Warning: This review contains major spoilers. You’ve been warned.
Throughout the third season, BoJack’s failed attempt at achieving true happiness continues to be the backbone of the show. His relationships are so twisted and messed up that you don’t really know where to begin when it comes to making amends. Despite the mess that surrounds him, he continues to fixate his attention at either wanting to relive the golden years of Horsin’ Around and now, winning an Oscar.
Season 3 has BoJack doing press junkets for Secretariat, which was successful. It was a movie that helps put him on the map, and yet he isn’t happy. With a fluke Oscar nomination, he still hasn’t attained pure happiness. He speaks badly about himself and other people who try to help him. Due to his lavish lifestyle, he still drinks, parties and is crappy to his friends; but wait for the next episode when he apologies for his actions, having the whole cycle of self-destruction start all over again. The show has reached a point where self-reflection, depression and questioning your purpose in life has reached a deeper level.
However, the season didn’t pick up for me until episode seven when BoJack admits that he wants to know someone for who they really are. BoJack’s career is in the control of everyone but him, and he finally puts a stop to it and sticks to his gut (even though it may not be right at times). As the season progresses, Todd has the biggest meltdown in the history of the show and finally blows up in front of BoJack. He basically said what I’ve been wanting to tell BoJack this whole time and doesn’t hold back. Given Todd’s persona, this blowup is out of character but it shows that he can now hold his own and finally stand up for himself. Hopefully, he’ll stop being the doormat that BoJack just walks over and takes for granted.
The finale has all of the characters moving on to bigger and better things, making big hints that there’ll be a season four. With BoJack having family ties he didn’t know of to Mr. Peanutbutter being offered to run for governor, it makes me wonder if the characters will reach the resolution that they desperately needed. Will it be the final season of BoJack Horseman?
It wasn’t my favorite season. My favorite is the first where the story and material are still fresh and the jabs at the pop culture and entertainment lifestyle had a new zing to it. But season three has the confidence boost that the show needed. Also, with the handful of cameos and a stacked cast behind the show, what’s not to love about that?! Given the character growth, are we reaching the end of the show? Will the characters finally reach the point of resolution where they’re not miserable and filled with depression? Guess we have to just wait and see.
Season 3 rating: 8/10
BoJack Horseman is now streaming on Netflix.