Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the 1990s Japanese anime Cowboy Bebop arrived on the streaming service on November 19, and although the series has been a hit, many fans spent much of season 1 wondering where a particular redhead hacker was. In a new featurette from Netflix Geeked, fans can catch up on Radical Ed and hear from the actor Eden Perkins about what it was like to bring the character to life at the end of Cowboy Bebop‘s season 1 finale. The feature opens with tweets from fans praising the series, among others John Cho‘s appearance as Spike Speigel, and Yoko Kanno‘s incredible score, while also asking where on earth is Ed?
Radical Ed is a prodigy, and in the original anime series, she hacks into the crew of Bebop and makes herself an invaluable part of the team. In the series, Perkins’ Ed Spike finds Speigel in an alley in the final moments of the finale. “I got to perform with John Cho, which was really cool. It was such an amazing experience,” Perkins said.
Cowboy Bebop tells the story of a rogue group of bounty hunters who travel through space and take on the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. The original series ran in 26 episodes in 1998 and was created by Hajimi Yatate and written by Keiko Nombumoto. Netflix’s customization was created by Christopher L. Yost and written by Sean Cummings and Karl Taro Greenfeld. Yost’s write credits also include Thor: Ragnarok and The Mandalorian.
While Ed only has one scene in the new series, she arrives full of personality and energy. “When I finally got to be on the set, it was incredible. It was just an evening of footage … The sets are so, so cool, and at night it’s like a whole different atmosphere,” Perkins said. Perkins is excited for fans to meet their character and see what their bid for Ed brings to the series. Netflix has not yet announced about Cowboy Bebop gets another season, but season 1 provided plenty of room for the show to continue where the original anime did not.
“She’s an amazing character, and I really relate to her,” Perkins of Radical Ed said. “And it was just so, so incredibly exciting to be cast as her.”
Cowboy Bebop is Perkins’ debut performance. Season 1 is also included John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Elena Satine, Alex Hassell and John Noble. Fans can stream Cowboy Bebop on Netflix now. Watch the short featurette on Radical Ed below:
They also talk about what it’s like to adapt characters from anime to the screen.
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