S2E4: After the Party

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It’s artificial intelligence and Women on the Wall, An Exploration of Gender and Text in Media, Barbara Krueger and Jenny Hosler  in conversation with Ellen Molsworth on this week of Of Horses and Men with Lesley and Ben.

After her birthday celebration, Mr. Peanutbutter presents Diane with an unasked for surprise party. The couple gets into a fight over a meaningless piece of trivia, causing their friends to say their goodnights and go their separate ways. Princess Caroline sees child Vincent in the streets and cannot be convinced otherwise that Vincent has a secret family. Bojack and Wanda accidentally run over a deer and Wanda gives Bojack an extended metaphor for their relationship in the form of a joke. Meanwhile Diane finally admits to Mr. Peanutbutter that she’s just not happy where they are in their marriage.

 

 

Posted on July 31, 2018 and filed under Season Two.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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S2E3: Still Broken

In a brief flashback to the taping of the Horsing Around pilot, Herb Kazaz imparts a simple word of advice to the four new members of his cast: that they’re family and should treat each other as such. Smash cut forward in time and the four actors are together again for a less than happy reunion: Herb’s funeral. Bojack temporarily crosses paths with Charlotte, Herb’s deer ex girlfriend, who lets Bojack know that if he’s ever in New Mexico she should come find him. The cast of Horsing Around is at each other’s throats until they presented with an floppy disk that leads to Herb Kazaz’s secret gold. What happens next is a trip down memory lane and a scathing indictment of former Happy Days star Henry Winkler.

Lesley and Ben are joined by future Infinity Break star Johnny Rinaldo, who imparts his wisdom on grief, the nature of loss and graphic design while Lesley and Ben reflects on found family narratives.

 

Posted on June 27, 2018 and filed under Season Two.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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S2E2: Yesterdayland

Todd Chavez has built a Disneyland.
That’s the show.
Following the success of his biography, Bojack Horseman finds that the fame he left behind a decade ago has resurfaced. Bojack finds that his dates are only dating him because he’s trendy and his restaurant and favorite watering hole have been flooded with tourists and fans. At a roller rink in the valley, Bojack meets Wanda, an owl TV executive who has just woken up from a thirty year coma. Bojack is enchanted by the fact that she has no idea who he is and they hit it off. Bojack finds himself in a romantic relationship with Wanda that starts to fall apart because of Bojack’s insecurities. Meanwhile, Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd get into a dispute over their ownership of somebody else’s intellectual property

For this special episode, Ben and Lesley are joined by longtime Bojack Horseman fan, Candace Raphael It's our first time recording with a guest!

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Posted on June 19, 2018 and filed under Season One.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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S2E1: Brand New Couch

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Filming has begun on the Secretariat Biopic movie and Bojack Horseman is getting some stage fright. Bojack has tasked himself with turning over a new leaf with the help on an audio book narrated by George Takei. As part of his renewed lease on life, Bojack has thrown out his old couch that Todd used to sleep in this episode. Meanwhile, Diane feels unfilled at her new job as a character consultant on the set of the new Secretariat movie. With Sebastian St. Clair calling her about his humanitarian adventures, Diane is starting to wonder if she made the right choice.

Meanwhile, Mr. Peanutbutter tries to make friends through the magic of the Mighty Mighty Boss Tones.

 

Posted on June 13, 2018 and filed under Season One.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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Season One Recap

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Back in the 90s I was in a very famous tv show.  Over the last twelve episodes, we’ve gone on a journey through the first season of BoJack Horseman, in which Lesley and Ben dissected the episodes piece by piece, scene by scene, sight gag by sight gag, to bring you the best analysis of BoJack Horseman possible. Well, Season One done, and we’re getting ready to launch into Season Two next week. Before we do that, we wanted to take a quick opportunity to discuss some of the over-arcing themes that Season One has brought us and discuss the show as a whole.

Posted on June 5, 2018 and filed under Season One.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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S1E12: Later

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Content Warning: This episode features discussion of suicide from about minute 00:06:30 to 00:09:00. The discussion is extremely brief and specific content warning is featured within the episode.

