The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: Hooray! Todd Episode!

Who do you turn to when you need a favour? For many people across Hollywoo, the answer is simple – Todd Chavez. Whether he’s playing triangle in an orchestra, helping the Peanutbutter campaign, or getting a DNA test done to see if the teen horsegirl Hollyhock is BoJack’s daughter, Todd is the man for the job.

For most of BoJack, Todd’s role is usually relegated to the comic relief B-plot. This episode is all about taking that character and putting him centre stage. In some ways, we can think of it as “The Legend of Todd”. Continue reading

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The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: The Old Sugarman Place

Back in the 1940s, the Sugarman summer home in Michigan played host to a sad tale of a son lost in the war, and the family troubles that ensued. Decades later, BoJack ends up there after driving away from LA. As the months pass, he reluctantly accepts a neigbhour’s help in fixing up the old place.

BoJack Horseman is never afraid to experiment with different animation and storytelling styles, and in this episode, it’s the latter that gets the attention. The Old Sugarman Place tells two parallel storylines – one about BoJack’s current breakdown and escape from responsibility, and the other about his family’s tragic past. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: See Mr Peanutbutter Run

The campaign to make Mr Peanutbutter Governor of California has begun. There’s just one problem – it’s not actually time for an election. While Mr Peanutbutter’s ex-wife Katrina tries to put together enough signatures to get the current governor recalled, Diane feigns support whilst secretly hoping for the whole thing to blow over.

The last time we saw BoJack, he had left Hollywoo behind and driven into the desert. Three months later, and none of his friends know where he is. In this episode, we focus instead on all the friends he left behind. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: That Went Well

With Sarah Lynn’s death leaving him feeling guilty and regretful, BoJack decides to connect with one of his other Horsin’ Around co-stars to make the spin-off Ethan Around. Meanwhile, it’s Mr Peanutbutter’s spaghetti strainers to the rescue when a pasta spill threatens Pacific Ocean City.

If you found the last episode emotionally intense, you might be hoping for things to let up a bit. But this is BoJack Horseman, a show that knows that “sometimes life is just one long, hard kick in the urethra”. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: That’s Too Much, Man!

Having driven away all his friends and lost his potential Oscar nomination, BoJack turns to the one person who will still party with him – Sarah Lynn. After the pair embark on a drug and alcohol fuelled bender, BoJack decides to make amends to all the people he has hurt.

You might have thought that BoJack hit rock bottom in the last episode, when he managed to drive away even his closest friends. As it turns out, he still had further to fall. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: Best Thing That Ever Happened

When BoJack fires Princess Carolyn during a dinner meeting, it’s no holds barred as the pair express all their thoughts and frustrations about their relationship. Along the way, BoJack also ends up firing his restaurant’s head chef, leading to chaos in the kitchen.

An animated show with lots of established locations doesn’t really need to do a bottle show, but nonetheless BoJack Horseman plays with the format here, bringing us an episode whose present day sections are set entirely in and around BoJack’s restaurant, Elefante. Within these confines, the show explores two of its strengths – deep emotional exploration, and zany accompanying antics. Continue reading