Monday, May 25, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1, Episode 12 “Kimmy Goes to Court!” (B)

This show is in full absurdist mode, and a return to Durnsville for more of the trial only enhances that. I like that Kimmy isn’t relegated to being shocked at what is happening during the trial and that she is instead trying to be proactive and take an active role in finding something that can put the reverend away for good. There’s no end to Jon Hamm’s magnificent charm, turning Wayne into a local hero who babbles garbage and watches the townsfolk eat it up. It’s not as if Durnsville has much in the way of intellect to recommend itself, though we at least are supposed to believe that Randy is the least competent member of the police department, which suggests that the normal brand of stupidity is at least a degree higher. The four Mole Women are all so radically different, and bringing them all together again is fun. I’m extremely curious to know what they found in the bunker, and I’m sure that will be front and center in the season finale. Titus’ ascension to stardom was doomed from the start, and seeing the guy from the opening credits as a has-been cautionary tale was great. There’s almost nothing I could think of that would be worse for Titus than being a meme, and he played so majestically into it by doing as much as humanly possible to embarrass himself while he was unknowingly on camera. He’ll never be able to live down that shame, and I’m sure it’s going to plague him for a long time.

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