It’s been a week since Netflix released season 2 of “BoJack Horseman.” After watching the season’s first six episodes, I raved about how the show continues to maintain an improbable balance of surreal comedy and unflinching melancholy, and that balance remained steady throughout the season’s second half.
(Spoilers following, for those of you who have watched the whole season.)
It was at times ridiculous, at times tragic, and the show remained unflinching in its commitment to portraying BoJack himself as a character we can feel sorry for while also being aware – as he eventually becomes – of how awful he is to those around him. That the show could pivot from BoJack making out with the teenage daughter of an old unrequited crush to BoJack and Todd having an improv comedy battle at sea with Todd’s kidnappers, and have both episodes feel like part of the same show, and story, is remarkable.
As is always the case with a pre-season review, I couldn’t go into too much detail about some of the things I loved, so for the benefit of everyone who’s finished the season, here are 12 jokes, scenes, or story ideas from “BoJack” season 2 that made me very happy, even amidst all the sadness of the lives of BoJack, Diane, and everyone else:
We Finally Got A Vincent Adultman Spotlight. Sort Of.
The season’s wonderful fourth episode, “After the Party,” presented a triptych of stories about the complications of adult romance. The first of these brought back the best of the show’s minor recurring characters, Vincent Adultman, in a circumstance where Princess Carolyn should have finally figured out that her boyfriend is really three little boys hiding under a trenchcoat, but instead fell for every single piece of sitcom dual identity schtick going all the way back to “I Love Lucy.” The sequence is shameless in how it busts out all the tired old tropes of this kind of story, and it works because Princess Carolyn is having a very serious reconsideration of this relationship, and because Alison Brie’s voice work as Vincent is so charmingly childlike.