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Bojack Horseman has slowly become one of my favourite shows of all time. However, when I try to introduce the show to others, they’re usually put off by the shows weird theme. The animal and human world are mixed, so humans live side by side; they talk, work and live as humans do. Strange, right? I thought the same thing. Initially the show wasn’t really my cup of tea, but like all my other favourite shows, the more I started watching it the more I realised how much I loved the way they use the shows otherworldly, wacky format to produce some of TV’s realest scenes is mind-blowing; you’re really given time to connect with the characters on a deeper level. The shows writing is so well done that each season will affect you emotionally on multiple occasions; each character is so multi layered that it’s easy to forget that these aren’t real people, or even humans at some points. This was initially a big surprise for me, as I assumed that the show would be just another crazy animated comedy, like another Rick and Morty for example; with a more mature, adult targeted humour. Which it still is, but at the same time it’s so much more than that.
Usually when a new season drops, I choose a day when I’m free and binge watch the whole thing, since I have no life. This time was no different. Last season ended in an extremely sad place for Bojack, and heart-breaking moments for Bojack are usually heart-breaking moments for us fans too. No matter how terrible of a person Bojack is, we can’t help but love him. Season 4 was a lot different to the past three, although Bojack was still the same broken old horse from the past seasons, I feel this season we could really see him putting effort in trying to better himself. If not for him, then for the new addition to his family. Bojacks need to feel accepted and loved derives from his lack of that growing up as a child, both from his mother and father. The reason Bojack is Bojack, in my opinion, is really due to his upbringing. Often times when we’d get flashbacks of his mother’s cruelty towards him or just his generally depressing childhood, we’re left questioning why. Why is he being treated like this, for no apparent reason? Bojack often says himself that his childhood was traumatising, hence why he has such a terrible relationship with his mother and the rest of his family. Bojack’s storyline this season focused heavily on family, both past and present. We see the gut wrenching story of why Bojack is the way he is, as well as the gut-wrenching story as to why Bojacks mother is the way she is. Framed through Bojack’s mother’s dementia, the writers offer beautiful scenes where past and present collide and actions are given meanings, rather than excuses. Bojack is also introduced to a whole new side of family: fatherhood. Throughout the season, we see that wanting of acceptance from his mother being transferred to his daughter, Hollyhock. His need for love from his daughter really pushes Bojack outside his comfort zone, and causes him to act in ways we haven’t seen him act in prior seasons. The way their relationship progresses throughout the season is what really helps Bojack, and their relationship was really the strongest part of this season for me. I found myself wanting Hollyhock’s acceptance just as much as Bojack did. That’s why the ending was as sentimental as it was.
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Another stand out point of this season is how every main character was explored fully, they were fully stretched and each given their own spotlight, rather than all their storylines being based around Bojack like in previous seasons, this time they were all doing their own things, dealing with their own problems. Everyone’s suffering in their own way: Todd was trying to navigate dating and relationships as an asexual man; Princess Caroline was dealing with the desire for motherhood, yet the realities of infertility and our favourite married couple Mr Peanut butter and Diane were dealing with their failing marriage. This season was full of different character arcs that had us glued to our screens on every occasion. I personally enjoyed Princess Caroline’s character arc, because I love her as a character, and we really got a chance to see her in a different light. The career driven modern women, one who always seemed so strong, was really stretched this season. Her storyline was an extremely sad one, and I was happy that she was able to find at least some form of silver lining at the end of the season.
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At times, it’s easy to forget that Bojack is a comedy, you can have the most depressing, tear inducing scene and then the next scene cut could be the most ridiculous thing or some funny piece of social commentary that’ll have you giggling until the end of the show. Bojack Horseman is truly a gem, and I’m upset that I now have to wait another year for the next season. Season 4 was just another reason why this show is one of my favourites, and why Netflix is on its way to be the King of all things TV. Bojack Horseman. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.