Sunday, August 16, 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 9 “Sliding Van Doors” (B)

I wasn’t expecting an hour-long episode since we’ve never before seen one of those on this show, but here it is. I also haven’t seen the film “Sliding Doors,” but I think I understand enough of the premise even if this representation is presumably a bit altered for zany purposes. This episode was undeniably absurd, yet I sort of liked it since it paid tribute to its characters’ established traits and had fun with them by imagining how things could have gone differently. There’s a tremendous amount of suspension of disbelief needed to stomach even a few minutes of this show, and that was true in this installment with the familiar, if unbelievable, premises that explained these characters’ origins. This episode felt most fun for the way that Kimmy ended up as a headstrong, horrible woman who emulated Jacqueline more than anyone, and who ended up meeting Titus way later than they did in the universe we know. Kimmy may not have gotten into the van and been trapped in the bunker, but she did still miss some of the world thanks to her coma, a sign that she’s just not supposed to experience everything. Any chance to see Mikey is so welcome, and I love that he ended up having multiple children with Jacqueline while also conducting an affair with big-time closeted star Titus. Lillian becoming a mob boss was predictably ridiculous, though I guess that’s not quite as far from her current status given that she remained in the same neighborhood and still acted as a sketchy landlord to tenants who thought they were getting something else. I wonder if the remaining three episodes will feel more or less absurd than this hour.

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