Thursday, January 30, 2020

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Time's Arrow/What Time Is It Right Now | #BoJack

Season 4, Episode 11: Time's Arrow
Written By Kate Purdy


In every television series and movie, there is always that one character that everybody hates whether they're just annoying like Charlie and the Logging Locos from 'Thomas & Friends' or one-note characters like Diamond Tiara from 'My Little Pony' not counting her 'plot device' reformation that she had back in Season 5 of the series which might I add never got a follow-up...you would think that BoJack Horseman himself would be the one character that everyone hates from 'BoJack Horseman' since that's the whole point of the series, but that title in my opinion goes to his estranged mother Beatrice Horseman since she has proven time and time again that she is not only neglectful and bitter towards our main character but also verbally abusive in finding anything she can to ruin his life especially recently when she slipped Chub-B-Gone pills into Hollyhock's coffee thus ruining the one thing BoJack had in his life that he didn't ruin himself which proved to be the final straw for our hero.  Can BoJack and Beatrice finally make amends with each other as the old mare gets closer to her death bed?  Let's find out as we get ready to shoot 'Time's Arrow'!

TIME'S ARROW: In 1963, young socialite Beatrice Sugarman meets the rebellious Butterscotch Horseman at her debutante party.

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PROS:
  • 'Lovin' That...Michigan Lifestyle?'-picking up right where we left off from previously in 'Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle' with an enraged BoJack taking his estranged mother Beatrice to a new nursing home with the worst available room after finding out that she had been slipping weight loss pills into Hollyhock's coffee thus ruining the one thing that BoJack had in his life that he didn't ruin, we see through glitched flashbacks of how Beatrice was ridiculed endlessly about her weight by an elite society of extremely young women led by a goose girl accompanied by two Asian girls which explains why she slipped those weight loss pills into Hollyhock's coffee previously to meeting her rebellious husband Butterscotch at her debutante party all the way up to their chaotic life as both have become bitter as all hell while raising their son BoJack as well as finally discovering how Hollyhock was conceived and ended up in the state that we saw her in in both the Season 3 finale and at the start of her arc in Season 4...and then just when you think that the episode is gonna end the same exact way that 'Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle' did, we actually see what was a very heartwarming ending as Beatrice becomes frightened by her new surroundings and BoJack despite initially being blunt with her and about to give his mother the 'F--k You, Mom' speech from 'Thoughts And Prayers' eventually hesitates and narrates a pleasant scenario which pleases his mother.  Looks like the two enemies are finally starting to reconcile...
  • 'Henrietta or BoJack'-what seemed to be a recurring thing throughout the duration of Season 4 at least in terms of Beatrice Horseman's character arc was her constantly calling her son Henrietta due to her battle with dementia, but it is in this episode where we finally see why she keeps calling BoJack that name since she remembers the household maid Henrietta Platchkey who was not only the former mistress to Butterscotch but also the biological mother of Beatrice who she conceived with Butterscotch (bestiality much?)...even though Henrietta's face is scribbled out throughout the entirety of her appearances in this episode and while not much is known about this character since her only appearance in the entire series is in this episode, she always spoke in a sweet and friendly manner while acting pleasant and innocent while also being somewhat nervous and introverted.  Though she is a very kind and sweet woman, she appears to be naive and not so bright of a foil to the sharp and cold Beatrice as she displays the tendency to point out the most obvious from describing paintings as 'T.V. without all of the talking and music' and her love of books because 'the words tell stories' of which Beatrice finds this somewhat annoying as it does not make for a very stimulating conversation


CONS:
  • N/A

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Overall in what can be described as both a followup to 'Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle' as well as a continuation of 'The Old Sugarman Place', 'Time's Arrow' really decided to shoot for the stars in making this episode one of if not the best from Season 4 of BoJack Horseman in helping us get to know Beatrice Horseman better than we ever have before so far...BoJack is finally at peace with his estranged mother, and for that earns a rating of a 10 out of 10

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Season 4, Episode 12: What Time Is It Right Now
Written By Raphael Bob-Waksberg


Well, we've certainly been through an eventful season of BoJack Horseman from Mr. Peanutbutter running for governor to BoJack meeting long lost family in the form of his adopted sister Hollyhock while dealing with his estranged mother Beatrice all while giving its usual social commentary on subjects like gun violence in a war between Princess Carolyn and Diane as well as discovering what it's like to be an asexual for someone like Todd...and now it's time for what has been a really heavy and emotional season to come to an end as we take a look at our final episode of Season 4 as we ask the question of 'What Time Is It Right Now'.

WHAT TIME IS IT RIGHT NOW: While Princess Carolyn pitches Philbert to company execs, Todd gets a better business idea and BoJack comes to a realization about Hollyhock.

