Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season 2

Starring: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Ki Hong Lee, Mike Carlsen, Sara Chase, Amy Sedaris, Tina Fey, Anna Camp, David Cross
Creator: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock

Kimmy Schmidt is back; and she is wackier, kookier and more lovable than ever. Quick back story on the ever chipper Kimmy (Kemper), she was kidnapped by a cult leader as a teenager and kept in a bunker with three other women for 15 years. Now captured and living in New York 90's Kimmy must adjust to a 21st century world, the only way she knows how...with a smile on her face and a spring in her step.

Ellie Kemper & Carol Kane
As hoped for, Kimmy's three main confidantes are back. Dramatic and self centred actor, Titus (Burgess); rich, self centred socialite Jacqueline (Krakowski), and delusional, scatty and self centred land lady Lillian (Kane). As ever Kimmy does all she can to bring light to their lives, but these cynical new yorkers are hard to move in the way they live.

Season 2, which I binge watched in one day, focuses a lot more on the character love lives. Kimmy tries her hardest to move on from Dong (Lee) but her past troubles hold her back, newly divorced Jacqueline falls for a rich but unattractive lawyer (Cross) and Titus allows himself to open up and finds love in closeted construction worker Mikey (Carlsen). Hell, even Lillian finds (old) love in the form of an older Fred Armisen.

Anna Camp & Jane Krakowski
As always the script is packed with fast paced one liners, both 90's and current pop culture reference, and plenty of awkward and quirky humour; delivered wonderfully by the ever fascination Ellie Kemper. The writers have made sure to not forget the beginnings in the bunker, with plenty more ridiculous flashbacks to Kimmy's time trapped. The cast are on top form, and now fully engrossed in their character and working knowing they have a season 3, they seem to have completely let go. If it was possible for them to let go even more.

Kemper, Krakowski, Burgess & Kane are fantastic, but I personally enjoyed the development of character that merely had cameos in season 1. Amy Sedaris as the unhinged but oddly reliable Mimi is an absolute revelation this season. She is the right amount of quick witted and insane, and her character was  stand out for me in season 2. As was the character of Mikey, Titus' love interest. Appearing once in season 1 to wolf whistle Kimmy, season 2 sees a fully fleshed out, tender and wonderful character to help balance out Titus' crazy.

Alongside the orignial set of characters, are a whole host of new and equally zany ones. Anna Camp joins as an overly competetive and arrogant nanny, Lisa Kudrow appears as a blast from Kimmy's past; and ofcourse Kudrow plays zany to an absolute T. Even Jeff Goldblum appears a television therapist like Maury or Jeremy Kyle, but worse. Each new character brings their own brand of funny to the show, but fits in with ease amongst the other larger than life characters.

Tituss Burgess
Of course the best part of season 2 had to be Miss fey herself showing up as bi-polar, alcoholic therapist, Andrea. Kimmy first helps Andrea get home, in her new role as an Uber driver, and together they somehow help each other, as well as hinder each other. With it being Fey's work, she knows the exact timing that the script needs to be as funny as it can be, and of course Fey nails it. One of my many season 2 favourite moments was a drunk Tina doing the nae nae on a New York roof terrace.

I am beyond happy that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has already gotten a season 3, because I cannot get enough. I have already watched season 2 once, and as I write this, I'm watching it again. That is one of the great things about Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's work; there are so Anny gems, so each time you watch it, you notice something new and often funnier than the first time around. Kimmy and the gang are back, and with plenty of winks to the audience, unforgettable cameos and laugh out loud moments, they are bigger, brighter and more hilarious than ever. The entire season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is now available to stream on Netflix. 

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