After four years, the Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is drawing to a close. The series began in 2015 and stars Ellie Kemper as a lively but naive 30-something from Indiana, who tries to build a life in New York after being rescued from fifteen years of imprisonment in an underground bunker.
Much of the series pivots between Kimmy’s humorous attempts at navigating life with her landlord (The directionless Lillian, played by Carol Kane), her flatmate (struggling actor Titus, played by Tituss Burgess), and her employer, (super-rich but dysfunctional Jaqueline, played by Jane Krakowski) all of whom try to support and undermine her in various ways, and the process of putting the man who kidnapped and detained her, Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (John Hamm, at his scenery-chewing best), behind bars.
Despite her child-like outlook often making Kimmy the butt of everyone’s jokes, her relentless idealism also inspires and improves those she encounters. This has often been at the root of the show’s appeal, with its barbed one-liners coming alongside darker themes around overcoming sexism, abuse, prejudice and trauma.
Yet the final episodes of season four, due for release on 25th January, are due to showcase Kimmy ’s last adventures. Supposedly, we will see Kimmy writing a children’s book encouraging boys to become better men. The show’s creators, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, claim this is in-keeping with how they wanted the show to pan out, insisting they wanted it to address “how women have been disadvantaged or treated.”
Although they are happy with how the show is to end, they insist that it still wasn’t easy bringing the story to its conclusion.
“The thing she has to offer the world is this childlike optimism….its landing place ends up being a success for her,” says Carlock.
You can watch the trailer below.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will drop the final episodes on January 25th.
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