Out of all the characters from Cowboy Bebop, there is one that I am so incredibly excited to see translated to screen, and that not so coincidentally happens to be my answer to today’s challenge: Gren, aka Grencia Mars Elijah Guo Eckener.
I would have chosen Gren as my favorite one-shot character, but here’s the thing: in what I think is the only time they really try to delve a bit further into Vicious’ history aside from his relationship with Spike (I could be wrong, so please forgive me in advance), Gren – like so many non-straight characters in so much of our media – is cast aside as soon as their use is over. Gren didn’t have to die at the end of the episode (spoiler alert, I guess?) and could have been a great addition to the crew, even if only temporarily. Their relationship with Faye was such an incredible thing, prior to them tying her up (although honestly, who could blame them), and I would have loved to see a resolution to that.
There was just so much that Spike could have learned from and about Gren, and not just about Vicious’ activities during the Titan War or about Julia’s whereabouts. They were this incredibly complex person, and I just feel like two episodes is just not enough. I had more questions than answers, and I’m hoping that maybe the Netflix version goes a bit deeper into Gren’s past.
And naturally, I’m going to go watch “Jupiter Jazz” now, because it’s Wednesday morning, and I can.