"The View from Halfway Down" Explained | Confronting Mortality

  • Published: 10 February 2020
  • The View from Halfway Down is one of the most incredible half hours of television I've ever seen. It's easily the best episode of BoJack Horseman Season 6, and arguably of the entire series. In this video I breakdown all of the bits, pieces, callbacks and references that make it so incredible, while analyzing the overall message, and what it means for BoJack Horseman as a character AND as a TV series.

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Comments • 860

  • Johnny 2 Cellos
    Johnny 2 Cellos   7 days back

    Hope you all liked this breakdown! Did you miss seeing my face? I think for these single episode analyses I'm going to keep with this style, but I want to hear what you think!
    Thanks for watching everyone ❤️

    • Chad Kennedy
      Chad Kennedy  2 days back

      I like season 1 and 2 better, because season 6 is the worst and too long and split into two part is the dumbest decision.

    • linx4355
      linx4355  3 days back

      You missed the fact that bojacks last meal contained pills yes...but also his water bottle he complained about tasting like chlorine. Indicating that his last meal also contains chlorine from the pool

    • good o'l me plant
      good o'l me plant  4 days back

      Hey, doesn't the moon look like it has a horse on it? Like the "horse on the moon" instead of a man? Does anyone else see a horse on the moon?

    • Vivianeleezer
      Vivianeleezer  5 days back

      I wonder if it is possible if this video could be send to the crew as a sort of fanmail/video thing. I think they would love that.

    • Joanna Clarke
      Joanna Clarke  6 days back

      With other videos of this style, overall I've not found them to not be good so I don't tend to stick around to watch them; however I knew you would do it well and I was right! Great analysis. Maybe start and/or finish with talking straight to camera?

  • Tristen Taylor
    Tristen Taylor  1 hours back

    Do y'all think that the writers actually go this deep when creating the episodes or there's a lot of grasping at straws?

    • Shadi Rawashdeh
      Shadi Rawashdeh  4 hours back

      When Bojack drinks water from the bottle, he tastes chlorine, which is used to treat swimming pools.

      • Dave
        Dave  4 hours back

        I was drunk on jack daniels and the poem almost killed me.

        • Alicia Araujo
          Alicia Araujo  6 hours back

          Also bojacks chair looks like the inside of a coffin.

          • Pug_Frost
            Pug_Frost  6 hours back

            I haven't been afraid to die in years...this episode really scared me. I really feel like this show has helped me work through my own sh*t.

            • Zelda Fan77
              Zelda Fan77  8 hours back

              Enough with the pretentious analysis videos.

            • Richard Zapp
              Richard Zapp  8 hours back

              My initial watch of the episode made me wonder if the dinners were related to vices. At the time, I had interpreted her dish to represent how she compartmentalized the various aspects of her life.

              • Mud Fox
                Mud Fox  9 hours back

                What I think each character represents
                Sara Lynn - the people he believed to have looked up to him
                Herb- close friends
                Beatrice- family
                Cracker Jack- impossible expectations or why he believes he wasn’t good enough
                Secretariet- Idol/who he wanted to be
                Corduroy- co workers
                Zac- Other celebrities

                • Margarette Labrador
                  Margarette Labrador  11 hours back

                  this is irrelevant but watching this made me cry

                  • Rick Sanchez
                    Rick Sanchez  12 hours back

                    Wow man that was beautiful Analysis man really speaks volumes about mortality.

                    • Tsukiyori
                      Tsukiyori  13 hours back

                      Of all the years from S1 to now the end. Im glad I watched his life/adventure. This episode was so stunning for me especially the end credits. I waited which is odd because I always swap to the next episode. But something told me to wait, and then there the sounds of monitor.

                      • Audrey Fleming
                        Audrey Fleming  13 hours back

                        In “Free Churro” 16:11-17:43 Bojack talks about “these dinner parties” where Butterscotch, “scotch in hand,” used to watch Beatrice dance and when she danced she “took flight.” It continues with some drowning foreshadowing after that. Great episode to watch in correlation with this one. Hoping Johnny2Cellos does an explanation of this episode, too.

