Netflix just released the trailer for its upcoming original comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, premiering in March. The show is produced by Tina Fey and stars Ellie Kemper from The Office, with Jane Krakowski co-starring. It’s about a young woman who lived in an apocalypse bunker for 15 years and has to get used to the outside world. Sounds like it should be great, right? Well, it should be. I can’t be sure yet if it will be, based on the trailer.
I spent the whole two minutes feeling nervous about the show’s quality. And yes, I know that trailers can be misleading, and some shows turn out to be way better than I or you or anyone expected. But I’m going into this with some trepidation, kind of like with Pitch Perfect 2 and Sisters and plenty of other upcoming movies. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Until then, let’s go over some of the things that have me feeling uncertain.
- The awkward opening scene with Ellie and her fellow apocalypse ladies. I can’t put my finger on what was so weird, but it felt like an SNL sketch without the audience or something.
- How hyper Ellie is the whole time. It was fun in small doses on The Office, but I don’t know if I can handle it when she’s the main character.
- When they do that “cutting off dialogue right before someone’s about to say something bad” thing. She’s just gonna say “whore.” It’s cool, guys.
- When Jane Krakowski delivers a joke and then they immediately cut it to another joke, without letting the first joke settle. Sloooow down.
- So many shots of people dancing and making funny faces. Can we get some more humorous dialogue, please?
- That line about marrying a “primary care physician, or one of those off-brand Kennedys.” It’s just not working for me. 30 Rock has spoiled me.
- Physical comedy! So much.
- Ellie’s speech about being different and how “you can’t break us.” You know, like unbreakable. In the title.
- That annoying Karmin song in the background. Stop that.
Okay, so maybe most of my problem was just with the way the trailer was put together, and the show itself will turn out to be different. And maybe I’m just a Cynical Sally who likes to find the bad in everything. It just rubbed me the wrong way is all. But hey, I did enjoy the construction worker joke at the end. So that’s something.