Today's episodes only amount to half the season. This post will be updated whenever the rest of the season is released.
The super weird thing is that I watch a LOT of tv, exclusively streaming, and had never heard of TMMM until this week.
Granted, I only watched 2.5 episodes. That's a lot. I can't take it any more. I just can't get through it. I certainly didn't laugh.
Who the hell is watching this? It's so painfully formulaic and old fashioned.
When I started I didn't know it was produced by the same people as Gilmore Girls, but I spotted it immediately. An overweight girl showed up on screen, and her weight was the immediate joke. The first person of color to show up on screen was also the butt of a joke, and was terrible at what she was doing and got her act cut off for our protaganist. A main character who isn't apparently feminine enough keeps getting called a "he."
That's so classic Gilmore Girls. Anyone who isn't skinny, white, conventionally pretty, and rich is immediately a joke. They can't just fucking exist as themselves, as real characters.
Literally no funny jokes, at all, despite the fact that it's a "comedy." I haven't laughed, and I haven't even watched it with quiet bemusement the way I watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt between jokes.
By the end of the very first episode, our protagonist already has a new love interest. God forbid women exist without love interests.
Awful, shallow character development - everyone is a caricature. A very unrealistic view of 1950's New York - it was not that liberal and tolerant. The constant dumbing down of secondary characters to make primary characters look sharp and smart - God forbid there be multiple talented people. This is one of my biggest tv pet peeves.
So basically it's the exact opposite of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In every way.
Sorry, I just had to vent. Like it's absolutely bizarre that a show like TMMM is sweeping an awards show when there are shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Broad City, Orange is The New Black, Silicon Valley, Quinceanara, Insecure, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Dear White People, and Better Things, which are all hilarious and smart. I don't even get why anyone would watch TMMM, let alone nominate it, and let alone vote for a win.
I've come to terms with the fact that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is under appreciated. I'm just extra annoyed that it's losing out to such a shitty show. And I want to see Ellie Kemper and Titus Burgess move on to bigger, better projects, because they are so fucking talented.
Thank you for reading my rant.
Uhhh, isn't "Party Monster" just an episode from the latest season? I remember the episode clearly because of A) how stupid and pointless of an episode it was, B) it was mockumentary format. Plus, it's the exact same story and dialogue. When he proposes to his girlfriend it's the exact same scene from the episode.
The entire thing is just an episode of Kimmy Schmidt. So why the separation.
Tomorrow my podcast (we only look at the pilot episodes of series) is recording the pilot episode "Kimmy Goes Outside!"
I'll share my initial responses in the comments.
[Update] Thanks everyone who responded. We recorded and published the episode you can listen to it here, if you listen I'd love any and all feedback!
The full doc is there under Movies>Comedies on Canadian Netflix. Not sure about American. Haven't watched it yet but wanted to get impressions?
EDIT: It's called "Party Monster: Scratching the Surface"
EDIT 2: I totally forgot that it was in one of the episodes! I'm sorry guys if it's the same! :'(
how did he keep her from trying to visit the World Trade Center? Wouldn’t that be one of the first things she’d want to see in New York?
Edit: I was really young when 9/11 happened and I way overestimated how big of a deal the WTC was.
Deidre Robespierre. Anna Camp does such an amazing job and I inmediately felt in move with her. It has been a shame for me she has not gotten too much screentimd, but every single time she appears I feel she steals the show.
I would love to see her during the last half. I hope her story has a conclusion, she is so awesome she deserves one.
So, a huge theme in the first half of S4 is Kimmy dealing with the fact that she was abused and taken advantage of by men in power. The show goes through great lengths to highlight just how damaged she is from her experience, albeit couched within jokes and laughter.
The first half of S4 showed Kimmy take a sharp u-turn away from her prior ability to see all of the 'good' in people, rather than their gender. The arc culminates in Kimmy writing a fantasy book about the monsters inside of every little boy and how only the children have the ability to fight off th e monster.
Taken at face value, I can see why people (largely men) are offended by Kimmy's arc. I also fundamentally disagree that her story about men/monsters should be taken at face value. Throughout S4 Kimmy is routinely taken advantage of and abused -- by everyone. In fact, they go out of their way to highlight just how badly Jacqueline uses Kimmy and how Titus literally has a 'timer' for how long he can care about her before reverting back to 'me me me'.
I think Kimmy is clearly dealing with PTSD and I feel like there have been enough clues from the writers that she isn't necessarily 'correct' for pursuing the all-men-are-monsters-inside outlook. I think the second half of S4 is going to have Kimmy come to terms with her PTSD in a way and realize that she can't blanket label entire swathes of people, male or female.
Just my thoughts. I'm probably dead wrong, but I just finished S4A and that's how I felt.
TLDR - Kimmy is dealing with PTSD and is midway through some major character growth. Everyone should chill before jumping on the #NOTALLMEN bandwagon.
What the fuck are they doing? That book's message is NOT the way to deal with sexual harrassment. "Every boy has a monster (rapist) inside them. They just have to learn to keep it at bay." No, writers, every man is NOT a rapist. That's an incredibly fucked up thing to say. Are you going to follow up with "Every girl has a slut inside them. They just have to learn to keep it at bay."
Honestly I've been loving it up till now, but this is dragging on so hard. Why do they feel the need to have everyone in Durnsville be a massive idiot?
It feels out of the blue. Sure everyone has been a bit over the top and it's fun, but this is something else. Does it get better?