Bojack Horseman


I just finished watching Bojack Horseman Season 3. I’ll review this one first when it’s still fresh on my mind, then I’ll write what I can remember from the top of my head for seasons 1 and 2.

A lot of the show is about people trying to make progress and failing, falling short, screwing up, messing things up, embarrassing themselves.

Season 3 has a pretty epic way of tying up some of its loose ends.

Season 3:

I thought the show did a great job of portraying how people enable each other.

Diane is an annoying character. I’m not sure if they intended to be, but she gets self-righteous in a way that doesn’t seem justified to me.

I didn’t really like Mr. Peanutbutter in the first season, but he really grew on me in the second and third seasons.

I love how they portrayed Mr. Peanutbutter’s relationship with his older brother – how they felt this need to keep holding on to their old way of interacting with one another.

While Bojack does obviously have a fuckton of issues, I think his biggest problem seems to be that he makes impulsive decisions. He keeps allowing himself to be swayed one way or another by anybody trying to persuade him of something. He’d get into a lot less shit if he just said things like, “Let me sleep on it and get back to you on that tomorrow.” I suppose if he internalized this, there’s be a lot less action and drama on the show and it’d be less of a trainwreck.

I was annoyed that Todd tipped away $8m. Really?

I quite liked the Cabracadabra side-show.

The level of call-backs, continuity, self-referencing, etc in this show is amazing.

The show uses the word “fuck” just once in Season 3. And it does it masterfully. Not sure if they used it before.

The abortion episode was pretty well handled.

It’s interesting how all three seasons have this element of urgency about them towards the end. I suppose that’s just good TV writing– same applied to Game of Thrones and The West Wing, as far as I can remember.

Episode 9, with Bojack and Princess Carolyn discussing their extended, tumultous and mutually-enabling (not in a good way) relationship reminded me of Before Midnight.

Will update more later maybe.

Additional notes– I’ve been having some thoughts circle my mind around Bojack as a central point. Games People Play is one of them. The Last Psychiatrist is another one of them– I was never fully able to get into that. Dostoyevsky’s Notes From Underground is another one of them. [link] Something about self-destructive behaviors, a death wish. Also – Trainspotting, Requiem For A Dream.

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