Here are two words to set the tone of my review of this...thing: Criminally overrated.
I can't, at this moment, think of a better adjective than criminal, so let's roll with that.
Often, at night, I will be lying down and struck with a fit of sudden insomnia. During these moments I will flip on the TV, and more often than not wind up on Adult Swim. Usually, this is ok. Except for Saturday nights? Why? Saturday night, is anime night, and they pick the worst of the worst to be shown. Full Metal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell, and worst of all, Cowboy Bebop.
Every episode starts out good enough, show has a great theme song. Love it through and through. Unfortunately, this is the highlight of the show, it is literally all downhill from here on out.
So every episode, after the intro, opens with a terrible rendering of the our potential future. The art in this show is terrible, low-grade, and of the minimum quality. In attempt to create fully detailed, fine quality art, they sacrifice smooth animation. Their failure in both regards is near unforgivable, and provokes vomiting in the uninitiated.
Then we have the voice acting. Imagine grabbing 3 random porn-stars, shooting them up with painkillers, and having them read lines about random outer space shenanigans. This is the "acting" quality we get. The fact that people find this satisfactory is just shocking.
The characters in this cartoon are among the worst I've seen. None have a personality, only a role. Fearless hero, weary veteran, oddball, and sex symbol. Oh man, I feel attached to these cliches already! Nothing new is offered here, at all.
People often joke about those rumors of Keanu Reeves, who is known for being emotionless, playing Spike in a potential film. That would be the best casting I've ever seen.
With boring voices, boring action, badly animated scenes, and a general sense of nothing happening, this show is the perfect cure for my infrequent insomnia.