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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Review

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 Review - Netflix
4.5

Summary

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns for the first half of it’s fourth season, and even though we don’t know when we’ll get the rest, these six episodes offer enough charm and laughs to tide us over.

Kimmy Schmidt and her ever hilarious, endearingly sweet and just plain delightful show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returned to Netflix for a fourth season on May 30; but only for six episodes?

It appears that this season, set to be the final of the show, has been split into two parts. While it is unclear whether this is due to the work schedule of writer/creator Tina Fey, a decision by Netflix themselves, or the creative team’s hope to end Kimmy’s story with a movie, fans can only hope they get the rest sooner rather than later.

The six episodes we do get are just as enjoyable as anyone would have expected. It would be easy to think at the beginning of this series that Kimmy’s cluelessness of the modern world would wear thin by season four, yet the writers constantly find new freshness as Kimmy becomes more and more accustomed to life outside the bunker. Ellie Kemper clearly loves playing Kimmy and her embracing of the silly humor of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is what makes it always so entertaining.

One of the smart things that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt does is use its silly, fish out of water style of humor to lampoon current events. Season four is no different and delves into #MeToo, taking serious stabs at Hollywood’s sexual abuse scandals, men’s rights activists and of course, the president. In the most unusual and most daring episode of this fourth season, the show focuses away from Kimmy and instead has us watch a fake “HouseFlix” documentary that she and Titus are watching about a DJ (Derek Klena) who tries to prove the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne’s (Jon Hamm) innocence so he can be released from prison to DJ the DJ’s wedding.

We already know that the Reverend is the one who kidnapped Kimmy and three other women and locked them in the bunker for fifteen years, but this documentary tells us that, unsurprisingly, he is a Trump supporter and believes very strongly in men’s rights. This episode also introduces Fran Dodd (Bobby Moynihan), who makes a couple more appearances in this season, shouting about men’s rights himself. While other shows have done parody documentaries before, (“Making Dennis Reynolds A Murderer” on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), this one stands out.

Aside from that episode, we are treated to fairly usual situations. Titus (Titus Burgess) begins the season trying to win Mikey back and ends up creating a TV show called “The Capist”. Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) decides to become an agent taking Titus on as a client. Lillian (Carol Kane) mourns Artie’s death by selling his ashes as cocaine so he can be at rest in the location he chose. Kimmy starts her new job and it doesn’t necessarily go as she’d thought, even though she always tries to turn any situation into a positive one.

As we get closer to the end of these six episodes, Titus has directed a school production of Beauty and the Beast, naturally casting himself as no one else could sing the part, and after watching the documentary, Kimmy tries to get it out of her mind, confronting Fran Dodd, and ends up writing a children’s book.

What is in store for the remainder of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s story is anyone’s guess. Sometimes this show takes some weird turns no one would expect, and we love it for that. Season four, at least so far, is simply more pure entertainment from the sweetest, most delightful show on television. We get a bit more backstory into the Reverend’s character and we do end this “part one” on somewhat of a cliffhanger.

When we will be able to watch the rest is an even bigger mystery at this point. Kimmy Schmidt is such as easy character and show to love, and we all need to see how shows we love end.

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