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Netflix Original ‘Bojack Horseman’ Full of Memorable Cynicism

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Netflix Original ‘Bojack Horseman’ Full of Memorable Cynicism

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Jessikah Morton, Staff Writer

One lonely afternoon I just finished “Big Mouth” on Netflix and I found myself in show-hole until I stopped clicking through the suggested shows and saw a very peculiar looking horse. Obviously I had to click on it to see what it was all about, and I don’t regret finding out. “Bojack Horseman” is an original series on Netflix full of relatable, cynical characters. The main character, of course, Bojack Horseman, is the biggest cynic of them all. He’s fifty years old with no kids and barely holding on to his fame.

His popularity decreased after his 90s television show, “Horsin’ Around,” ended, and after a couple attempts to keep his fame afloat, he finally drowned in his own failure. In his attempts to resurface, a writer, Diane Nguyen, was assigned to write his biography. In the first season, we see the real cynicism that erupts from the dreary lives of both Diane and Bojack. This show is full of dark comedy that gets real serious real fast but then back to the funny stuff.

Over the course of the show, a series of human and personified animals come into Bojack’s life, ruining his self-loathing pit of loneliness that constantly envelops him. With this influx of people into his life, especially after his biography gets published, Bojack finds out how lonely he really is and how self-destructive he has been to himself

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This show is more than just highlighting the sulky life of Bojack Horseman; it also touches on controversial issues within society. Diane Nguyen is one of the characters who often facilitates in bringing these social issues to the forefront

This show as a whole works hard to include satirical and dramatic sarcasm that sort of points a finger at the unrealistic expectations of people by the media and society.  This is really what makes the comedy of this Netflix original pretty much gold.

For example, one specific episode featured Bojack Horseman getting back out into the world of film. He was a part of a reality television show that was said to aim for the empowerment of women, but ironically, they did this by judging their butts or “twerk-ablity.” One of the reality stars was discussing her distaste for several of the other stars by stating something along the lines of, “Someone needs to check the pool’s PH because those b*tches are basic.” Not only is this something someone would typically say, but also the tone in which she says it mirrors aspects of the stupidity of people.

Someone needs to check the pool’s PH because those b*tches are basic.”

— Character from show

“Bojack Horseman” is extremely comical, and it also serves as a platform that basically throws the issues in society back in our faces. It’s a show a lot like “Family Guy” or “South Park” where it uses the magic of cartoons to satirize the issues in society with mature language and situations.

If you are under the age of 18, I would advise against watching this television show because it is rated TV-MA, but if you’re mature enough to handle mature language and content then I say watch the show. I think it is hilarious and informative because it does shine a light on how much the media contributes to how society sees certain issues.

 

 

 

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Jessikah Morton, Social Media Assistant

Jessikah Morton is a senior here at MSMS. She is a part of the social media section of The Vision. She is in BSA, Blue Diamondz, Spirit Squad, and she...

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