BoJack Horseman‘s final season was split into two parts, and I have already reviewed part one earlier (you can read that review here).
The final part of BoJack Horseman continues on from the first part of season six. Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, this show has a voice cast including Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie. BoJack (Arnett) is finally getting his life together, settling into the life of a University professor, when a call from a newspaper journalist exposes his past with Sarah Lynn (voiced by Kristen Schaal).
The animation style of this season has been nothing short of phenomenal. If you have been with this show up until this point, you understand how weird it can get. This series takes some huge risks with the animation and it looks gorgeous whilst also adding purpose to it. There are some fun visual gags that have been running throughout the entire show, but there are also some moments that turn dark and upsetting moments into a visual spectacle, letting the audience appreciate what they are seeing before the emotional impact hits.
Once again, there is not a single wasted episode here as each one adds something to the narrative and the story. This show always manages to pack so much in each 20-minute episode, both narratively as well as entertainment-wise. This part of the season may, in fact, be the tightest, most focused part of any series of BoJack, having a true focus and direction for each of the characters to take.
Each character has their own arc as this show comes to a close. It could have been easy to purely focus on BoJack himself and keep everyone else as they were from the start, but they all seem to go on a journey. The character that actually has the most growth of them all is Diane (voiced by Brie) as her character and personality changed drastically this season, but with real growth and reason as to why. Her storyline deals with hard subjects, such as mental health and anti-depressant tablets, but it is done so maturely and professionally.
The development of BoJack from the very start of the show until now has been incredibly well done, balancing the audience wanting him to be happy and stable, but also aware that he should pay for the horrible stuff that he has done. No season reflects that more than this one, where we see both sides collide into one and present a moral dilemma in us and what he should do and where he should be. Whilst we feel safe and secure with him at University, real life hits him again and it is hard to watch him go through his struggles once more, it is absolutely necessary for him to get real closure by the end of it.
Part One of this final season ended in a way I did not expect but left me with so many questions that I wanted to be answered. Whilst I was not fully happy with the ending of that part, it was necessary as it acts to a perfect bridgeway for this part. Because of the long break between both parts of the season, it is easy enough to forget what happened with Sarah Lynn and purely focus on BoJack and his recovery before the reminder hits. When BoJack is told to remember about her, we are too and it grounds us immediately.
This final part hits with so many mature themes, but they never get overwhelming. If the focus is on drug use and alcoholism, the story stays focus on that. If the show starts to go too deep one way, it backs off and gives the audience a breathing moment with another storyline, particularly with Todd or Mr. Peanutbutter. Handling tough subjects has always been a great element that BoJack Horseman does, but no season does it as well as this one.
With most shows, it is the final episode of a final season that has all of the narrative closures and emotional moments. However, it is actually the penultimate episode, “The View From Halfway Down”, that ended up being the big episode for me. This is the episode that closes the main storyline of this season, and the one that perhaps gives BoJack the most closure he will receive. Yes, there is one more episode after that truly ends the show and his arc, but this is the one that truly matters and it is so brilliantly done.
Despite not being the big storytelling episode, the final episode is surprisingly simple and beautifully done. Fans were wondering whether BoJack Horseman would end with a happy or a sad note, and the truth is that it just reflects real life. Life isn’t purely happy or sad, it just gives you these small moments and you have to make them matter. Life goes on regardless, and this ending reflects that. It does not need to end on an extreme high or an extreme low to make an impact, in fact letting the audience decide the result of the finale in itself creates a bigger impact.
Many shows have individual strong seasons, but BoJack may be the most consistently strong show I have ever seen. There is not one bad or mediocre season, and this final season is one of its strongest. There was so much pressure to end this, with fans conflicted on whether it should end happily or not. The creators found a nice balance in between, giving audiences what they needed without them fully realising. This is a show that I know I will be going back to over and over again and, whilst I am sad that I will have no new episodes of BoJack again, this was the perfect way to end it.
Have you caught up with the final part of BoJack Horseman? What did you make of the final few episodes? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.