After being HUGE fans since the beginning, it's sad to say that season 4 has been a real disappointment so far (we're up to episode 4... we're spreading them out to last since we have to wait till next year for more). Specifically:
Episode 1 was a mess. Most of the jokes were weak re-hashes of ones from previous episodes, the characters weren't themselves, and the pacing was completelyAfter being HUGE fans since the beginning, it's sad to say that season 4 has been a real disappointment so far (we're up to episode 4... we're spreading them out to last since we have to wait till next year for more). Specifically:
Episode 1 was a mess. Most of the jokes were weak re-hashes of ones from previous episodes, the characters weren't themselves, and the pacing was completely gimpy. Prime example: There's no way Kimmy would engage in the behavior she did in the office. She's evolved beyond being that naive, and from a comedy standpoint, it was a truly bad example of trying to be ironic and topical.
Episode 2 was the highlight of the season so far. It's like everything was more back to normal, with the pace of humor being such that you need to go back and catch up (or pause to catch your breath). The characters were themselves, and all was right in "Kimmy" world. We thought the ship's course had been corrected, but alas...
Episode 3 was a mix. While the idea of making it completely a mockumentary was clever, it ran out of gas about halfway through. It's hilarious to see DJ Fingablast struggling through his complete lack of self-awareness and intellect to attempt to connect with his hero. But basically once that happens, the episode becomes lost and rarely funny. While there was huge potential in poking fun at the "War on Men," there was little cleverness and wit in the humor, and it drifted toward a somber tone too often. A few elements were funny (Kimmy seeing herself in the mirror as a 16th-century Irish witch), but overall the ship ran aground.
Episode 4 was sadly the first time in "Kimmy" history we've ever paused to see how much time was left in the episode (at about 10 minutes remaining). Eeesh. Not good. This episode is so horrible that you seriously wonder what happened. It was like a bunch of writer rejects from "Big Bang Theory" or "Two Broke Girls" had been given the job to write it. Again, the characters and pacing are completely off track. Lillian is especially disappointing. While we all know her wild and unconventional side, it's completely unbelievable that she would've gone to the conference and engaged in the behavior she did. Titus and Jacqueline were basically okay and reasonably in character. And Kimmy was a mix of off and on, funny and not. (Why would she have made that booger video? That makes no sense.) Mostly, however, it was undoubtedly the worst writing the show has ever given us. The jokes landed few and far between, and with nothing of the intensity of past seasons. There was nearly nothing even remotely clever in the way we've come to expect from the humor and situations. It was literally as if the writers were on strike and they had to bring in substitutes. The jokes were what you'd expect from hack Kimmy-fan writers to put out. And worst of all — and most inexplicably — there was a sudden abundance of sexual humor and innuendo that permeates the entire episode. (This is my "Big Bang Theory" reference above.) While there have been off-color jokes here and there throughout the series, this stupid episode seemed as if it was conceived and written by a 15-year-old boy in hormonal overdrive (or a pathetic, lonely, 50-year-old man). An "asses and glasses" orgy that Lillian participates in??? Seriously? What happened to the sweet and innocent quality of the human interactions that we had with Kimmy and Dong, Lillian and Bobby, or Titus and Mikey?
Our working theory — you read it here first — is that the production of this season went completely out of whack due to Tina Fey being tied up with her "Mean Girls" show. Really, it's like Fey is not even involved because it has very little of her signature wit, charm, and character. This would explain the completely erratic pace, quality, and flow of the episodes so far. This would explain the weird split of the season into releases eight months apart. And most of all, this would explain the reports that the show will be finished after this season.
We're still going to hold onto hope that the remaining episodes of this season (and in January) will be like our beloved "Kimmy" of the past, and hold onto hope that the rumored movie finale will be a perfect ending. But as of right this moment, our confidence is not high. If things don't turn around, this will truly be a sad way to close out one of the best shows TV has had to offer in a long time.
Dearest Tina, please fix it!…