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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

S1E7: Say Anything

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It’s a Princess Caroline centric episode! FINALLY! Lesley and Ben talk about how streaming formatting changes comedy storytelling and multiple perspective stories, Ben talks about his workaholism and we both have plenty of praise for Princess Caroline.

After Bojack shows up at her house, or maybe it was her office, during a bender, Princess Caroline decides to get her life and his career back together. She turns up at work to find that her agency is descending into chaos and is undergoing a merger. Caroline finds that she’s sharing a workspace with vindictive power player Vanessa Gecko. Meanwhile Bojack tries to rekindle his love affair with Princess Caroline, sabotaging parts of her career in progress. Todd lands an endorsement deal for German Bourbon. And we are introduced to the reptilian wonders that are Charlie Witherspoon and Lenny Turtletaub. Between juggling clients, Bojack’s misplaced affection, and trying to counter Vanessa’s attempts to push her further down the ladder, she completely misses her own birthday.

Posted on April 3, 2018 and filed under Season One.

S1E6: Our A-Story is a D-Story

We're finally at the episode that Lesley ahs been talking about so much! We talk about world building, transitioning into absurdism and Todd's organized crime problem on this week of Of Horses and Men.

Bojack and Diane return from Boston and get dinner with Mr. Peanutbutter. A bit of a feud starts between the two sitcom starts as they try to one-up each other in front of their shared romantic interest. When Peanutbutter and Diane leave for home, Bojack gets blackout drunk and steals the D off of the giant Hollywood sign.

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Posted on March 27, 2018 .

S1E5: Live Fast; Diane Nguyen

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While on a business trip to New York City to talk with the publishers of their book, Diane has to swing by Boston to deal with the death and subsequent funeral of her father. It turns out that Diane’s family is made up of absolutely horrible people who don’t appreciate her in the slightest. Meanwhile, Todd has been left home alone for the week. While Bojack finds himself unable to deal with a friends grief, Todd and Princess Carolina make an illegal fortune off of Bojack’s vacant home by pretending it belongs to actor David Boreanaz

Posted on March 20, 2018 and filed under Season One.