Watching: Bojack Horseman Season 5

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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Watching: Bojack Horseman Season 3

Season 3 of Bojack Horseman was a whirlwind. It has my favorite episode of Bojack so far, a look on some more background of Bojack and the gang, and some of the darkest most intense moments of the series so far. This is the season where I have found that I am completely in love with this show and I can’t wait to talk about why.

First of all, I want to talk about my favorite episode.

Episode 4: Fish out of water

This episode is an art piece. The sound of it. The way that everything is visual. How it’s basically silent storytelling. It’s gorgeous. It’s also one of the happiest episodes of Bojack. As a seahorse gives birth and Bojack ends up taking care of the little one and taking him back to his home.

I loved it so much I even drew my favorite moment:

I made a bit of a mess of the proportions, but I’m still happy with the result. It was a fun thing to draw. This is the happiest I had ever seen Bojack and Bojack has done so many things that have been sketchy in his life, but seeing him happy is the way I wish I could always see him.

A big part of season 3 was showing the past. The time after Bojack was a star on Horsin’ around and when he stared on a new tv series “The BoJack Horseman Show”. A show that was said to be terrible. In these episodes of Bojack Horseman we see younger versions of everyone and get a sense of how they’ve grown and developed to the people they are later on. Mr. peanutbutter in a bad marriage, Princess Caroline not yet an agent and barely developing her on again off again relationship with Bojack, Todd being young and discovering who he is, Diane working in a coffee shop just starting to write on the side. It’s so cool to see that part of these characters I have come to love. Gives each of them an even deeper characterization and all of them feel even more like people.

A big aspect of season 3 is Diane gets pregnant. Diane does not want a child and so she decides to have an abortion and being the social media coordinator for Sextina Aquafina she accidentally tweets about it and Sextina becomes a face of the pro-choice movement. It’s a unique perspective because I feel like Diane learns a lot about herself through this time and what it means to her to be a feminist. She gets confronted by her own biases and understands that the way she had been viewing Sextina was in a way that didn’t value her for who she truly was. It was a fascinating part of season 3 for me.

Another thing that happens is Todd meets up with his old friend Emily and they make a business together. Emily likes Todd, but we find out that Todd is asexual and just having that shown in a show like this was really cool. Todd ends up carrying on the business with Mr. Peanutbutter and it becomes the opposite of what it was meant to be originally and even though for me it turned into something I didn’t care for it ended up being a good thing later on.

A big part of season 3 is Bojack creating a campaign in hopes of being an Oscar winner. He and his friends go into meetings and set up places for him to show to create a new image for him to get picked. A lot of it goes great and a lot of it doesn’t, but that’s sorta how everything always goes for Bojack.

Bojack develops an interesting relationship with his publicist Ana. She thinks she can win him an Oscar for his role in secretariat and it ends up not happening and so she leaves him. This starts the unraveling that later turns into the most heartbreaking series of events in Bojack so far.

After years of Princess Caroline being Bojack’s agent he fires her for good. At that point he had all his hopes in Ana and Caroline had seemingly ruined two new opportunities for him and he felt fed up. It really wasn’t her fault, but it didn’t matter. Thus, began the beginning of the end.

Bojack gets announces as an Oscar nominee and so he throws a party. He gets majorly drunk and when he tries to kill himself by driving his car into his pool. He then gets saved by Mr. Peanutbutter only to be told that his nomination was a mistake. Then, Bojack has a convo with Todd that is the most intensely sad convo I’ve heard in all the series. Where Todd tells him that he’s the problem. The reason he is the way is is because of himself and no one else and it’s both so cruel and so hard-hitting. Bojack then goes on the deep end.

Then we get to the saddest part of the show. After months of sobriety Sabrina goes on a bender with Bojack and it’s terrible and heartbreaking to watch. Showing such darkness and pain in a tv show like this hit me hard. Both of them become lost.

And then as sometimes happens after taking too many drugs Sabrina dies and Bojack realizes her loss was his fault. The body isn’t meant take that much poison. Then the art of it, the way that they portray her death is haunting and beautiful. Yet not at all glorifying the moment in anyway. It felt like a knife in the gut to watch.

At the very end, Bojack tries to kill himself once more and ends up watching a group of wild horses just running and it stops him. Then the season ends on a moment of hope. It’s such a dark season and yet beautiful in its way. The writers and artists create a both real, bleak, and yet hopeful picture of what living life is. It’s glorious. It’s a show well worth applauding.

