The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: The Stopped Show

After the strangling incident, Philbert is on hiatus. Princess Carolyn arranges a chat show appearance for BoJack – who has no memory of what he did – and Gina to tell the world that everything is fine. Nonetheless, BoJack feels terrible for strangling Gina, and decides he must find a way to be held to account.

Last episode, we saw BoJack committing his latest unforgivable act – losing his grip on reality so much that he strangled Gina during the filming of a Philbert episode. BoJack himself has no memory of doing this, but is understandably horrified to see video footage of his actions. The question is – what next for our troubled protagonist? Continue reading

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The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: Ancient History

On her way home from college, Hollyhock stops over in LA to visit BoJack. However, when she throws his pain medication away, they spend the entire trip trying to find BoJack some replacement medication. Meanwhile, an adoption opportunity arises for Princess Carolyn, and Todd builds a sex robot for Emily.

I hadn’t really appreciated until this rewatch just how much I love Hollyhock, and so of course I’m delighted that she makes a return appearance here. But that also leads me feeling as frustrated as she does that, instead of getting to spend a nice evening with BoJack, she ends up traipsing around town with him trying to score some opioids. Continue reading

The Great Bobo the Angsty Zebra Rewatch: INT. SUB

Over a dinner date, Dr Indira relates a story about two of her clients – “Bobo the Angsty Zebra” (BoJack) and “Princess Diana” (Diane), and her attempts to get Diane to set some boundaries. In return, her wife Mary-Beth discusses a workplace dispute between “Emperor Fingerface” (Todd) and a “Tangled Fog of Pulsating Yearning in the Shape of a Woman” (Princess Carolyn). Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: Free Churro

Following the death of Beatrice Horseman, BoJack delivers a eulogy about his mother, and his complicated relationship with both his parents.

The most clear contender for season five’s experimental episode, Free Churro mostly takes place at the funeral parlour, with the camera on BoJack as he delivers his monologue about his mother. When you add in the pre-intro scene involving young BoJack and Butterscotch, what this means is that Will Arnett is the only actor to have a speaking role in this episode. Of course, he’s well up for the challenge, and what follows is a powerful piece that summarises almost everything that is good about BoJack. There’s wordplay, references to depression, difficult family issues – the only thing missing are the animal-based visual gags. Continue reading