TV Club: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt misses mark in its satire of campus culture

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“Kimmy Is A Feminist!” is a follow-up to “Kimmy Goes To A Play!” in the sense that it clearly has something it wants to say and yet ends up saying nothing at all. The episode is poised to critique performative allyship and faux wokeness, but it never reaches that point. Instead, it ridicules millennial attitudes toward political correctness in a way that minimizes the issue rather than satirizing it. Robert Carlock and Tina Fey set out to interrogate consent culture and performative feminism and end up crafting a lazy satire that doesn’t get to the heart of the issue. Whereas “Kimmy Steps On A Crack!” contains nuance and layers, this episode is a clumsy and ultimately ineffective stab at cultural criticism.

The episode places Kimmy in her new collegiate environment. The best parts involve Perry, who quickly acknowledges Kimmy’s privileges as a white woman when he obliquely spells ...