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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:’ Mr. Frumpus gets #MeToo-ed

| Monday, February 4, 2019

Joseph Han | The Observer

The final installment of Netflix’s first original comedy, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” follows friends Kimmy, Titus, Lillian and Jacqueline in one last series of adventures. Writers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (who collaborated on “30 Rock”) tackle issues such as the #MeToo movement, gentrification and Scientology with ferocity, not holding any punches when crafting jokes. I find “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a show I have to constantly rewind and watch with captions, just to make sure I have followed every possible joke slung at the viewer. Topped with a beautifully wrapped bow in the last episode that ties all of the characters’ stories up in a charming way, this batch of episodes proves one of the series best. And if you have not heard the theme song, listen to it now.

The story picks up with Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who was trapped in a bunker for fifteen years and moved to New York to create a new life, trying to sell her new book “The Legends of Greemulax.” The book — which Kimmy self-promotes by hanging posters in her own room and planting them in bookstores — is an allegory for gender politics meant to teach men to be normal and not creeps, as Kimmy would say. While selling her book, she discovers men’s rights activist and Alex Jones-esque character Fran Dodd (played by ex-Saturday Night Live cast member Bobby Moynihan) has acted as the author in order to attract women. Consequently, he too has become a so-called feminist, supposedly proving this with one of the season’s best lines: “Is the Pope a woman? No, but he should be!” Through the rest of the season, Kimmy continues with her altruistic nature of helping the other characters with their problems, no matter how inconsequential.

It would be remiss of me not to comment on the unbelievably hilarious (and my favorite television character of all time) Titus Andromedon. Aspiring actor, Titus continues with his outrageous antics that make me laugh so loud people in rooms next to me have had to check to see what is the matter (it actually happened). This season, Titus lands a role in Broadway’s “Cats,” which he soon finds out is not a musical at all but an outlet for desperate actors trying to make it big. Titus’ main plot line surrounds being sexually harassed by legendary puppet and public figure Mr. Frumpus. Ronan Farrow (playing himself) urges Titus to reveal his story to the press to take down Mr. Frumpus and his history of sexual harassment allegations. At the same time, Titus pursues his quest to win back his ex-love Mikey Politano, a Italian-Catholic construction worker. Amidst all this, what really pushed Titus ahead as a genius television character is his absurdist comments combined with his inspiring self-love. Titus Andromedon can mix wild jokes like as proclaiming he will die by falling off the top row of the Hollywood Squares with a strong message about loving one’s self. For everyone wanting to love themselves and have a little fun as well, Titus Andromedon is the perfect model.

As “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” wraps up, I contend that Netflix hit a grand slam with their first original comedy. Though not entirely mainstream or popular, this show proves Tina Fey and Robert Carlock can make anything that comes their way funny. There have been talks and rumors about an “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” movie potentially in the works, and I hope that this is true, so that I can loudly belly laugh while following the crazy characters in this absurdist comedy once again.

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