Netflix has done it again with a creative, new choose-your-own-adventure story.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt originating on Netflix recently finished up after 4 seasons, but the story didn’t end there. We were graced with a feature length installment tying everything together once and for all in the form of a choose-you-own-adventure.
We’ve seen a couple other examples in 2018’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, as well as a one off episode of Puss in Boots, two INCREDIBLY different stories.
This time Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fans have the privilege of making decisions for all their favourite characters — like should Kimmy make out with her fiance Daniel Radcliff or should they plan their wedding? Or should Kimmy and Titus wait 4000 hours for an Uber or just start walking?
Kimmy may be unbreakable but now her adventures can be broken as many times as you want. You can decide to babysit a stranger’s kid or leave it there to fend for itself, rendering you just as neglectful as the deadbeat father you just met who bears a striking resemblance to a certain dare-devil/stuntman you may know.
Kimmy: “Which way do we go?”
Titus (pointing directly to the camera): “Maybe they can help us”.
Kimmy: “Who are you talking to?”
The choose-your-own-adventure gimmick has been done before so it isn’t a new thing since they’re already popular in books, nevertheless, this one doesn’t disappoint. You get pretty much what you’d expect from a popular show like this.
The way the story unfolds isn’t exactly a new idea, in the sense that if you make a wrong choice, someone walks on screen and says ‘you made the wrong choice!’ And then it rewinds back to where you can choose the other option.
This sort of method might be the norm in books, but if it were up to me, I’d find a way to steer the story back onto the right path rather than simply backtracking. Bandersnatch found a way to do both, creating multiple theories on how many storylines there actually are, to which the answer is, we’ll never know.
Then again, the fun, light-hearted context surrounding the adventures Kimmy Schmidt experiences doesn’t necessarily warrant this kind of attention to detail, so in that regard it kind of evens out and we have fun regardless.
The overarching story of Kimmy’s immersion into the real world after being held prisoner in a bunker for 15 years finally comes to an end with her quest to track down and confront the man responsible: The Reverend played by John Hamm.
If you’re a fan of the show, it’s worth your final Kimmy Schmidt experience being an interactive one. There are plenty of classic one liners from Titus, as well as every character finding themselves in all kinds of wacky scenarios.
In a nutshell it’s a fun experience. You can start the story again and choose differently, but basically the same thing happens, so after going through 1.5 times you get the jist of how it all works.
It’s a fun, creative way to end the series and has plenty of great moments.