By Lucia Rossi
Tragedy turned comedy, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” inspires many people to be unbreakable in only 13 episodes on Netflix.
Created and produced by Tina Fey, the show is definitely binge-watch worthy.
The series begins with he quirky and happy-go-lucky Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, who along with three other “mole women” are released from a bunker in which they were captives for 15 years.
They were kidnapped by the crazy Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, who forced them to join his apocalyptic cult. Now that Kimmy is free, she starts her life anew in Manhattan with her roommate Titus Andromedon, played by Tituss Burgess, a gay hopeful Broadway performer, and alcoholic landlord Lillian, played by Carol Kane. Kimmy works as a nanny for Jacqueline Vorhees, played by Jane Krakowski.
This show is original with a hilarious cast and endearing story. Kimmy’s personality is as bright as her clothes. She has this undying will to never give up, her positivity is encouraging, and her spirit is unbreakable.
No matter what happens, no matter how much she has lost, she keeps moving on because every day is precious. She teaches other characters ways to carry on, like, when in doubt, keep smiling; it’s called “Kimmying.”
If you have patience, it is Kimmy’s advice to count to ten, and when you’re done, do it again, because anyone can stand anything for ten seconds.
Now that Kimmy is 29 years old, she enters adulthood without really having a childhood and teaches viewers that it’s okay to indulge your inner child.
This show caused controversy because it deals with a lot of racial stereotypes but then, does so much more with them. Everyone needs to remember that this show is a comedy. They are not being racist, they are mocking society and themselves.
The show touches upon stereotypical gay issues, stereotypical Asian immigrant issues, and the Native American stereotype. Besides Kimmy, “Pinot Noir” singer, Titus, stole the show. The writers used his gay stereotype as an opportunity to show real-life problems, like not being straight enough for certain roles in show business.
He is a hero on the show because he pushes himself to achieve his dreams, even if it means physically endangering himself auditioning for “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.”
Although the show makes fun of the Asian immigrant stereotype, Dong is a character that actually breaks another stereotype. Dong is a Vietnamese immigrant who tutors Kimmy in math to get her GED. Dong becomes a love interest of Kimmy, which breaks the stereotype that white women don’t like Asian men.
The Native American stereotype comes in with the Jacqueline Vorhees character, who also makes fun of the rich, white-privileged culture. Her story brought up the issue of Native Americans who are pale enough to pass as white and use that to gain social status, which is exactly what Jacqueline did. Natives in real life actually do feel the pressure to be less “native” and more white because of society.
Throughout the show, Kimmy deals with several situations and characters that resemble her experience with the cult and cult leader, like the teacher of her spin class or the fact that she lives in a bunker-like apartment, or how Kimmy is still gullible enough to follow strangers to their vans. She still has the heart of a 15 year old girl but gradually grows with the help of her friends, all while trying to not live in the 90s anymore.
Kimmy is unbreakable because she never believed in the Reverend’s cult beliefs. She had hope and she believed, “We’re the strong ones, and you can’t break us.” It’s just as Walter Bankston says in the theme song, “Females are strong as hell.”
The theme song is an interview about the freed mole women turned into auto tune by the Gregory Brothers on YouTube. Be aware that it is very catchy.
The show was originally supposed to be called Tooken and was supposed to air on NBC, but was instead sold to Netflix and was given a two-season order. So, fear not binge-watchers, there will be more Kimmy to come.