Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2

Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2

Former mole woman Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) returns with more laughs in S2 of the Netflix original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and boy, are the females still strong as hell.

The new season is all about the lead characters confronting their past. The show starts with Titus Andromedon (Titus Burgess) facing his worst fear – his wife Vonda whom audiences were introduced to at the end of S1. Titus and Vonda got married more than a decade ago in their hometown in Chikasaw County, Mississippi. She’s now suing him for everything he’s got, which, as fans would know, really isn’t much.

Meanwhile, the former Mrs Voorhees, Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski), goes back to her parents’ home to re-embrace her Lakota roots. But has the city of New York changed Jacqueline a little too much for her to fit right back in with the community?

Lilian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), Kimmy and Titus’ kooky landlord, bumps into her old love interest Robert “Bobby” Durst (played by this season’s regular guest star, Fred Armisen) in the first episode and tries to rekindle … something. It’s hard to say what because Bobby is the kind of crazy guy you’d want to avoid at all cost – he talks to himself and never makes sense.

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Fred Armisen guest stars in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2 as Robert Durst, Lilian’s (played by Carol Kane) old flame.

As for Kimmy, her past, as most of us know, is very complicated. But the show takes audiences back to a part of her life she has been trying hard to forget, and the woman who helps her do this is none other than show co-creator and writer Tina Fey.

Fey plays Andrea, a top New York psychiatrist who is also a big ol’ drunk. She chances upon Kimmy one night and starts analysing her life while under the influence. It’s actually more fun that way because “Night Andrea” has got a mouth on her!

Apart from that, Kimmy also must come to terms with the end of her relationship with Dong Nguyen (Ki Hong Lee), who was forced to marry a crazy old woman with a tin foil hat in S1 so that he can get a greencard. However, both Kimmy and Dong realise that not being together sucks and they should do something about it.

This will-they-won’t-they plotline goes on for quite a bit in the show and gets a little tiring after a while. Although Dong is a regular character this season, he is the most uninteresting one. In fact, even the robot (who appears in every episode!) is a lot more fun than Dong.

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Titus Burgess and Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2.

As expected, the script for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2 is full of killer one liners as well as references to, and spoofs of, true incidents. For example, Lilian’s “boyfriend” Bobby bears some similarities to Robert Durst, a real-life New York multi-millionaire who is currently awaiting trial for the murder of a woman. Durst was also a suspect in two earlier murder investigations, one of which involved his neighbour Morris Black. Black’s dismembered body was found in several garbage bags; in the series, Bobby wheels around a mysterious suitcase everywhere he goes.

Other things that will endear the show to viewers even more this time around include Titus’ cute-ning of Kimmy’s name (Kimberlake, Kimbecile, Kimblakenelson, K-Pax, Baked Kimber-Lays); Lilian’s motherly advice to her two tenants, as well as her increasing annoyance of hipsters and the gentrification of her dingy, dodgy neighbourhood; Jacqueline’s helpless turn as a poor woman and even worse attempt at being a mother; and Kimmy’s enlightening therapy sessions. (Look out for Fey’s Robin Williams/Good Will Hunting tribute.)

Oh, Titus also has a boyfriend now.

If you have yet to catch up on your Netflix fix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2 is probably the best series to start with if you’re looking for laughs. It’s funny, clever and engaging, with some unexpected sweet tender moments thrown into the mix.

Ellie Kemper stars in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2.

Ellie Kemper stars in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S2.

 




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