By Will Patterson
By now, most Netflix users are probably aware of the Netflix original series “BoJack Horseman.” The main character, afterwhich the animated showis named, is a washed-up celebrity coping with age, addiction and losing fame. Also, he’s half man and half horse.
The Netflix original series returned with a fourth season about a month ago.
Like many characters in the “BoJack Horseman” universe, BoJack is basically a human with animal-like characteristics. Contrary to what one may assume, this animal status bares little impact on the plot. Other than the occasional joke, the animal people are just a part of the unique “BoJack Horseman” art style.
Will Arnett lends his voice to BoJack, and he voices the role perfectly. The arrogance, reluctance and fear that constantly haunts BoJack’s character isemulated through Arnett’s talent.
The writers of “BoJack Horseman” have developed a specific niche in comedy. There’s a blend of several comedic tools, exaggeration and satire to name a couple.These are all used to absolute extremes but the creators still maintain a feasible story.
“BoJack Horseman” is a comedy show—its primary goal is to make audience members laugh. That doesn’t prevent the show from dealing with heavy, depressing themes. Sometimes itruns the risk of being weigheddown with miserable realities, but the writers usually find a way to bring it back.
Several instances of death give the series a sense of unpredictability and remorse—something viewers won’t find in most other shows of the genre.
The dark humor and unfortunate situations faced by the characters give the show a unique edge. These aspects certainly help the show stand out amid the yearly wave of new releases.
This last season is what really makes “BoJack Horseman” a show to consider watching. While the first three seasons were strong, they all lacked real emotional progress in the main characters. For a show that focuses heavily on character emotion, this quickly becomes an issue.
Season four remedies this primary issue. The emotional progress of the main characters isn’t groundbreaking, but for the first time it actually exists. After seasons of self-destructive behavior, viewers are finally rewarded withtheslightest progress.
Uponfirst glance,“BoJack Horseman” seems to be an absurd show, and that isn’t inaccurate. However,the charm and development of the characters is captivating. Netflix users in search of something new should give“BoJack Horseman” a watch.