Monday, September 5, 2016

Netflix TV Review: BoJack Horseman Season 3

BoJack Horseman Season 3 - Created by Rafael Bob-Waksberg; Starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul, Paul F. Tompkins, Alison Brie, Kristen Schaal, Angela Bassett, Ben Schwartz, Margo Martindale.

By Kenny Howell

BoJack Horseman continues his self-destructive ways in the excellent third season of the animated Netflix series.

When the third season begins, we see BoJack out promoting the Secretariat film from season 2, and trying to figure out what his next step is going to be. Should he chase the fame he so desires (and also destroys him), or do what he feels is good work. It's probably not hard to figure out how he handles it.

We flash back to 2007 when Princess Carolyn got BoJack back into the business, and bounce back and forth between that time period and now. As the season progresses, BoJack battles falling back onto his old habits while maintaining his relationships past and present.

Creator Rafael Bob-Waksberg has never been afraid to take chances, but most of those in the past have been just being really weird in a fantastic way. In Season 3, we have a full episode about abortion, about the perils of fame that sometimes end in tragic consequences, an entire episode that is set underwater and plays like a silent comedy, and an entire episode that is framed by BoJack's conversation with a woman trying to get him to renew his newspaper subscription. They all work really well, and are when BoJack Horseman hits its peak cause Bob-Waksberg really gets to show off his creative chops.

All the elements of what has made it successful in the past are still here as well, particularly the voice work of Will Arnett (The Lego Movie), Amy Sedaris (Tanner Hall), Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie (The Kings of Summer) and many guest stars. Plus, they somehow still make those silly animal jokes work. That's an accomplishment in itself.

The first three seasons of BoJack Horseman are now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***1/2

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