Original Content podcast: The new ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ special is pointlessly interactive

Original Content podcast: The new ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ special is pointlessly interactive

In some ways, Netflix’s new “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” particular “Kimmy vs. the Reverend” is a delight.

For followers of the present, it’s an opportunity to meet up with Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Titus (Titus Burgess) and all their different pals/nemeses on the eve of Kimmy’s marriage ceremony to Prince Frederick (Daniel Radcliffe).

Creators Robert Carlock and Tina Fey (together with a workforce of writers), ship their normal barrage of pleasant jokes, and even when you aren’t absolutely caught up, the particular more-or-less stands by itself, pitting Kimmy towards her previous captor Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) as she searches for a hidden bunker of trapped women.

And if this was simply an hour of normal “Kimmy Schmidt,” your Original Content podcast hosts might need nothing however reward. as a substitute, “Kimmy vs. the Reverend” adopts the identical interactive format because the “Black Mirror” episode “Bandersnatch,” with viewers shifting via a branching narrative based mostly on their very own selections.

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The new particular isn’t fairly as maddening as “Bandersnatch,” — the underlying story is stronger, with fewer irritating lifeless ends, and the writers play with the format in some enjoyable methods. But it’s nonetheless exhausting to flee the sensation that the interactivity is usually a pointless distraction.

Before we get to the evaluation, we additionally talk about the information that HBO Max will likely be debut Zack Snyder’s legendary (or notorious) minimize of “Justice League” and have a look at how actuality TV has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can hearken to our evaluation within the participant beneath, subscribe utilizing Apple Podcasts or discover us in your podcast participant of selection. If you just like the present, please tell us by leaving a evaluation on Apple. You may ship us suggestions immediately. (Or recommend exhibits and films for us to evaluation!)

If you wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:42 “Waco” listener response
3:24 “Justice League” dialogue
14:04 Reality TV dialogue
19:48 “Kimmy vs. the Reverend” evaluation
35:22 “Kimmy vs. the Reverend” spoilers

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