The Netflix revolution

These days are either highly humid and hot or rainy , which mainly comes as a perfect excuse to watch a movie or binge-watch a show you’ve relentlessly heard of on Netflix.

This  streaming service has gain increasing popularity in the past five years. It has become an undoubtable player in the demise of video renting stores. It may also be one of the reasons (along  with pricy movie tickets) why people tend to go to the movies less often. In actuality it might be video stores’ new and improved replacement. Ken Auletta from The New Yorker explained the hype surrounding this relatively new streaming service “During peak hours, Netflix accounts for more than thirty per cent of all Internet down-streaming traffic in North America, nearly twice that of YouTube, its closest competitor.”

Effectively, Netflix offers a variety of television series (full seasons), movies and even original content including some that has critical acclaim. Think House of Cards which changed the game in 2013 or Orange Is The New Black. These series are also nominated for Emmys.This means that when you subscribe for a few bucks a month you get at your fingertips many titles that are available through your devices: console, smartphone, tablet and computer. Without a doubt this way of watching has extended and reshaped the experience of traditional television.

For starters, Netflix watching means there is less waiting involved. That is the main reason why viewing through this streaming service is often referred to as binge-watching. It could be compared to an all-you-can-eat buffet; you can try anything that is available and if you don’t like what you picked you can pick something else.When you choose something you enjoyed, you can continue to consume it with no interruption. You can watch episodes back-to-back, which means there isn’t necessarily a built up or even a lingering mystery, since you get to know what comes after that cliffhanger immediately with one click. Some would argue that the time to grow on the characters is limited. To me, this doesn’t ring truth because if a character or a story resonates with us, it will capture our imagination, even though we might have seen 3 seasons in under a month. Of course, every user is different, however binge-watching is a wide spread manner of getting caught up. There is an individual pace of watching that develops. Even though there is a large amount of content, users watch it at their own rythm, so it may be harder to discuss series without revealing spoilers to others who are just starting to view a show you just finished.

What I am merely observing is that this way of watching gratifies our entertainment desires immediately, whereas “traditional” television involves waiting the next week (or longer when there are mid-series hiatus and other interruptions)to see what happens next to your beloved characters in a series. The waiting period leaves you wanting more, maybe even thinking about the plot before viewing the next episode. Consuming televisual content through Netflix and the like might also make us impatient or even more so than before. This idea goes hand in hand with  the increase of the media and Internet’s involvement in our daily lives. Having so much choice (and quality) at hand makes Netflix become part of our lifestyles not-so-slowly replacing the more ‘traditional’ way of watching. Almost gone are the times where you sit on your couch zapping away cheesy commercials and surfing through the programs until you find something you think you would enjoy. Netflix doesn’t have commercials, hence everything you watch comes uninterrupted, so you get straight to entertainment.

It also delivers compelling content which benefits from a hefty dose of creative freedom that is not always possible on network television with censurship and commercial time. Soon, Netflix will dive first in the production of an original movie called Beast of No Nation among four others that are set to be released in October. Needless to say, we can continue to expect new and innovative ways to create content that are both thought provoking and entertaining.

Introducing a post feature

You might have noticed some changes especially on the overall layout. This month, I dabbled a lot with the widgets (naming them, placing them…),  and I created a logo which now crowns the title of this blog on the front page! Almost everyday, I have been tweaking and tinkering elements to make this blogging experience accessible and feel like it’s more personalized and tailored. Hopefully, you like my choices! Blogging 101 is nearing its end, after having subscribed, I have roughly followed through all the assignments on my own.Today is day fifteen, the assignment encourages us bloggers to develop a regular feature for your blog. Hence, I am introducing *drumroll* Reflection Thursdays which will be published the last Thursday of each month. I hope to provoke even more dialogue than with Internet denies mystery, or does it really? I also plan on adding at least one article per day in the new section Refreshing takes on the sidebar. This is where I will share with you insightful posts written by fellow bloggers on related subjects, either adding to what I’ve written or exploring new interesting angles.

