Breaking down Unbreakable

Comedy is hard.

Smart-silly comedy is harder.

Executing a second season of a high concept sitcom is hardest.

So, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt had quite a task in front of it for it’s second season. I mean, after all, how many things can Kimmy misunderstand now that she’s been out of the bunker for nearly a year?

Turns out that wasn’t the point this time around, this time we were dealing with what makes our adorable little Kimmy tick, and also, getting Titus a boyfriend! (This was my favorite thing ever!) Kimmy’s world looks a little different these days, after all, Jacqueline isn’t married anymore and can’t afford to employ her, though the two women vow to stay friends, Dong is married to classmate Sonia, and the Reverend (who claims to have created the “I Want To Buy The World A Coke” commercial) is safely behind bars.

So we deal a lot more with Kimmy’s inner life now, her horrifying snaps of violence are highlighted more and as she settles in to a relationship with therapist Andrea, played by Tina Fey, and who is also a raging alcoholic.

One of the things that’s most impressive about Kimmy Schmidt is how it manages to have it’s cake and eat it too. It’s a live action cartoon but it’s also going to explore PTSD and race and class and gentrification and it’s going to have Josh Charles give David Cross a noogie and Joshua Jackson is going to deconstruct why Joey’s decision to have sex with Pacey on the ski trip was kind of bullshit. (It was, but, when he showed up I was flailing all over the place.)

Now on to Titus. This season Titus embarked on an actual relationship with Mikey, who we know as the construction worker who hits on Kimmy, and when she misunderstands him, causes him to examine his interactions with woman and realize that he’s gay. Eventually, he asks Titus out and eventually, Titus accepts. They fall in love, he comes out to his family, Titus grows up a little and even finds himself contemplating fatherhood.

This makes perfect sense to me as Titus has been an excellent kinda Dad to Kimmy throughout the show.

Overall what makes silly comedy work best is the writing, of which Kimmy Schmidt has a dream team in Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and the cast, which, between Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski is exceptional.

So Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 was wonderful and I’m thrilled about that. I’m looking forward to seeing where we go from here.

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