When Bojack Horseman first premiered on Netflix two years ago, it relied on strong animal puns and Will Arnett’s natural comedic timing to make an impact. Now, that the show is into its third season, the animal puns have made way for social commentary, and the anthropomorphized animals seem more human than ever.

Chasing the dream.

The larger story arc of this season involved Bojack trying to salvage his career by winning an Oscar for his role as Secretariat. The audiences fall in love with Bojack’s performance in the movie, but he never comes to terms with his success.

This is because he had been thrown out of the movie, and the stellar performance on-screen was delivered by an animated version of Bojack(who has ironically animated himself). Bojack struggles to pretend to be a deep and methodical actor, even as the world assumes that he is now a genius in his profession.

Additions to the jungle.

This season featured three new important secondary characters who added to the story in a big way. Bojack’s agent Ana is a tough and seasoned industry veteran who sees something in Bojack and tries her best to win him an Oscar.

We are also introduced to Mr. Peanutbutter’s brother Captain Peanut butter – voiced by “Weird Al” Yankovic, and one of Todd’s old love interests Emily (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), who helps him start his own women's drivers company. These characters are great, and they add some real value to the overall series.

Diving deep.

This season was by far the most different in the series so far. The creator - Raphael Bob-Waksberg seems to have gotten a lot more comfortable with the world he has put together, and he ended up taking some big risks in terms of direction and narrative.

One episode, in particular, featured only about three minutes of dialogue and involved Bojack spending the entire episode underwater in order to make an appearance at a film festival.

The general themes explored during the season had a much darker tone as well. Using Orca’s as strippers in a family club, Princess Caroline attempting to make a relationship work with a mouse, Mr. Peanutbutter finally stepping out of his happy-go-lucky demeanor, teen sensation ‘Sextina’ using the topic of abortion to make an impact on social media, and the entire arc between Bojack and Sarah Lynn, all had twisted and unexpected results.

The only counter to all the darkness involved Todd’s misadventures during the season. In comparison to the issues Bojack was dealing with, Todd came off as a toddler, almost ridiculously childish in his ideas and scenarios. This was clearly done purposely in order to act as an extreme balancing measure, and not let the series sink purely into the realms of drama.

Bojack Horseman has already been renewed for season four, and that is some good news. The show ended on a positive note despite being constantly bleak and negative during its 12-episode season. Bojack chased the Oscar award hard but walked away understanding a little more about the fickle nature of fame and relationships in general.

A solid season overall!

I give it my personal rating of 8 bananas out of 10.

What did you think of this season? Who was your favorite character? Please leave your comments below.

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