So, that is pretty much what you can look forward to in the future.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A Cop show done flawlessly

Brooklyn Nine-Nine centers on Detective Jake Peralta played by Andy Samberg known for Saturday Night Live and group The Lonely Island. He portrays an immature, childish, charmingly-annoying (only to some!) yet very efficient cop. He has good instincts and frequent hunches that often pan out. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a Fox network comedy which has at its helm The Office and Parks and Recreation creators Michael Shur and Daniel J. Goor. Only knowing that fact sets this office- comedy’s tone. Effectively,the show’s cast ensemble act in cohesion, not surprisingly reminiscent of the cast from The Office which is a winning element. In both shows, every character plays an important role and has their own moments involving them in the plot of each episode.

Peralta enjoys poking fun at his colleagues, particularly the precinct’s new chief in command Captain Holt. As much as he strives to make him laugh, he also doesn’t want to disappoint him.Braugher embodies the stern captain’s professionalism with a unique sense of humor. He brilliantly captures the stoic, calm and serious personality of his character with a dash of wit and incredible wordplay. Braugher’s constant balancing act between comedy and procedure is what makes him award worthy; he is nominated for an Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy this year. Peralta’s best friend and partner Boyle is equal parts obnoxious, loyal and friendly. He is undoubtedly Peralta’s right hand man and biggest supporter.Their colleagues also include badass leading ladies: perfectionist Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), straight-talker Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) and the captain’s assistant; social butterfly and self-proclaimed queen Gina Linetti (comedian Chelsea Peretti). The three of them form an unlikely bond; they are especially close when seeking advice and solving crime. Supporting Captain Holt and overseeing the detective squad is Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews). Although he has an imposing stature, he is a sensible familyman who assures the team’s efficiency.

In the 99th precinct teamwork is crucial both on and off the field as one would expect it to be the case in real life. As sappy as it sounds the team’s members are colleagues but also great friends. They have each other’s back and confide in one another. The chemistry transcends through the screen and is believable. The constant banter between Jake and Amy brings out her playful and competitive sides out of her normally type-A personality. They often place bets concerning their performances or the team. For instance, Amy and Jake kept a scoreboard with the number of arrest they made throughout the first season. Whoever lost their longtime bet had to do whatever the winner wanted them to do for a day. The Nine-Nine particularly work together to subdue the captain’s arch nemesis and superior Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgwick) who is always hatching plans to destroy his career because of a long-time feud.

Most often cop shows on television  are overtly ruthless, gory and gritty. The officers often seek revenge and harsh. Brooklyn Nine-Nine plays on these stereotypes, as it is a parody of the many procedural shows that are on the air. The show mixes satire with discipline and work ethics. Similarly to procedural shows, the Nine-Nine mainly focuses on a crime or an investigation per episode. These range from car theft, kidnapping, drug trafficking to identity theft. They work with partners, do stakeouts and even go undercover in order to catch criminals.

In the end, the show’s creators have managed to create an atmosphere that makes you root for the Nine-Nine and hope that they succeed as crime fighters.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s season 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix. The awaited third season will premiere on September 27th on Fox.

I rate the show 4/5, it’s an entertaining and hilarious comedy with a big heart that leaves you wanting more.

Predictions for the 67th annual Emmy Awards

Yesterday morning, the nominees for the anticipated Emmys 2015 which honors annually the best of what television offered were announced. It will be hosted by funnyman SNL alum and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg.

This year’s Emmy Awards do add some new faces to the usual mix of nominees, which needs to be noted. This makes me hope for increasing improvements in the TV world which doesn’t always take progressive stances. It has been known and proven that there are disparities in representation of women and characters from different ethnicity and backgrounds not only on television but throughout the media. It is important to remember that art is subjective and the selected few who are recognized are chosen by a closed group of people working in the industry. Obviously, their choices can’t surpass everything that is out there to view. They also make some recurrent and expected choices (nominees) which arguably take the spotlight off of other deserving shows and actors. I particularly think of shows such as Modern Family, Downton Abbey and Mad Man to only name a few that come as no surprise.

