The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: The Amelia Earhart Story

Princess Carolyn travels back to her hometown of Eden, North Carolina, to meet a young pregnant woman who is looking to give up her baby for adoption. While there, she can’t help but recall her own teenage years.

Season five is just packed full of excellent episodes, and this one’s a real treat for Princess Carolyn fans. In previous seasons, we learnt some bits and pieces about her past, but this is the first flashback to her childhood and teenage years. Continue reading

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The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: BoJack the Feminist

When Princess Carolyn offers the role of Philbert’s partner to a disgraced celebrity with a history of racism and violence against women, BoJack inadvertently takes a stand against it and becomes a leading feminist voice. Meanwhile, Mr Peanutbutter unsuccessfully tries to toughen up his image.

A spiritual successor to Hank After Dark and Thoughts and Prayers, BoJack the Feminist is, unsurprisingly, this season’s feminist episode. As with its predecessors, it’s both thoguht-provoking and uncomfortably close to real life. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: Planned Obsolescence

When Yolanda takes Todd to meet her family, she warns him that she hasn’t come out as asexual – and so they must pretend to enjoy sex as much as her relatives do. Meanwhile, BoJack tries to help his Philbert co-star realise a long-held dream, and Mr Peanutbutter takes his new girlfriend Pickles to see the destruction of the International Space Station. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: The Dog Days Are Over

Feeling depressed after her divorce, Diane decides she needs to get away from it. She decides to reconnect with her roots in Vietnam, but even in Hanoi it proves impossible to leave everything behind.

At the end of the last episode, we saw Mr Peanutbutter picking up Diane from the airport, before getting her to sign their divorce papers. How did we get to there from the end of season four? This episode fills in some of the gaps. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: What Time Is It Right Now

When BoJack connects the dots and figures out Hollyhock’s true parentage, he can’t wait to tell her – but her dads have other ideas. Meanwhile, Diane and Mr Peanutbutter plan the rebuilding of their house, and Princess Carolyn tries to get BoJack to sign up to play Philbert in her new TV show.

As is usually the case by the time we come to a season finale, most of the big fireworks of the season have already happened, with much of the episode devoted to setting things up for what happens next. That being said, there’s still plenty going on here, so let’s get stuck in. Continue reading

The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: Time’s Arrow

Angry over the way his mother treated Hollyhock, BoJack decides enough is enough. But while he drives her to a rundown nursing home to leave her there forever, Beatrice’s dementia-affected mind wanders between past and present, recalling both her childhood and her life with Butterscotch.

Time’s Arrow is one of my favourite episodes of BoJack, and even by this show’s standards, it’s incredibly emotionally powerful. Most of the action takes place inside Beatrice’s mind, a world shaded and distorted by her advancing dementia. The faces of unimportant people are blurred or forgotten, details shift and glitch into and out of existence, and the past blends into the present. It’s sad, poignant, and a little dark – just like dealing with the loss of a loved one to advancing dementia. Continue reading