Another day, and another section of our BoJack Horseman season 3 review. As always, don’t read unless you’ve seen these episodes. Let’s get right into it:
Episode 4: Fish Out of Water
Now, with a show as fantastic as BoJack Horseman, it’s hard to really find an episode that stands out from the rest, but episode 4 really does. From its remarkably unique premise – set almost entirely underwater, with about three minutes of dialogue – to the surprisingly touching story it tells, this is as close to animated comedy perfection as I’ve ever seen. It says everything about the show that it has the balls to do this kind of thing: being basically silent means the episode can’t rely on fantastic writing to pull it through, and so its testament to the strength of the characters that this episode is so wonderful. There’s all the quintessential elements you’d expect, from the subtle ongoing jokes to the bonkers world it’s set in, but the standout of this episode is the touching story it tells. Hilarious at points and emotional at others, this episode really is something very special.
Episode 5: Love And/Or Marriage
Here we have another terrific episode, that takes a starkly different turn from what we’ve seen already this season. Perhaps personal opinion, but I felt the standout character of this episode was Alison Brie’s Diane: not only is she given plenty to do, allowing us to delve deeper into a character previously portrayed as simply a love interest, but Brie’s performance is also fantastic, varying from hilarious at points to pretty emotional at others. This episode gives us different sides to all characters: it’s fascinating to see BoJack dealing with the height of his fame, and at times (mis)using this to his advantage, and even characters like Mr. Peanutbutter are given pretty interesting things to do. The episode all builds up to the massive reveal at the end – I won’t spoil it here, but it may just steer this season into a very different direction. Another sublime episode of BoJack Horseman.
Episode 6: Brrap Brrap Pew Pew
Perhaps one of the most socially-adept episodes yet, Brrap Brrap Pew Pew is a different side to BoJack Horseman: the eponymous horse isn’t front-and-centre of the plot this time, instead focusing on Diane, Princess Carolyn and Mr. Peanutbutter. Doing this allows different sides of these characters to be explored: we aren’t used to seeing a calm Mr. Peanutbutter or such a selfish and carried-away Princess Carolyn, and the writing makes this so interesting to watch. There’s some biting social commentary here about social media and the vast impact it can have, and the overarching presence of abortion in this episode is handled confidently and boldly: there aren’t many other animated comedies that could take such a subject and actually make it poignant. As expected, there are some great callbacks to earlier in the show (A Ryan Seacrest Type standing out), and even the B-plot involving BoJack moving on from his agent Ana is really great, especially towards the episode’s end. At the halfway mark of the season, this is shaping up to be something very special.
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our reviews of episodes 7-9!