Bojack Horseman is quickly becoming one of my favorite tv shows ever. It’s just so well done in every way. It doesn’t pull punches and the effect it has is immense. It shows what it is to live with depression exactly as it feels. Everyone in the show is striving for their own best interest. Every single character is so fully realized they feel like people. It’s incredible. The writing is incredible. The art is beautiful and so particularly put together. It’s such a great show.
The start of season 5 opens with Bojack on the set of Philbert, a brand new cop show where Bojack stars as Philbert. As the show goes on he develops a sexual relationship with his costar Gina, who doesn’t want anything beyond that with anyone.
Later on in the show after Philbert finishes recording Bojack ends up stumbling into continuing a relationship with Gina even though it wasn’t exactly his intention. He was looking for someone to buy pain killers from for his “back pain” and ended up at Gina’s house with his half-sister Hollyhawk. Which is a messy situation as it is. It showcases addiction and how awful and messy it can be and it only gets worse later on.
In the end of season 5 Bojack chokes Gina not even knowing what he’s doing because he’s so pumped up with drugs that he looses all grip on his reality. He wants to tell everyone about it, but he doesn’t because Gina won’t let him. It’s one of the realest moments on the show. Gina doesn’t want to be known as a victim. She wants a career and it becomes up to her to decide how she handles the aftermath of what was done to her. Is it the right thing to do? I couldn’t say. No one but, the victims can have a say in how they deal with their trama and this is how Gina chooses to handle it.
Meanwhile there’s Princess Caroline who is trying to adopt a child. She goes to her hometown and talks to a pregnant girl there about why she felt she was the best option for the child, but keeps getting calls back to her work life. This ends up being a part of why Princess Caroline gets pushed away and sent home.
A big part of season 5’s story is Mr. Peanutbutter’s and Diane’s divorce. For Diane, one of the coolest episodes shows her writing an article for her job about the top reasons to visit Vietnam. Each reason details more about her and how she is dealing with her divorce. It’s one of my favorite scenes and also pieces of writing Diane does. It’s really thought out and I loved it.
For Mr. Peanutbutter’s part he finds himself someone new to have affection for: Pickles. Pickles is very sweet and often excitable, but like all the woman Mr. Peanutbutter dates she also has those moments where she needs more then just the bursting excitement that is Mr. Peanutbutter. There is also a significant age difference between them and Pickles is growing up still and as she grows she may no longer be what Mr. Peanutbutter is looking for and the cycle may again continue. A sad cycle to watch.
Todd ends up having a very successful job in this season. In his personal life he finds a girlfriend and her family tries to seduce him, but realizes that he and their daughter are actually both a-sexual. After that he realizes that he wasn’t really happy in the connection and breaks up with her. Later he tries to see if he can rekindle his connection with his best friend.
One of my favorite episodes was the funeral for Beatrice. The whole episode is just Bojack giving his Eulogy. It’s sad, yet funny, but also gives everyone a lot to think about. Bojack talks a lot about his mother saying “I see you.” as the last thing she says to him before passing away. He wondered for a while about what she meant before realizing she was probably reading the ICU sign of where she was being kept realizing where she was in a final bit of lucidity before passing away. It was a powerful episode. I remember feeling so much after watching it. It’s one of the best episodes in all of Bojack.
Something I love a lot about Bojack is that they push boundaries with story and art. It’s often disarming and unique to watch, but then it catches you with such clear reality tangled in the madness. It makes the chaos more real then anything else at all and I love the show so much for it. The episode of bobo the Angsty Zebra was one of my favorites to watch.
Then, the ending of Season 5. Bojack checks himself into rehab. I don’t understand how every season does it, but it ended so perfectly for the story that it told. Diane no longer believes that Bojack can be redeemed for his wrongs, but she still shows up for him. Gets him to take a step he should have a long time ago. It’s sad and yet hopeful too, because it’s a real step in the right direction for Bojack.
So soon I’m ready to watch the finale season of this incredible show. I didn’t expect how much I would love it. Or how much it would effect me. It’ll be wonderful to see how it ends. So far it’s been amazing.
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