Bojack Horseman, a review

Review Feb 06, 2020

Back in the 90s, he was in a very famous TV show, he's Bojack Horseman, don't act like you don't know. This has become truer than anyone ever thought it would be. The thought of a half-man, half horse protagonist in a show meant for a mature audience truly seemed absurd. But this absurdity lasted not more than one season - merely 12 episodes. By the end of the first season, every viewer realized that this wasn't just an ordinary comical gig, but had a much deeper, impacting storyline that provoked everyone to think harder about themselves.

I started this show because a friend forced me to. I watched one episode, and then, the next day, I mocked my friend to recommend such an absolutely ridiculous show.

A few months later, after I was done watching the Rick and Morty season, and a couple other animated shows intended for adults, I wanted more. For the sake of not being able to find another good "cartoon", and not wanting to let my 799 premium Netflix plan go to waste, I decided to give my half-horse, half-man friend another chance. This time, with the intent to get past the first episode checkpoint. Surprisingly, past 2-3 checkpoints, I honestly started enjoying this seemingly ridiculous show.

I told that friend of mine, who had stopped recommending me shows, about how I tried his recommendation again, and how I actually enjoyed it. That guy wouldn't stop talking, ugh. "I told you so" became something my ears would bear every damn day. Well, he wasn't wrong, because I did love the show. The show is too relatable. Every character on the show portrays emotions and personality traits that are a common sight. Makes you question your own self.

Todd, the human, is that guy who can't find a purpose in life, but keeps trying new things, he stands out, but doesn't give up. Mr. Peanutbutter, the Dog, is that guy who tries too hard, so everyone would like him, not letting anyone invade his own insecurities. Princess Carolyn, the cat, is that person who tries to find love, and the true meaning of love, even if this love bites her every time she tries, and keeps 360ing back to the same person, failing every time. Diane, the woman, is a well meaning, intellectual, even still, she struggles to find success, and eventually ends up finding herself intoxicated with habits society portrays as bad. Bojack Horseman, the titular character - the horse, is another character who is obsessed with himself, can't keep up with his past, and finds it hard to express even basic emotions. The story essentially revolves around his misadventures in life, and his efforts to make amends in his own way. Every human goes through crap. Everyone tries to hide that bit, but it's there. This show just attempts to normalize it.

Every character in the show, even though animated, is more real than anything I've ever seen in tv shows or movies. A true genius. I haven't spoken to anyone who hasn't been able to relate to at least some aspect of the show. The show is primarily targeted at millennials and the Gen Z, who have continued to face similar troubles in life. Not that the older generations wouldn't relate, it's just that the show is made to target that generation spectrum. The show portrays how mental health is something so trivial, yet so critical. It subtly urges everyone to think and reason with themselves regarding their own mental health, and do something about it.

Bojack Horseman is touching and profound, without relinquishing the humour. My words could never do this show justice, and hence I'd like to quote the show - "No one watches the show to feel feelings, life is depressing enough already." Bojack said this. But this show is different. One much watch it, to feel feelings.

Parth Thakkar

DJLIT Editorial Co-committee member

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