I made this because I finished episode 11 of Bojack Horseman today, and it’s my fucking jam.
Seems like half of my friend circle worked on in some capacity, and I really need to give this show a recommendation; and not just because half of my friend circle worked on it (or because they deftly dropped a Death Grips track in one episode).
I really feel like the series hasn’t gotten a fair shake critically, with a pretty middling reception so far. Word is that Netflix sent out only the first six episodes for critical previews. Terrible move on their part. The show’s a pretty slow burn, but I feel like Netflix is really trusting that most of the audience will be binge-watching, which gives the series leeway for more consistent, deliberately-paced continuity than anything else in its class.
The bread-crumbing approach is probably to blame for the mixed reception; only making it to episode 6 means you’re passing judgment before the show starts displaying its true colors. Bad for marketing, but it’s a really brilliant asset for the show in my eyes. The main character’s dysfunction seems like just a well for one-off gags in the first few episodes, but in simple terms, eventually shit gets real, and it’s very well-earned. The humor and the cultural commentary get sharper, the characterizations grow deeper, and I’m at the point where it’s all come to a really impressive head.
Seeing how this arose from what appeared to be some pretty thinly-written opening episodes has been like watching a magic trick unfold; “Here I’m fiddling with some brightly-colored foam balls, oh what’s that? Oh look, I’m making that elephant levitate.” Imagine watching Kid Notorious for a few episodes, then discovering that you were actually watching Mad Men this whole time.
If any of you were interested in it, but jumped ship after the few first episodes, at least get to the end of 11 before casting judgment; you owe it to yourself. Kudos to all of you who worked on the show so far. Here’s hoping it comes back and keeps on the upward trajectory.
I really avoid reblogging stuff but this is pretty much how I feel about this show. I enjoyed the show’s pilot and early scripts, they’re fun. But the more and more I worked on this show the more and more I got into it. Towards the end we were all talking about it and dying to see what the next episode would bring. This show goes places where most western animation wont, and it’s a delight. I’m proud I got to help bring season one to your screens (I was the main prop designer for the show) and can’t wait to get started on season two (officially announced today!)
BoJack is about to be released!