Ballad of Fallen Angels is one of the very best Cowboy Bebop episodes ever, and could be one of the most gorgeous pieces of television of all freaking time if I'm being perfectly honest. Spike's past has come crawling back to haunt him and it's like it will never go away. Spike must confront his friend-turned-enemy: Vicious; and this could mean life or death for our beloved 'space cowboy'.
'Ballad' has strikingly gorgeous animation to it and cinematography that evokes not only the best animes out there, but also the finest film-noirs as well. Spike's history with Vicious is never explicitly stated, though the flashes of their backstory we do get leaves us thinking that there's a whole lot more to what's going on than what is on screen. Spike is a happy-go-lucky kind of fella who's seen some rough sh!t throughout his life, and I think this episode shows both those sides to his character (even if they're over-shadowed by the admittedly awesome gun-fights in this episode).
Cowboy Bebop is still great stuff twenty years on; and I love re-watching it again and again!
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