Kimmy vs. the Reverend

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may have concluded its normal series run, but the show has found new life – as an interactive special. Similar to Black Mirror: BandersnatchUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend lets the viewer decide the actions of the characters on screen. In addition to returning cast members Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane, the interactive special also features Daniel RadcliffeJack McBrayer, and more.

Kimmy vs. the Reverend

Netflix really wants to make this whole “interactive TV” thing work. They have several children’s programs that use this practice, and they also branched off into adult-oriented interactive entertainment with Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Now, here comes Kimmy vs. the Reverend, which applies the same set-up to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

In Kimmy vs. the Reverend, “Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) sets off on her biggest adventure yet. Three states! Explosions! A dancing hamburger! And you, the viewer, get to decide how the story goes. Will you foil the Reverend’s (Jon Hamm) evil plan and get Kimmy to her wedding on time? Or will you accidentally start a war against the robots? So grab your remote and a tray of delicious scrod, ‘cause Kimmy’s got her own Netflix interactive special!”

The cast includes Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm, Sara Chase, Lauren Adams, Donna Maria, Amy Sedaris, Michael Carlsen, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Jack McBrayer, and Johnny Knoxville.

I remain wary of this entire “interactive TV” idea. I don’t want TV (or movies) to be a game. I just want to watch them. But perhaps I’m in the minority there. I thought Bandersnatch was kind of fun, but also a bit forgettable. As for Kimmy Schmidt, I loved the first season, but the show went steeply downhill in subsequent seasons. In other words, none of this sounds like it’s for me. But that’s okay.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend arrives on May 12.

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