After binging Breaking Bad over the summer, Joshua wanted to watch BoJack Horseman, the adult animated series about a washed up actor/horse. We watched the first two episodes last night, the pilot and BoJack Hates the Troops. The latter is one of my favorite episodes of the series. Stubborn BoJack gets into an argument at a grocery store with a an entitled Navy Seal over a box of muffins which culminates in a showdown between the two on live TV. It makes some interesting points about automatic hero worship without regard to a person’s true character.
BoJack Hates the Troops
BoJack: Maybe some of the troops are heroes but not automatically. I’m sure a lot of the troops are jerks. Most people are jerks already, and it’s not like giving a jerk a gun and telling him it’s okay to kill people suddenly turns that jerk into a hero.
The episode was also ahead of its time in regard to cancel culture. The world becomes outraged when BoJack won’t agree to call the Neal McBeal, the Navy Seal, a hero, on the sole basis of his service to his country, and the showdown is summarized by man as “BoJack hates the troops,” which spreads like wildfire.
I warned Josh that BoJack Horseman starts a little slow, but he was into the show right away. He probably would’ve watched more than two episodes last night if his brother hadn’t already reserved the big screen to watch the Artemis watch.