I’ve just sat through six hours of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s really early on Mother’s Day and to be honest I’m either too tired or buzzed to celebrate it. I’m too tired or buzzed because I’ve finally found what my heart has been missing since 30 Rock – the GREATEST comedy ever created – finished. And my new love? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Exclusive to Netflix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fleshes out Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s vision of a vibrant New York filled with quick quipping and somewhat disgusting character traits, all the while being brilliantly relevant and socially aware. Starring Ellie Kemper, who’ll you know as the naive Becca from Bridesmaids, and her journey readjusting to normal life following her incarceration in an underground bunker at the hands of enigmatic, but dangerously misogynistic cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. Schmidt decides to try and make it in New York, and with the help of fabulously flamboyant Titus Andromedon (played by Tituss Burgess) sets about fitting in the things she missed out in the 12 years she missed.
Burgess’ Andromedon is sassy, fierce, self obsessed, but still entirely different and entirely new. Burgess takes the character, makes it his own, and then makes him somebody that we can root for and not take for granted as another gay stereotype. Andromedon is the spiritual evolution of 30 Rock’s D’Fwan. From a narcissistic and money obsessed maniac to a struggling actor who’s extreme reactions and propensity for flights of fancy work well against Kimmy’s unending positivity.
Even Jacqueline Voorhees, played by Jane Krakowski, is the evolution of megabitch Jenna Maroney. Gone are the delusions of grandeur and demands based on a noncareer, and instead we have a sociopath whose demands are based in a World where these things aren’t just available, but also believably obtained. Voorhees is Maroney if she didn’t make it off the Sheikh’s pleasure yacht. Cluelessly rich and bloodthirsty, Voorhees, clad in her world of beige and white, stands against Kimmy’s, and New York’s onslaught of colours.
Unbreakable isn’t perfect. It had problems with it’s bias of white women, and it’s massive mistreatment of Native American and Latino characters, uselessly portraying them as unable to cohese into society and struggle with language. Even Voorhees heritage, clearly Native American, struggles to seem believable and delves into tried and tested, and as a result, seems dull and a struggle to sit through. Maybe its the same problem that Girls had, or where Caitlin Moran generally seems to fall down constantly, but, although its not as glaringly obvious as it was in Girls, it still sticks out as a bit strange. Schmidt couldn’t live in a poor area of New York, live on the breadline and not encounter lots of immigrants doing the same thing.
However, Unbreakable is one of the strongest things to be put on Netflix in a very long time, and you should definitely take a few hours out of your week to see what all the fuss is about. Even if it’s just to fill in the background behind all of those gifs and things that you’ll be seeing on Tumblr.