A quick recap of “BoJack Horseman”, before the end of the series

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BoJack Cavalier, arguably Netflix’s best series, is about to end.

With the final season split in two, your memory might be a bit hazy on the events of the first half of Season 6; let’s catch up, before we frantically watch the latest episodes.

Episode 1

BoJack is making a serious attempt to break his alcohol addiction, which has plagued him since the start of his television career, but has its roots tangled in his miserable family dynamic and loveless childhood.

As BoJack struggles to adjust to his new life, he remains motivated by the fear of repeating his darkest moment, his role in the tragic death of Sarah Lynn. Bojack quickly develops a paternalistic relationship with another troubled young girl, Jameson, trying to straighten her out.

BoJack soon sees herself in Jameson’s ungrateful attitude towards her loving father, and while she isn’t willing to take the opportunity to get sober, BoJack isn’t going to let him go. At least not this time.

Keeping Jameson’s contraband bottle of vodka as a reminder, BoJack returns to rehab with renewed determination.

Episode 2

Princess Carolyn has made her lifelong dream of being a mother come true, but discovers that “having it all” is not what it is claimed to be, and maybe not even realistically possible.

Her unnamed adopted baby, “Untitled Princess Carolyn Project,” requires the same amount of attention and energy as any other newborn baby, but Princess Carolyn always tries to keep up with her incredibly busy schedule, keeping herself up to date. overworking to delirium.

Her chronic exhaustion and disorientation is portrayed by multiple versions of Princess Carolyn, simultaneously sharing the screen, making phone calls, and changing diapers; it’s a wonderful visualization of the surreal temporal distortion that accompanies early parenting.

After Princess Carolyn inevitably collapses into a deep sleep, Todd takes care of her baby and, in Todd’s fashion, stumbles to success, unwittingly spreading the word “Untitled Princess Carolyn Project” to the industry and paving the way for a television adaptation of “Daddy’s Birthday”.

Princess Carolyn is learning to balance her new life, but it won’t be easy or straightforward, and it sure won’t be the way she envisioned it.

This cat, however, always lands on its paws.

Episode 3

Diane has a new adventure, having met her assigned cameraman, a buffalo named Guy, having fun inconsequentially, trying to avoid Guy’s son’s complication, or acknowledging the status of their thriving relationship.

The two work together to create content for GirlCroosh, but Diane’s thoughtful videos are deemed too realistic, and she is ordered to change direction and start producing content that is inconsequential and heartwarming. But when she learns the story of a giant corporation, Whitewhale, swallowing a maker of body-positive dolls, GirlCroosh is consumed by the whale and absorbed by the conglomerate.

As Diane tries to bring down Whitewhale from within, she realizes the futility of her actions, that a cog cannot bring down a machine, and billionaires can literally get away with murder. .

Diane begins to understand that her relentless idealism is sabotaging her own happiness, as well as her new relationship with Guy, which she quickly seeks to mend, accepting that she can’t change the world, but at least she can control her personal life, if she wants.

Episode 4

Mr. Peanutbutter and Pickles are set to have a “surprise wedding” hosted by Todd, in which Mr. Peanutbutter admits to cheating on Pickles just before the guests revealed themselves.

The two bicker and introspect, wandering the house as the guests try to hide, listening to the two gossip about everyone in the room. Eventually, Pickles decides that she can forgive Mr. Peanutbutter, as long as she can cheat on someone too, under similar circumstances, just to level things up.

Meanwhile, BoJack comes to terms with Diane moving to Chicago with Guy, her new sobriety allowing her to handle the situation in a more mature way.

Episode 5

BoJack’s rehab time is over, but he’s just not ready to face the real world, where all of his old problems are just waiting to trigger a relapse.

Mr. Peanutbutter, filming the serial adaptation of “Birthday Dad,” is shocked to discover that he has become widely hated after cheating on Pickles, and has no idea what to do, having never had need to make an effort to be popular. But Princess Carolyn comes up with a clever plan, creating a ‘sad Keanu’ meme for Peanutbutter, eliciting new sympathy from her fans.

Princess Carolyn’s PR campaign culminates in his portrayal of a suicide attempt for Mr. Peanutbutter, sparking an instant turnaround, as audiences rush to admire him, praising him for ‘de-stigmatizing’ the Depression.

As BoJack grapples with the real world, he realizes he’s never really confronted with the real world, not after becoming famous, and explains to his assistant how badly people in his position treat assistants, and how their unwavering bondage always protects him from consequences. BoJack’s honest blast inspires a strike from Hollywoo Wizards (which actually happened!), And his bottle of vodka ends up in Doctor Champ’s hands, causing a relapse.