In the final narrative episode of season one, Lesley and Ben get a little fatalist and talk about living a life well lived, what Ben's Christian middle school defined as character, the comedic complexities of Vincent Adultman and how Bojack's past shapes his present. We're finally done with season one! Thank you all very much for your support! We'll be back next week with a season one recap and then we move into season two!

In 1973, famed racing horse Secretariat answers a letter from a young Bojack Horseman during his appearance on the Dick Cavett show. He encourages Bojack that, in order to deal with his sadness, he should run forward and never look back. In the present, Bojack enjoys the fleeting success of his new book and convinces Princess Caroline and Lenny Turtletaub that now is the best time to make the Secretariat biopic he's been wanting to make his whole life. Will this dream project be what finally makes our very depressed horse happy?

Posted on May 29, 2018 and filed under Season One.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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S1E11: Downer Ending

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ARRRRRRT EPISODE! Lesley and Ben talk about the drug filled mania that is Episode 11 of Season 1. We get into visual story telling through editing, what if scenarios, the need for interpersonal validation even if it's false, and drugs. Lotsa lotsa drugs. Also, psst, there's some bonus content on our patreon about social media validation.

Bojack finds himself, let’s say, less than pleased with Diane’s portrayal of him in her book. He vows to his publisher that he will have a better book written for him in five days. Here’s the thing though, Bojack is not an author. And neither is Todd or Sarah Lynn, who Bojack recruits to help him pen his great American autobiography.
    This sounds like a good plan right? Well unfortunately: drugs.

Posted on May 8, 2018 and filed under Season One.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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S1E10: One Trick Pony

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Does this episode feel familiar? It's a Hollywoo madcap comedy on this week of Of Horses and Men with Lesley and Ben. Bojack is on the set of his new movie, an exact replication of Episode 6 - Our A Story is A D Story - when Bojack stole the D off of the Hollywood sign for Diane. Todd manages to get hired as a production assistant under Quinten Tarantulino and his unchecked ambition turns The Mr. Peanut Butter story into a space opera into an interactive app into a curated box of snacks. Bojack and Todd finally come to a head around Bojack sabotaging the Rock Opera. And Lastly and definitely not leastly in terms of long term continuity, Diane’s Bojack book is done, but after Bojack rejects it’s narrative, a vengeful Diane publishes some damning excerpts  of it on Buzzfeed.

Posted on May 1, 2018 and filed under Season One.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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S1E9: Horse Majeure

We're back to the jokes! Thank God!

Mere moments after the events of episode eight, and by that we mean the kiss, Bojack and Diane have a tense interaction in the car. Bojack decides that he knows what’s in Diane’s best interests and vows to sabotage the wedding with the help of Todd and Princess Caroline. Neither of them really bite into Bojack’s plan - with Todd being very uncomfortable about spying on Mr. Peanutbutter. Princess Caroline finds herself a boyfriend in the form of three kids stacked inside a trench coat, and Todd accidentally becomes best friends with Mr. Peanutbutter after agreeing to become his driver. After several failed attempts to sabotage the wedding, Bojack resigns himself to being happy for his friends.

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Posted on April 17, 2018 and filed under Season One.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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S1E8: The Telescope

It's a sad one today folks! Lesley and Ben theorize about Herb and Bojack's last moments together before Herb got fired, pick apart Bojack Horseman's incredible art design and, most importantly, Todd makes friends! YAY TODD!

Our story switches over to Bojack’s side and explains why he suddenly dropped out of the film project Princess Caroline proposed to him at the end of the last episode. Bojack decides to go visit Herb Kazazz after his passive aggressive invitation to come to Malibu. In the car, he relays the story of their friendship, telling Diane about their meeting in the 80s comedy scene and working together on the first couple of years of Horsing Around. A few years into Horsing Around, Herb and Bojack have a tense working relationship, but when Herb is caught in a scandal that threatens the show with cancellation, Bojack agrees to stand by him. When push comes to shove, Bojack is railroaded out of a choice and doesn’t speak up when the time comes.

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Posted on April 10, 2018 and filed under Season One.

Of Horses and Men is a weekly podcast about the Netflix Original comedy series, Bojack Horseman. Each Tuesday, Lesley Yates and Ben Hamlin overanalyze the show episode by episode to find meaning in the musings of a very depressed horse.

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