BoJack Horseman S6
IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 93%
If you’re a long-time fan of the Will Arnett-voiced titular star of BoJack Horseman – a washed-up, horse-headed, humanoid former TV star who spends his days treating those around him terribly, behaving even more poorly, and generally bemoaning his charmed celebrity existence – it’s easy to forget how quirky a premise underpins what’s gone from being an oddball adult animated show into a cult hit.
The result of the show’s incredible success is that there’s a lot riding on this, the first half of its sixth and final season. BoJack’s spent most of the previous five seasons marauding through his personal relations, reflecting on the lives he’s ruined and generally adding to his litany of sins. He’s spent far less time coming to terms with his innumerable indiscretions and taking ownership of them.
As necessary as accounting for his actions seems if BoJack’s ever to find something resembling redemption, his awful behaviour tends to make for far more compelling viewing than his attempts to make amends. There’s also the risk that neatly wrapping up other characters’ story arcs could suffer from similar tedium … But then again, this is BoJack Horseman we’re talking about: its revelations tend to be more traumatic than tedious, and its conclusions are seldom tidy.
The first few episodes suggest each character is going to get an episode or two to shine, and we fully expect that there are still some surprises (and some shocks) to come before this horse rides off into a lens-flare-laden Hollywood sunset.