If certainly you’re the type to laugh at other’s misfortunes, Bojack Horseman is the show for you. It’s not the type of show where everything ends squeaky clean; it’s a show where the protagonist suffers for happiness. While my previous review for season 1 felt like a drag, I assure you, it’s nothing compared to what happens in season 2.
Season 2 of Bojack starts off with a fresh coat of optimism. We see Bojack full of life, motivated after the success of his novel and newfound fame. He even managed to land the role of his lifetime. And right at the first episode, all that faith and positive energy Bojack had was swiftly taken by a phone conversation with his mother. Any and all optimism Bojack had was thrown out the window, returning us back to the status quo.
Thanks to the success of his book, Bojack lands the dream role: playing Secretariat in a biopic. He even ends up finding new love with Wanda Pierce, a network executive who just awoke from a coma. But if you know Bojack, you know this will end with him crashing and burning everything because that’s just who he is.
But what gets turned up to 11 this season was the last few connections to his “Horsin’ Around” days burnt to the ground. With so many things happening all at once, Bojack leaves to visit an old friend outside California. He abandons his Hollywoo commitments, and starts to enjoy the quiet life. However, once reality sets in, Bojack realizes the life he sought isn’t what he wants, and ends up burning the last bridge he had of his old life.
Everyone gets ruined in some way this season. Diane, after a controversy during a book tour, leaves to help in a war-torn country, only to come back almost instantly. Disillusioned, she ends up crashing at Bojack’s, completely losing all faith in herself and the world. Princess Carolyn gets tossed about in an affair, and gets fired from her talent agency. She ends up alone, but with potential to start fresh with her own business. The only character who does well is Mr. Peanutbutter, who finds success in a hit TV game show.
Season 2 of Bojack Horseman ends on a rough note: his dream job went to hell and he ruined more relationships with people close to him. But it ends with a profound idea that could make Bojack start anew:
“It gets easier. Every day it gets a little easier. But you got to do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.”
It’s a comfortable notion that, after all the negativity that’s in and around Bojack, he has a way to stick to your guns. It makes all the bleakness seem like just another step towards becoming a better horse(man).
The writing for season 2 is much more poignant and earnest than last season. Taking even harder pot shots at Hollywoo culture and how the media sensationalizes controversy. It’s certainly a much darker turn in terms of narrative structure, but the lighthearted humor leaves you rooting for Bojack Horseman.