Sunday, July 15, 2018

What I’m Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4, Episode 3 “Party Monster: Scratching the Surface” (B-)

This is one outrageous episode, but that’s the point. This show has always mocked society and how it is by showcasing a character who is hopelessly innocent that she wouldn’t be able to recognize depravity or evil even if she came face-to-face with it. Sometimes, this show is just plain stupid, and there are parts of this episode that felt a lot like that. DJ Fingablast is clearly an idiot, but that’s the point. The fact that he would go to the trouble of creating an entire documentary about the search for a DJ for his wedding is absurd, and naturally he would be manipulated by Richard Wayne Gary Wayne into trying to get his case overturned. Bobby Moynihan’s crusader for the Innocence Bro-ject was also an unsubtle parody of the way in which men who are accused of mistreating women often try to defend themselves. Having Titus act out a few of the flashback scenes was entertaining, and I suppose that he’s the most consistent, if consistently absurd, element of this show, dismissing his participation in this project as a paid gig he just didn’t understand. I guess this was moderately more bearable and entertaining than the similar mockumentary “American Vandal,” showing up these pursuit-of-truth exposés that get to the heart of some deep secret and often take themselves too seriously. This half-hour was enough for me, so let’s hope that the next and last three episodes of this half-season are more straightforward, as much as this show can be.

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