Black Dog Serenade
Cowboy Bebop Series 1

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A particularly stylish episode, "Black Dog Serenade" focuses on Jet's past and the truth about his lost arm. Fad, his former partner in the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP), wants to get back together to capture a renegade prison ship. Jet believes that Udai, the main criminal on the prison ship, is responsible for his arm, so he agrees to go along. This episode is an homage to film noir gangster films. The title refers to Jet's nickname in the ISSP ("black dog") and possibly to the blues tune recorded by the mysterious Blind Blake, "Black Dog Blues."


Beau Billingslea
as Jet Black

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Critic Reviews for Black Dog Serenade

We're saddled with a Jet-heavy episode that relies fully on his character to keep us interested, something that's proven in the past to be rather ineffective.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode plays out almost exactly like a noir, with the past catching up to someone who is ostensibly a private eye and it ends in the same life or death scenario with the hero fully accepting that he won't come back.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Watanabe's direction really does work wonders this episode... Because good directing can make you suspend your disbelief, even when the material it's fleshing out isn't always as good as it should be.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…
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