Unbreakable, like Kimmy & Titus

Some personal highlights of Season 3 of the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2017) , which was released in the summer of 2017

*spoilers…*

“Lose the jerk but keep the perks, trademark me”
“We shouldn’t wait to live our lives”
“Unbreakable, they alive damn it, it’s a miracle, unbreakable”

As a reminder of Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) past life as a “mole woman”, held captive by the Reverend in his doomsday underground bunker since her youth, the 1st episode of the 3rd season shows her in a struggle to divorce the Reverend (Jon Hamm). Her desire to attend college, funded by a settlement from this disturbing ‘relationship’, becomes problematic when she realises another woman is waiting in the wings to have her life ruined by the Reverend as his next wife. To prevent this occurrence, Kimmy sacrifices her easy ride into money for attending college and remains tied to the Reverend in matrimony for the time being. This sets up the storyline for Kimmy’s alternative route into the student world and saves the bride-to-be from marrying the Reverend. A self-sacrificing Kimmy.

The 2nd episode provides Titus (Tituss Burgess) with the opportunity to “lemonade” à la Beyoncé after discovering his long-term boyfriend Mikey (Mike Carlsen) is seeing another man. He dons a floaty yellow dress and, armed with a baseball bat, struts along the street, seeking revenge on car windows and an unsuspecting piñata. The reworking of ‘Lemonade’ here pays homage to Beyoncé’s album, and Titus is able to display his anger through his parodic take of her music throughout the episode.

– “rub your feet, rub my feet, and then we watch some cop-type show” = goals

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Episode 6 sees Kimmy start her career as a university student and make new friendships with classmates. At one point, in an attempt to show a guy “what he’s missing”, her new gal pals tell her to ‘ghost him’. Instead of ignoring him, as the modern use of the word is defined, Kimmy misinterprets this and proceeds to make typical ghostly noises at him… (see previous post for one definition of ghosting).

In the remaining episodes of the season, Kimmy navigates through modern society and college, has difficulty understanding the internet and struggles to find a suitable career path. While the show’s namesake attempts to balance college life and new friendships, both Jacqueline and Lillian face problematic love lives, and Titus attempts to move on from his failed romance with Mikey, while continuing to pine for his lost love.

Season 4 will follow Kimmy in her new job position with furry friends, and see Titus continue to fight for Mikey’s attention…
Unbreakable, but struggling, like most of us. Relatable like Kimmy and Titus.

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(Images: Netflix, 2017, https://www.netflix.com/watch/80134607?trackId=14170289&tctx=0%2C0%2C9b4a5abd-f3aa-4022-9ba0-070b17122b83-3130061)

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