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PROS:
  • 'Beauty And The Beast'-considering that Mr. Peanutbutter's old house is completely destroyed because of his pro-fracking campaign which led to his fundraiser literally going underground, we see him and Diane getting a VR tour of their new home to which they absolutely love it and the latter stating that she's content with everything and happy that they can get back to normal after the election while stating over dinner that she always wanted a 'Belle Room' full of books like the one Belle received from The Beast in the Disney classic 'Beauty And The Beast' which in my opinion is one of the best animated Disney films of all time...and just when this 'tale as old as time' couldn't get any more romantic or heartwarming, Mr. Peanutbutter does just that in giving his wife what she wants that he got the contractor to build after they return from their vacation to Hawaii despite the traffic trouble of crossing the bridge that Mr. Peanutbutter had built during his campaign as well as staying at the cheap motel bu the gas station instead but yet Diane feels like their marriage is like a magic eye poster while Mr. Peanutbutter might lose another marriage in the same that that Katrina and Jessica Biel did with him. Will this romantic tale as old as time finally hit the skids between Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter after four seasons together, looks like we'll have to wait until Season 5 to find out if they are truly meant to live happily ever after...
  • 'Remembering Hollyhock'-after dropping his estranged mother Beatrice off at her new nursing home, BoJack tries endlessly to call Hollyhock and let her know what really happened yet to no avail as her father keep hanging up on him...but just when all hope is lost, BoJack remembers the time when Hollyhock was trying to figure out a picture to send to the adoption agency and mentioned an Saturday Night Live sketch called 'Chandler's List' thus rushing back home where he finds a pink envelope which turns out is the mail that Hollyhock sent returned to her mother Henrietta who we met in the previous episode who sadly no longer lives at the address on record and BoJack goes to Hollyhock's fathers to explain the situation and pleads for Hollyhock to know the truth of which they begrudgingly agree unless he leaves. But what really sold this story for me was the final scene where Hollyhock and BoJack are calling each other from the airport to which Hollyhock states that she doesn't need another dad as she has eight of them but she's never had a brother of which makes BoJack for the first time smile for real and he is deeply touched by finally making a loving family connection, something he never really had before...right when the scene ended, I could help but go 'awwww!' since it looks like BoJack finally found something in his life that he didn't ruin and things are actually starting to look up for our hero but we'll have to wait until Season 5 to find out

CONS:
  • 'Rabid Clowns'-after going on another drinking bender and crashing her car while pitching Philbert to executives, Todd tries to cheer up Princess Carolyn saying that she doesn't need a family to have a child and the only way out is lifting her spirits...but their conversation is cut short when the clowns from Todd's failed dentistry business that got released into the woods start to act strange as well as starting to attack them because one of them got infected with rabies from a raccoon which led to all of them getting infected as a result thus giving Todd a new idea for a business as to not getting in trouble with the Better Business Bureau after it is revealed that Yolanda doesn't run much and needs to get in better shape by making 'Run For Your Life: Escape The Rabid Clown Dentists' in order to help people get in better shape...not only is that idea even more terrifying than his last once since not only are people terrified of clowns but also afraid of getting bit by venomous animals, but they are also in the woods which in a way is a very terrifying allusion to 'Stephen King's IT' when you see Pennywise standing on the side of the road in the woods with a bunch of balloons! Todd, you may be wacky in your creative ideas...but you need to have ideas that make sense, dude-at least this sets up events for Season 5 with Todd being in a relationship with Yolanda!


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Overall, the time of 'What Time Is It Right Now' struck the final hour of BoJack's fourth season with a really great conclusion to what has been a really heavy and emotional season dealing with the concept of family relationships thus I am going to give the Season 4 finale of 'BoJack Horseman' a rating of a 9 out of 10 as well as give Season 4 of BoJack Horseman an overall rating of an 8.25 out of 10...a little better than Season 3, but still not quite as good as Seasons 1 and 2. With that said, I'm True Blue and I'll see you all soon in my reviews for Season 5!


Time's Arrow/What Time Is It Right Now-9.5/10

SEASON 4 OVERALL RATING: 8.25/10

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Ruthie/Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle!! | #BoJack

Season 4, Episode 9: Ruthie
Written By Joanna Calo

Out of all the characters in 'BoJack Horseman', Princess Carolyn has been a very interesting one to analyze...while she can be earnest and clever as a hard-working agent for celebrities like BoJack himself, she can also find herself forced to choose between prioritizing her career and her relationships of which she almost compulsively starts them without much foresight often resulting in complications to which BoJack himself notes that she does this because she is lonely.  But as we've seen throughout Season 4 so far, Princess Carolyn greatly desires a family of her own while trying to get pregnant but failing due to being infertile as she's about to find out when her world comes crashing down in today's episode...this is 'Ruthie'!

RUTHIE: On one awful day, Princess Carolyn deals with rejection, deception and loss while BoJack and Diane try to track down Hollyhock's birth certificate.

