| Jamming With Edward
(Jamingu Wizu Edowādo)
|Previous Session|| Waltz For Venus|
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|Original Airdate||December 19, 1998|
"Jamming With Edward"' is the ninth session, or episode, of Cowboy Bebop.
In order of appearance):
- Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV
- Jet Black
- Faye Valentine
- Tom Wiles
- Yuuri Kellerman
- Spike Spiegel
- Punch and Judy
A satellites' artificial intelligence laments being alone then connects to several other satellites in the area orbiting planet Earth and begins to fire lasers onto the planet’s surface, imprinting carvings in the shapes of various animals. Edward lays outside in District 39 while listening to the radio and surfing the net. She hacks into the Earth Gate server where she spots the Bebop scheduled to land for vacation. She yells happily as if she knows about the Bebop, then a rock shower comes and tosses Edward and her equipment into the air.
The anchor explains that a 8 million Woolong bounty has been placed by the Earth government on whoever is responsible for hacking into the orbiting satellites and causing them to create these land carvings of animals.
Spike decides to pass on the bounty opportunity, citing that chasing down hackers is boring work, which leaves Jet and Faye to team up alone much to Jet’s concern. Flying over a sector of Earth, Faye learns that there are hundreds of active transmitters in the area in which she’s searching for the hacker. At a defunct train depot, Jet learns that the culprit is most likely Radical Edward, but he can’t get an accurate description of the person.
Edward hacks into the Outernet server and enters the virtual mind of the satellite that started the land carvings, but once she is in there she learns that no one had hacked into it before. She hears a voice inside the system who identifies itself as the Central Processing Unit on the D135 Artificial Satellite. Edward decides to call it MPU because it’s like CPU, only neater.
MPU explains that he made those land carvings to recreate the Nazca lines after the gate crash destroyed Earth’s landscape. The Earth Police jam the signal and Edward loses contact with MPU. Edward contacts the Bebop and tells them that the satellite itself caused the land carvings at the cost of them granting her a favor. She explains that the only way to "capture" MPU is by flying manually to the satellite, avoiding the attack satellites that will open fire sensing on-board computers, and download MPU through a direct line into the system.
Spike is excited about the challenge and flies off in his ship after the Bebop reaches exits Earth’s orbit. In his spacesuit, Spike connects port D7 to port 2, which allows him to fire lasers without the computer. With the computer and engine off, Spike drifts towards the satellite by opening and closing small airlocks that propel the ship back on course. Spike fires on the satellite, but the blast is blocked at the last moment by an attack satellite. The other satellites wake up and Spike is forced to turn his ship back on and race and dodge into incoming fire. Faye, flying in her Redtail, reluctantly covers Spike and engages the attack satellites who are firing in her direction.
Edward suggests that Spike fly within 20 meters of MPU, where the attack satellites won’t risk hitting the weather satellite, while Faye acts as a decoy to draw fire. The plan works and Spike connects to the satellite where Edward goes to work downloading a copy of MPU.
Back on Earth Spike and Jet attempt to collect their bounty but the Earth police rule that bounties are only issued to life forms and not computers. The crew attempts to fly off without Edward, who was promised by Faye that she could be a full member of the crew, and Edward crashes the ship using her remote control, forcing them to take her along.
Spike complains that the three things he particularly hates (kids, animals and women with attitudes) are all packed gathered in his and Jet’s ship as they fly off from Earth where a new land carving (of Ed’s computer persona) is drawn onto the surface of South America.
- “Hackers are nerdy, pasty, tubby little geeks with triple-thick glasses; and this one is probably a demented Otaku with smelly feet, so catching him will be a breeze.”
- — Faye Valentine
- “Satellite from days of old, lead me to your access code!”
- — Edward
- “Jet, do you know that there are three things that I particularly hate?”
- — Spike Spiegel
- — Jet Black
- “Kids, animals, and women with attitudes. So tell me, Jet, WHY DO WE HAVE ALL THREE OF THEM NEATLY GATHERED IN OUR SHIP!?”
- — Spike Spiegel
Themes and MotifsEdit
- Missed Bounty: This session is an example of the Bebop crew missing out on a bounty they set out to capture. They are unable to collect on the bounty of MPU, who was indeed responsible for the land carvings, on a technicality that only life forms be subject to bounties.
Homages and ReferencesEdit
- Jamming with Edward! is the title of a 1972 album recorded by several members of The Rolling Stones The title refers to sessions pianist Nicky Hopkins, a talented studio player who has played with such groups as The Beatles, The Who, Neil Young, and Jeff Beck among others.
- At the very beginning of the session, MPU resembles the computer HAL 9000 from Arthur C. Clarke's book and Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The pictures drawn by MPU are identical to the famous geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.
- Yurri Kellerman, the "expert on the supernatural" is a likely reference to TV psychic Uri Geller.