BoJack remains in rehab to take care of Doctor Champ, his wish being granted, implying that BoJack may not have changed as much as he thinks.

Meanwhile, Diane grapples with writer’s block, having spent her life criticizing the rest of the world, and now focusing her criticism inward, struggling with an overwhelming sense of self-loathing.

Episode 6

The assistant’s strike quickly comes into conflict with the expectations of the hierarchy, which claims the right to treat his assistants like garbage. Princess Carolyn is keen to bribe strike organizers with cushy promotions, continuing the cycle of the powerful exploiting the powerless, until she remembers her early days in the industry, as an assistant, subject to the whims of perverse producers.

So, Princess Carolyn hires the incredibly efficient Judah to organize the negotiations for the Hollywoo assistants, paving the way for a major improvement, with the negotiations even allowing Carolyn to spend some quality time with her daughter.

BoJack, in a series of conversations with Doctor Champ, breaks through, realizing that he has an internalized hatred of horses, installed in him by his terrible family, instilling a sense of self-hatred and the desire to punish himself. But being rich and famous, punishment never comes, so BoJack drinks, just to deal with his conflicting emotions.

But helping BoJack came at the expense of Champ’s sobriety, Champ being just another victim of BoJack’s endless destruction. BoJack leaves Champ behind, in rehab, and returns to the real world, finally sober.

Episode 7

BoJack travels the country, trying not only to improve himself, but also to improve the lives of others, especially those he has hurt in the past. The list goes on and not everyone is happy to see it. But BoJack’s change in appearance reflects his inner transformation, which appears to be genuine.

Diane, whose writer’s block snowballed into depression, is encouraged by BoJack, who explains that Diane is the only one who believes he could ever improve, and how he wants to exert the same positive influence. in his life.

A healthy visit with Hollyhock sparks a desire for a whole new direction, as BoJack contemplates a teaching position at Wesleyan University. A gray-haired drama teacher seems like the smoothest transition from Hollywoo’s excess, but it’s almost too good to be true, for BoJack’s damn life.

Nonetheless, BoJack’s new positivity started to spread through his friends, as he convinced Diane to take her antidepressants, paired Todd with an asexual woman, and encouraged Princess Carolyn not to take on such a heavy workload. , so that she can cherish the time spent with her daughter. He even finds time to bond with Mr. Peanutbutter, who happily travels the country as the “face of depression.”

Finally, BoJack enters a recreation of an ancient equestrian town, wanting to learn more about its roots and embrace its identity as a horse.

But the past hasn’t gone away, as BoJack’s mistakes are quietly fermenting in the background, about to explode in the present.

Episode 8

Here, the show questions whether BoJack’s dramatic turnaround is really possible, given all the terrible things he’s done. Indeed, does BoJack even deserve to live a carefree life, considering how many people he’s injured?

Reporters begin to unravel together the trail of destruction BoJack caused, his role in Sarah Lynn’s death, and this time he almost slept with the teenage daughter of an old flame.

This episode sums up the pain BoJack has inflicted on the lives of others, thoughtless, intoxicated decisions that he either forgot or actively tried to suppress. It all begins to fall into place, as BoJack’s tangled web of errors begins to intertwine.

Director Kelsey Jannings, who has been blacklisted since BoJack convinced her to break into the Richard Nixon library, has just been hired for a “girl power” superhero film. The cynical studio wants a female director so they can appear progressive, but the plot of their planned film is empty, pseudo-feminist – as is Disney of them.

Actress Gina Cazador still suffers from PTSD after BoJack suffocates her in a drug-fueled delirium, which results in Gina being labeled “difficult”, and therefore, the lead role in the superhero film of Jannings overtakes her.

And then there’s this group of prom kids that BoJack shared alcohol with, in Season 2. Pete “Repeat” Pocket’s prom date was hospitalized with alcohol poisoning after meeting the kids. BoJack’s excess, temporarily traumatizing Pete, who tells this sordid story to Hollyhock.

Hollyhock, the only person in BoJack’s life who has a (relatively) untarnished view of the titular horse, is about to uncover his half-brother’s dark side, and apparently the rest of the world as well. All the dirt unearthed on BoJack makes this cushy teaching position seem highly unlikely.

Just as BoJack Horseman makes a serious effort to improve himself, and even succeed, it looks like everything is about to fall apart. Will the series repeat the never-ending cycle of selfishness and self-hatred, or will BoJack finally find a way out of his tortured past?

We will find out soon.

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