Friday, November 17, 2017

Now on Netflix: BoJack Horseman, Season 4 (2017)

BoJack Horseman, Season 4 (2017) - Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg; Starring Will Arnett, Paul F. Tompkins, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul, Wendie Malick, J.K. Simmons, Ben Schwartz, Aparna Nancherla.

By Kenny Howell

After a shaky first season, BoJack Horseman found its groove in the second and third by cleverly mixing high concept episodes with low brow humor with social commentary (especially on Hollywood), and really turned into a pretty stellar show.

The fourth season still has all those elements, but it's starting to seem a little like its run its course. BoJack (Will Arnett) is still a piece of crap whose life is a bit in shambles, and at some point it is going to have to move on from that.

This year, we introduce a new character in Hollyhock (Aparna Nancherla). She is a teenager that was adopted by several dads, but thinks that BoJack is her biological father. BoJack is in no place to take care of her, so things naturally go to trying to find her mother who could be any number of women BoJack slept with during the late 1990s.

Also going on this season is Mr. Peanut Butter (Paul F. Tompkins) running for Governor of California. That strains his relationship with Diane (Alison Brie) because she can't reconcile the fact that Mr. Peanut Butter will just say yes to whatever cause works best for getting him elected.

There are still some good episodes here like the ultra-stylish Stupid Piece of Sh*t, but the best episode may be the one where we go into BoJack's mother's life as her mind begins to slip. We get to see how she became the horrible person that tortured BoJack over the years, and really rounds out her character, which is once again played well by Wendie Malick. They try to go big political in Thoughts and Prayers, tackling gun violence and people's reactions to it, but I think they try to do too much and lose a bit of focus.

Season four doesn't leave you really wanting to get season five, but we will see with the team comes up with for it. They have rebounded before, so it is definitely possible they get it back on track.

All four seasons of BoJack Horseman are available on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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