see that the Bebop is capable of landing on water. They name the dog Ein. He’s said to be remarkably intelligent data dog, but for the remainder of the series he’s just their corgi.
(BTW, I rated the last episode, but I've decided to stop. There aren't any real dogs, so all the ratings will be high. Kind of defeats the purpose.)