Tuesday, June 7, 2016

What I’m Watching: Unbreakably Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2, Episode 4 “Kimmy Kidnaps Gretchen!” (B)

It’s a rare dynamic on this show that Kimmy is the representation of reasonable and well-adjusted, even given the fact that she spends most of her time with Jacqueline, Titus, and Lillian, all of whom live in warped versions of the world. But we’ve known since the very start that Kimmy has always had an immutable sense of positivity that kept her from being fully taken in by the Reverend and his cult when she was in captivity. Gretchen, on the other hand, was more than eager to take on the illusion and follow blindly, and that’s obviously presenting problems now that she’s about to sail away on the latest mind trip that’s going to completely take hold of her. Kimmy’s efforts to shock her back to reality failed pretty miserably, demonstrated most by her streetside tattoo and her incredible ability to not hear herself. Kimmy’s solution to have her lead her own cult was brilliant, and I don’t even want to know what those hapless minions are thinking as they board the airplane that’s actually a bus. I did enjoy some of Gretchen’s misperceptions, like her description of Apple and her pronunciation of Steve Buscemi’s last name. Titus is a piece of work, to be sure, and Mikey is too in a completely different way. Titus melting down and telling him to lose his number was a poor step, but the fact that Titus was so impressed that Mikey returned to claim the thing he had left behind – or that Lillian conveniently planted there – seems to have resolved it all, and it looks like this relationship could actually work.

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