Monday, April 27, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1, Episode 8 “Kimmy is Bad at Math!” (B-)

The first time Dong appeared on this show, he seemed like a character destined to be a regular player in this universe. His relationship with Kimmy is great in that he has his own warped sense of the world that comes from his mistranslation of many things, and he too latches on only to certain aspects of people’s personalities, failing to correctly interpret the intricacies of what they are trying to convey. Kimmy’s math skills are certainly poor, and it’s fun to see the two of them unintentionally helping each other to improve, which is useful particularly since Kimmy made numerous big mistakes giving change for the deliveries she helped take from Dong. Money played into Jacqueline’s new life as she realized that she wasn’t nearly as well set as she could have been at just the right time, and it’s good to see someone like Jacqueline, however ridiculous she is, get the chance to feel like she’s on top again, ejecting her fake friend who had been invited over as a way to show Jacqueline that single life isn’t that bad. Titus walking around New York City in a werewolf costume and finding that he was treated better than he was as a black man is exactly the kind of exaggerated humor that doesn’t do it for me, complete with an overdramatic unstoppable transformation process that killed his costume at just the moment that his neighborhood was about to be gentrified. At least the timing was right on target.

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