The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Welcome, Kimmy!


I decided to check out “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” because 1) it’s written by the impeccable Tina Fey, 2) Ellie Kemper is the star (I loved her in “The Office”), and 3) Kimmy spells her name the same way I do, which doesn’t happen as often as you might think.

At the inception of “Kimmy Goes Outside!” the mole women were rescued from the bunker.  It came at no surprised that the women were all over the media.  But the media was especially blunt.  For example, in the first news bulletin, it read, “White Woman Found,” in large print and on the line below it, in smaller print, it read, “Hispanic woman also found.”  It was humorous, but also an interesting commentary on racial bias in the media.  As the scene progressed, we saw a man being interviewed about the situation.  As the interview progressed, it slowly turned into a remix like those seen on YouTube.  It was so funny and made the scene way more enjoyable.

For being about a girl who escapes a cult, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is very lighthearted.  It’s completely unrealistic that Kimmy lives in NYC without family support or intensive therapy sessions.  But this is a comedy, so it would not be nearly as entertaining if things were taken more seriously.  I just hope the show isn’t too unbelievable.

The pilot for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” went above my expectations.  It was funny, sweet, and just overall enjoyable.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the season!

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