TV Club: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy’s In A Love Triangle!”

Since the beginning, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has explicitly stated that Kimmy Schmidt is no victim. The character’s kidnapping backstory works well when it doesn’t assert monolithic depictions of victims, abuse, and survival. This all presents the writers with a difficult balancing act: How do you make the bunker a meaningful and crucial part of Kimmy’s background without making it the only thing that defines her? “Kimmy’s In A Love Triangle” seems to strike that balance best.

The episode doesn’t have any bunker flashbacks, and any of its references to Kimmy’s kidnapping feel organic. First, there’s the hilarious moment when Kimmy visits Titus at work and cackles at all the horrors around her: “It’s so funny what people who have never been kidnapped think is funny!” But Kimmy also decides to help out Xan, who unknowingly says the exact right words to get …

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