Season 3, Episode 3: BoJack Kills
Written By Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kelly Galuska
With Season 3 of BoJack Horseman already underway, we can see that BoJack is realizing more and more that the celebrity life ain't all it's cracked up to be especially when the success of his best-selling memoir from back in Season 1 and landing the role of his dreams in the movie 'Secretariat' throughout the duration of Season 2 have only been short term successes in his life...and it looks like BoJack's race towards the Oscars could soon be put in jeopardy when he could be in jail for a crime he didn't commit, let's find out 'cause we're in for a whale of time investigating this mystery as we discover what happens when 'BoJack Kills'!
BOJACK KILLS: BoJack is framed for the murder of a Whale World dancer while Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd get into a stinky situation with the skunk next door.
- The humor-while this episode does have its fill of adult humor throughout the episode, it's great to see that the series can still have moments that don't rely on sex or drug jokes that actually managed to make me chuckle like all of the bat puns regarding a Bat Mitzvah that BoJack and Diane have to attend while solving the mystery of BoJack's framed murder as well as all of the whale related puns which played a part in making one big jab at what I can only assume was SeaWorld and the non-denominational holiday puns which I know a lot of people are gonna enjoy because of how 'politically correct' they feel that the world is becoming these days...and how could I not burst out laughing when Mr. Peanutbutter can't resist the urge to shake off from his tomato juice bath with Todd after getting sprayed by the skunk next door. The story that was chosen to carry the humor through however is another story...
- Goober's Whale World-while I will give credit to the show staff for giving us another flashback to the days of 'Horsin' Around' in developing one of the cast members and how his life has changed ever since the series went off the air, what Goober has decided to choose for his career is unfortunately where a lot of the humor for this episode comes from and it really took me out of it since it felt like they were trying to copy 'Chicken 4 Dayz' from back in Season 2 but go to the max in showing how they extort female killer whales for the sexual pleasure of everyone who comes to Whale World. I can understand wanting to make a parody of SeaWorld with this concept, but this isn't exactly how I envisioned it especially since I know that BoJack is a television series that is known for its adult humor and raunchy moments!
- The story-don't get me wrong, I am all for having a murder mystery scenario for an episode of BoJack Horseman since it gives me nostalgic vibes of the 1988 classic 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'...but it is here where I have to take the nostalgia goggles off since the backbone used to make up the story for this episode is pretty much a rehash of Season 1's "BoJack Hates The Troops" in terms of BoJack making headlines for a misunderstanding that was blown completely out of proportion-all you have to do is replace the story of BoJack calling the troops 'jerks' after arguing with Neal McBeal to wrongfully being framed for the murder of a Whale World dancer and you're all set! On top of that, the subplot with Mr. Peanutbutter didn't go anywhere and it was just boring to sit through...whereas in "BoJack Hates The Troops" when he actually was helping BoJack with the predicament that he was in, seeing him and Todd trying to get rid of a skunk while a relatable concept doesn't carry the same level of humor that we had seen in the past with these characters!
Overall, I didn't think we'd be getting another bad episode of BoJack Horseman especially this early into a brand new season...but thanks to an extremely thin story and humor that didn't really appeal to me for a lot of the time, 'BoJack Kills' unfortunately gets a rating of a 5 out of 10
Season 3, Episode 4: Fish Out Of Water
Written By Elijah Aaron and Jordan Young
When we last left BoJack Horseman, he had been framed for the murder of a Whale World dancer...and when he and Diane investigated the situation, the culprit turned out to be one of the long forgotten stars from 'Horsin' Around' using BoJack's name to sell heroin to his overdosed killer whale dancers...and for what was basically an underwater version of 'BoJack Hates The Troops', it really wasn't that great of an experience. But it looks like the wild watery adventures of BoJack aren't over just yet for this week because he is about to feel like a real 'Fish Out Of Water'...let's take a look!
FISH OUT OF WATER: BoJack takes an underwater trip to the Pacific Ocean Film Festival for the Secretariat premiere where he tries to reach out to ex-Secretariat director Kelsey Jannings.
- Continuity With 'The Shot'-for those who don't remember, BoJack and ex-Secretariat director Kelsey Jannings had worked together to steal a crucial shot for the film back in Season 2's "The Shot" against producer Lenny Turteltaub's back which led to her being fired from the movie and replaced with Abe D'Catfish who didn't give a crap about the quality of the movie at all on top of them finishing the movie without BoJack when he escaped from L.A. by using a computer face scan that they had done at the start of Season 2...ever since then, BoJack had no real way to contact Kelsey to apologize for getting her fired and not staying in contact with her-you really feel for BoJack since all he wants to do is tell Kelsey how he really feels and yet he can't since the entire episode is set underwater without any dialogue whatsoever throughout a majority of the experience using the 'show don't tell' method of storytelling extremely well through the use of expressions and actions-if you can do that right like this episode did, it's a sign that there is a really gripping experience ahead for you since it's up to the mind to figure out what's going on through the expressions of BoJack and Kelsey! In fact, I could be crazy for saying this...but seeing as they used 'show, don't tell' so well for a majority of the episode, it could've gone the whole episode without saying a single word!
Overall for the second half of our watery double feature, 'Fish Out Of Water' was just the rebound that Season 3 of BoJack Horseman needed in order to get back on track since it is a shining example of how your typical talking animals animated series can be a lot more human than you think because it shows that BoJack despite his best efforts to change his ways will always be a literal fish out of water especially after what happened in this episode that truly deserves a rating of a 10 out of 10
BoJack Kills/Fish Out Of Water-7.5/10
SEASON 3 OVERALL RATING: 8.25/10