Thursday, August 13, 2020

Netflix Catch-Up: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I actually watched these first few episodes was back at some point in 2019 and wrote my reviews to put them up when I finished the whole thing. I’m now finally posting them and watching the show to get to the Emmy-nominated follow-up TV movie.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4, Episode 8 “Kimmy is in a Love Square!” (B-)

I watched this episode shortly before the Emmy nominations were announced (last year - in 2019) and, for the first time since it started, neither the show nor supporting actor Tituss Burgess were honored. In fact, the show didn’t get any nominations, which I don’t really mind since I’d hardly cite it as the best comedy on television, and the underrated Ellie Kemper, who earned two best actress bids, is its strongest asset. This installment chose to poke fun at sexual harassment and abuse scandals with the puppet whose puppet penis Tituss was apparently forced to touch, and I suppose the only part of it that felt worthwhile to me was that the puppeteer was voicing other puppets who came to his defense in evident mockery of how some in reality seek to defend the actions of those they have enabled. The appearance of Ronan Farrow as himself was unexpected, but this show does attract some bizarre and unusual talent I could never possibly predict. It made sense that Kimmy would cling to the notion of a doting parental unit in Josh’s parents, played by Mark Linn-Baker and Joanna Gleason, and that Josh, played by Dan Byrd from “Cougar Town,” would end up feeling left out when they got together behind his back to play games, eat food, and just generally be a happy family. Towards the end of the episode, I thought that I recognized Terrence Mann as Mr. Whispers from “Sense8,” and it turns out that it was him! I don’t know him from anything else, but it was nice to see another totally random and unexpected face.

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