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PROS:
  • 'The Worst Day Of My Life'-as we get a glimpse into the future of what Princess Carolyn's child Ruthie would've been like as she gives a report on her mother, we see very quickly that some things just aren't meant to be just from the plot synopsis alone as what started off as a good day for Princess Carolyn soon comes crashing down when she spills her sip of Ralph's coffee on her clothes and breaks her family heirloom necklace which turns out was actually a fake costume jewelry necklace from JC Penny ranging from Courtney Portnoy firing her for the failures of 'Ms. Taken' as well as her sham wedding with Todd to finding out from Charley Witherspoon about Judah not confirming the situation of her not being interested with the offer made last year to merge companies to breaking up with Ralph due to failing at being the 'easy' girlfriend he imagines her to be and refusing to give up on trying to get herself pregnant again after another unfortunate miscarriage...I just can't help but feel sorry for Princess Carolyn because she tirelessly works hard to make a plan come together and yet every conceivable thing that can go wrong on a perfect day in her life goes wrong all at once which really helped make this episode truly great in delving deep within Princess Carolyn's character development


CONS:
  • 'The Search For Hollyhock'-I put this side plot into the negatives section of the episode because we only get to see this B plot every once in a while with the events that unfolded for BoJack in trying to track down Hollyhock's birth certificate with Diane while Hollyhock is too busy 'counting her teeth' because a majority of the episode is spent on Princess Carolyn which is fine since this was an episode to truly develop her character but I felt like it had too much focus at times when we needed to see what was going on with BoJack. Not sure whether or not this particular side plot involving BoJack and Hollyhock will play a part in our next episode, but way to just leave us hanging with BoJack's side of the story without going into any detail as to how it ended up becoming 'the worst day of his life' for him at the same time as it did for Princess Carolyn...what's even worse is the fact that when Princess Carolyn tries to offer BoJack advice on how to cheer him up in the same way that she did with imagining her child Ruthie talking about her in class, BoJack immediately calls it fake to which Princess Carolyn sadly notes that it makes her feel better


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Overall, 'Ruthie' is one of the saddest episodes of 'BoJack Horseman' I've ever seen...not that it was a bad episode since it still managed to be an okay viewing experience but it was just the fact that the world seemed so unnecessarily cruel towards Princess Carolyn in this episode with everything that she went through even when the day seemed to start out so well too yet I'll be nice and give 'Ruthie' a 9 out of 10 since it did do a good job in developing Princess Carolyn's character...but as for BoJack in our next episode, things are about to go from bad to worse.

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Season 4, Episode 10: Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle!!
Written By Peter A. Knight

As we've seen throughout the duration of BoJack's fourth season, there has been a heavy leaning towards the family aspect whether immediate like with BoJack's new family arrangements with our token newbie Hollyhock as well as his estranged mother Beatrice who is dealing with dementia and living in BoJack's house after his plan to savagely berate her ended up getting her kicked out of the nursing home or with families that were either just starting out or never meant to be like with Todd's fellow asexual club that he recently joined or with Princess Carolyn after breaking up with Ralph for both having an anti-cat family as well as failing to get pregnant again after five miscarriages.  But getting back to BoJack's side of the story, things are about to go from bad to worse in his life as we are gonna be 'Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle'...let's take a look!

LOVIN' THAT CALI LIFESTYLE!!: While Diane leaks damaging information on Jessica Biel, Todd's clown dentist business hits a snag and Princess Carolyn finds hope in an unlikely place.

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PROS:
  • 'Philbert Horseman'-as the only original plot among the three different stories within this episode, we see that Todd's clown dentistry business has hit a snag when it isn't getting great reviews because most of the dentists aren't actually licensed and most children finding them frightening (well shit, Todd...what did you think was gonna happen?) thus making a deal with Yolanda that he will dissolve the business and setting the clowns loose into the woods if they can't make an entertaining show for her in a week to no avail as expected and Princess Carolyn is on a bender after the events from previously in 'Ruthie' yet is able to get herself back on her feet again determined to get a new project titled 'Philbert' greenlit by Lenny Turteltaub only to blurt out BoJack Horseman's name despite him running out on 'Secretariat' and 'Ethan Around' when she didn't think of a lead actor yet only to find out that she procrastinated and thus leaving Princess Carolyn no choice but to forge BoJack's signature...so in a way, this episode is actually four stories in the span of two weeks all at once and yet this story between Todd and Princess Carolyn was the only one of the three that was not only engaging but also the one that supplied the most laughs. However, the same can't be said for the other two stories as we're about to find out...onto to the negatives!

