No More Horsin Around

SPOILERS FOR ALL OF BOJACK HORSEMAN AHEAD.

As I’ve previously statedBoJack Horseman is a masterful show, balancing between genres to unapologetically tell the story of a depressed, alcoholic horse-man trying to become better. It manages to weave episodic storytelling (i.e. the one where BoJack steals a shot with his director for a movie he’s starring in) into the grander seasonal storyline (his director is fired for her participation in that scheme) which connects to a broader theme (BoJack needs to make amends for the people he’s hurt). Now that I’ve finished Season 3 within 3 days of its release, my faith in the show’s writers grows stronger. Here’s to Netflix’s most famous reverse-centaur.

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God by Default

You either love Kanye West, or you hate him. I don’t mean that as a cliché; rather, I genuinely don’t believe that anyone familiar with the man can have a neutral opinion of him. In fact, many people partition their beliefs (“I loveeee his music, but I hateeee his personality!”) to be agreeable. Honestly, that’s the simplest way to put it. On one hand, he composes sharp, witty, irreverent lyrics that can make you laugh and ponder in the same line; on the other hand, he publicly announces that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” on a nationally televised fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims. On one hand, he hand-crafts his own unconventional beats, tailored to each song; on the other hand, he publicly humiliates rising star Taylor Swift (and by extension, Beyoncé) at the 2009 VMAs.

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BoJack Horseman

When I was younger, I was terrified of adult animated comedy shows. They were such fickle bastards; I’d initially think they were innocent cartoons, watch them in front of my parents, and then four “fucks” and three sex jokes later, my parents would flip a shit and do everything but discontinue our cable service.

Things have changed since then. I’ve been invested in Family Guy, with its wacky cut-off gags essential to the show’s comedic engine, and Rick and Morty, a recent Adult Swim cartoon about an alcoholic genius scientist traveling around time and space with his mentally challenged but morally upstanding grandson. Recently, on the recommendation of a friend, I began watching Netflix’s hilarious, wacky, and heartwarming new animated series, BoJack Horseman.

And like they say, the third time’s the charm.

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What Is Dead May Never Die

*HEAVY SPOILER ALERT*

Theon Greyjoy–son of Balon Greyjoy and heir to the Iron Islands; ward and hostage of Eddard Stark, Warden of the North; friend and lieutenant to Robb Stark, self-proclaimed King in the North; Prince of Winterfell, Theon Turncloak, and “murderer” of Bran and Rickon Stark; flayed and castrated prisoner of Ramsay Snow; Reek–is the most important character in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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