BoJack Horseman: Season One (2014) – Horsing Around

A show about talking animals and life together with humans is the most ridiculous ideas to simply write on paper. But, how could a show about a washed-up actor become one of the weirdest shows yet the best? It’s a Netflix original show titled “BoJack Horseman”. If you don’t know what this is, maybe it’s a little bit simple. It starts with the first season, about BoJack (Will Arnett), getting out of bed and planning to write a memoir. This memoir is about how his personal life as an ordinary person and when he became an actor. The show mocking pop culture, the life of an American dream, the media, and so on.

Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s “BoJack Horseman”, to begin with, is a mediocre show from the pilot. He wrote the character BoJack as this egotistical guy who only cares about himself. He doesn’t care about his surroundings, stabs the people around him from behind, and is stubborn. It’s hard to sympathize with BoJack after people forgot hi 90s sitcom “Horsin’ Around”. He now lives with Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul), a nihilistic guy who depends on whiskey.

It’s not something new about “BoJack Horseman” using animal characters and acts like humans in general. Take a look at “Goodnight Punpun“. It’s a coming-of-age graphic novel about a bird-like kid who reacts all of the things in his life to adulthood. It’s a comic that explores realistically absurd human psychology. Both “Goodnight Punpun” and “BoJack Horseman” have a similarity between the two. The reason why these humanoid animals exist in the first place is to illustrate how humans also work. It’s like we help each other with weaknesses but also strengths. You can take such instance as a snail and how they are running very slow. But, it’s a show with humor that satires how modern life especially in America.

Most of the characters consist of how each character has one problem for another. There is no problem solving, almost every episode, and it’s telling how they have to deal with their matter. For instance, how would BoJack Horseman realize he had betrayed his old friend after learning he had cancer. Later, he couldn’t accept it until he accidentally expressed his feelings to Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie). Diane is a writer who is writing a memoir about the life of BoJack. She seems like one of the most normal characters in this show. She serves as a benchmark so that BoJack doesn’t have to act selfish and get angry easily.

Diane has a boyfriend, Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), a Hollywood actor who owns a television show. Peanutbutter always makes a few humor and how he always plagiarism the characteristics of BoJack. He stole the idea of ​​BoJack from his sitcom. He became a character who didn’t play too much into the story. But, both of these characters have a relationship with one another. They have reasons for where the conflict arises.

The show is a satire to media, pop culture, and others. This show plays with grunge songs and alternative rock songs in a silly way. It’s satirizing of how they always deliver non-essential news. And don’t I forget also how this show mocks some “veterans” too? They only care about themselves just because they are “veterans”. Another best character in this show is Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) who also tells a lot besides BoJack. She is a manager of BoJack and an ex-girlfriend of BoJack too. She seems not important in the first to the third episode. But later, the show came in a depressing way when all the characters stuck in a lonely trap. Even though this is a comedy show, the show turns out to be serious and emotional sometimes.

There is a romance with so many complicated stories in these characters. When the show gets a little weird and psychedelic as well, the show is beautiful at the same time. Although like that, I don’t know how to explain it. It has this weird side of an American show in general where I sometimes don’t understand why. Shows like “Rick and Morty” and “Family Guy” are one of those. But, we also get many great shows with such simple yet more straightforward likes “Gravity Falls” and “The Simpsons”. To this show, “BoJack Horseman” is weird in any aspect but great when it comes to the theme.

There are so many underdeveloped characters. Even so, “BoJack Horseman” gives us a sight to its gag, humor, characters, feelings, and images. The soundtrack is pretty good by the way and I love the opening theme song. The representation of the theme song explains how strange and psychedelic this show is. Patrick Carney, the drummer of The Black Keys, composed the song. The ending theme song also got its vibe to what the show is actually about. This show pays all the debts and turns into one of the fascinating shows on Netflix.

4 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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