Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What I’m Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2, Episode 3 “Kimmy Goes to a Play!” (B)

I don’t even know what to do with Titus sometimes since he’s just so far gone as a character. At times, it’s endearing and hilarious, and at others it’s simply too much to take. Fortunately, his one-man show leaned more towards the former than the latter, and the fact that people were protesting it before they knew anything about it while he was denying any wrongdoing because he believes that he was a geisha in his past life was fitting social commentary for me (more than pre-protesting than the past life thing). That it turned into a beautiful show that made the Asian protesters change their tune entirely wasn’t exactly predictable, but naturally it wasn’t going to end in disgrace for Titus. Jacqueline’s attempt to re-ascend the social ladder was going decently thanks to her elaborate ruse to make it seem like constant construction was the reason that she had no things in her new luxury apartment, and trying to make a go at it single with no man on her arm failed miserably right away. Kimmy’s good nature saved the day, and now Jacqueline is interesting again thanks to her public lesbian status. Lillian’s one-woman war on gentrification was pretty amusing, though if ever there was a character out on her own planet, she would be it. Telling herself to “Run, Lillian!” as she was chased away by police sirens after mourning the death of graffiti was fittingly zany, and scaring away sophisticated visitors to the neighborhood was a mark of true gritty success.

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