I’m sure I speak for all BoJack fans when I say it was a painful year and some change to wait for this new season, but I’m happy to report it was well worth it in BoJack Horseman: Season Four. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more zany and darker, the hit show proves you wrong as it pulls out all the stops in a show that just keeps getting better as it goes.
As with the previous season, this one picks up not too long after the events from the last, then manages to skip ahead a year and some change as BoJack leaves to find himself and attempt to be a better person. Of course as we all know, that soon flies out the window upon his return as he deals with the backlash of leaving his friends hanging in the wind for over a year, and trying to deal with his ever oppressive mother and a concerning illness she has. To make things even crazier, a young lady named Hollyhock (Aparna Nancherla) comes to town and claims to be BoJack’s daughter, which gives him another plate to keep spinning as he tries to reconnect with her, find her mom, and deal with his mom. And if that’s not enough for you, we got Mr.Peanutbutter running for governor which puts him and Diane in a tough spot, and Princess Carolyn is trying to start a family which proves to be harder than it should be with her mouse boyfriend.
With BoJack, anyone who has seen it knows that all of these things are just the tip of the iceberg, as the show starts off simple enough and has plenty of offbeat, hilarious humor, only to pull the rug from under you and send you tumbling down a seemingly unending spiral of depression and despair for not only BoJack, but his friends as well. I liked how this season switched things up a little with the crude but fun looking animations when Bojack is narrating to himself or others that starts in the sixth episode. That one is a highlight of the season as it shows what it’s like to be inside his head, and you can already imagine it’s not good. Another highlight of this season which will probably earn it an award nomination, is the second to last episode that goes into BoJack’s mother’s past which sheds some much welcomed light on her and BoJack’s attitudes and why they’re messed up like they are at long last.
Another great thing in this season is the long list of cameos and guest appearances by various celebrities, from Sir Mix-a-Lot of all people, to ones such as RuPaul, Rami Malek, Jessica Biel, Felicity Huffman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Andre Braugher, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a few more. I’d love to go into more details and talk more about it, but to say anymore would ruin quite possibly the best season yet in BoJack Horseman: Season Four. If you loved the previous ones, you’ll absolutely love this one, and if you haven’t seen the show yet, then stop horsing around and get to it, as it’s one of the best shows on Netflix.