However, the past months there has been important discussions about accepting others and our differences which has been inspirational and helpful in shedding light on subjects matters that usually have little exposure in mainstream media. For instance, there has been openness towards dialogue about the transgender community recently, especially Caitlyn Jenner and Lavern Cox’ interviews and outspokenness about their journeys. This progress gives foices to people who sadly often marginalized. This one reason why it is great to see the Emmys recognizing Transparent in which Jeffrey Tambor portrays a person who is transgender. The list of nominees also includes many Netflix Original series that have been added to the race: Orange Is The New Black, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Card, Grace & Frankie as well as Bloodline to name a few. This is an interesting development, since this new form of television watching (sometimes binge-watching) has gain popularity in the last few years and has now the chance to be acknowledge on a larger scale.

Some nominees appear to be stand-outs and seem to have a greater chance in winning this year. Indeed, many nominations are for “Game of Thrones” (24, to be exact) which I think will beat out the overextended run of “Modern Family” (6 nominations/ 21 wins). Also following the backlash of last year’s Emmy Awards, notably Tatiana Maslany’s snub will probably be rectified with a golden statuette. She will finally have recognition for her work on Orphan Black, where she brilliantly portrays six clones with such range and nuance. In comedy, there is buzz for Amy Schumer with her show Inside Amy Schumer and her recent leap to the big screen as well as for first-time nominee The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The following are some of my personal picks or rather a wishlist for the winners in acting categories. Feel free to post your own thoughts and predictions!

The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 20th on Fox.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

“Better Call Saul”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“Orange is the New Black”

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Veep”

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY

Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace And Frankie”

Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

“Drunk History”

“Inside Amy Schumer”

“Key & Peele”

“Portlandia”

“Saturday Night Live”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones”

Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”

Michael Kelly, “House Of Cards”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones”

Emilia Clarke, “Game Of Thrones”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”
GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA

Alan Alda, “The Blacklist”

Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”

F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”

Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”

Beau Bridges, “Masters Of Sex”

Pablo Schreiber, “Orange Is The New Black”

GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Margo Martindale, “The Americans”

Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Rachel Brosnahan, “House Of Cards”

Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”

Allison Janney, “Masters Of Sex”

Khandi Alexander, “Scandal”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Adam Driver, “Girls”

Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Tony Hale, “Veep”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Niecy Nash, “Getting On”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live”

Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”

Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Internet denies mystery, or does it really?

In the past few days, I had a How I Met Your Mother marathon of sorts. Okay, I may have watched 2 seasons in about 3 days… Anyhow, after watching one of the episodes aptly named Mystery vs. History pondering ensued. During that episode, hopeless romantic Ted (Josh Radnor) declares to his friends that he wants to keep the mystery in his future relationship. Indeed, Ted and his date agree to go out without researching each other on the Internet beforehand. He wants them to get to know each other the old fashioned way, by talking organically and discovering mutual interests without the help of an extensive search verging on stalking prior to having diner. This made me think of how there are many things that we decide to do based on the Internet. Our usage of the web is obvious but is also a practice we might take for granted having growing up with it. Technology especially Internet having an increasing role in every day life over the last decade, it’s hard to grasp the exact impact it has. 

Case in point, I’m pretty sure that earlier today you googled something and checked your Facebook feed and e-mails. These are practices that are normal for a great amount of the world’s population (myself included) but that weren’t typical a few decades ago.

Oftentimes, the information we gather comes from the web and acts as a crucial factor whilst in the decision making process. I, as others born in the early nineties and preceding decades have witness the evolution, or more accurately, the popularization of Internet and social media, as well as their impact on everyday life. For more or less a decade, events, dates and outings among an array of other things can be organized in just one click. For instance, pretty much every thing I watch is primarily thoroughly researched : trailers, summary and sometimes reviews by Internet users around the globe are viewed. The same goes with anything I consider buying online or in stores, and even places I am planning to go to. Google is a lifesaver and we do not know of a world without search engines/apps/websites that can answer interrogations of any type. Everyday, we face an abundance of knowledge and information to meet our every need and desires.

