Bojack Horseman Season 3 Review
Netflix Original Series
For a review of season 1&2, click below:
“It gets easier. You have to do it every day, but it gets easier”
Bojack Horseman Season 2 ended on a note of optimism; the idea that Bojack’s transition into a better person would be a struggle, but a winnable one. If nothing else, Bojack Horseman Season 3 demonstrates that it’s much easier to fall down, and stay down, than it is get up.
Starting right where we left off, Bojack(Will Arnett) is a star. Bojack’s “digitally enhanced” Secretariat performance is being lauded by critics and our favorite anthropomorphic horse has been immersing himself with the media and Hollywoo big-wigs to earn himself an Oscar nomination.
Bojack has overcome obscurity, but has only just moved onto the next of life’s many problems. Facing failure at every turn, Bojack continues to distance himself from the few people who still love him. Only turning to them in desperation; they see more and more how one sided their relationships are. His Oscar campaign has only emboldened his narcissism, and has put him on an even greater path of self-destruction.
Bojack Horseman is one of the funniest and somehow saddest shows on television. Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s writing has more depth than anything I’ve ever seen in the the cartoon format. The casual viewer can always enjoy the rapid wordplay, anthropomorphism, and general silliness, but Bojack Horseman has a unique way of pulling at your heartstrings…hard.
Bojack Horseman is renowned for its dark humor, and season 3 takes things to another level. Nothing is off limits as the boundaries of what can be included in a “comedy” are pushed like they’ve never been before. Abortion, death, and rape are juxtaposed against a combination of witty and shallow comedy, leaving you laughing one second and a knot in your stomach the next.
Bojack’s supporting cast is given slightly less screen-time than in past seasons, but flashbacks to 2007 give us more exposure to the foundations of these relationships, especially to the relationship with Princess Carolyn(Amy Sedaris). Opening up the possibility for boundless 2007 themed puns, it also gives a little more background to Bojack’s hesitancy to put himself out there again.
Season 3 focuses on one major theme; how you can be universally loved, and still disliked by everyone who actually knows you. Bojack’s character has continued to be pushed to the absolute limit of becoming a pure villain, while still offering just enough humanizing qualities to gain your sympathy.
At 22 minutes per episode Bojack is one of the most binge-friendly series online. Regularly falling in, out, back in, and back out of love with Bojack, few, if any, characters create the emotional investment than our self-loathing horse.
- Bojack Horseman has quickly become one of my favorite shows of all-time.
- While the show is a comedy, and there are always jokes, the show can be serious enough at times when it’s hard to laugh. If you need something mindless to make you laugh for 22 minutes, this is not the show for you. You have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy the show to the fullest.
- One of the bleakest shows on television, it’s also one of the most optimistic. No matter where you’ve been in life, or how low you’ve sunk, you can always start over.