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BoJack Horseman Season 2, Holes, and Hills

When I published my first Bojack Horseman review back in April, I really wasn’t sure what kind of reaction it was going to get. Honestly in retrospect, I think it reads more like a confessional than a series review. But I was honestly surprised by the response. Many friends reached out, commented, and appreciated the fact I wrote the piece. Even more shocking was when I noticed a high up-tick in page views here and saw that my article had been linked in another review (meta-linking?).

When the second season of BoJack came out in mid-July, I was a little hesitant to start. “Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.” and “This year… He’s really trying to be a better Horseman.” were the main taglines for the upcoming season, and I was a little uneasy about what direction that meant for the show. The parts that impacted me most in the first season were the “honest truths” the show presented, and I was worried the writing was going to suffer if they tried to go in a different direction. Depending on how you read that, I guess you could say a part of me still wanted BoJack to be in a “hole”. But that’s unfair to him as a character, and unfair to the message the writers tried to present this season. And I do think it was for the better.

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