one of the reasons is that the shows illustrator, Lisa Hanawalt, is really into horses. We’ve moved away from uplifting stories about people overcoming sadness (usually by getting laid), and on to stories of people just trying to live with it. We're not just making jokes so that we can make jokes. And while we love a good fan theory as much as anyone, hence our masterful 4,500 word argument that BoJack is secretly set on an Earth that's actually slightly different from our own, we're a little worried about the apparent lesson some people are taking away from it. There are no lessons, no happy ending to be had necessarily. Bojack Horseman – Why So Sad? videos and performative "I watched BoJack and now I'm so depressed I'm going to get hammered!" That a cartoon show about a substance-abusing middle-aged horse feels like the most real thing many people have seen for so many years says more about our current cultural malaise than we might like to admit. And in Channel 4’s dark comedy Flowers, Julian Barratt’s depressed children’s writer Maurice tells his wife, “I’m not unhappy because of you. I am very glad I gave this show a chance because I did find it relatable and was surprised by how emotive and human and real it felt. Once again, visual and symbolic mirrors abound in series five episode 7, when we meet not BoJack, but ‘Bobo the Zebra’. Connect to your existing Cracked account if you have one or create a new Cracked username. And they are struggling like anybody else, and that perhaps part of their struggles are a little easier in certain ways but maybe harder in other ways. I'm a very big fan of our Sloth Lawyer and our Pig Doctor and all the people who work at Vincent Adultman's Business Factory, but I don't want to sacrifice the time of our main characters to focus on them. And that contrast to me feels very fresh and interesting.
Depression, anxiety, broken relationships; socially destructive and self-destructive.

This is just who I am and I don’t know how to change that. Also, horses run forward. I wasn't trying to be so unrelenting about it! And, well, there's nothing especially mature about that at all. The sad horse show has ended, and it will likely go down as one of the greatest ever made. No character is “too big to fail” (in the way the banks that crashed the global economy were allowed to carry on Scott-free while the average person has had to shoulder the burdens and crises they created). This is partly because the financial, marketing and operational models on which capitalism – and particularly consumerism – relies, have been built on the ideal of human beings as rational, self-serving, individuals. Friends is a great show! I think there are probably a dozen more horse metaphors that could apply. This is the main thrust of the show, and where it's leading us. As a non-profit collective, our aim is to help support and promote the work of writers and artists around the world. Any support or donations you are able to give - however small - makes a huge difference and help us keep our rulebook open. Why does this matter? Like Netflix’s other comedy that really moved me, Master of None, Bojack is a show that covers sexual harassment, refugees, drug and alcohol abuse, and other heavy drama. – these become not only normal or relatable, but actually natural reactions to an extremely unnatural world and society.

Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. We know how to be funny, we know how to punch up a script, we know how to add jokes. This season felt bigger than last season, with each character dealing with their own arcs and, as a result, their own hardships. But what YouTubers and other fans rushed to posit was "What if he did die, and the finale was all still his final dream?!?!?!". You can struggle with addiction and mental illness, but you can't use them an excuse for abusing personal relationships. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Bojack tends to run in circles (he's also terrible at running - see the end of Season 2). The only aspect of the show that thought I would ever be exposed to was the theme song because I’m a fan of Patrick Carney and The Black Keys.
The sad horse show has ended, and it will likely go down as one of the greatest ever made. I don't know if it's completely universal, but I hope that's a little more universal than just me. If there was one overarching theme throughout six seasons of BoJack, it's that you have to keep trying to be better. Bojack, when you get sad, you run. Paul admitted that he was not thrilled either. When BoJack begs his friend Diane to tell him he’s a good person, she replies: “I don’t think I believe in ‘deep-down’. Mirrors can also be found between the ‘real’ BoJack and his TV personality on 90s sitcom Horsin’ around, as well as his TV detective character, Philbert – and during this portrayal the mirror line blurs completely in Episode 11, “The showstopper”, in which we all witness a very real “crossover episode”, to coin a favourite line from the show. Sure Bojack was a sad character, but his selfishness and vanity have been portrayed many times before, particularly in shows concerning Hollywood. One of the most affecting moments in the first season of BoJack Horseman, Netflix’s weird and surprisingly dark animated sitcom, is the titular man-horse asking his ghostwriter if he’s beyond redemption. For years, then mainstream cultural programmes have adopted the use of imagery and story narratives to support and reinforce the myths that keep them in power and maintain the status quo – to help the consumerist models function; and to keep us spending money, buying more things – all in the ultimate pursuit of our supposed individual happiness. Those first few episodes, though entertaining, failed to exhibit the show’s real strength, its drama and internal turmoil each character face. Why the creator of BoJack Horseman embraces sadness ... and how hard it is to not be sad for some people. We’re going to talk about story, and I'm thinking that in the writing it'll be funny, because we've worked those muscles. Indeed, those characters which lack depth or sense of realness are those who lack any self-awareness – a ‘Ryan Seacrest type’, for instance; a character with so little identity he is only a trace (again to use a Lacanian term) of somebody else. Again, images are important here. Last modified on Tue 9 Jan 2018 20.57 GMT.