                        • das n4shorn
                          das n4shorn  14 hours back


                          • Philip Møller
                            Philip Møller  14 hours back

                            Amazing episode. I actually kinda hoped this would be the final episode. What a powerful ending that would have been.

                            • firestonegraywolf
                              firestonegraywolf  14 hours back

                              whats really important is, why did this show survive and not tuca and birdie

                              • Multus Sanguis Fluit
                                Multus Sanguis Fluit  14 hours back

                                At first I felt sort of upset that he didn't die because I thought this would be the perfect way for the series to end, but I'm ultimately very glad the next episode gave closure to all the other characters, because they deserve a good ending way more than he does.

                                Sidenote: the thing about hydrangeas growing in alkaline soil is a bit of a stretch. You know what else is alkaline? Blood. And a lot of other stuff (a lot of fertilizers make soil alkaline). That aspect is definitely not unique to hydrangeas.

                                • Tyrant Edgelord
                                  Tyrant Edgelord  14 hours back

                                  Also Zach Braff is serving food because he was cannibalized

                                  • Alaaddintimez
                                    Alaaddintimez  15 hours back

                                    I think the song by Sara Lynn is Bojack recollecting how he spread his damage to her when he was supposed to be parental figure just like his parents did to him. His mother made it known that all he was good for was the lolipop dance, he was meant to entertain and smile. Then in season 1, in between cuts of "Horsing Around" Bojack kneels down to Sara Lynn and repeats the message of "Don't stop dancing", which effectively ruined both of their lives.

                                    • RayneTheCryptid
                                      RayneTheCryptid  17 hours back

                                      The view from halfway down poem is actually quite good and moved me as a survivor of suicide

                                      • RayneTheCryptid
                                        RayneTheCryptid  17 hours back

                                        The child painting is also of the big eye child paintings that were popular in the 60s, though idk why they chose it

                                        • martenandrew
                                          martenandrew  18 hours back

                                          My headcannon for the bird is that it was the one from BoJack’s brief flashback scene in “Zoës and Zeldas” when he’s talking to PC in the theatre, about 3/4 into the episode. It seems mostly like a throwaway joke about baby birds leaving the nest too soon, but also felt oddly out of place, so I‘m sticking with the idea that it was traumatic enough to stuck with him. Follows the same logic as Corduroy JJ being in his top 5 worst moments.

                                          • Tinta Loro
                                            Tinta Loro  19 hours back

                                            "Spinster" is a woman that had the financial stability to remain unmarried. Not just an unmarried woman. One that was self sufficient and therefore didn't have to be married.

                                            • Hana
                                              Hana  21 hours back


                                              • emily jay
                                                emily jay  22 hours back

                                                I don't know about anyone else but this episode made me cry.. especially the poem.

                                                • SuperAwesomeWeirdGuy
                                                  SuperAwesomeWeirdGuy  22 hours back

                                                  *2 Minutes about flowers*
                                                  So this is gonna be one of those videos... lol

                                                  • The Goddess Of Edge
                                                    The Goddess Of Edge  24 hours back

                                                    This episode is so smart it's chilling

                                                    • Raghul Chandrasekar
                                                      Raghul Chandrasekar  1 days back

                                                      What an insightful deconstruction of the episode!! It opened my eyes to things I never noticed. A big thank you!

                                                      • akirami1
                                                        akirami1  1 days back

                                                        if i say i didn't cry i'd be lying

                                                        • Oria
                                                          Oria  1 days back

                                                          Did anyone notice that the chair Bojack sits in at the dinner table actually resembles a coffin? Like, how could they introduce so many details, it's so overwhelmingly brilliant

                                                          • Çağıl Harmandar
                                                            Çağıl Harmandar  1 days back

                                                            Hydrangea are known as flowers of cemetery in Turkey

                                                            • Lilith Dd
                                                              Lilith Dd  1 days back

                                                              My absolute favorite episode of bojack horseman

                                                              • Angelina Sarver-Sack
                                                                Angelina Sarver-Sack  1 days back

                                                                Every time I hear the "my day was good" my eyes start leaking.

