Yes. But why do humans live with animal humans? Which one is the oppressive plutocracy? Does it endorse bestiality? Is that what the show is? Also, why is Phoebe allowed to have a job anymore? Is Bojack a horse?
The logistics of the BoJack Horseman universe don't really matter, as the design is a thematic choice rather than a narrative one. The aesthetics of the show perfectly encapsulate the themes of the show (with everything being bright and colourful on the outside, as a cover for the toxicity that bubbles underneath), as does the setting of Hollywood in general - on a show that juxtaposes dumb animal puns and ever-snowballing absurdity with shockingly serious dramatic storytelling, emotionally affecting imagery and one of the most human examinations of depression - making it all just a metaphor for the series itself and vice-versa. Essentially, BoJack's world is wonderful and delightful on the surface to serve as contrast to the abyss of sadness underneath, and the choice of making the characters anthropomorphic animals is the ultimate encapsulation of this.
It's all basically prismatic storytelling - if you can picture light shone through a prism, with every single theme and element being a reflection of - and a response to - ever other part. For example, every character is both an inverse and a reflection of every other character. Mr. Peanutbutter has had a very similar career to BoJack, but has the exact opposite disposition. Diane is a young BoJack - roughly the same age as Todd - who shares BoJack's depression and self-destructive elements, while still possessing ambition and potential. That same ambition and potential is shared by Todd and Princess Caroline - though intellectually, Todd is more on Mr. Peanutbutter's level, and so on. It's all SO perfectly designed from a writing perspective, and this flawless design is part of the reason I love the show so dearly. No other show could pull off such tonal dissonance and still be so brilliant.Annnyway, here's my verdict on season 3...
It's no secret that BoJack Horseman is my favourite show currently on the air (and would easily crack a "top 10 shows of all time" list for me). Season 2 made BoJack my #1 show of 2015 - beating out other highly acclaimed shows like Fargo, Better Call Saul and Nathan for You - so I've been waiting with baited breath for the new season. Annnd while I loved it a LOT, I don't feel it quite surpassed the second season...
The structure of the season felt a little off to me, particularly given how many stand-alone episodes we had in the first half versus the more serialisation-heavy episodes of the second half (whereas seasons one and two both established their arcs early, paid them off late and saved the middle run for the more stand-alone episodes). I didn't quite feel like I was witnessing a cohesive narrative until the final third of the season, and as such, it made it a little harder for me to get invested in the plot. Perhaps the first two thirds of the season will be more effective upon rewatching?
Having said that, I did LOVE the ridiculously convoluted way in which all the disparate throwaway plot points came together in the finale, and this season gave us three of the show's all-time greatest episodes: Fish Out of Water (episode 4), Brrap Brrap Pew Pew (episode 6), and That's Too Much, Man! (episode 11). Fish Out of Water is easily one of the most ambitious things I've ever seen attempted in the medium of television, while Brrap Brrap Pew Pew was essentially this season's Hank After Dark - and I mean that as a HUGE compliment. I loved that the show was able to tackle a topic like abortion in such a hilarious way while not passing any judgement on Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter for their choice. And, of course, That's Too Much, Man! had some obvious similarities to Downer Ending and Escape From LA, both of which are among the show's best installments.
* BoJack going way the fuck off the deep end was genuinely painful to watch, as was you-know-who's death. The last few episodes of this season were absolutely brutal.
* I didn't really care for the whole plot with BoJack's publicist. The BoJack/Wanda relationship last season was so beautifully executed, and this story just felt like a pale imitation of the emotional beats that plot was hitting. The storyline with Mr. Peanutbutter's brother didn't really do much for me, either.
* I'm always happy to see Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter in business together, and the scene in the first episode with Mr. Peanutbutter and his publicist had me in tears laughing. Watching Cabracadabra slowly turn into the exact opposite idea it started out as was also very amusing, as was the return of Margo Martindale. It's the odd specificity of the BoJack universe that makes it so, so funny to me.
* Another huge laugh was the whiteboard with Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter's Oscar picks - SO many great jokes in there (I especially loved The Leisure Class being nominated for Best Cinematography, and "Tom Hardy (the cat version)").
* Having said that, I LOVED the writers' decision to reveal Todd as asexual. It's definitely a group who've had very little representation on tv, and it completely fits in with everything we've seen of Todd's character so far (I rewatched seasons 1 and 2 going into this, and it actually occurred to me that we'd never seen a romantic plot involving Todd, other than his long distance relationship with the phone scammer).
* I kinda wish they'd kept JD Sallinger as a recurring character in some capacity. I like that the show always keeps moving forward, but they don't need to hit the reset button on everything each season.
* This is the first season that doesn't end with a clear indicator of what's next for BoJack's character. Obviously a conscious choice on the writers' parts, but still felt like an interesting thing to note nonetheless.
* I'm nowhere near as excited as the "Mr. Peanutbutter runs for governor of California" plot as I should be. It... just kinda came out of nowhere.
* It's probably also worth noting that I binge watched season 3 in two sittings over a period of about 26 hours, so the whole thing's still kind of a blur to me. I will definitely be rewatching it sometime soon!