Bojack Horseman is an argument for binge watchingi

- Advertisement -



bojack-horseman

Despite all the suggestions that we’re in a new golden age of television, there’s still plenty of hand-wringing and pearl clutching over the phenomenon of binge watching. Some argue simply that it undermines the experience. It’s also been suggested that binge watching can kill.

That a lot of us are binging, particularly on streaming content, is clear. The health scare aspect seems to ignore that concerns over how much is too much go back to at least the 1980s. The argument that we’re somehow depriving ourselves by not seeing a series as originally intended (complete with months-long, between-seasons hiatuses) ignores the very basic human tendency to want more of what we like. Binge watching is perhaps the highest compliment that can be paid to an ongoing series.

Which brings us to Netflix’s latest original series, Bojack Horseman. It’s so elegantly conceived and wonderfully written that, were it to not extend beyond the initial 12 episodes, one’s disappointment would be easily overcome. There’s undoubtedly room left to expand, but the first season feels remarkably complete. It would be an ambiguous end to be sure, but only in the best possible cinematic sense; questions remain, but the (anti?) hero has clearly been transformed.

bojack-master675

Will Arnett voices the eponymous lead character, the cynical, washed-up, heavy drinking and drug-taking star of saccharine ‘90s sitcom Horsin’ Around, about a horse/man raising three foster children (think Full House). It’s all set in an anthropomorphic universe shared by both human beings and human/animal hybrids, including Bojack’s cat/woman agent (Amy Sedaris) and fully-human Todd (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul), a freeloader with an indefinite claim on Bojack’s couch.

Driving the series is Bojack’s developing affection for Angela Nguyen (Alison Brie), a ghost writer hired to draft his memoirs. Angela is in a relationship with dog/man Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins). The latter also serves as a doppelganger of sorts for Bojack; he was the star of a later sitcom that lifted the premise of Bojack’s wholesale.

3033285-slide-i-2-bojack-horseman-add-on

The two are very much opposites at the outset, with Mr. Peanutbutter representing pure optimism, in stark contrast to Bojack’s jaded world-weariness. “He’s too dumb to know he shouldn’t be happy,” our Bojack insists. Mr. Peanutbutter will later opine that he keeps himself occupied with inanities because “the universe is a dark void.” That’s emblematic of the show’s mature and complex approach to character, which sits very nicely next to its many moments of pure, cartoon-like zaniness (like a sloth/person standing immobile on a treadmill in the background of a health club scene).

It’s fitting that Bojack suggests that “Closure is a made-up thing by Steven Spielberg to sell movie tickets.” That line, and an episode wherein he’s embroiled in a petty dispute over dibs on a box of muffins, hints at a welcome sense of outrage at the show’s core. The aforementioned dispute mushrooms into a major PR disaster simply because the other party is a Navy Seal. Literally. It doesn’t go well for Bojack, of course, but he speaks eloquently for those of us whose views on foreign policy are slightly more nuanced than “support the troops” by asking why America tells its children violence isn’t the way, but doesn’t live it.

Bojack Horseman demands binge watching simply because it’s so very, very good.






Add Comment


10 Different Types of Financial Aid
Top 10 Richest American Idols
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones: Ultimate Auditory Clarity
Business man watching business go bankrupt
25 Iconic Companies that Filed for Bankruptcy
Accordion
17 Different Types of Accordion
22 Different Types of TV Shows
A Saxophonist with a Saxophone in His Hands
12 Different Types of Saxophones
genre titles mash up
The 13 Types of Movies You Can Choose From (Genres)
42 Different Types of Meads Around the World
22 Different Types of Milk
different types of squash
18 Different Types of Squash
Fresh Green Spinach
10 Different Types of Spinach
Fire Truck with Warm Yellow Lights
9 Different Types of Fire Trucks
22 Different Types of Forklifts for Indoor and Outdoor Work
Trains
17 Different Types of Trains
Several semi trucks on the highway
19 Different Types of Trucks – Do You Know Them All?
15 Different Types of Goggles
13 Different Types of Dumbbells
15 Awesome Alternatives to Skateboards (Plus Interesting Facts)
Baseball player hitting ball
10 Types of Baseball Bats that Rip the Leather Off the Ball
16 Different Types of Technology
man holding smartphone with vintage case
11 Types of Cell Phone Cases and Covers to Protect Your Expensive Smartphone
Black and Red Tablet Covers
8 Types of Tablet Cases for Kids, Protection, and Convenience
Camera, lenses and other photography equipments.
45 of the Best Online Camera Stores for the Perfect Pics