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The Reflection

Bojack Horseman returns bigger and better than ever before

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Netflix has grown into a entertainment empire, being able to not only stream movies and tv shows that were on air years ago and today, they also make their own amazing television shows and films. While most people know of breakout hits like Orange is The New Black, Stranger Things and the slew of Marvel centered series, one of their greatest shows to air is undoubtedly Bojack Horseman.

This animated series follows the titular character in a world where anthropomorphic animals and humans coexist. Bojack was a popular sitcom star in the 90s, and the show’s five series run has followed him try and get back to the same he once had, while also trying to keep his social life and mental health stable.

The fifth season finds Bojack working on a new tv show called “Philbert,” a dark and gritty crime drama. While he tries to work on his new tv show, Bojack also starts to have trouble battling his alcohol and drug addictions simultaneously.

The greatest thing about Bojack Horseman is it never shies away from serious topics like mental health, drug abuse and sexuality. The show has also accurately satirized the Hollywood lifestyle, and how many stereotypes and generalizations come out of glamourize place. Specifically, season five really digs into addiction and relationships, but also has episodes dedicated to ideas like identity crisis.

The animation of the series, while always amazing, really shines in episode eleven, “The Showstopper.” The trippy visuals accompanied by Bojack’s descent into deep addiction perfectly conveys the reality of drug addiction that affects many stars today. The best episode by far, is “Free Churro” where Bojack gives a 22 minute monologue at his mother’s funeral. The episode is heartbreaking and really emphasizes on the fragmented relationship the show has been building between Bojack and his mother. The reveal of past secrets finally coming out into the open are also a challenge the writing team took, and their spin is great, as it affected everyone involved.

The voice acting, like always, is on point. Will Arnett and Alison Brie in particular give strong performances, making their solo episodes some of the greatest of the season. Amy Sedaris as Princess Carolyn is particularly stronger than any other season previous, as her story arc of adopting a child is much more personal and affecting to her character than any before. Bojack’s new lover, Gina Cazador, is a welcome addition to the ensemble, as she becomes an anchor for Bojack during his addiction.

The two weaker links of the season would have to be Todd and Mr. Peanut Butter’s stories, as they come off as more forgettable, and unnecessary to the main plotline. While Mr. Peanut Butter is trying to find new love after his divorce with Diane, he meets another dog played by Hong Chau. And while Chau’s (Downsizing) voice acting is great, her character just becomes so aggravating that I start hoping he dumps her. Todd’s whole story arc revolves around him becoming a CEO and then being fired by his own invention: A sex robot…enough said.

While the series has always been a progressive show in terms of animation and substance, the series could do a better job of getting all their playing characters to have a role in the plot, instead of shoving them off and giving them “b-stories.” Although, the change in character emphasis is reasonable, as Todd and Bojack have a splintered relationship.

Things are changing in the world of Bojack Horseman, and from the way the fifth season ended, we’re hoping it’s positive.

 


Samuel Tilbury
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Hi, my name is Sam Tilbury and I'm a Senior at Gull Lake High School and the entertainment/opinion editor for the school's newspaper. I'm the only student in our grade that's been apart of Newspaper all three years, and I'm very excited to start my final year on staff! I really enjoy writing reviews, and voicing my opinions.

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