Hence, I feel as though we are always looking for success. We try avoiding failure and mistakes at all cost with digital knowledge. In some ways these information aid us in this endeavor; we are less likely to get lost, to forget someone’s birthday or holidays, getting every thing on our shopping list etc. In this sense, Internet and its affiliated technological advances act as an extension of our memory. Our devices memorize information for us. I’m not saying that we can’t  remember anything or that we won’t encounter mystery or the unknown, we are human above all. We simply have a virtual guide that is there to remind us of important things in our lives and that provides us : instructions, directions and much more. It facilitates our lives. However, there is a trial and error process or rather following your natural instincts that partially disappears. Since we can easily have a correct answer or learn new things by simply doing a quick search, why would we risk trying on our own when we could fail?

As aforementioned, the web can respond to any inquiry we have: recipes, health, culture, music, economy, history and many more . Having all this information at our fingertips (literally) is reshaping the world in which we live in. The fast-paced evolution of new technologies makes me wonder what greater invention will surpass it? Thirty years from now, we will be telling to young people the importance of ‘smartphones’ and ‘computers ‘ and ‘apps’ back in our day. Does this mean our 21st century practices are sucking up our sense of adventure and mystery from our daily lives? I think that these advances in technology make it challenging, as we have to keep up with everything that’s new and upcoming to a certain degree. In order to navigate successfully in the current north-american world, some competences are non negligible. Indeed, these digital advances create expectations of knowledge and a sea of information to which we are confronted to. For example, graduates are now more than ever expected to have mastered or have great knowledge of Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, WordPress, Linkedn, Microsoft Office Suite etc. This is a situation I think my parents and grandparents could of never have anticipated and have a difficulty adapting to its fast-paced growth. For them the thought of having to get back in the job market is very daunting. There is a gap of knowledge that is noticeable between generations.

To come back to what sparked the idea for this post, ultimately, Ted caves in and clicks the link sent to him by his best friends Lily and Marshall  concerning his date.  After doing so, he is flooded by every single article written on her multiple  achievements, which leaves him intimidated and awkwardly trying  to conjure up shared interest . His date feels betrayed that he didn’t follow trough with their initial plan and, needless to say, the date goes awry. In sum, I believe that in this day and age it is difficult for most people to allow mystery and the unknown in their lives. Internet is entrenched in us to a higher degree that we may initially have thought. Internet does not entirely deny mystery because it entices it by its own vast concept. However, it does seem to hinder our sense of wonder and discovery in our actual daily lives. Our technological practices may sometime consume us in a way prior generations  would have foreseen, but this is not inherently negative. This means we have to be aware of how we use Internet and make amends with generational differences.

Jess Glynne releases a heartfeld and danceworthy single ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’

U. K born songstress Jess Glynne released a new single today. ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ is the latest song of a string of recently posted through social media to promote her upcoming debut album. It’s an uplifting soul-infused dance track about letting go and following your own path and instincts. Having had great success with her collaborations with Clean Bandit on the songs ‘Real Love’ and ‘Rather Be’, I expect that she will continue to garner international attention. She also shares a Grammy (her first one!) with the group, which they were awarded earlier this year. I believe she will conquer the American music scene and market in the same way Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Ella Henderson have.

The lyrics of  ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ are relatable and positive; Glynne has a distinctive rasp in her vocals and has a hefty dose of soul and hints of Rn’B that shine through on this new track. It’s a feel good song, sure to be a great pick me up when we feel down on our luck (it happens to everyone). It’s sure to chase away your blues, inspired by the great Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston among others; Glynne’s voice is definitely uplifting.

Glynne’s debut album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ is ready for preorder on iTunes and will be available in early fall in North America.

Have a listen below:

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

I stumbled upon Afterworlds while browsing a bookstore with a friend last month. I bought it on a whim, as I vaguely recalled liking the author Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series which I read a couple of years ago. This novel was publish in 2014 ; it features two completely different but intertwining stories. I was curious to see how it would be written and learn more about Darcy, a new writer heading for NYC. I wondered, would Westerfeld be able to weave, with success, two distinct narratives? I purchased the novel being intrigued by the summary and looking forward to answering my question.

