'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series'
(Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, et al / 8-Disc Blu-ray / NR / (2015-2019) 2020 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm.
On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square.
The unlikely pair find they're well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up.
Together they'll make it through whatever life throws at them.
Now all 51 episodes across all 4 seasons are available for the first time in a single complete series collection!
Blu-ray Verdict: For those not in the full know, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) was in the 8th grade when she was kidnapped by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm).
She spends the next 15 years in an underground bunker in Indiana with the Reverend and his other captive wives. They are rescued by the police and become media sensations known collectively as the Indiana Mole Women.
While doing media in New York, Kimmy leaves the group to strike out on her own. Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane) rents her a basement apartment which she shares with Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess).
She starts working for rich Jacqueline White (Jane Krakowski) to care for her step kids. Krakowski is as super talented at comedy as she is being a fashionista, and she KNOWS fashion. Also, given that she is plagued with first world problems, she will make you laugh out loud too!
For my money (and a hell of a lot of other people's, of course) 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' is a laugh out loud, funny, ridiculous and surreal sitcom that works on almost every level.
Personally, I like Ellie Kemper's style here of unhinged comedy, but Titus is the breakout character (although he's a bit annoying in places and definitely tries to steal the show!).
As with all new relationships, he's actually mean to Kimmy at first, but that all calms down once their friendship truly blossoms. Have to also say that I was never in love with the introduction of Jacqueline White although I really like Kimmy's chemistry with the spoiled stepdaughter Xan!
It's too bad that Dylan Gelula didn't become a main cast member because the whole serial aspect rambles in places and could really do with a couple more in and out characters to freshen a scene.
However, there is something to be said about the catchy opening theme which always sets a good mood. And so with 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' you get a comedic sitcom that is, for the most part, cloaked in long bouts of randomness -- which can be funny, but it's also random!
For the first couple of seasons, I felt like 'Kimmy Schmidt' was essential viewing. Shorn of the restrictions of Network TV, Tina Fey created a warm but hilarious series with characters specifically written for most of the lead actors, but also able to use her star power to pull in some dynamite guest stars.
However, and in truth, the final (fourth) season of this implausible juggernaut is a slight improvement over its inconsistent third season, but it's not particularly cohesive, either.
The multiple plot threads that carry through the season are often difficult to follow because there's so much happening at once, and the writing isn't particularly funny or strong, sadly.
What mostly works this time are the characters, who are thankfully less loopy this time around, and the show manages to guide them along to conclusive narrative arcs.
Ellie Kemper's performance is still as charming and energetic, but at this point the character has become reductive and limiting for the talented performer.
In short, this is an awesome show that actually makes you laugh out loud with its quirky sense of humor and outstanding one liners. The plot of the show is unique and very interesting. I had low expectations from this show but ended up loving it.
Acting is top-notch and the way characters grow and become knitted with each other is also great. Sometimes the nonsense is a bit dragged out and you want someone to make the right decision, but it's the anticipation that keeps you getting hooked!
And so, and with all that said, Kimmy (the character) herself is cute, strong, and compassionate; a great blend. She is gullible, but she is also wise and vigilant. Tina Fey's touch of intelligent and strikingly blunt comedy shines through and that's what makes 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' the kind of show you NEED to binge watch! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The Complete Series' (8-Disc Blu-Ray) is out February 18th, 2020 via Mill Creek Entertainment.