Tuesday, May 30, 2017

TV Show Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)

The goofball Netflix comedy returns for a hilarious and pun-filled third season. Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) continues her readjustment in society with a new ambition to go to college. Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) washes up on shore after mysterious circumstances on his cruise ship job. Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane) pursues her career in politics to stop gentrification. Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski) works to change of the Washington Redskins after learning her heritage. The antics ensue throughout thirteen episodes as Kimmy not only gets to college, she divorces her captor, helps fellow captives, and learns about the internet.

Titus tries to forget what happened on the cruise ship as he reunites with his former boyfriend only find that he has been with another man. He seeks out employment using TaskRabbit and manages to make a hit single about boobs in California. He also uses Kimmy in a ploy to steal the bathroom key from the gas station and has his likeness stolen for a drug company advertisement. He finally reveals that he poisoned nearly the whole cruise ship so that he could remain a star and escaped on a lifeboat. 

Lillian stops progress in the neighborhood but falls for a large grocery store owner. She convinces gullible Kimmy of all sorts of conspiracy theories. When they all get locked in during a hurricane she gets handsy with her new boyfriend. Kimmy also has a romantic interest in the philosophy student at her college Perry (Daveed Diggs). He is patient with her lack of common knowledge but she grows upset when she realizes that he already knew of her past in the bunker.

Jacqueline has fallen for Russ Snyder (David Cross/Billy Magnussen) who is run over by a small car and put in a coma. Jacqueline tries to negotiate with the Snyder family to change the mascot but finds they can sink even lower than her. When Russ wakes up from his coma, he has become handsome and reunites with his family making Jacqueline have to strike out once more on her own.

This season was a little more off and on with each episode and did not follow any sort of straight narrative. Burgess and Kemper are still hilarious delivering hundreds of jokes and puns nonstop throughout each episode. The cameos add comedy in every few scenes and there is plenty to pull from. The show has stopped its forward momentum somewhat and the originality of the series has worn off after three seasons. I hope it does continue but maybe has some changes as the characters are great but it seems the settings are a bit played out and becoming too much like a network program. 

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