Bojack Horseman Season 3 Review

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Bojack Horseman is probably the most adult thing you can watch on Netflix, and that’s pretty remarkable for a show about an animated horse.  Throughout its first two seasons, Bojack Horseman developed a formula of depressing narrative mixed with hyper silly humor.  Season 3 thankfully carries on the trend.

Back In ‘07

This season picks up immediately following the conclusion of season 2, and follows Bojack’s campaign to win an Oscar for his performance in Secretariat.  The season primarily takes place in 2015, but has frequent flashbacks to 2007, which explore Bojack’s last failed TV show.  Bojack’s journey in this season is very well thought out.  It’s gripping, and mind-numbingly depressing.  Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter also have their own story arc, although there’s  takes a backseat throughout the season and isn’t really as important as their season 2 story.

Yay 2007
Yay 2007

Who’s On The Couch?

One of the biggest letdowns of the season is a lack of Todd.  Aaron Paul’s spirit animal has a very limited showing in season 3 compared to the prior 2.  While Todd is usually front and centre during Bojack’s struggles or off having his own adventures, in season 3 he almost isn’t there at all.  There are a couple episodes that he isn’t in at all, and his interaction with Bojack is pretty minimal.  While Todd’s story arc is quite touching, it feels pretty short and inconsequential.  

I do miss the dynamic of sad Bojack and emotionally oblivious Todd

Trying Is Pointless, So Is Having Dreams

Bojack Horseman is an incredible show, and season 3 really ramped up its storytelling.  One episode of the season takes place entirely underwater, and has no  dialogue.  Despite no words at all, the episode is one of the more touching from the season and it can still bring a tear to your eye.  As a fan of meta humor, animation, storytelling, comedy, and entertainment in general, I cannot recommend Bojack Horseman enough.  Everyone with a Netflix subscription would do well to watch it.  Bojack Horseman is a show that will either make you want to be a better person or simply reaffirm your dislike for yourself, but either way, it’s a journey worth taking.  

Justin

Justin should probably be in class right now. @JerstinRob

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