New season of ‘BoJack’ exceeds expectations

Tomaz Farina Escosteguy, Staff Writer

Our favorite and controversial animated horse is back. “BoJack Horseman” is here with another sad, unpredictable and thoughtful season on  Netflix.

I cannot recall the last time a series got me so stunned: all the unexpected turnarounds and new plots brought by this year’s season were probably the craziest ones in the show’s history.

You may think that because of the cartoon traces and bright colors, present on some of the episodes, it is another +18-funny animation, but is the exact opposite. “BoJack Horseman” is all about telling the story of troubled people who are trying to, constantly, reach happiness and are never able to, because of themselves, their background or external life problems. The characters may be half-animals, but the problems that they face in their lives are as human as you and me.

This’ season main plot is around the recordings of TV Series’ “Philibert” (yep, a series’ season about a series’ recording, this is BoJack Horseman), in which our horse is involved with. It is also important to state that BoJack is an extremely depressed and substance addicted “Hollywoo” actor who experienced fame way too early in his life.

He plays the character who names the show and who is also an extremely problematic person, with his own demons of his depressing past haunting him in a daily basis. The interesting part is that he is so relatable to BoJack to a point that Horseman does not know anymore if he is living his life or playing the character.

Meanwhile, Diane, BoJack’s best friend, just came out of a divorce of her 3-year marriage with Mr. Peanutbutter – my favorite character of the show – a gold Labrador who is so innocent that he doesn’t get contaminated by the show’s depressing and critical air.

Diane has a constant fight with her worst side, which is brought up by her loneliness and depression, since Mr. Peanutbutter, and his happiness, is probably what helps her hold it together while dealing with all the pressure of living in L.A. and around corrupted celebrities. At the same time, BoJack’s unstoppable manager Princess Carolyn – a pink cat from the Carolinas – tries to produce Philbert, embracing it as her own son, after finding out that she will not be able to get pregnant.

Leaving Mr. Peanutbutter aside, the other character dumb and naïve enough to not get affected by the show’s depressing motion, the peculiar Todd, manages to get to the top of the company that is producing the Series. He, as always, does not know what he is getting himself and the others into. I think that this was exactly how Aaron Paul felt when he decided to play Todd.

With all of that combined, chaos was only waiting to be lightened.

I don’t know how, but the series has increased its critical aspect, questioning all that happens in people’s troubled lives.

Even though it features absurdly sad and self-discovering moments, the series illustrates life, as unpredictable as it can be. The series is another Netflix masterpiece.