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Spoiler Warning for Season Four
REVIEW- Netflix’s infamous mole woman is back at it again and more energetic than ever as it takes a mid-season break. Season four proved to move slowly, creating small plots that were unnecessary and could have been brushed off to make room for a bigger piece of the story. Despite this, producer Tina Fey attempted to make the slow pace worth it by adding feminist influence that were powerful enough to create impact but subtle enough to provoke laughter. Fran Dodd’s (Bobby Moynihan) misogynistic perspective, or as he would call it “meninist” outlook, allows viewers to see a version of what women have to deal with today. As men attempt to hold firmly to their throne above rule of law, they choose to play victim as a fail-safe card. Dodd’s exaggerated connection to the victim card opens new peals of laughter as he reveals how backwards the movement itself truly is. Some misogynists, or “nice guys,” may even find themselves watching in embarrassment as they realize how foolish the “meninist” comments are.
Beyond making Moynihan look like a fool, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” also opens a door to young boys seeking knowledge on how to act in the heavy climate of the modern day world. After writing her children’s book teaching little boys that they still have the power to be good even if many possible role models are bad, Kimmy gets a call from a small fan looking for the ending. This leads to breaking the stereotype that all men are like entitled Fran Dodd and ending the sixth episode with hope in future generations.
However, no matter how much casual activism was sprinkled into the plot, there is no denying that many episodes were wasted. From Xanthippe’s pregnancy scare to an entire episode dedicated to a “DJ Slizzard” documentary, many skits were dragged out far too long. Although Derek Klena’s “DJ Fingablast” was hilarious, if the documentary piece were shortened, viewers could appreciate his humor more and still get folded into the full plot of the season. No matter how much yelling or laughing the cast did, viewers could not help but feel disappointment as they could easily peel their eyes away from the screen. In previous seasons, there was a faster pace that made it impossible to do so. Sure, the show still carried its characteristically childish gut-splitting humor, but by moving slow it may have lost the dedication of its viewers.
The ending of episode six is really the only thing that leaves viewers on edge. It is revealed that Schmidt has a stalker, which adds a menacing element previously unknown to “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” This darkness is not something that viewers will come to reject; instead, Netflix should have looped it in earlier, thus instating a faster pace to get to the stalker more quickly. This would have really tied the show together and left praisers of independent dreamer Kimmy begging for more episodes. By waiting until the very end to reveal such a darker theme, viewers are left wondering if the series is still the same lovable neon New York comedy, or just random skits dragged out too long. Time will tell in the next six episodes of season four.