CONS:
  • 'Un-Biel-leakable'-as the election for governor comes to a close and Jessica Biel's approval rating proving to be higher than Woodchuck, Mr. Peanutbutter's ex Katrina decides to use Woodchuck's 'Hands Up For Woodchuck' campaign against him in order to boost Jessica's approval ratings stating that his hands used to belong to someone who was a pedophile murderer while Diane sees an opportunity for people to have backlash against Jessica when she has a public meltdown about having avocado on her plate despite asking not to have them...while this plot did make the overall series arc about the race for governor definitely interesting to say the least even though I am against pedophilia at all costs since the news regarding the ToonKritic scandal first broke out back in 2018 and the betrayal that I felt from everyone in Analysis Anarchy, I can't help but think that I had seen this particular story done before back in Season 2's "Hank After Dark" when Diane tried to expose Hank Hippopopalous for the scandalous behavior that he has done in the entertainment industry only to end up starting a huge war with the news media and needing to go into hiding for a while at BoJack's house until things died down-not a bad idea for a story, but not the most original one either!
  • 'Best Of Luck, See Ya Never'-as the episode begins first seen through Hollyhock's point of view where she appears to be very dizzy and having lost a lot of weight while acting very anxious and scratching herself, her dizziness gets worse to the point of collapsing in the bathroom right when one of her fathers texts her which eventually gets all eight of her fathers involved when Hollyhock ends up in the hospital and they immediately blame BoJack for what they believe was his fault when she 'overdosed on amphetamines' leaving her as thin as a pole...and just when things couldn't get any worse for BoJack after originally thinking that Hollyhock's eight fathers were right about her overdosing on pills from his medicine cabinet, it turns out that his mother Beatrice had kept slipping Chub-B-Gone pills into her daily coffee 'only until she learns to take them herself' leaving BoJack rightfully so enraged at his mother for ruining the one good thing he had in his life that he never ruined and taking his mother to a new retirement home which is even worse than the last putting her in the worst available room. You could argue that the way BoJack reacted towards the truth about what his mother did to Hollyhock was totally uncalled for and while you're right in that regard, but I'm sorry...this is an all-new low for his mother Beatrice even with her dementia problem since I was starting to see her in a brand new light back in 'The Old Sugarman Place' yet she just had to find a way to make BoJack's life even more miserable than before when she is forced to live in his house-I'm sorry, you can't convince me that she has started to finally recognize BoJack by name after all the bullshit she caused throughout his life until now...F--K YOU, BEATRICE!

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Overall, 'Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle' was like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates since you never knew what you were gonna get whether it be an engaging and funny story with Todd and Princess Carolyn to a mixed bag rehash with Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter to what was an all-time low with BoJack and his mother Beatrice when dealing with Hollyhock's unfortunate situation...and yet I still managed to get some enjoyment out of this episode despite its faults and that is why 'Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle' gets a rating of an 8 out of 10


Ruthie/Lovin' That Cali Lifestyle-8.5/10

SEASON 4 OVERALL RATING: 8/10

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Underground/The Judge | #BoJack

Season 4, Episode 7: Underground
Written By Kelly Galuska

Mr. Peanutbutter's journey to becoming governor has become quite an interesting one, hasn't it...from challenging his competitor Woodchuck to a ski race of which both lost to Todd by default after he crashed his Drone Throne across the finish line as well as being pro-fracking which took its toll on his wife Diane's love life, I'm starting to even question whether or not Mr. Peanutbutter is even worthy of becoming the next governor myself and it would seem that I'm not the only one in this regard based on what happened in today's episode.  Let's find out what Mr. Peanutbutter has gotten himself into this time 'cause it's time to go 'Underground'!

UNDERGROUND: While Mr. Peanutbutter's posh campaign fundraiser takes a terrifying turn, BoJack and Diane get drunk as chaos swirls around them.

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PROS:
  • 'A Fracking Failure'-on the night of a fundraiser for Mr. Peanutbutter's campaign, not only do we see the disastrous effects of his pro-fracking campaign when his entire fundraise taking place in his house is hit with a massive earthquake before falling into a large sinkhole trapping everyone inside but every conceivable thing that could go wrong when spoofing every natural disaster story that you can think of goes wrong from Woodchuck getting his hands crushed in the rubble while attempting to dig everyone out who by the way only make things worse by cheering their hero and doing more damage than they should to Jessica Biel lighting Zach Braff being unfunny as ever on fire when food rations run low and everyone is looking for something to eat...it even manages to go in what was a rather sensitive direction at least for me with everyone who attended the fundraiser preparing to roast Mr. Peanutbutter a la 'Passion Of The Christ' style, I may be passionate about my Catholic religion but good lord! Meanwhile, Todd and Princess Carolyn come across an army of ants who take her to their Queen Antonia played by RuPaul from 'RuPaul's Drag Race' who very conveniently help lift the entire sunken house back onto solid ground before it floods after BoJack and Diane hit a water pipe and almost drown the entire party...speaking of which, next topic!
  • 'Budding With BoJack'-when BoJack decides to finally call Diane for the first time since he returned to L.A., she as expected is not happy to hear from him...but that immediately changes when Mr. Peanutbutter's pro-fracking campaign results in the entire fundraiser falling into a large sinkhole only proving her anti-fracking views right and calling Mr. Peanutbutter out on his actions in the race for governor so far which is immediately followed by her getting drunk with BoJack on Mr. Peanutbutter's bed and realizing that she's going to die trapped because of her husband and surrounded by his ex-wifes and that she wasn't happy above ground either leading her to believe that she's the problem until BoJack helps calm her down and reveals that he originally hadn't called Diane back because he wanted to be better when she saw him but to no avail while Diane tells BoJack that he's the only thing that makes sense to her...considering how we haven't had any one-on-one talks between BoJack and Diane since the days of Season 1 when writing BoJack's memoirs, a nice callback like this was a nice breath of fresh air at least until BoJack hits a water pipe and almost drowns the entire party if it weren't for Queen Antonia and her ants lifting the house back onto solid ground!

CONS:
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Overall, it looks like Mr. Peanutbutter's run for governor has finally hit rock bottom...literally, 'Underground' while being your typical 'natural disaster' story is still a pretty great adventure in showing everything that made Mr. Peanutbutter a terrible choice in the race for governor in the first place while also giving us the long-awaited return of BoJack and Diane's one-on-one talks that we haven't seen in a really long time and that is why this episode gets a rating of an 9 out of 10.

