It’s been three years since Kimmy Schmidt left her bunker and turned the city of New York upside down. She continues to brighten New York with her childlike exuberance and innocence. Has the third season of the Netflix show continued this streak? Let’s dive in and find out!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt takes place a few months after the second season and follows Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) and her friends Titus (Tituss Burgess), Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), and Lillian (Carol Kane) as they continue to navigate the crazy world of New York. After receiving her GED, Kimmy’s next step is going to college to be a crossing guard! UKS is a beloved show from the minds of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
To be frank, I was honestly disappointed by this season of UKS. The sunny comedy has become a little bit dim. The jokes are not as bouncy before, and at times, they feel desperate to make you laugh. This has been a culmination of a decline from the second season. With that being said, this was still an enjoyable season. UKS has plenty of jokes that can make you chuckle and some that will just get crickets. The best part of the show are the characters.
THE CHARACTERS: The characters of UKS are all unique and fun in their own way. I commend them for their dedication to the jokes, trying to make sure they land every single time. They are all compelling, and you really want to get to know them. Kimmy has a darkness within her. She is still trying to figure out her place in the world, being an adult with the mind of a child. Titus even grows up after awhile, and Jaqueline becomes more responsible and takes charge of her life. They all march to the beat of their own drums and work it well. The highlight of the characters was Titus’s parody of Lemonade.
THE STORY: While I found the characters to be working well with what material they had, this season of UKS really began to struggle with storytelling. The first season had a very concentrated story. It was Kimmy adjusting to life in New York and doing things she always wanted, from getting a job/ GED to kissing a boy. Now, her story and her friend’s stories are becoming more separate and distant from each other. While the main arcs are entertaining, the road to get there is rocky and cluttered. I believe the problem is that Fey and Carlock are trying to cram as many jokes into the story as they can. This all hurts the arcs in the long run, wasting time that should be used to further the development of our characters. While they have moments of development that are interesting, it all fizzles. Even the ending of the season is underwhelming and doesn’t even wrap up the story succinctly.
Overall, the third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was disappointing and fizzled out. While there were moments that made me laugh (like Titus’s rendition of Lemonade and Maya Rudolph’s cameo), many of the absurd jokes struggle to find their place in this complicated world. There are even opportunities for Kimmy to learn about other interesting things like white privilege in university. Rather, Fey and Carlock go for feminism, which is fine and great, but I personally think there was a missed opportunity to talk about some things. For this reason, I give Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a B-.
All three seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are available on Netflix.
Favorite Episodes: 3×02 Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades!, 3×10 Kimmy Pulls Off a Heist!
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