I’m still sad Mr. Robot is over and today I’ll be reviewing a happy cartoon show.
Back in the 90’s, Bojack was in a very famous tv show called Horsin’ Around.
For the first couple episodes I was amused by his antics and bad dating habits….then I became concerned cause….I have the same dating habits.
I’m a little embarrassed it took a retarded cartoon horse to make me realize my romantic woes were atleast partially self-inflicted but I kinda just think that’s the power of good writing.
My teachers were always saying life was gonna pass me by cause I’m a lazy fucker but Virtue’s last reward was what eventually got through to me.
The show also has a shockingly good line about infatuation, delivered by this wise night bird.
Even though there’s a lot going on in the series, the main throughline is BoJack trying to overcome his sadness and it’s done in a very realistic way.
Usually Mr. Horseman does better for a while, then things go bad, back and forth, back and forth.
In season 4 we get his inner monologue, which makes him probably the most relatable character on television and gives an honest look at depression.
And since Bojack clearly has a long face, several characters give him possible ways to overcome that sadness, which can also serve as solutions for the viewer.
I’m fully aware that clinical depression can’t be cured purely by a change in philosophy, but I do think the show’s ideas can help you.
One of its more obvious takes is that you shouldn’t romanticize your own sadness.
Another is that happiness is a moment to moment thing.
If you blindly pursue one goal and think “this thing will make me happy” you’re just gonna get disappointed.
A buddy of mine won a sports thing, something he had wanted forever, and he said it was the best night of his life.
Followed by the worst morning of his life when he still felt empty.
It’s depressing for sure but you can’t ignore the truth because it’s sad.
I think the reason the program is so good at getting these points across is how well done every aspect of the show is, I’ll start with the characters.
I always thought Bojack was entertaining but I didn’t realize how much I cared about him until I teared up at the season 4 finale.
There’s also a moment when he finally seems happy with a woman then she clicks with another dude and my stomach dropped.
There’s Mister Peanut Butter, an oblivious idiot or the deepest cover troll operative I’ve ever seen.