Some thoughts on Bojack Horseman.

The sleep hasn't come, neither have my inspiration and motivation. For the past few days, the sleep deprivation has come back, I might go through some kind of depression phase. So to deal with it, I'll go ahead and rambling about my favorite TV show: Bojack Horseman. Yeah, it's more than just a talking horse if you'd ask me. If Bojack Horseman has been about anything, for me, it's the notion that life is about trying, screwing up, then trying again to get it right. (Spoiler alert though!!!).
Generally speaking, Bojack Horseman is an antihero series (often being compared with Mad Men). The show has successfully tackled serious issues such as depression, addiction, abortion, marital issues, and family trauma in thoughtful, earnest ways beneath a delightful veneer of rapid-fire pop culture references, vibrant colors, and animal puns. 
Bojack - the main character, who suffered childhood abuse, mental illness, and other trauma that made BoJack someone who sometimes took his pain out on the world around him, but it didn’t let him off the hook. But it’s one thing to show BoJack’s pain and another to depict the pain he’s caused for others. The show’s choice to not look away from the consequences of BoJack’s actions sets it apart from so many other antihero series. In the midseason finale of Bojack Horseman’s final season, the series abandoned BoJack entirely after he seemingly found a path toward peace. Then it checked in with all of the people he’d hurt along the way, in minor and major ways, to see how the consequences of BoJack’s actions have destroyed so many lives beyond his own. The message was clear: Maybe BoJack Horseman can find inner peace, but is it worth it if none of the people he’s hurt can find their way back?
The finale, “Nice While It Lasted,” gives the audience the last opportunity, to see BoJack have meaningful one-on-one encounters with the show’s most central supporting roles: Mr. Peanutbutter, Todd, and Princess Carolyn. More importantly, it allows for a last conversation between BoJack and the woman who has become BoJack Horseman’s co-protagonist: Diane Nguyen.
Todd is one of my favorite characters of the show. Throughout six seasons, he’s still the same man-child he’s always been: yellow-hatted, kind-hearted, aimless, and adventure-prone to the extreme. In the last conversation with Bojack, with his typical convoluted Todd fashion said, that "The Hokey Pokey" song isn't actually about doing the Hokey Pokey. It's about turning yourself around, again and again. That's what life is all about.
My other favorite character is Diane Nguyen (yeah she's Vietnamese - American). BoJack and Diane connected in the very first episode of BoJack Horseman when he hired her to ghostwrite his memoir. Back then, BoJack saw her as a means to casting his life in the most positive light possible and she saw herself as a literal ghost. After six seasons, Diane is her own person, a writer in her own right, and strong enough to no longer need to exist in BoJack’s shadow. She might not have become those things if she hadn’t known him. BoJack is better, but still nervous that he’ll screw things up on some level once he gets out of prison. Which, to be brutally honest: he probably will. But he now holds himself to a higher standard, and that’s entirely Diane’s doing. She didn’t just record some fake version of what his life has been for the sake of selling books and making BoJack relevant again in the show business. She helped him see what his life could potentially be. BoJack Horseman is over because their work is done here.
In the last touching and heartfelt phone call between Mr Peanutbutter and Diane, Diane said, "I feel like if we met each other as the people we are now, things would be totally different with us." And Mr Peanutbutter, like Todd, is an optimistic and happy-go-lucky character who can be naive to the problems in his life, in the final season, finally grow and learn to be alone in the series finale. He replied, "Yeah, but if we hadn't met each other until now, we wouldn't be the people we are now."
“I think there are people that help you become the person that you end up being,” Diane tells BoJack, “and you can be grateful for them even if they were never meant to be in your life forever.” She told him that she’s glad she knew him.
“Hey,” BoJack says a couple of seconds later, “wouldn’t it be funny if this night was the last time we ever talked to each other?” Diane already knows that’s exactly what it is. BoJack, as usual, is a step behind, still figuring that out.
"Life's a bitch and then you die", Bojack jokes in the final moments of the show. "Sometimes," Diane responds. "Sometimes, life's a bitch and then you keep living."
Life goes on for both BoJack and Diane. But within that life, they both have gone to live very seperate lives. Their friendship is real, even though it's not going to endure.
Sometimes life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone. That’s where I leave BoJack Horseman.
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