Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie
Who: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a Netflix original series, always available on Netflix.
What: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” a situation comedy about a woman who, along with three other women, is rescued from an underground bunker in rural Indiana after being kidnapped or otherwise stuck inside for fifteen years as member of a doomsday cult, the leader of which convinced them that the world had ended, and that the apocalypse had come. Kimmy (Ellie Kemper, The Office) decides to start her life over in New York City, out of time and out of place. Hilarity ensues.
The heroine of the title, Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper), is one of five women to emerge from an underground bunker in Indiana, having been, in some respects, unwitting members of a doomsday cult. The five women were trapped in this bunker, with their religious leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm), for fifteen years; Kimmy and her bunker-mates emerge into the twenty-first century while still stuck in the twentieth. Brimming with endless optimism and a healthy dose of girl power, Kimmy decides to start her brand new life away from small town Indiana by setting up in New York City. She luckily finds a rent controlled, in a manner of speaking, apartment with a fabulous new roommate named Titus Andromedon (D’Fwan from 30 Rock, Tituss Burgess) and an aging hippie landlord named Lillian, played by – happiest of all surprises – character actress Carol Kane. She secures a job as a nanny with a ridiculously rich Park Avenue family, the Voorhees, the matriarch of which is boss from hell and new best friend Jacqueline (now White as of Season Two, Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock/Ally McBeal). Mostly, Kimmy finds herself full of optimism but is otherwise a struggling fish out of water and out of time, as she attempts to create an adult life for herself, having lost such a significant part of her childhood to the spartan and strange life of the bunker.
When: The second season of the series was released in its entirety on Netflix on April 14, 2016.
Where: The action is set in and around New York City, though there are occasional flashbacks to the bunker, which is in Indiana.
Why: The show was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the producer/creative team responsible for giving us 30 Rock, of which the panelists are generally huge fans. Many of us also enjoyed Ellie Kemper quite a bit in The Office and in the movie Bridesmaids, as she’s got great comedic timing. This show was on CPU!’s list of pilots to watch for the 2014-2015 season and was originally slated to air on NBC, but when Netflix picked it up instead, it was an easy choice to switch over.
How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)
CPU! started covering “Kimmy” from the beginning. If you haven’t heard our season one podcast, listen via the embedded link below:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt blew up the internet when it was first released, which is not surprising, because it’s extremely funny, particularly in how it catches the viewer off guard with its wacky humor, witty dialogue (no doubt spearheaded by Fey), stunt casting, and generally zany but positive tone. Because these elements continued into the second season, our UBK panel – originally consisting of Kristen, Nick, Sarah, Krista, and Andrew – was only too eager to reconvene to discuss Season Two.
Of course, we couldn’t just leave it there. Now, I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but CPU! has been branching out, evolving, and growing, as we tentatively take tiny steps toward the new and different, including trying our hands at being something of a “vid-cast,” at least on occasion, by going LIVE! In August of this year, CPU! went LIVE! and live streamed at its Facebook page (for the very first time) from Comedy Outlet Mondays at Dog Story Theater in Cool City Grand Rapids, Michigan, when Grand Rapids based comedy troupe No Outlet Improv (NOIT) joined us to talk their Top 5 TV Comedy Inspirations. As NOIT also runs COM, they were kind enough to invite us back to talk Kimmy, her compatriots, and their second season. So, to mark the occasion, our panel was SUPER SIZED to include CPU! regular Eddie. Why? Well, you should probably just watch the video of the live-cast to find out; also, see if you agree or disagree with our thoughts on the second season. Note: this episode is a bit shorter than usual, as we were operating by COM time, but we think we hit the major points. Let us know if there is anything that you think we missed!
This podcast was recorded on September 26, 2016, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!
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Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations
1) Where will season three begin? Will we get to see Titus on the cruise ship?
2) Are Titus and Mikey going to move in together when Titus returns? Will Kimmy still be living with them?
3) Who is Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne marrying? Or, is he already married? Many of the panel bet on Gretchen, but we were confused by the phase of marriage to which the good reverend was referring.
4) Will Dong ever return for Kimmy?
5) Will we see Kimmy’s mom, Lori Ann (Lisa Kudrow), again? Is she still married to Kimmy’s stepdad, played by Tim Blake Nelson?
In discussing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, there was a clear split on the panel: more than half (Nick, Sarah, Krista, and Andrew) liked season two better than season one, while Kristen, Eddie, and Kylie liked season one better. All still enjoy the show immensely, though, and have high hopes for a third season, though panelist Eddie thought season three might be a “make it or break it” season for the show. The panel universally agreed that Tina Fey’s turn as day-drunk/night-drunk psychotherapist Andrea (Ahn-drea) was a welcome and much superior character change from her Marcia Clark-like attorney in the first season, and many of us did not know what to make of Jacqueline’s pursuit of Russ (David Cross). Still, all agreed that the show is a great sitcom with easy laughs by the minds who produced 30 Rock; thus, we felt there was little to lose in continuing to watch it and recommend it highly to anyone simply wanting an entertaining show at which to laugh.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was renewed for a third season; however, no release date has been announced by Netflix as of the publication of this post. The UBK podcast panel will next reconvene following the release of the third season, which will likely occur in or around Spring 2017. As always, CPU! will keep you informed of news and additional show coverage. Until then!
NEXT CPU! LIVE!
CPU! will be LIVE at Grand Rapids Comic-Con on October 22, 2016, at 7:00 PM! We will be one of the Con’s fan panels; in that live podcast (also streamed to our Facebook page), our DCTU and Marvel’s Defenders panels will join forces to discuss and debate the Top 5 DC & Marvel Live Action Heroes and Villains. This debate promises to be a raging one, so if you have any interest in the ongoing, decades-old comic book/comic universe competition, this is a panel you won’t want to miss. Like our Facebook page to keep abreast of the event – which will publish later this week! Stay tuned!