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Season 4, Episode 8: The Judge
Written By Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

After BoJack Horseman maliciously tossed his dying mother's baby doll that Hollyhock had given her over the side of his deck in the episode 'Stupid Piece Of Sh*t', it somehow ended up in Felicity Huffman's into her pool where the famed 'Desperate Housewives' actress rightfully so is fed up with BoJack constantly throwing things into her pool right below BoJack's house...and as a result through some persuasion from Mr. Peanutbutter during his failed campaign as governor, BoJack promises not to throw things over his balcony into her pool again if he agreed to be a judge on Felicity's reality game show.  I've gotta tell ya...after the events of the last episode, I think we need something relaxing from all the craziness so let's see how things seem to be going for BoJack in holding up his end of the deal as he in more ways than one in this episode becomes 'The Judge'!

THE JUDGE: While Hollyhock starts dating an intern on BoJack's new show 'Felicity Huffman's Booty Academy: Los Angeles', Princess Carolyn meets Ralph's parents and Mr. Peanutbutter throws his political support behind Woodchuck.

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PROS:
  • 'Goodbye Cruella, Hello Biel'-as expected from the last episode, Mr. Peanutbutter has dropped out of the campaign for governor in order to give his full political support to Woodchuck after what happened during the events of the 'fracking fundraiser sinkhole' in what was honestly a very confusing way by saying that a vote for Woodchuck is a vote for Mr. Peanutbutter...but also as expected from the last episode, Jessica Biel who was one of Mr. Peanutbutter's ex-girlfriends decides to jump into the race for governor instead in order to spite her ex-boyfriend for all the damage that he caused from previously thus it is up to Mr. Peanutbutter to help his former competitor in the race (who somehow went from gorilla hands to lobster claws following the events of his crushed hands) sweep away the competition from Jessica Biel while at the same time helping Todd with his clown dentistry business of which Diane is rightfully terrified by not only showing continuity at its finest within the series but also perfectly summing up how some people really are that terrified of clowns especially with films like 'Stephen King's IT' but we even get to see a return of Oxnard again ever since the events of the Season 3 finale 'That Went Well'!


CONS:
  • 'Welcome To Stilton Acres'-as Princess Carolyn and Ralph along with Stefani head up to Stilton Acres' to meet Ralph's extended family and celebrate The Feast Of St. Squeaky, it is not a great first encounter right out of the gate when the family suggests pretty much everything that you shouldn't eat or do while pregnant ranging from drinking any form of alcohol whether beer or wine or anything caffeinated to doing cocaine and especially riding the roller-coaster that just happens to be within their backyard but they also during the feast share the origin story of how the brave St. Squeaky defeated the tyrannical cat King Puss Puss making Princess Carolyn rightfully so feel like she isn't welcome in an anti-cat family up until the point where Ralph has finally had enough with his family's berating and spills the beans about Princess Carolyn possibly having a baby and that they truly love each other. While this entire side-plot certainly takes the phrase 'a game of cat and mouse' to a whole new level, it is incredibly mean-spirited from beginning to end if it weren't for Ralph giving his family the stern talk that they deserve for berating his girlfriend...good on you, my mouse!
  • 'Miles Away From Hollyhock'-what I had originally thought was gonna be entirely focused around BoJack's new role on 'Felicity Huffman's Booty Academy: Los Angeles' as a means of following up from the deal that BoJack made with Felicity through the persuasion of Mr. Peanutbutter from back in 'Stupid Piece Of Sh*t', it unfortunately soon becomes the typical 'misunderstanding parent' story that we have seen countless times before where the child is in a relationship with someone that the parent doesn't know personally and thus they have to look for every way they can to split up the happy couple without seeing the errors of their actions...except unlike in sitcoms where everything usually ends on a happy note, Hollyhock and Miles remain split up at the end of this episode because of BoJack's misunderstood actions and yet I have this weird feeling that Hollyhock will eventually find out what BoJack did and call him out on it in the same way that Todd did for cancelling his rock opera back in Season 1. I dunno, guess we'll have to wait and see what happens...
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Overall, I get what this episode was trying to be...but maybe it might not have been for the best since I had originally thought 'The Judge' was gonna be centered entirely around BoJack's new role on Felicity Huffman's booty academy series and yet it ended up becoming another 'misunderstanding parent sabotaging relationships' story that we've seen countless times before on top of having a side-plot while having a nice ending felt way too mean-spirited to the point where it took the phrase 'a game of cat and mouse' to a whole new level. So yeah, 'The Judge' is a real mixed bag of an episode despite having its good moments but I'll be nice and give it a rating of a 6.5 out of 10.


