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Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 2) (2016)

Netflix / TV-14

Comedy

Starring: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Creators: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock


Kimmy Schmidt is finally starting to get adjusted to her new life above ground in the big apple.  She overcame all of life challenges that it threw at her with a cheery smile and a witty 90’s reference or two.  She even managed to win the trial against the Reverend, the man who kept her contained underground as part of his cult.  The “mole-woman” tag is starting to fade away as she starts to put those days behind her.  However, life is full of obstacles and there is still a lot that Kimmy has to learn.  This is where season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix’s hit comedy show from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, picks up.

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Last season, Ellie Kemper brought the bright and quirky character of Kimmy Schmidt to life and she returns with another knockout performance.  Think of her as an eccentric 90’s girl-meets-world.  She’s getting adjusted to her new life quite well but there is still a lot that she has to tackle.  In fact, each episode is still framed in a way that signifies what challenge she has to overcome.  Sometimes these tasks range from the mundane (giving up and driving a car) to the serious (finding her mom and meeting a celebrity), while some are just plain ridiculous. When Kimmy goes to a hotel with her Vietnamese love interest Dong (Ki Hong Lee), she learns a whole lot about what two lovers “do in a hotel.”

Kimmy Schmidt still centers around its titular character, but the returning cast is what brings the show together.  Everybody’s favorite from last season, the loud Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), is back and he’s better than ever.  His pinnacle moment last season was his brilliant ode to Pinot Noir and this season he returns with more song and dance.  He is also in a new relationship with a construction worker named Mikey, which brings its fair share of ups and downs as well.  We also see the return of the rich and glitzy Jacqueline Voorhees, played by Jane Krakowski.  She fresh off her divorce from her rich husband and back from her Native American vision quest, which means she’s back in New York City with the mission of getting her life back in order.  She definitely can’t do it alone so she entrusts the help of Kimmy as her personal life assistant.

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Perhaps one of the best parts about this season is the emergence of a returning character and the introduction of a new one.  People probably remember Kimmy and Titus’ landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) from last season.  She was off her rocker and was never afraid to do her own thing.  We didn’t see enough of her crazy antics last season.  She’s back this season and she gets a lot more screen time as she aims to fight gentrification in the rough neighborhood that her and the gang live in.  We also get introduced to Andrea Bayden, played by Tina Fey, a psychologist who meets up with Kimmy during a drunk Uber call.  (Yep, Kimmy now moonlights as an Uber driver this season) We saw Tina Fey in a minor role last season but she plays a bigger part this season, one that brings along its fair share of hilarious moments.  Nothing can possibly go wrong when Kimmy takes advice from a drunk psychologist, right?

Pop culture references of the 90s variety are still as prominent as ever this season, which was one of the best parts about the show.  Kimmy is still stuck in her 90s world and she never lets you forget that.  Everything from the Ninja Turtles (who Kimmy still can’t believe are a thing) to Seinfeld to Nickelodeon make appearances through the many different references sprinkled throughout.  The show still remains super quotable as well, especially when a character like Titus is on the show. (“I’m not the one who assumed all gay people know how to arrange flowers. Why don’t you do some prop comedy, Carrot Top?” Titus says to Kimmy during a party set-up)

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s second season goes places and still retains its status as one of Netflix’s biggest crowd-pleasers.  It’s a show that will make you smile in more ways than one.  (The show’s addicting theme song returns, which is a reason to smile in itself) The minor problems from last season, like the abundance of blatant stereotypes, still linger but they are getting better.  The show’s sophomore season is just as good, if not better, than last season.  All the episodes are on Netflix right now, available to binge, so what are you waiting for?

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Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1)

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1) (2015)

TV14 / Netflix

Comedy

Starring: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Creators: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey


When a series order is dropped by a major television network that usually is not a good sign.  This was the fate of Robert Carlock and Tina Fey’s new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt when they were dropped by NBC.  However, their sulking period was not long, because Netflix brought new life to the series with a full series order, as well as a second season which is in the works.  The “life after a non-existent apocalypse” comedy is surprisingly pretty strong, which makes it confusing as to why NBC would let it go.

The bright and cheery Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper of The Office fame, is kept in a bunker for around 15 years after being told that the apocalypse was taking place above ground.  Her and her four friends are eventually rescued in the first episode, only to realize that there was never an apocalypse in the first place.  It is the beginning of a new life for Kimmy, who wants to leave her past life as a “mole woman” behind.  She decides to move to move to the Big Apple, New York City, where she wants to start fresh.

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What makes Ellie Kemper’s character of Kimmy so special is the way she lives her life.  You can basically think of her as a seventh grader stuck in a thirty year old woman’s body.  She makes a ton of references that hearken back to the days of classic MTV and portable CD players.  She takes on a lot of life’s obstacles throughout the thirteen episode season, but she somehow gets by with the help of her friends.  You can think of this show as a Boy Meets World type of situation, only instead of school’s problems, Kimmy has to deal with life’s craziness.

There is no way that Kimmy would be able to get by without the help of her new friends that she starts her new life with.  She moves into an apartment with a gay roommate Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess).  Titus is a loud and upbeat “star on the rise” who has big dreams of making it big in the world of art and theater.  He was by far one of my favorite characters from the series.  We also meet Kimmy’s landlord, Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), who is basically on the verge of insanity, albeit lovable at the same time.

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One of the first things that Kimmy does to start off her new life is finding a new job.  She lands the “prestigious” job of babysitter for Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), who is the spouse of a millionaire with a lot of problems.  Jacqueline herself has some problems of her own, as well as her two kids.  It is a pretty messed up household, and Kimmy does her best to bring them altogether.

Among the usual cast of characters, there are some other quest appearances and cameos that give the show some star power as well.  The series begins with an interview with Matt Lauer, from NBC’s Today.  (NBC’s stamp on the product)  We also have some pretty humorous from the likes of Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Nick Kroll, Richard Kind, and Dean Norris (of Breaking Bad fame).

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There is one aspect of the show that probably lent itself to being dropped from a major network, and that is the abundance of stereotypes that the show contains.  Stereotypes are not usually bad if they are handled well, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt takes them to the point of borderline offensiveness.  The show pokes fun at things like Native American descendants passing off as white people, an undocumented Vietnamese character named Dong, and Titus, who is a gay black man, who does not know which “box to check off under ‘hate crimes.’”  Their jokes are pretty funny, but they tend to make you feel bad for laughing at them.

The show has a lot of fun, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is probably one of the brightest and most fresh comedy on the streets today.  The characters all have their weird quirks that make them unique and really likable.  The show just has a lot of charm, and never seems to take itself seriously, despite the last couple of episodes where the “mole women” are in court going up against the preacher that held them in captivity for those fifteen years.  It is also hard not to mention the show’s theme song, which got its catchy hands stuck in my head only after the second time hearing it.  The show might be mildly offensive to some, but the jokes are not meant to be hurtful.  It is a great time, not to mention a great show to binge watch as well.

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