'Cowboy Bebop' and 'The Wheel of Time' dully add to streaming's quest for attention

스트리밍 서비스는 사전 판매 개념을 기반으로 고가의 시리즈를 계속 출시합니다., 그러나 그 큰 스윙은 큰 실패를 초래할 수 있습니다., 이번 주말에 두 가지 주요 사례와 함께: “카우보이 비밥,” Netflix’s live-action spin on a popular anime show; 과 “시간의 수레바퀴,” Amazon’s poor-man’s version of “반지의 제왕” (전에 its actual one) based on popular fantasy books.

Both shows fall flat, for different reasons.
“카우보이 비밥” seeks to replicate the style and tone of the violent animated series, a space western that features a trio of bounty hunters (또는 “cowboys”). They’re played by John Cho (under a tousled mop of hair), Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda, hunting a bizarre array of targets, firing off playful banter and weapons in near-equal measure.
    While much of the action is episodic, the season is connected by a larger plot involving the villainous Vicious (Alex Hassell), from the Cho character’s past, and the alluring woman (Elina Satine) that came between thema thread that feels so familiar as to become a bit of a snooze.
      Introduced in Japan in 1998 and in the US via Adult Swim three years later, the series demonstrates once again that it’s not easy to approximate the tone of a cartoon in a live-action format, even one that’s adult in its content. (Netflix is also streaming the original show to maximize the bangsand there are a lot of themfor its bucks.)
        모두 말했다, the new series is big, loud and lavishly produced, with a music-infused sensibility that works in its favor, or at least should.
        Yet somehow, the producers have managed to make a show that appears to have provoked skepticism among the original’s devoteeswho speak of it with the kind of reverence once reserved forCitizen Kane” — without effectively inviting newcomers into the party.
          Whatever the cause, the chemistry feels off. And while the action sequences are stylishly choreographed, “카우보이 비밥” finally bangs out a pretty dull tune.
          Rosamund Pike in Amazon'에스 '시간의 수레바퀴,'

          적어도 “Bebopdoesn’t aspire to being much more than fun, 동안 “시간의 수레바퀴” — adapted from Robert Jordan’s bookshas a more epic scope that adds to the sense of dramatic inertia.
          Rosamund Pike provides a degree of star poweror at least the most recognizable faceas the mysterious Moiraine, who comes to a small village where she enlists five young men and women on a quest to thwart the return ofthe dark one,” with one member of the quintet, still unknown, representing the prophesied savior of their world.
          The dark one’s slavering minions, 당연히, are in hot pursuit, but the characters simply don’t possess enough pop to draw in those who don’t come immersed in the mythology, and the special effects are uneven. What emerges thus feels like another fantasy-based soap opera, populated by fantastic creatures and stiff dialogue filled with ominous warnings likeThe dark one is coming for your friends.
          Put the blame on “왕좌의 게임,” which prompted every streamer to take a hard look at fantasy concepts with literary underpinnings to tap into that genre. As noted, Amazon’s really big bet is an upcoming series based on “반지의 제왕,” which only feeds the sense that this represents a once-over-lightly version of it.
          While there have been successes, the streaming world has also absorbed expensive failures as it tests these waters, 와 “Cursed” 과 “Jupiter’s Legacyamong Netflix’s recent one-season wonders.
            On the plus side, it’s nice to see streamers taking chances on material that requires such ambition. 그렇지만, there’s not much to “카우보이 비밥” that would merit saddling up for an encore, or anything about “시간의 수레바퀴” to provoke enthusiasm about the prospect of it marching on.
            “카우보이 비밥” 과 “시간의 수레바퀴” premiere Nov. 19 on Netflix and Amazon, 각기.

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