I would argue that if a TV show doesn’t have a cool intro to it – with great visuals, a catchy song and decent actor credits, then it loses some of its luster. But what’s even more fun is when some enterprising young soul takes the theme from one TV show and tries to interpret it for another TV show.
I shall give you examples of what I describe.
First off, let’s get jazzed up by the waycool intro for the anime (and soon to be Netflix limited series) Cowboy Bebop. Or as I like to call it, what Firefly was before Firefly was Firefly.
So someone grabbed clips from the only decent part of the old 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, the animated Boba Fett sequence, and repurposed them as an ersatz intro for The Mandalorian, should that show have a Cowboy Bebop intro.
So how about this. If you’re going to take chunks out of the old Star Wars Holiday Special, why the hell don’t you just make a Cowboy Bebop intro for the entire Star Wars movie?
Of course, we could work backwards, and pull the Cowboy Bebop show into an intro style from a 1970’s-era police procedural, say, maybe Hawaii Five-O?
Now remember what I said about the TV show Firefly being a ripoff of Cowboy Bebop? Yeah, I’m willing to die on that hill. That, and it’s fun when you can take the original Firefly concept and mesh it into another TV show intro … like, oh, let’s say another batch of freedom fighters like … The A-Team.
Okay, okay, I kid about Firefly. It did have a decent intro, but it sounds much better when it’s grafted onto a superior show like, oh, let’s say The Mandalorian.
Since The Mandalorian is essentially a Space Western, how about we mash it up with the best fantasy western TV series ever made. You know, the one with Robert Conrad and six barroom brawls per episode? Yep, I’m talking about The Wild, Wild West.
Although, technically, The Mandalorian could be considered a “spaghetti Western” in the science-fiction world. So how about we merge it into a remix as if it were a classic 1960’s grindhouse spaghetti Western movie?
Hey, let’s see what it would look like if The Mandalorian was designed as a 1980’s buddy cop show.
Or maybe, just maybe, if the characters were performed by Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada… now that could be fun.
Okay, okay, I get it. Chuck likes The Mandalorian, Chuck thinks Firefly is overrated, Chuck wants to see the new Netflix version of Cowboy Bebop. Lather, rinse, repeat. Film at 11.
But you have to admit, these intros kinda made you smile, didn’t they?