That was a.. you know a.. fascinating transition – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 3 (TV Review)

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The ‘Unbreakable’ Kimmy Schmidt returned today with her third season of zany adventures.

In case you’re not familiar, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt revolves around the life of the titular Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) after she’s rescued from an underground bunker along with three other women, which she has been kept in for the past fifteen years by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). Now with a new life ahead of her, Kimmy moves to New York, where she rooms with flamboyant gay performer Titus Andromedon (Titus Burgess), his scrappy, eccentric landlady Lillian (Carol Kane) and finds employment with insecure socialte, Jacqueline.

Now, having finished her G.E.D., this season Kimmy goes to college!

Ellie Kemper / Picture courtesy of Netflix

One of the main characteristics of the show has been the nonsensical revelations and ridiculous personalities the character have, and this season is no different. Unfortunately, since the first season, a lot of the ridiculousness that Kimmy comes out with doesn’t seem so special and ‘out there’ anymore. Sure, it’s amusing, but we’re used to it now – the magic is somewhat lost, as it was in the previous season.

That however, doesn’t stop the show from being funny. While Kimmy’s weird little quirks aren’t quite as tickling anymore, the show still provides comedy in a variety of other forms, whether that be situational comedy, brief sketches or pop-culture references. Many of latter in particular seem far more prevalent than in previous series, with the show taking jabs at anything and anyone such as Donald Trump (quite a few, as you might imagine), Star Wars, ISIS and even Beyoncé.

Titus Burgess / Picture courtesy of Netflix

The cast do their usual spectacular job. Each character gets a greater push in terms of development than in the previous series, and their portrayals continue to feel wholly natural in-spite of the crazy happenings that proliferate their lives. The guest appearances are perhaps the most welcome parts of the show, as appearances from Jon Hamm, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph especially provide some of the heartiest laughs of the season.

But even with Kimmy’s quirks no longer holding the weight of the past seasons; Ellie Kemper’s lovable and heartfelt portrayal of Kimmy is still what drives the show forward. She is able to bring the fun, boundless enthusiasm to each uplifting scene just as well as she delivers weight that the emotional and sometimes dark scenes require.

Jon Hamm / Picture courtesy of Netflix

That is extremely important when it comes to this show, as perhaps it’s strongest component is when it follows Kimmy learning about and dealing with important issues. Over the course of the three seasons, the series has dealt with kidnapping, rape, abandonment, teenage pregnancy and a wealth of other issues. And so, the strongest episodes of this season probably come around the half-way point (episodes 5 and 6, to be exact) as the show takes a closer look at feminism and the struggles that plague women. Such factors, are, as you would imagine in a show primarily based around women, spread across the whole series, but they really hammer down on it in these episodes, and it pays off brilliantly, reminding us once again that ‘females are strong as hell’.

Created by: Tina Fey Robert Carlock
Written by: Tina FeyRobert CarlockSam MeansDan RubinMeredith ScardinoAllison SilvermanAzie Mira DungeyLeila StrachanLauren GurganousNick BernardoneGrace EdwardsMax WernerBridger Winegar
Dir: Robert CarlockTristram ShapeeroMichael EnglerBeth McCarthy-MillerJeff RichmondKen WhittinghamClaire ScanlonDon ScardinoJaffar Mahmood & Gail Mancuso
Cast: Ellie KemperTitus BurgessCarol KaneKane KrakowskiMike CarlsenJon HammDylan GelulaAmy SedarisTina Fey
Prd: Jerry KupferDara Schnapper
Country: USA
Year: 2017

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season three is available on Netflix now.