TV Series Review: BoJack Horseman (Season 6, Part 1)
Netflix announced earlier this year that season six will be the last season for BoJack Horseman, and that the season will be split in half, with the final half of the show releasing on the 31st of January 2020. Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, this season brings back to strong voice-acting cast including Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul. This first half of the final seasons focuses on several storylines from the main characters, with BoJack Horseman (Arnett) in rehab, Princess Carolyn (Sedaris) struggling with motherhood and Mr Peanutbutter (Tompkins) trying to fix his relationship.
The first four episodes, in particular, are not only some of my favourite episodes of any season of BoJack Horseman, but some of the best episodes of any TV show in the past few years. The film takes a risk in its narrative by having one of the first five episodes focus on one particular person, whilst trying to connect everyone’s storyline with it. For a show that has a character in its title, it is bold to steer focus away from him, but in this case it makes sense given his location and narrative here. It shows the strength of the characters that we can spend time with any of them and still be entertained thoroughly.
If I was to pick a favourite episode, it would be episode four, titled “Surprise”. This episode focuses on Mr Peanutbutter and his relationship with Pickles, and the entire episode is told about one particular moment and situation. It very much reminded me of the funeral episode from the previous season, which could still be said to be the strongest episode ever for the show. Yet, this episode has a fun opening and a fun way of telling the story, with part of it being shown through a streaming service that Pickles uses. It not only touches on today’s society but is a fun presentation of a very difficult situation.
The animation style, as always, is gorgeous and unique in its own way that does take a while to get used to. The team behind the show have taken extra thought and made some bold moves with the animation to help it drive the narrative in this season overall. In particular, I loved the ambitious narrative told through the animation of Princess Carolyn’s story, helping show not only her emotions and thoughts but her narrative through the fun use of multiple versions of her seen as past moments of her.
For the first time in this show, I found myself actually caring about and liking each of the main characters and their stories. BoJack Horseman has always been the character with the most progression, and that continues here with a very important story focusing on rehab and self-improvement. The story that develops between Diane and her new partner not only is enjoyable to watch but actually shows the progression of her character outside of shadowing BoJack, which I appreciate. I love how bold the creators are going with Princess Carolyn and her motherhood storyline, showing the hard troubles that come with it. I also finally feel that Mr Peanutbutter and Todd are given more thought in this series, but without losing what makes them important as side yet comedic characters.
The four concluding episodes to this part of the series may not be as entertaining or strong personally, but they are vital in terms of tying up a narrative for the series and not being just filled with little stories and smaller filler episodes. I was wondering how they would end the first part of the series, and they end it in a way that leaves you needing a solid answer and a satisfying conclusion, even if we can expect there not to be a happy ending for a show that goes this deep into darker subject matters.
If there is something to say about this show, it is that it looks too much into the past and brings back storylines that I just do not care about much anymore. It seems like this final series is going to look at resolving a mystery from the past, rather than looking forward and having the characters focus on themselves first. The focal storyline near the end of the series is one that I do not care about much anymore unfortunately and I hope it does not become the driving point of the final episode. Instead, I want them to focus on what happens afterwards and what will become of the characters we have cared about for these six seasons, mainly BoJack and Diane.
BoJack Horseman has been my favourite Netflix production for years now, and this series solidifies that for me and is easily the best show Netflix has released all year (yes, even with shows such as Stranger Things also released in 2019). The show finds a way to end this part of the series leaving you what could possibly happen in the final act and questioning what tone the final episode will take, and the team have a huge task ending this show in a satisfying manner. However, judging by the incredible content they just provided up, I can trust the team on this one. This is definitely a recommend, and if you have not seen any of the BoJack Horseman episodes, please go and do so.
Have you had a chance to check out the first part of season six of BoJack Horseman yet? What did you make of this season so far? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.