This novel has a peculiar form as it alternates between two stories featuring two distinct heroines, settings and genres, one chapter at a time. On one hand, there is the story of Darcy Patel a recent high school graduate whose first novel has been sold to a great publishing agency in New York City. Using her advance money, she moves there on her own, in order to follow through the rewriting of her draft before her book ‘Afterworlds’ officially finds itself in bookstores. In Darcy’s chapters, Westerfeld dissects the writing process. From the drafts, the rewrites, the promotional aspects and events , all are part of her journey as an upcoming writer.Even though writing is an artistic project, the importance of sales and deadlines as well as respecting the author’s vision are recurring subjects likewise in reality. Particularly, Darcy struggles to find the perfect ending for Afterworlds. She rewrites it multiple times trying to please both herself and her editor.This story focuses on writers’ lifestyles and immerses the reader into the Young Adult publishing scene. In some ways, I found it glamorized a young writer’s life in N.Y.C, as she is offered a lump sum in her publishing contract and finds housing rather easily which seems unrealistic. However, although she takes part in a book tour, book signings and a few parties these events aren’t over the top. There are no expensive mansions or celebrities and masses of adoring fans. The promotional gigs are entertaining with a decent dose of authenticity. Darcy Patel absolutely does not rise to fame overnight, which would have been cliché and superficial.

Parallel to Darcy’s journey is Lizzie’s story which falls into radically different genres: a paranormal romance and thriller that is actually written by Darcy Patel.  Lizzie is Darcy’s cherished heroine who suffers a great amount of trauma and becomes a sort spiritual guide for the dead.She herself has one in the form of an Indian death god.In the beginning, Lizzie  survives a traumatic terrorist attack at the airport by bringing herself into the afterworld. Essentially, she plays dead and it saves her life. The afterworld is a grey colored universe where ghosts and ‘death guides'(both good and evil) roam. It is in this “universe” at the airport where she first meets Yamaraj, the Indian death god. Their relationship evolves as a romantic one which was predictable but not sappy. Yamaraj  does prove to be a good mentor to Lizzie as to understanding her new responsibilities. I can see why this love interest is present as it is Darcy’s novel,(well, Westerfeld writing as her) a teenage girl entangled with popular culture and discovering love. After the attack, of which she is the sole survivor, she finally returns home in San Diego with her mother, where she encounters a ghost that has haunted them for over a decade.The ghost is named Mindy; she is an eleven year old girl who was kidnapped and murdered in the 1970s. Mindy was a friend of Darcy’s mother. She becomes Lizzie’s sidekick of sorts and a good friend, as she follows her to many of her misadventures both in the real world and in the afterworld. These chapters are darker and grittier than those featuring Darcy. Effectively, Lizzie has a strong need for revenge for all the torment Mindy endured and takes matters in her own hands. In this process, she comes to face two dangerous and frightening men with their own agendas.

Afterworlds is a heavy 600 pages, it is captivating even though some moments are  less interesting. The chapters are not too lengthy and the two stories are well balanced. I enjoyed picturing the protagonists who come from different backgrounds, different towns and familial situations. I admired that these are independent young women who aren’t afraid to face their fears on their own. They take risks and follow their instincts.The characters are written in a convincing manner. Indeed, the strongest aspect of this novel is Westerfeld’s writing which encompasses the protagonists’ youth and personality. For instance, he manages to capture Darcy’s many insecurities about her writing and the future of her novel as well as her obliviousness about adulthood and love. She might come across as irresponsible and careless  at times, particularly concerning her dwindling finances considering her younger sister Nisha made her a budget. However, Darcy is preoccupied by fitting in the writers’ crowd and being accepted by her new acquaintances including writers that she admired. She also questions her use of Indian mythology in her novel and thinks about the perception that readers will have of it since she made her own interpretation of  the Vedas. In writing ‘Afterworlds’ Darcy changed most of the Indian death god Yamaraj’s characteristics in order to fit with her novel.

