Bojack Horseman S02E06

Higher Love: More than just “the autoerotic asphyxiation episode”

At long last, PB Livin Inc. has gone broke, forcing Mr. Peanutbutter to go back to work. He discovers his agent, Ronnie Bonito, in an uncompromising position. And by uncompromising, I mean he has died practising autoerotic asphyxiation. Princess Carolyn’s agency begin to poach Bonito’s ex-clients. As a result of this, Princess Carolyn constructs a new successful game show succinctly titled Hollywood Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let’s Find Out. – produced by J.D. Salinger (who wrote that one book) and hosted by Mr. Peanutbutter (who was in that one TV show). Despite literally resurrecting the careers of two stars, Carolyn is still underappreciated at work. Back on the home front, Bojack and Wanda exchange their “I don’t love yous”, thanks to Bojack’s unfailing ability to screw up any expression of genuine emotion.

Higher Love, again, showcased the comedic talent Bojack holds. The autoerotic asphyxiation gag (pun not intended but I have no regrets) never got old. As always, Bojack’s Hollywoo satire was funny but not in your face. It was a lighthearted episode and it was kind of nice to see Bojack’s emotional issues as a silly grudge-match instead of relationship threatening. He literally builds an autoerotic asphyxiation contraption, in order to avoid admitting to Wanda that he loves her. Some characters that never learn from their mistakes succumb to lazy, repetitive writing, but after 1 and a half seasons of watching Bojack continually screw up, I still care for him.

The real star of Higher Love was Princess Carolyn. Princess Carolyn is a great character whose distinctive tone stops her from getting lost in the sea of sad Bojack characters. She’s been having a rough time recently. She does God’s work in showbiz, but still doesn’t get any credit for it. Her only friend right now is Rutabaga Rabbitowitz (Ben Schwartz) – a rabbit/hare whose office is directly below hers. Rutabaga was introduced this season and I like where his character has landed. Him and Princess Carolyn chat on their headsets. I say chat, but it’s usually Carolyn venting about work. Nevertheless, the two have a nice chemistry, but with Rutabaga’s wife in the way the two have been strictly platonic… until recently. At the end of this episode where Rutabaga tells Carolyn that he might be looking at divorce. This development could either be a hot mess or a hot mess – I just can’t pick which. Whatever it is, I can’t go by without praising Rutabaga’s ‘movie star’ speech, which could’ve come off as something a teen would post to instagram, but didn’t. It was nice and introspective, honest and most importantly, comforting. It truly was one of those moments that makes Bojack hold such a special place in my heart.

In summary, Higher Love was a light episode of Bojack. There isn’t that much to say. It was enjoyable and made me become more invested in Princess Carolyn’s character, but in general I suppose it was a filler episode. Luckily in the binge watching world, that’s ok. Click next episode. Full steam ahead.

Bojack Horseman S02E06: 7/10

P.S. I apologise if this review was a lot worse than usual. I have two very convenient excuses:
1. There wasn’t much to write about this episode
2. I’m coming up to end of semester exams in my very overpriced degree
So I have that great student approach to my work right now where I have enough procrastination in me to continue to write reviews, but I still have enough academic discipline to write low quality reviews. In any case, enjoy.

Don’t look back…

Carolyn, you are the star of a movie. This is the part of the movie where you get your heart broken. Where the world tests you, and people treat you like shit. But it has to happen this way. Otherwise, the end of the movie, when you get everything you want, won’t feel as rewarding. There are assholes out there, but in the end, they don’t matter. Because this movie’s not about them. It’s never been about them. All this time, the movie’s been about you.


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