okay. hi. actually though it’s kind of insane that the writers of bojack horseman took the character deaths that were jokes for the whole series and suddenly made them extremely serious in the penultimate episode and it worked
like some of the character deaths referenced in the view from halfway down are already taken seriously by the narrative, like sarah lynn, beatrice, crackerjack, secretariat, and arguably herb, but corduroy jackson jackson and zach braff are both joke characters with joke deaths that are periodically brought up throughout the rest of the show as jokes (corduroy’s death is brought up as a joke in the episode that zach braff dies in actually which is why i’m thinking about this at all lol) but then in tvfhd, they’re treated with the same gravity as the others are. especially for corduroy — obviously autoerotic fixation is the running joke and his death is the punchline of the whole episode, and like it’s funny! but then bojack says that finding his dead body makes his list of the top 5 worst moments in his entire life and doesn’t that make you just go. oh shit. yeah that’s actually super terrible and fucked up and sad in a lot of different ways. how is that funny again? and in that episode, it makes fun of how he became religious, and again! funny! it's a nice little moment of satire. but then he brings up some really concerning questions about morality and the afterlife that are informed by his religious beliefs, which is one of the only defining characteristics, and it really brings an interesting perspective that wouldn’t be represented by any of the other characters. also i say “arguably herb” because while herb is like basically the emotional core of the first season and remains very significant throughout the show, his death is ridiculous and silly and cartoonish, but the “last meal” framing of the dinner makes the “truck full of peanuts” joke suddenly kind of haunting and freaky in this context (same with corduroy’s last meal and how zach braff is serving instead of eating because he was cannibalized like jfc. fucked up). just like. idk the whole episode would be ineffective without the context of the entire rest of the show but the contrast between everything that has been set up continually as jokes and the way they’re used in this episode? kind of breaks the viewer out of bojack’s perspective which is often flippant about serious topics and frames even the show’s “skip one episode and you miss it” deaths as something that both bojack and the viewer actually should care about
Bojack Horseman Genetics (spoilers)
I need to puzzle this out.
In Bojack Horseman, there are humans and anthropomorphic animals. They are capable of mating and having viable offspring. If one parent is a human and the other is an animal, the child could be human or animal. We know this because:
1) When Diane was pregnant with Mr. Peanutbutter, the fetus was a dog
2) Hollyhock is a horse with a horse father and human mother
3) Charlotte, a deer, had kids with a human. One kid was a deer, and the other was a human
4) The boy that Bojack mistakes for Todd has a human father and bird mother
5) Ruthie, a porcupine, has a human mother and porcupine daughter
Those are the only interspecies relationships I could think of off the top of my head. However, I still have questions
First off, what happens when two animals of different species have a child? We know that same-species animals just give birth to the same species (Princess Caroline, Bojack, most of the animal characters).
Princess Caroline is pregnant with Ralph, a mouse, but she has a miscarriage and I don't think it's ever confirmed what species the fetus was. I think it's safe to assume that it would either be a mouse or a cat.
What if it was someone like Hollyhock or Penny who was having a child with an animal? Do both of them have a "human gene" that could show up? Or if they were having a child with another hybrid who also carried the human gene, could those two animals have a human child?
And what about Charlotte's human son Trip? Does he carry a "deer gene"? If he and another hybrid human had a child, could they have an animal? And if so, which animal would it be? Would the chances of having an animal be increased if Trip's partner also had a deer parent?
Or does it not work like that? Is it possible that whatever animal/human you are, is the only kind of gene you can pass on and the other gene gets "erased"? (So Hollyhock/Penny could only have a human if they had a child with a human, regardless of that human's ancestry. Or Trip could only have an animal if he had a child with an animal).
I have more questions but they're more random, so I'm gonna list them here:
- We see that birds in this universe lay eggs, despite being more or less human from the neck down. Would a bird having a human child still lay an egg, or would they only lay an egg for a bird child? Could a human bring a bird child to term in a human uterus? Or would a human giving birth to a bird child lay an egg??
- The humans in this universe have to be genetically different from humans in our world right? Obviously yes, because they're capable of having viable offspring with any species, but what are their reproductive systems like? I mean, every species in the world has to be capable of giving birth to any other kind of species. Like in season five, when Sadie gives birth to a porcupine child and seems relatively fine. Or, like I said in the previous question, would a mother's body automatically adapt to whatever animal child she was carrying? Or are all babies born the same way?
- We know that animals of the same species who have children tend to have children the same way that animals does (like when Rutabega and his wife have like seven kids at the same time). Would stuff like this apply if Rutabega was having kids with a human (and the kids were rabbits)?
- Don't even want to get into how food works in this universe.
- In the first episode of Season 6 Todd has to get black market porcupine milk for Ruthie. Is this because PC is older or because her cat milk wouldn't be compatible with Ruthie (a porcupine)?
- Could someone have fraternal twins, one animal one human? Or if it were two animals, two different species in the same womb? I assume yes, since with fraternal twin the eggs are fertilized separately. But what if each required a different type of pregnancy (like a bird and a human)?
Every question leads down a rabbit hole so I need to stop myself. Like I get the whole point of the animals is you're not supposed to think too much about it but I am thinking too much about it.
in many ways, bojack horseman is just a fleshed-out, metaphorical interpretation of horse plinko, in this essay i will