On the heels of my favorite season so far I’m excited to continue on the series and see what more Bojack has in store for me. I’m now halfway through his journey and so far I’ve loved each and every moment. Can’t wait for what is next.

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Watching Bojack Horseman: Season 2

I have to start off by saying this show is great. As my person would say it has some of the best showing of what it is to have depression on television. Season 2 of Bojack Horseman was fantastic to watch.

This season reached some great highs and some heartbreaking lows. Happiness is an inside job and Bojack struggles to find it and does in spurts, but never for long. That’s how depression goes sometimes. Sometimes it’s hard to change a mindset that you’ve held on to for years.

The very first episode was the hardest for me to watch.

Nothing gets to me like sucky parents and the closest I’ve gotten to crying because of this show has been seeing how awful Bojack’s parents were to him. Made him feel like his existence was inherently wrong and bad and it’s no wonder he’s grown up not truly being able to find happiness, because he’d never found a good way of healing all that pain. He gave himself to alcohol and bad decisions. He’s found great success in life, but still feels like nothing will ever be good enough. It can’t be not when he can’t find the good in himself.

Bojack finally lands his dream role of Secretariat. Yet at first his want to change his attitude makes him not as suitable for the role. All along Bojack had a lot of similarity to Secretariat’s essence even if that really is a sad truth. Yet even when he’d preform at the core of who Secretariat would be, they decided to make a completely different movie, all the grit removed. Hell they didn’t even use a single bit of Bojack’s acting in the final movie, just a cgi version of him.

Yet, somehow this very different movie that has nothing to really do with Secretariat turns out ok. Yet, it says nothing of Bojack or Secretariat and I don’t really know if I’d be ok with that if I were in Bojack’s shoes.

Another huge part of season 2 of bojack is JD Salinger’s show having Mr. Peanutbutter hosting. Bojack becomes a celebrity on the first episode and shit hits the fan. It becomes about humiliating Bojack until Princess Caroline tells Bojack about Mr. Peanutbutter’s tell. That episode is one of my favorites. It gets into so many difficult topics and realities of human reaction. Bojack gets petty and makes some sucky decisions and it is what it is.

Not to mention that Bojack’s girlfriend Wanda is a very important part of season 2. She makes Bojack happy for a while, but with his focus often elsewhere it isn’t enough and his depression wins out. Wanda is a positive being. She lifts Bojack up, but Bojack doesn’t want to be lifted not really. He may have loved her for a while, but in the end he breaks her heart and instead of chasing after her he chases his past and again only finds a temporary kind of happiness.

One of the most interesting things to watch was the dynamic between Bojack and Diane. Diane was supposed to go off to Cordovia for 6 months and she does, but then she realizes that Sebastian St. Clair is full of shit and she really isn’t doing anything to help anyone so she heads home. Yet, instead of going home she stays at Bojack’s house and lies to her husband for months that she’s still in Cordovia. Yet all the while she lays around drinking with Bojack and he lets her stay there.

This of course creates tension between himself and Wanda. Wanda certainly doesn’t want her boyfriend sitting on his ass wasting away with someone he’d had love for, for hours on end. It’s then she realizes she never really knew Bojack and everything between them falls apart.

Yet I have to say my favorite high of the show was for Princess Caroline. She enters a relationship with Rutabaga and they want to have a company together. Since Rutabaga puts the company in her name when things go bad for the two of them when Rutabaga shows he’s playing around and doesn’t truly respect Caroline she gives him the finger and keeps the company for herself. I have mad respect for Caroline. She’s amazing. Love seeing such a strong feminine feline in this show.

On a whole, season 2 was amazing to watch. It had great funny moments. It showed some real friendship. It had some wonderful jokes. Some real lows. A lot of difficult subjects to delve into. It’s a masterpiece. Every single character is three dimensional and real. You care for everyone no matter how flawed. People don’t always chose the “right” thing and this show gets that and isn’t afraid to show things for what they are.

There is so much detail that goes into the art and you can screenshot any point and you could see just how much was going on. It’s so good at showing hard truths. Yet it isn’t a hopeless show. Bojack wants to be better and it shows him working on himself, but finding his inner happiness and strength seems like it may be a long battle.

One of my favorite conversations was him talking to Mr. Peanutbutter:

Mr. Peanutbutter has something that Bojack doesn’t, a feeling of self-worth and the confidence that goes with that. Nothing seems good to Bojack because he hasn’t found that yet. It’s such a powerful conversation in the show. It was incredibly well done.

I’m excited to continue on and watch season three. It’s going to be incredible. Bojack’s journey is a hard one and I want to watch it to the very end.

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