Bojack Horseman offers a great mix of laughs, empathy and deep moments, rivaling some of Netflix’s other content.
Despite being an animated series and often seen as a comedy, Bojack Horseman delivered deep dramatic moments that at times made me pause and take a moment to reflect on what was being said. The cast are all perfectly flawed dealing with issues relating to one’s career, existentialism, sexuality and parenthood.
Yet, the show still found a way to make me smile moments after questioning its characters. Despite most of the show’s characters being talking animals – horses, fish, etc. -, they are brought to life by hyperbolic characterisation and issues reflecting real world events.
Bojack’s journey this season is about getting award recognition for his starring role in Secreteriat, which provides a lot of light-hearted metafictive jokes about Hollywood, while also exploring ‘whether it all really matters’ and will fulfill what’s missing in his life.
The writing in this season is probably the best the show has had, particularly in its final three episodes as climactic tension and conflict familiar to the show begins to unfold. Will Arnett’s performance as the show’s lead, Bojack, was honest and authentic, although, the rest of the cast each had their distinct moments.