Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Undeniable, Irrepressible: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper)

I wasn't able to stop binge-watching 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock and Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Only available on Netflix, this series is about Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) who is one of four women who were held captive in an underground bunker by doomsday cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (I'm not disclosing the actor because it is just too damned hilarious to ruin the surprise for you).

The women, who go into captivity as teenagers, are finally freed 15 years later. Afterwards. the media descends and they are whisked off to the Today Show to be interviewed by Matt Lauer. Referred to as the "Mole Women," they are shuttled off the show with a hearty "thank you Victims", treated to spontaneous make-overs and showered with unexpected wealth.

But Kimmy wants out. Out of the new trap called victimhood. She intends to break free and find her own way in New York.

In a mad-cap romp through Manhattan and Brooklyn, she finds, in one day, an apartment with landlord Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane, of Princess Bride fame), a roommate Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), and a job as a nanny for Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski of 30 Rock fame).

With all the hilarious cultural references--the first one is the catchy theme song inspired by the viral sensation derived from real-life news report featuring Antoine Dodson--Kimmy Schmidt's spirit is irrepressible. One part Pippi Longstockings, one-part Amelia Bedilia, Kimmy is an odd mix of naivetĂ©, quick wittedness, and joie de vivre.

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