Netflix dropped the trailer for Season 5 of BoJack Horseman this morning, teasing the series' return on September 14. Starring Will Arnett, the Netflix original premiered in 2014, and follows a former TV star's struggle with addiction and mental illness in a bleak but moving dark comedy about life after fame has passed.
Season 4 of the show gave BoJack fans a rare and wonderful catharsis by providing not only a celebration of resilience, but also an uncharacteristically optimistic final note. BoJack sent his half-sister Hollyhock to connect with her estranged mother, and as she refers to him as "brother," he basks in the feeling of perhaps finally having a real family, after years of neglect and abuse from his parents. He's also seemingly given a second chance at working steadily, as his agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) closes a deal on a new show called "Philbert" with BoJack as the lead. The new trailer makes it clear, however, that his road to happiness will not be easy.
Netflix released the trailer earlier today, and it was also posted to the official BoJack Horseman Twitter account, where it has since garnered over 20,000 retweets, 50,000 likes, and 1,000 comments. Yesterday, in a very BoJack fashion, the account replied to a fan who was especially anxious for the trailer with "wooooowwwwwww calm down ill post the trailer tomorrow." Check out the video below:
In what appears to be his hasty and explosive return to the world of television stardom, BoJack's friend and former ghost-writer Diane (Alison Brie), repeatedly tells him: "You say you want to get better, but you don’t know how." The rapid pace of an all-day shooting schedule is intercut with BoJack's struggle to win his daily battles with depression, while money-hungry studio executives whisper sweet nothings in his ear as always. What's clear is that providing true, effective hope for BoJack getting a real, long-term recovery will be instrumental in escalating the tension experienced by watching him fight for it in such a volatile environment.
The trailer scenes of BoJack swinging between happily greeting the production team on his TV show, staring at rationed servings of alcohol, relapsing into depressive episodes, and stubbornly insisting that he doesn't need help are purposeful red flags for his hitting rock bottom again. The action-adventure motifs of his television alter-ego's life appear to be a metaphor for BoJack's endless mission to outsmart or at least stay ahead of his demons. But amidst all the choas, hope is omnipresent - which is part of this show's main philosophy. Among BoJack's core group, Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter may be headed for divorce, while Princess Carolyn recovers from a miscarriage. It's these characters relentless determination to put themselves back together and continue pursuits for their well-being and happiness after repeated heartbreaks and setbacks that make them so raw, and why BoJack Horseman is, despite its heaviness, a show about healing.