Thursday, May 25, 2017

What I’m Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season Premiere)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3, Episode 1 “Kimmy Gets Divorced?!” (B)

While this show was on hiatus, I didn’t think about it very much, but I did find myself making comparisons to its universe and its token irreverent nature when describing NBC’s appealing new comedy “Trial and Error.” As with so many streaming shows these days, I nearly missed the start of this one since it seems like there are at least ten new shows premiering each month and a handful returning for a second or third season at the same time. This show’s return is mostly welcome, though I think I had forgotten just how outrageous and absurd a lot of this show was. The mop made up to look like Titus which everyone spoke to was one such instance, and I don’t even know what to say about Lillian’s continued relationship with Fred Armisen’s Robert Durst. Titus having to choose whether to do something truly uncomfortable to get a role on “Sesame Street” was odd but unsurprising, and I don’t know that this show needs to spend too much more time pursuing that plotline. There was a whole lot of Jon Hamm in this episode, but that’s never a bad thing, and the divorce conversation turned very comical as Kimmy, egged on by Jacqueline, refused to give in to his request for a simple signature to dissolve their marriage. It’s nice to see Kimmy so determined and positive, and who knows how long this next chapter will last as Kimmy starts to figure out what she wants to make her happy in life.

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