REVIEW: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – “Kimmy Goes Outside!”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtThe following is a review of the first episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Expect some spoilers in the review.

Now that Netflix is going all-in on original programming, they’ve planned out 2015 as their biggest year yet – having already released the third season of House of Cards, they, today (6th of March 2015), premiered the very first season of a Tina Fey comedy. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix Original Series.

So, you probably saw the trailer – but if not, let’s quickly open with the premise. Kimmy Schmidt was a member of an Apocalypse-Cult, and she is freed from an underground bunker in Durnsville, Indiana along with the rest of her female members. Then, the hilarity truly begins – opening with a little homage to the Schmoyoho-generation of autotuners. Oh and good news trailer-haters, I believe the trailer only contains scenes from the first episode.

The first story that they’re telling is actually rather dark, and at times it feels very much like a dramedy, but the characters are strong enough to carry that responsibility. I definitely, however, felt that Kimmy’s introduction to New York was rushed and had odd pacing. There were a couple of scenes I didn’t enjoy, specifically the throw-away ‘dancing is about butts now’. But the episode was really funny, I’m a sucker for deadpan-humor.

There’s very good dialogue as well, especially from the main character and Jane Krakowski, but I did have my doubts about Titus at first. As the episode went on, however, the dialogue didn’t feel as forced.

Kimmy Schmidt is a great character. Equal parts funny girl and go-getter. Kimmy has a middle-school education, and that becomes evident pretty early on, and it works. Ellie Kemper’s smile and joy is infectious, and Kimmy’s vibrant colors are joyful. Jane Krakowski did very well, as is to be expected, and I started to like Tituss Burgess’ character more as the episode went on.

Overall a good pilot – one that keeps me excited about the future of the show. A lot of potential.


I’m Jeffrey Rex

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