Underground/The Judge-7.75/10

SEASON 4 OVERALL RATING: 7.87/10

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Thoughts And Prayers/Stupid Piece Of Sh*t | #BoJack

Season 4, Episode 5: Thoughts And Prayers
Written By Nick Adams

BoJack Horseman as a television series has certainly been no stranger towards delving into topics that our country as well as the world is facing currently from pro-abortion campaigns to celebrity scandals as well as what has been the main concept of the series with the life of washed-up celebrities who act like complete jerks to everyone they meet and blame everyone else for their own problems that they constantly find themselves into, there's no limit to what this television series is capable of talking about and poking fun at while giving us our usual blend of raunchy adult humor and clever pop culture references...but let's see what the team from Hollywoo can do with the topic of gun control in today's episode as we give our 'Thoughts And Prayers'!

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS: While Princess Carolyn's PR campaign to minimize the effects of recent mass shootings on Courtney Portnoy's new movie Ms.Taken leads to Diane pushing gun ownership as a means of female empowerment, Hollyhock convinces BoJack to introduce her to his estranged mother Beatrice.

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PROS:
  • 'Glamorizing Gun Violence'-gun violence has been quite the subject to talk about especially with all of the mass shootings that have happened recently in the name of President Donald Trump to the point where every adult animated series that you can think of and even in children's entertainment with the My Little Pony episode 'School Daze' which had a very brief mention of 'no party cannons in class' was very conveniently timed to air on the same day as the gun marches that took place in our nation's capitol, so it's interesting to see BoJack Horseman give their usual social commentary on what has been a very touchy and sensitive subject for quite a while now especially with how movies and entertainment are sick of real life gun violence yet they continue to tell stories that glamorize gun violence especially with the concept of Princess Carolyn trying to minimize gun violence while Diane pushes gun ownership as a means of female empowerment and especially when you look at some of the movie parody posters around Lenny Turteltaub's office when talking with Dr. Pepin about their new upcoming movie 'Ms. Taken' which actually has a lot of gun violence-in fact, this reminds me of how there was a 'patch' applied to the movie 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' where the FBI's guns were replaced with walky-talkies and especially the shootings that happened at premieres for films like 'The Dark Knight Rises' and recently with 'Joker' thus I can relate to the subject of gun violence in entertainment on a personal level


CONS:
  • 'F--k You, Mom'-one of the golden rules for BoJack Horseman ever since the series first began was that the 'f bomb' could only be used once per season and only when BoJack had irreparably damaged a relationship from his mentor Herb Kazzaz in Season 1's 'The Telescope' to Charlotte in Season 2's 'Escape From L.A.' to Todd Chavez in Season 3's 'It's You', but this is the first episode to break the rule since BoJack uses this word to signify his horrible relationship with his mother Beatrice who is revealed to have succumbed to dementia and has been living at the Walnut Springs Nursing Home for the last several years and probably won't last another ten yet BoJack and Hollyhock's visit was the most responsive that Beatrice had ever been...and after Beatrice constantly calling her son Henrietta much to BoJack's annoyance, BoJack has a plan to recreate an episode from Horsin' Around which will lead to BoJack telling his bother 'f--k you, mom' and savagely berate her for her awful upbringing to which the plans works but maybe not in the way BoJack planned with Beatrice having a panicked physical meltdown getting kicked out of the nursing home and moving into BoJack's home instead.  BoJack, what the hell...I know that your mother was extremely horrible to you ever since you were young, but you can at least try to be more understanding of her condition like Hollyhock tried to explain to you and even try to make things right with your mother and you deserve what you did as far as I'm concerned because Beatrice looked like she actually appreciated your work and you couldn't stop living in the past!


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Overall despite having what was honestly a predictable and mean-spirited subplot, 'Thoughts And Prayers' is another pretty great episode in giving its social commentary about gun violence in showing how Hollywood despite giving thoughts and prayers really doesn't give a damn about the lives lost or how many people it has effected at all and for that earns a rating of an 8 out of 10

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Season 4, Episode 6: Stupid Piece Of Sh*t
Written By Alison Tafel

When we last left BoJack Horseman, he had taken Hollyhock to meet his estranged mother Beatrice who it turned out was dealing with dementia while living in the Walnut Springs Nursing Home for several years to the point where she keeps calling her son Henrietta much to BoJack's annoyance...and this was only made worse when BoJack got the completely mean-spirited plan to recreate a live episode of Horsin' Around for his mother where he would savagely berate her at the end for her awful upbringing which worked maybe a little too well when his mother was kicked out of the nursing home and came to live with BoJack instead.  Let's see whether these two can finally put their differences aside...who am I kidding, it's BoJack Horseman we're talking about here and no matter how hard he tries to change his ways will always be a 'Stupid Piece Of Sh*t'.  Let's take a look...

STUPID PIECE OF SH*T: Surrounded by family, BoJack spirals into self-loathing while Princess Carolyn and Rutabaga Rabitowitz plan Courtney and Todd's sham wedding.

