Bojack Season 5 Was Brilliant: Where Do We Go From Here?

The sixth episode of season five of Bojack Horseman is 26 minutes long. It has an opening flashback showing Bojack and his father driving and a final gag, but for the majority of the episode, Bojack simply stares out at the audience, in this case we have assumed the position of visitors at a funeral, and delivers an uninterrupted monologue. It would be a strange choice in a live action TV show, where at least the audience would be able to focus on the actor’s facial expression. But Bojack Horseman isn’t a live action show; it’s a cartoon, and so the audience spends a long time simply watching a cartoon talk. And it’s brilliant.

The monologue Bojack delivers is a microcosm of the show in many ways. It is funny and weird and sad and speaks to something very central about the human experience. It even manages to dissect TV tropes, something the show is very fond of doing, but you think would be hard in an unbroken speech.

During that speech, Bojack says this, “The show… has to keep going. There’s always more show. And you can call ‘Horsin’ Around’ dumb, or bad, or unrealistic, but there is nothing more realistic than that. You never get a happy ending, ’cause there’s always more show,” which led me to wonder, for Bojack Horseman, will there be more show?

Bojack Horseman season five was jammed packed. It tackled everything from celebrity accountability to asexual dating, and it managed to balance all of its different themes perfectly to create another eminently enjoyable season of TV.  I have a lot of faith in the people behind the show to produce another one. In interviews, the creator, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, has been pretty clear that he wants to keep making the show, and if he thinks he can, why not? Still, how much of something is too much until it becomes oversaturated? What makes Bojack so brilliant is that it takes on real issues and incorporates them into its bizarre funhouse mirror of a world. And yet, how much of the “real world” can it take on before that mirror eventually shatters.

While I do think that is a real concern, my biggest worry about the show going forward is its attitude. Bojack subverts the genre that it is supposed to be a part of. Sure, it’s wacky and odd, but it takes a very realistic look at the world and offers up dismal and nihilistic answers to the questions asked by its characters. It isn’t about roses and happy endings; it’s about depression and purposelessness. But that can be somewhat draining. There is only so much to say on the subject of pointlessness, and will we, the audience, still be as receptive the millionth time Bojack does something self sabotaging. When will it just feel like the creators are just recycle the same ideas? I hope we never really reach that point, but it seems rather likely. Will Bojack ever get a TV ending or will there just be more show?

Also, I know it’s only been one post, but The 100 has officially passed Scrubs and taken the number 3 spot on my list of all time shows. Scrubs has too many problems, and I finished season 5 of The 100. It was fantastic, and if it comes out while I can still write about it, expect episode breakdowns.

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