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More than once, creators and stars have referred to making a season of television as running a marathon, and sometimes you can feel the exhaustion that comes with that statement. It gives us no pleasure to say that “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” the Netflix series that almost never was (the streaming service picked it up for two seasons in 2014, after NBC passed due to a lack of room in its schedule) still looks great… but also, maybe it should lie down for a little while. And maybe it shouldn’t worry about getting back up again.
One of Netflix’s longest-running comedies, the story of a young woman (Ellie Kemper) rebuilding her life after 15 years underground as the prisoner of a cult leader has been rich with absurdity from the beginning. And as Kimmy’s world has gotten bigger, the characters who surround her have only gotten stranger over the seasons.
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Season 4 begins right where Season 3 ended, with Kimmy getting a job at a tech start-up following her expulsion from Columbia University (don’t worry, she remains a Columbia Publishing House loyalist). Like every season, the show has its eye on world events, but while there were reports that the #MeToo movement might dominate the action, it’s more subtly integrated than you might expect, at least on a thematic level.
Previously announced guest star Bobby Moynihan, who plays a men’s rights activist in multiple episodes, doesn’t have as prominent a role as you might think, and his point of view is (rightly) held up as flat-out garbage. As opposed to when “Kimmy Schmidt” took on racial controversies with an overly defensive look at whitewashing, Season 4 acknowledges these issues without taking a controversial stance, perhaps because there’s no room for controversy when it comes to the basic question of respecting boundaries and being nice...
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