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Bojack Horseman - Season 2

Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul are all back for season two, which debuts in full on July 17.

Bojack Horseman - Season 2

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The first season of Bojack Horseman danced around this tortured idea. A new show moving in various directions, struggling to find its voice. Despite how uncertain the first season was, fans praised the moments that they identified with, those moments of hitting rock bottom with no deus ex machina, coupled together with silly animal jokes and childish humor.

The second season of BoJack Horseman started with BoJack trying to dump his old, dirty couch in order to restart his new, better life. The season ends with him returning to Los Angeles after taking a dramatic trip to New Mexico to visit an old friend. Everything in between is pretty interesting because he goes from landing his dream movie role to watching it fully fall apart right before his eyes because of a bad movie director.

BoJack enters into a relationship with a new woman named Wanda, voiced by Lisa Kudrow. As blissful as things are for them at the beginning, the romance quickly falls apart beyond repair since the two can't seem to see eye to eye on anything. Will Arnett did an amazing job as the lead voice actor in the second season.

BoJack is so over life in Los Angeles, especially with the way Secretariat is turning out. He feels like he just wants to run away and disappear. He takes a trip to New Mexico to reconnect with Charlotte, a friend he had from back in the day. Instead of finding her alone and single, he finds her with a husband and kids. BoJack makes a severe mistake by almost hooking up with Charlotte's teenage daughter, Penny. Charlotte goes off on him in a fit of rage and forces him to leave her property immediately. It is an extremely dramatic season finale episode.

BoJack and Wanda navigate a normal-ish relationship, which is interesting because the only real relationship we saw BoJack pursue in the first season was with his biographer who ended up marrying his rival, Mr. Peanutbutter.

However, much like the first season, BoJack manages to gain a modicum of happiness and seems to actually learn and grow a bit. Season 2 manages to end on a little more of an positive note, with BoJack receiving some good advice that highlights how canned and false the advice he received from the self-help tapes at the beginning of the season.

With Bojack now in rehab, we expect to see a portion of the season dedicated to his time there. Some have speculated and wished for the whole season to be confined there with him looking to break out.

The comedic situations that surround the characters (particularly Todd, as Mr. Peanutbutter is shifted toward a more serious role) are arguably not quite as funny or absurd as those in the first season, with one notable exception: Chickens.

The Escape from L.A. episode and the events therein taint the last episode of the season by way of forcing the audience to spend more time with Bojack, for whom we retain little sympathy. The other characters offer a bit of respite in their own dilemmas, and all of them get some decent character growth to round off the season. It ends on a positive note, but reflecting on it, the whole of the season feels a bit askew. It leaves me unsatisfied even discounting the grotesquery of the second to last episode.

The premise: BoJack spent most of season 2 filming Secretariat, a biopic of the horse he always looked up to. Once it was finished, season 3 was spent running an awards season campaign, and it kicks off here.

The second season of the animated adult comedy series will feature 12 episodes, with all of them available at once. Will Arnett will return as BoJack, along with co-stars Aaron Paul as Todd Chavez and Alison Brie as Diane Nguyen. The all-star cast also includes Amy Sedaris as Princess Carolyn and Paul F. Tompkins as Mr. Peanutbutter.

BoJack, the legendary 90's sitcom star, has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships. Now starring in his dream movie (a biopic of Secretariat), but humbled by the events of last season, BoJack attempts to use his career second wind as a stepladder to a springboard to becoming a newer, better BoJack. But new challenges on set and in his personal life, and the demons of his past make it difficult to shake off the skin of his previous self. If season one of BoJack Horseman is about a character learning he needs to change, the new season is about whether or not he can. It's a character in a rut, trying to pull out of that rut, and the rut pulling back. 041b061a72


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