“Bojack Horseman” Season 5: As Dark and Hopeless as We’ve Learnt to Expect

Will Arnett and Aparna Nancherla in "BoJack Horseman"

By television standards, it's still up, but for Bojack Horseman you could see more of the same. But, again, what else could we expect?

When it's good, it's very good and when it's bad, well, it's still above average. Season 5 brings to our favorite characters completely new challenges that still revolve around their circular defects always present and unavoidable.

On the one hand, we see Princess Carolyn looking for a baby to adopt and we learn a little more about her background story. The poignant moments, of course, are interrupted by the ringing of your phone and the reminder that balancing your incredibly demanding career with your persistent personal life is probably impossible. Still, after the constant delivery of tragic events of Season 4 launched in the direction of Princess Carolyn, it is comforting to see her pursue her dreams of motherhood and reveal her softer and more empathetic side. Reaching an agreement with your divorce. For Mr. Peanutbutter, embarking on a new relationship with a young and fun dog, is the simple solution to recover from anguish. However, for Dianne, the anguish hits him harder and he finds himself back in his first apartment and heads to Vietnam in a desperate attempt to rediscover himself. Her story is remarkably credible, especially considering she is a cartoon woman who regrets her relationship with a golden retriever. Your new haircut & # 39; I have already surpassed you and a new woman & # 39; It was also a brilliant touch.

As for Bojack, if it was not clarified in the previous seasons, it is now clearer than ever that Bojack is broken, apparently beyond repair. His new show "Philbert" explores a dark protagonist who looks so much like Bojack that his apartment on the set is almost identical to his real-life apartment. The ingenious meta-writing to highlight the ways in which Bojack as he and Bojack when Philbert intertwine becomes increasingly dark as our antiheroes become more addictive and psychosis.

Highlights of the season include his #MeToo movement treatment. Artistically he takes the problem seriously through his exploration of toxic masculinity and the muted female voice, while being very comical. The jokes are made at the expense of everyone, but at the end of the season finale and the episode & # 39; Bojack the Feminist & # 39; it is a very nuanced social commentary that is both satirical humor and dead at the same time.

The season maybe was not as crazy as it could be in all available cylinders. The episode 'Free Churro', where Bojack delivers a compliment at the funeral of his late mother, is powerful but it also lasts too long. Sometimes, it's exhausting to see Bojack make the same mistakes, over and over again, but again, maybe it would feel like a betrayal if he grew up as a rider.

In general, season 5 manages to bring new stories and provide us with new character developments, while retaining the frustrating hopelessness of each narcissistic character. The show continues to be true to itself, providing us with a revitalizing satire along with the strange gag of a bright animal

4/5