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PROS:
  • 'Asexual A-romantics'-with Courtney Portnoy having been Todd's fake fiance for a while now and with the news that 'Ms. Taken' has unfortunately been scrapped (wow, that didn't take long...did it?), it comes as a real surprise to Princess Carolyn when it is revealed that Courtney has swapped agents with her ex Rutabaga who ends up working with Princess Carolyn to plan a sham wedding the weekend before the movie drops between Courtney and Todd which leaves the latter unsure especially with the exposition about a three year marriage contract and getting a huge payout at the end as to whether or not he can stay in the club with his fellow asexuals despite getting married to someone who from what I've seen doesn't really love Todd for who he is and especially while his fellow asexuals tell him that asexuals can still find romance in their everyday lives...also I found an interesting note here on the wikia that the episode was originally supposed to be told completely from Judah's perspective yet the writers' room had a difficult time figuring out how this idea could sustain a whole episode and how Judah who is almost always at Princess Carolyn's side could organically interact with the rest of the show's characters thus making series creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg realizing that the most interesting brain to be in was BoJack's and as a result the episode centers around BoJack's inner thoughts...speaking of which, time fo this review to get ugly!


CONS:
  • 'Stupid Piece Of Sh*t'-as for the main plot of this episode which continues on from previously with 'Thoughts And Prayers' where BoJack's mean-spirited plan to berate his mother Beatrice who is dealing with dementia in the nursing home with a live episode of Horsin' Around backfires resulting in Beatrice getting kicked out of the nursing home and moving into BoJack's house, it seemed to start out okay with BoJack's intrusive self hating thoughts turning into some pretty creative visuals that reminded me a lot of the series 'Making Fiends' (am I the only one here who actually remembers this series from Nickelodeon?)...but then reminded me of the same problem that I had with the previous episode where BoJack instead of trying to be more understanding of his mother's deteriorating condition like Hollyhock is despite believing that Hollyhock is indulging his mother's delusions about a baby still proceeds to berate his mother for her awful upbringing and even goes as far as to toss her baby doll that Hollyhock gave to Beatrice in order to calm her down off the side of his deck-not only that, but every errand that BoJack ends up going on whether to get milk or getting Beatrice's baby doll that Hollyhock gave to her ends the exact same way with BoJack going to get drunk and completely forgetting to complete the job! To quote my previous review: 'BoJack, what the hell...I know that your mother was extremely horrible to you ever since you were young, but you can at least try to be more understanding of her condition like Hollyhock tried to explain to you and even try to make things right with your mother and you deserve what you did as far as I'm concerned because Beatrice looked like she actually appreciated your work and you couldn't stop living in the past!'


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Overall, BoJack as a character certainly lives up to his name...while 'Stupid Piece Of Sh*t' just managed to escape being as bad as 'Commence Fracking' from last week and while it certainly had a very interesting sideplot with Princess Carolyn and Todd, that doesn't save the fact that the main plot of BoJack's intrusive self hating thoughts especially against his mother especially now that she has moved in with him and Hollyhock was not only extremely repetitive but also extremely mean-spirited even by 'BoJack Horseman' standards and that is why this episode gets a rating of a 6.5 out of 10


Thoughts And Prayers/Stupid Piece Of Sh*t-7.25/10

SEASON 4 OVERALL RATING: 7.91/10

MLEEP Reviews: BoJack Horseman - Hooray! Todd Episode!/Commence Fracking | #BoJack

Season 4, Episode 3: Hooray! Todd Episode!
Written By Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Having previously lived rent-free at BoJack Horseman's house until the day that he officially had enough, Todd Chavez has certainly been an interesting character to analyze since he has been shown to be both a notoriously lazy slacker being frequently told to 'clean up your shit' as well as being very creative and working tirelessly when he discovers something that interests him which in return gets him into a range of situations and occupations while working as Mr. Peanutbutter's assistant...and by the looks of what Todd got himself into with today's episode, it would appear that he's about to start a brand new empire.  Time to see what crazy shenanigans that Todd got himself into this time, so let's raise a cheer for 'Hooray! Todd Episode!'...let's take a look!

HOORAY! TODD EPISODE!: Helpful to a fault, Todd is spread thin doing favors for Princess Carolyn, Mr. Peanutbutter and a visitor with a potential connection to BoJack

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PROS:
  • 'Todd The Asexual Hero'-after what was an all too relatable opening joke in my opinion with Todd stumbling through an audience watching an orchestra before reaching his chair in time for his solo, a lion overhears the other orchestra members talking about Todd's achievements to which he says that Todd is 'one of the most caring and spirited men he ever know' and sometimes wishing that he didn't appear for his solo because 'no man should be asked to give that much'...and what I thought was gonna be another 'liar revealed' plot in which Todd would let the praise he receives from the other orchestra members go to his head and make him do something that could possibly ruin his creative future actually ended up not happening since it shows that Todd has not changed a bit even after his falling out with BoJack from back in Season 3's 'It's You' when he snapped at BoJack for having sex with his old friend Emily since this episode showed that Todd while notoriously lazy is also very creative-in fact, this is the episode where Todd is officially revealed to be asexual which was a big deal for many people who watched the series when it was first released on Netflix and that is totally okay in my opinion because there are in fact people in this world that just don't have romantic feelings for people whether of the opposite or same sex and just want to remain friends with people.  Not everything has to be all about fairy tale romance and 'happily ever after', you know...
  • 'Meet Hollyhock'-while her moment in the Season 3 finale 'That Went Well' may have been very brief, this episode is where we finally get to meet the teenage female horse known as Hollyhock (I know she has a much longer name and there is a reason for it, but it's too long for me to remember thus I'm going to use her shortened name...just deal with it!) and...after what was a very awkward introduction by showing her spying on Todd and chloroforming him despite saying that she won't hurt him, Hollyhock comes to Todd seeing if he can help her find BoJack in L.A. to see if he's her 'biological sperm guy' since people have always told her that she looks like BoJack. While this whole scenario in my opinion is reminding me of those uber fans of television and movies that want their cherished celebrities to notice them to the point where they become part of the family, it's too early to tell at this point and I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens...


