Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What I’m Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2, Episode 2 “Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!” (B)

I had forgotten how far-out this show can be, untethered to reality as it skewers convention and society at least a hundred different ways in a single half-hour. It didn’t take long for Jacqueline to return to the city after realizing that she was out of place back home, and she showed up in style, crashing the police car onto the sidewalk and trying to get inside as quickly as possible. The casting of Anna Camp as Jacqueline’s nemesis Deirdre Robespierre is perfect, especially considering her experience as a vain socialite in the “Pitch Perfect” movies and “True Blood.” She’s considerably more grounded than the often frantic Jacqueline, and they make a great pair of enemies. Kimmy’s willingness to go along with everything despite her objections never ceases to be entertaining, and she even got the chance to make her feelings known and possibly inspire a bit of accidental charity on Jacqueline’s part. Her plan to pay $11.5 million was bold and probably very dumb, but for now it had its desired effect. Titus’ inability to part with his clothes was typically outlandish and excessive, and the fact that he ran into a man who remembered him and thought that having a picture of “hot chick” Tilda Swinton made him seem straight to his colleagues made his treasure hunt for his clothes along a New York City street all the more enjoyable. Titus isn’t one for relationships, but knowing that he – and his clothes – has had that impact on someone gives him great joy and a reason to wake up every morning.

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