On my continual binge of Kimmy Schmidt, I transitioned onto season 2 and even though it might be considered somewhat of a downfall, it’s like saying Toy Story 3 is worse than Toy Story because it has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes meanwhile Toy Story has an 100%. Sure, we’re not talking about such grand quantitive qualities considering the realm this series lives in, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 is still an incredibly funny and entertaining comedy as it transitions from season 1 to season 2.
For its first four episodes Unbreakable continues on its roll of senseless fun with a kooky protagonist and then in episode 5 it starts doing something really smart, tapping into the darkness the Kimmy’s character should bring along with her but still incorporating enough levity to not pull a 180° on Unbreakable’s tone. And then, it decides to expand upon the concept, also exploring Jacqueline’s relationship with her child and struggle to stay relevant or Lillian’s protests against her neighborhood’s gentrification. Unbreakable suddenly decides to take on real problems under the rules of the cartoon New York Kimmy lives in, making each of these problems seem like metaphors which we as the viewer can relate to. Except after episode 5, Unbreakable just follows a bunch of changes in quality, never going under around 7/10 quality, but bouncing from a 7 to an 8 consistently, introducing some new cool characters and seemingly following that road until its finale, except for Kimmy Goes to Her Happy Place! which might be the best episode in the series so far. Involving puppets, animation, revelations, and fun, Kimmy Goes to Her Happy Place! manages to involve every important component of the series into an incredible episode of pure comedic genius where you also get to see the layers behind Kimmy’s seemingly one-note persona. Then, it just continues on a fun, normal stride until its final episode.
Something this season also doubles down on are fantastic cameos which are both awesome and surprising, especially during its final episodes. The cast still shares that same synergy except in this season they’re mostly separated and working on their own story-lines, barely sharing any screen-time together. This doesn’t necessarily hurt Unbreakable because it adds more meaning to each character, but it does damage its pacing as each episode feels longer even though they’re twenty-five minute episodes and each episode feels more jumbled because its full of story-lines that barely run into each other. In the end, Unbreakable Season 2 still presents us with a fun, binge-worthy t.v. series and some new directions to take its fun characters in, but it will have to change its style to stay relevant and not feel like just more of the same, leaving me to rate season two at 75 out of 100.