What did we think of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Spoilers inside.
All right, general impressions. I really liked it by the end, but felt it had a rocky start. The first couple episodes weren't great, and it didn't seem like it quite knew what it wanted to be, a zany comedy, or a more grounded one. After about three episodes though, it jumped on the zany bandwagon and started really working for me. The characters fleshed out, the jokes started landing, and I am looking forward to a second season. It left me wanting more.
Ellie Kemper sells the hell out of her role as Kimmy, which carries the early episodes for me. She's optimistic and fun, but also shows the rough stuff the character is going through well. Biggest selling point for me? The upbeat and cheery tone contrasting the super dark premise.
I like that it's a show where the characters like each other. The cynical nature of Tina Fey's last show, 30 Rock, drew me faaaaar away from it and fast, so simply the characters not all hating each other (at least once the show gets going) was enough to catch my interest.
My only real major hang up with the later episodes is the real weird tone it takes with race. There's the usual played out joke of an asian guy named Dong, and some weird portrayals of other minorities, but by far the most bizarre subplot of Jenna Krakowski's character being a Native American woman who's passing for white. I'm not sure what the intent was, but the portrayal any time her flashbacks happened felt downright ugly.
Still, funny and enjoyable for the most part. Hopefully the ill advised elements of the show are out of their system for the future.