BoJack Horseman: “The Shot”

Episode 9, Season 2

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As his dream Secretariat movie is being watered down, BoJack talks his director, Kelsey, and his friends to break into a Richard Nixon museum and film a crucial shot that the studio cancelled.

cecilYou could look at the ridiculous heist in this episode where nothing goes right and everything gets more and more ridiculous in no small part thanks to Character Actress Margo Martindale and her criminal ways, and yes… it’s funny as hell.  However, the real meat in this episode is the straight up brutal drama of it all that the episode uses as a crescendo.

Bojack is broken and he doesn’t think he will ever be fixed.

One episode and it seems like our main character has finally realized that about himself and the moment is just so emotionally devastating and profound in its simplicity.

Heck, everyone in this episode is broken.  From Diane who is starting to discover that the dreams she thought she had and the person she thought she was is only an illusion, to Princess Caroline who goes on a journey for the inner peace she only thinks that she wants.

This is an episode where personal illusions are shattered like glass and it’s glorious.

I even liked Kelsey in this episode.  Normally, she seemed like one of those one-note Todd characters that would never grow and never change because she was the angry lesbian filmmaker and that was all the show was going to let her be, but with “The Shot,” she really became a pretty nice person giving BoJack possibly the highest genuine praise he’s ever heard in his life.

It’s fun to see characters fall apart in organic and natural ways and to see that emotion that’s obviously been bottled up for so long finally explode.   The episode is not without consequence either and it’s a consequence that hurts and sucks and is demoralizing and terrible all at the same time, but keeps with the themes of depression and unhappiness perfectly.

No happy endings, just more sadness.

What I love about this episode is not that such a terrible realization happens for Bojack, but rather that the question of whether or not he can ever be fixed (which has been an ongoing question since last season) is never answered.  Perhaps it never will be.

I’m amazed that Bojack Horseman can make me feel two conflicting emotions – joy and sadness – so expertly.  I feel all dirty and manipulated.


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