                                                                • Peed Nuss
                                                                  Peed Nuss  1 days back

                                                                  pretty upsetting they didnt end it with this ep as a final it would have been amazing nothing else matters now bojacks dead thats the show we never get to find out what happens to everyone else since it doesn't matter bojack died

                                                                  • Nyq
                                                                    Nyq  1 days back

                                                                    This episode made me think a lot. It drove me crazy. “Can we handle the weight of mortality.” -AURORA. I, in many ways, don’t know if I can. This episode drove me to complete chaos. BoJack Horseman is the best show ever written.

                                                                    • Nathalie Menochet
                                                                      Nathalie Menochet  1 days back

                                                                      There is also the full moon, which symbolism is
                                                                      “ The full moon is round and completely illuminated. It represents completion, the height of power, the realization of your desires and the peak of clarity. It is a time to celebrate your growth, take note of what progress you have made and to reflect on how far you have come’

                                                                      It’s always there.

                                                                      • Amrita George
                                                                        Amrita George  1 days back

                                                                        what if there was a new/second version of the show, except this time it would be from the point of view of one of the other key characters. Like Hollyhock, for instance. It'd be so insane to watch the whole show all over again through the mind of someone else and how they really perceived BoJack.

                                                                        • Sire La
                                                                          Sire La  1 days back

                                                                          The falling into a pool and Diane/Mr. Peanutbutter showing up in the end of the intro.

                                                                          The drowning talk Spanicopita (Greek for spinach pie, BTW) when BoJack and Sarah Lin went on their drug bender.

                                                                          The painting

                                                                          The high point of the series was hinted at long before season 6.

                                                                          The writers put a lot of forethought and effert into this show and it really shows.

                                                                          • Sire La
                                                                            Sire La  1 days back

                                                                            The best episode of the series (my opinion) and the one I predicted simce season 2.

                                                                            A suicide episode. Can't have a show about depressiom without addressing the ome thought that comes to the mind of most people with depression.

                                                                            It was handled maturely with respect.

                                                                            • Travis Quesenberry
                                                                              Travis Quesenberry  1 days back

                                                                              Bojack water tasted of chlorine because he is in the pool

                                                                              • kikibear
                                                                                kikibear  1 days back

                                                                                bro wtf i thought this was the last episode i was so confused

                                                                                • kikibear
                                                                                  kikibear  1 days back

                                                                                  i went like 2 weeks without watching the actual last episode thinking this was the last one ??

                                                                              • Alexis
                                                                                Alexis  1 days back

                                                                                this episode made me cry

                                                                                • Ojou
                                                                                  Ojou  1 days back

                                                                                  I've wanted to say this a long time [no relation to the videos], but it's hard to hear Beatrices voice and not think of Feng Huang from Kung Fu Panda and also Beautiful Gorgeous from Jimmy Neutron, also Sarah Lynn as Mabel from Gravity Falls.

                                                                                  • Ojou
                                                                                    Ojou  1 days back

                                                                                    So that iconic picture of Bojack from the very start that was behind him on the wall of him drowning in the pool came to actuality.

                                                                                    • River
                                                                                      River  1 days back

                                                                                      And people say cartoons are limited to child audiences........

                                                                                      • BrixItz
                                                                                        BrixItz  2 days back

                                                                                        evangelion horse guy man does a mind thing

                                                                                        • Kamalei TU
                                                                                          Kamalei TU  2 days back

                                                                                          Stfu n get off my fucking feed

                                                                                          • Ferius
                                                                                            Ferius  16 hours back

                                                                                            As if he could prevent that lol. Maybe it's being recommended because it's a great analysis video.

                                                                                          • Johnny 2 Cellos
                                                                                            Johnny 2 Cellos   1 days back

                                                                                            Ah yes, I’m definitely in charge of what goes on your feed. This is a very reasonable and sane comment to make

                                                                                        • prafulla ghildiyal
                                                                                          prafulla ghildiyal  2 days back

                                                                                          Hi. Siddhartha is another name for the Buddhist leader and its founder Gautam Buddha. Siddhartha or Siddharth in Sanskrit means somebody whose goals or ambitions have been fulfilled, hence has reached Moksha or Nirvana.
                                                                                          This I think fits in perfectly with your description of the episode.