CONS:
  • Foreshadowing to 'Commence Fracking'-considering the fact that the next episode which was foreshadowed here is being written by the same person who wrote what I thought was the worst episode from Season 3 of BoJack which for me was 'Brrap Brrap Pew Pew' since it was one big and extremely uncomfortable pro-abortion campaign, I was fearing that the show staff were gonna push the boundaries even further than they did last season...and considering the fact that I had to look up the word 'fracking' to find out what it meant since I had never heard that term used before, we're in for quite a doozy with our next episode since I believe that the sexual fetishes will be taken to an unreachable level where there is no going back!  I'm normally one for more adult humor when it comes to television and movies, but not when it's constant sex joke after sex joke and even going as far as showing the characters actually having sex...


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Overall while it does have its problems like an awkward introduction to a possible family member to BoJack and the unfortunate possible return of a common problem I have with the series, 'Hooray! Todd Episode!' was still pretty good in truly getting to showcase Todd with both his very creative side and his notoriously lazy side and for that earns a rating of an 8 out of 10.

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Season 4, Episode 4: Commence Fracking
Written By Joanna Calo

As we saw towards the end of the Season 3 finale 'That Went Well', Mr. Peanutbutter received a visit from his cold ex-wife who came to offer him a position as governor as a reward for his heroic actions with his spaghetti strainers in the pasta boat collision featuring Character Actress Margo Martindale and Sandro at the start of the episode and it turns out that he failed to get enough signatures to run thus challenging Governor Woodchuck (I'm not even gonna bother using his full name since it is too long to remember, just deal with it!) to a ski race for the position of which he refuses as there is no rule about doing so until Katrina pulls some strings and makes an amendment to do so....which ended up being a complete bust when Todd crashed his Drone Throne across the finish line before either of them and became governor by default, hopefully things will be sorted out and the campaign can get back on track with our next episode because it's time to 'Commence Fracking'!

COMMENCE FRACKING: While the campaign takes a toll on Diane's love life, BoJack helps Hollyhock search for her mom and Princess Carolyn tries to get pregnant.

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PROS:
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CONS:
  • "Fracking"-considering the fact that this episode is being written by the same person who wrote what I thought was the worst episode from Season 3 of BoJack which for me was 'Brrap Brrap Pew Pew' since it was one big and extremely uncomfortable pro-abortion campaign, I was fearing that the show staff were gonna push the boundaries even further than they did last season...and while they didn't go abortion levels of unsettling as before, this episode due to being caused by Todd signing Mr. Peanutbutter's name on important mail for fracking unfortunately brings back a common problem that I have with the series since I am usually one for more adult humor in television and movies considering how I grew up in a time period where that kind of stuff went over our heads but yet I am not one for the more raunchy adult humor especially when it comes to the sex and masturbation scenes since it is just constant sex joke after sex joke and even going as far as showing the characters actually having sex on screen! Considering the fact that I had to look up the term 'fracking' to find out what it actually meant since I had never heard that term used before, it made this episode a doozy to get through...and not to mention a rather unsettling Harvey Weinstein joke in the wake of his allegations!
  • "Family Matters"-after having been introduced to Hollyhock in the previous episode along with the results of BoJack presumably being her 'biological sperm guy', she begins to take up residence in his house where hell is already starting to break loose when she puts a tin foiled Pop Tart in the microwave and BoJack reveals to her that he had sex with the deranged president of his fan club all while they begin to search for Hollyhock's mother...in what can be described as the BoJack equivalent of the How I Met Your Mother television series, the madness already starts to ensue when they visit the president of BoJack's fan club who is just as deranged as you would think she'd be while BoJack and Hollyhock try to steal her photo album to look for clues in helping find Hollyhock's mother which ultimately goes nowhere with no connections and BoJack lying to Hollyhock about a woman who they hadn't tried while convincing Hollyhock to stay with him longer while they continue the search!  Something tells me he's trying to make up for the mistakes that he made with Sarah Lynn throughout the first three seasons, but...considering how I feel about Hollyhock possibly being an uber fan so far, can't say for sure at this point until we see more


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Overall despite the unfortunate return of sex and masturbation jokes coming from the writer of my most despised episode of the series so far as well as sideplots that went pretty much nowhere, I would say that 'Commence Fracking' is a slight improvement than 'Brrap Brrap Pew Pew' ever will be and yet not by much...I probably would've liked this episode much more if it wasn't for the constant sex and masturbation jokes, but it's time to 'Commence Fracking' with a rating of a 5 out of 10.


Hooray! Todd Episode!/Commence Fracking-6.5/10

SEASON 4 OVERALL RATING: 8.25/10