So, a big part of season two was him trying to change his ways — "Can I be a better person, and is that going to lead me to feeling better about myself?" When I first heard of the show and watched a couple advertisements for it I honestly have to say I wasn’t that impressed. I like your post. Then they're put out to pasture, which is where we find Bojack. You're almost done. That was created out of whole cloth for the characters on our show. These moments of darkness. But seeing that also seemingly serves as a sort of inspiration to Bojack. His every petty act adds up, affecting him and the people around him. You will receive emails updating you on the latest posts. I'm more interested in what are the characters going through. Writer Jenny Jaffe has defined the sadcom as “the raw, honest, surprisingly hopeful, long-gestating progeny of M*A*S*H” – comedies such as Louie, Rick and Morty and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, whose dark, humorous cynicism are offset by a sincere sense of optimism and heart. Where Bojack needs to end up to succeed is at a point where he runs forward, and keeps running forward. I didn’t expect to ever watch it because of the ho-hum attitude towards the show, but I’m happy I eventually did.

This “surprisingly human” element my sister mentioned is in full force in the second half of the first season and particularly in the fully realized second season. But I think the outlook is something that I can relate to. All rights reserved. Some friends said the show was only okay, and so I never checked it out. Depression can be an overwhelming disorder, one that distorts the world and betrays the mind. But the answer is that everything doesn't make sense, at least as far as I’ve found. Like, you can have the worst day of your life, but then the next day won't be the worst day of your life.

I find it impossible to gain any sort of pleasure from anything ... It’s as if I’ve had a set amount of life assigned to me and I’ve used it all up. Talking horses are sad. Is there such a thing as being good deep down, or is everyone a bad person? I listened to the theme a lot after the show premiered, but, in a year and a half, I never gave the show a chance until I was chilling with my sister on a fateful Christmas. The writers are really clever with their animal references. In his heart of hearts, BoJack is never a “bad guy” per se, but his thoughtless choices often have very real impacts on everyone around him.”. It's a struggle, and we're all trying to figure it out, and these characters are trying to figure it out for themselves. I'm really interested in this idea of the very dark and the very wacky kind of rubbing up against each other. Will Arnett stars as the titular horse, whose feel-good sitcom Horsin’ Around made him famous in the 90s. To recognise the faults in the world can lead to despair (because you can’t hope to change things); but also in which ignoring reality and going along with societal pressures is to sacrifice any true sense of identity. There is also a clear use of Lacanian mirror imagery between BoJack and his ‘inverted mirror’, Mr. Peanutbutter. He isn't there yet. My first impression of Bojack was that it was a pretty good satire with some very funny moments concerning Hollywood and the empty life of a vapid celebrity. As David Shields notes in Reality Hunger: “Living as we perforce do in a manufactured and artificial world, we year for the ‘real,’ semblances of the real. Why does the show end up being so unrelentingly dark? But at least he could finally admit his failings, right?

Of course, BoJack Horseman is not the first show to explore successful, hard-drinking men who are unhappy but unsure why. These are questions psychiatrists and psychoanalysts have been arguing over for the last 100 years. So I think the best way to do that was a wacky cartoon starring a talking horse. Without the means to participate in consumerism, people have started to recognise that the society in which they live, and the dreams they have been told to pursue, are in fact not recogniseable, achievable, or real. There's a certain irony there. Yet for all BoJack’s surrealism and superficial escapism, the heart of the show carries messages that, simply, resonate with audiences. This is a very smart show that isn’t afraid to handle topics not typically shown on television. As I watched the first few episodes, I failed to see the empathetic portion of the show that my sister described. Cracked is published by Literally media Ltd..

But it doesn’t make it any less true.