"BoJack Horseman" The Stopped Show (TV Episode 2018) Poster

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(2018)

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9/10
Just beyond
marcus-shelton921 September 2018
The cap of a very impactful and emotionally charged season. You can't find a better depiction of someone fighting their demons and fighting their addictions at every turn. BoJack continues to be a show with outlandish people and settings but is done so in a way that feels so familiar and sadly relatable to the world we live in. It actually creates a sympathetic view of a soul who wants to be better yet can't find away to get out of their own way. It's a stark reminder that life doesn't always have happy endings and things don't always go as planned, but with the right people, not even better people than ourselves,we still have hope that we can be better. The best show I've watched in years and hope more is to come
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10/10
excellent season ending
cavemould14 October 2018
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The farsical, talentless, inappropriate, sex-obsessed robot finally gets booted out, as it deserves. The metaphor is pretty apparent as to who or what the robot represents. Todd stays true to his character by immediately removing his business suit and going back to doing wacky things as though nothing had happened. It's nice to see something good happen to Princess Carolyn after putting out so many fires that other people have created for so long. The eternal optimist, finally karma rewards her accordingly. We also see the first time in I think the entire show, that the Bojack character embraces the possibility that he has messed up and needs to take action dispel his demons, not because he feels guilt, not because someone else tells him to, not because it will save him from public shame or scandal, or because it will help him feel better about bad things he has done. In this final episode, Bojack takes responsibility for himself, simply because he wants to.

This is a long long way from the BoJack horseman we saw in season 1. Haunted, broken, continually failing, always making excuses and always blaming everyone else, always hurting others but not knowing why. Beating himself up constantly for his own mistakes, and then drowning those mistakes in yet more mistakes.

I think since his mother is now dead, the only person he has left to blame for his mess-ups is himself.

The writing in this show is absolutely fantastic. It's always been good, it's so good that it allows you to see through the ridiculous human-animal hybrid world that makes no sense at all, and look only at the personalities and their behaviours and interactions.
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10/10
Nothing gets REALER than BoJack on TV right now
cecs9517 September 2018
Wow. There's really nothing much more to say. The fact that I'm crying as this episode ends is honestly just the tip of the iceberg on what has to be one of the most emotional depictions of a troubled personality ever put to screen. It really doesn't get any better than this.
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10/10
Strong season and episode
More-horse-than-a-man198715 September 2018
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Overall season 5 was another good one. My favourite episode was Free Churro, it was unique, original and masterfully done. I wasn't a massive fan of Mr Peanutbutter's storyline for this season as I found his girlfriend annoying as hell. I was also predicting MP and Diane to get back together but it never happened, i guess that's another thing that this show stands for: life does not always have happy endings. Im glad Bojack is getting help, all we need now is for Diane to get help.
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S5: A cohesive, engaging, clever season which also manages to be creatively funny
bob the moo9 March 2019
This fifth season of BoJack Horseman is not for new viewers to jump right into, but it is yet another cementing of why you should be watching the series from the start. The fifth season sees BoJack on a new TV show and doing pretty well, while in the background the other characters remain close to his arc, but yet with their own challenges and struggles in life. It produces a tight thread for all these characters to stay within, which had been a weakness in some previous seasons, but is done really well here and allows the show to feel tight and focused, even as it covers a lot.

The writing continues to be the biggest strength it has, and it is seen in not only what the narrative tackles here, but the way it does it while doing other things too. It deals seriously with the main character in a convincing downward spiral, and another character seeking a baby to fill a hole in her life, but at the same time having space for a crudely-constructed sex robot to become the CEO of a company which tells you the time now, and having Todd in a 'swapped identities' sexual farce with a family of axolotls. As before, the show does this with neither element detracting from the other. It also continues to push for new ideas and risk-taking; the episode-long monologue being the most famous example, but it is hard not to enjoy and admire the reality blurring penultimate episode for how well it relays BoJack's breakdown in a way that can be understood.

The animation and voice work continue to be top notch, but it is the dept and creativity of the writing that makes this show and this season so great - from the continued character depth, the background gags, the creativity of presentation, and the way it all comes together as a whole.
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6/10
pretty dark
ivko4 January 2019
This season has increasingly ridden the edge between humor and drama, and this episode is the culmination of that ride. Some people will love how daring the show is to address serious topics like addiction, mental illness, and physical and emotional abuse, but for me it got a little dark.I don't typically have a problem with drama, but the tonal shift here was a little jarring.

I suppose an argument could be made that the show has always had dark elements, but mostly what I remember from previous seasons was clever industry insider jokes and tongue-in-cheek social commentary similar to 'Arrested Development' or 'Community'. The risk, I think, is that at a certain point the drama can overpower and wash out the humor, and I think this episode came really close to that.

Also, even though this is a cartoon, depicting the main character doing things that are really ugly and disturbing might make it difficult to empathize with him again in the future, even with the explanation offered for his actions. The bottom line is that I didn't hate this episode or the overall arc, but I'm a little worried about whether they can tie it off without making the show kind of a bummer or creating some serious cognitive dissonance as they try to get back to the funny side of things.
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