Finally, to answer my initial question, Scott Westerfeld does succeed in establishing two distinct narratives with two protagonists that have their share of similarities and differences. The writing of Lizzie’s story by subtle phrases and plot twists blends  believably with Darcy’s voice as a writer. Also, there is an underlying sense that writing and publishing is accessible which I thought was inspiring.Throughout the book, Darcy and Lizzie mature and learn valuable lessons about what growing up entails as well as the necessity of friendships and honesty. In the end, both characters do find closure in different ways.

I rate Afterworlds 3/5.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Undeniably uplifting and funny

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix Original Series starring Ellie Kemper (The Office) as the title character. Recently rescued from a cult lead by Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) who kept her in a bunker for 15 years in Indiana, Kimmy embarks on a journey to rebuilt her life. She ends up in New York with a  colourful roommate named Titus who has  aspirations of fame and fortune.Clueless as to the current trends, lingo, technology and 21st century life in general, Ellie Kemper’s character ultimately strives to renew herself and find happiness. Kimmy Schmidt is quirky, weird, a very colourful-dresser and definitely marches to the sound of her own drum. Upon her arrival in N.Y.C, she stifles her past not wanting to be known as a “Mole woman”. This endeavor is sometimes difficult as she, as well as her ‘sisters’, were a top news story that captivated America. To keep anonymity, she stirs mystery as to where she’s come from, notably to her employer.

Although Kimmy’s personality is very optimistic and good , she is left with reminiscences of her days in the bunker. They appear in whimsical ways; she sometimes has nightmares and is scared of people who try to surprise her such as her love interests. However, Kimmy also preserves a thirst for knowledge and learning. The cult having limited her education to the 8th grade; she decides to return to school in order to complete her GED. After 15 years  spent in the bunker, she remains kind-spirited with a childlike curiosity about the world. I found that there are also many characteristics that likens Kimmy to a Disney princess. Her general state of happiness, joy and determination indeed recalls the tale of Cinderella. The Voorhees’ daughter Xan is the villain in this scenario as she is looking to break Kimmy and expose her secrets, even though in the end she appears to be harmless.

Broke in the city that never sleeps, Kimmy and her roommate struggle to find ways to pay rent.Titus who dreams of entertaining and glamour, initially works on the streets dressed as Ironman in Time Square. Kimmy Schmidt on the other hand, miraculously finds a job working for Jaqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski) as a babysitter for her son Buckley. The Voorhees family is extremely wealthy. It is also composed of Xan,  Mrs. Voorhees’ step-daughter who is constantly looking for trouble and is on to Kimmy’s past. As for Mr. Voorhees, he is away for business in Japan, which causes Jaqueline to unravel, as she suspects her husband is having an affair. The Voorhees’ are a dysfonctional and mostly narcissistic snobs that surprisingly find a confidante in Kimmy, this is especially true for Jaqueline (Krakowski).

This  comedy is  produced and created in part by Tina Fey.  It shows by the comedic delivery, the setting and the characters, notably by Jane Krakowski (Mrs. Voorhees) who previously worked with Fey. The overall feel of the show  is reminiscent of “30 Rock” (2006) who starred (and was created by) Tina Fey although, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is very playful and its characters are larger than life .

All in all, this series is charming and amusing. It features catchy songs and one-liners , just listen to ‘Peeno Noir’ (or Titus breaking into song throughout the show ), hear Kimmy say: “Titus, I’m cinderelling!” or “Gosh dangit!”. I would recommend watching this show, if you are looking for something entertaining and funny. Ultimately, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a satire of a doomsday cult, of its leader and the women who were freed. Even though the series explores more serious themes, it is always done in a comedic and nonchalant way, such as her testimony where she is represented by oblivious lawyers. The show never takes itself really seriously. In the end, Kimmy makes a mends with her past by serving justice and confronting the Indiana doomsday cult leader once and for all. Hence, she is ‘unbreakable’.