Giving Bojack a breath of fresh air for season 6

October 29, 2019

 

Very rarely do animated TV shows focus on serious topics like addiction, depression and suicide with a caution like Bojack Horseman does. 

 

What seems like an everyday show about a literal horse-man is actually a haunting story about a brazen individual struggling with alcoholism.

 

 


PHOTO COURTESY NETFLIX

Bojack returns for season 6 after

deciding to seek treatment.

 

 

Throughout the first five seasons of the show, the main characters have gone through a lot.

 

 

 

From Princess Caroline, a pink cat discovering she wants to become a mother, to Diane Nguyen, the writer learning to love herself without a relationship. 

 

Even Mr. Peanutbutter, the fun-loving, easily-excitable golden retriever developing as a character by showing an emotion other than pure joy.

 

The characters in Bojack Horseman have all been through more than their fair share of ups-and-downs.

 

This time the first eight episodes of the final season gave them all some room to breathe.

 

Each episode tended to be focused on specific characters, as opposed to the whole crew having shenanigans all going on at the same time and it’s quite the breath of fresh air.

 

The stand out episodes to me have to be the second episode, “The New Client,” and the last episode released that was released, “A Quick One, While He’s Away,” my favorite of the two being the latter.

 

“A Quick One, While He’s Away” is especially unique because it doesn’t feature any of the main cast and doesn’t mention any of them by name, apart from the title sequence. 

 

It’s an episode structured as a film noir style Casablanca inspired mystery, with two detectives trying to find out what led the death of a previously featured character.

 

The ending of this episode not only leaves me wanting more, but it’s also left me more ready than ever to see what could possibly happen for the series finale.

 

However, this set of episodes wasn’t without its flaws. Episode Six, “The Kidney Stays in the Picture,” was definitely the blandest of the bunch. 

 

The episode surrounds two main events, Todd Chaves discovering that his mother needs a kidney transplant, and Bojack Horseman accidentally starting a strike among the assistants of the rich and famous of “Hollywoo,” this series’ fictional version Hollywood.

 

Even with that hiccup, the season more than makes up for it with interesting plots, like the fourth episode “Surprise!” The episode is the most visually entertaining, with plenty sight-gags showing.

 

Overall, the first half of the final season of Bojack Horseman is a Jenga tower waiting to fall, and I’m more than ready to see it happen.

 

I’d give this season a 4.5/5 stars.

 

 

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