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'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend': Fans laud 'dark and real' interactive Netflix special

Getting cheeky with the choices led fans to realize how much they have missed the show after its five-year-long run's finale in 2019
UPDATED MAY 12, 2020
Kimmy and Titus (Netflix)
Kimmy and Titus (Netflix)

Spoilers for 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend'

If you're caught up bored and losing your mind in quarantine, Netflix's big interactive special 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend' couldn't have come at a better time. Up at 3 am with no sleep on the horizon? Get your creative wings flying or your evil horns blazing, choosing every dilemma and step for Kimmy as she goes off into the sunset, setting all wrongs right with the Reverend, and eventually marrying her prince charming - Frederick.

But our words aren't the only ones you should trust. Opening at the crack of midnight, the special has already wooed and won over fans worldwide, who are probably having a little too much fun with all the possible endings on this crazy, wild journey.

The special involves a string of choices that follows Kimmy setting off to confront her ex-husband Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne after getting hints of another hidden bunker, where he's holding girls hostage the way he did with her and three other girls for 15 years. After confirming that's the case, Kimmy sets off on a rescue mission while the reverend escapes from prison.

Thus sparks off a story of personal growth, overcoming trauma, and finally attaining closure from her abuser while we make all the choices leading up to her final goal. 

Noting the inherent dark tones of the show that are masqueraded with candyfloss and a splurge of pink and pastel, a fan tweeted, "ok but @KimmySchmidt the interactive special is amazing. that scene with the reverent and Kimmy in the woods was genius. 'Why did you do those things to us?' -- 'Because I could.' this show is so funny, so beautiful, but also so dark and real. i love this masterpiece beyond words, and it even brought me comfort during some though times. i will miss it so so much. thank you, unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. bravo, for being so full of laughs, and bursting with heart, while also being painfully real and even heartbreaking at times."


Another even labeled it better than Netflix's pioneer interactive film, sharing: "The #KimmySchmidt choose your own adventure thing is so goddamn good. Much better then Bandersnatch." Other fans took the adventure for its full ride clearly, as one tweeted, "I'm absolutely LOVING this interactive special. I've missed the show soooooo much. I'm gonna keep watching again until I've picked every possible combination of outcomes. BIG LOVE to the entire cast and crew." 

And some fans got a little too evil with the game, making all the wrong choices, sometimes on purpose, and sometimes self-proclaimed not. "Lmao yo bruh this Kimmy Schmidt movie is BOMB! They made it interactive so you get to choose with your mouse what choices she should make to lead to her adventure. I’m having the time of my life," shared a fan onTwitter, while another quipped, "Watching the interactive UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, and I’ve already got Kimmy and Titus killed repeatedly. It’s fun."

For some, even getting cheeky with the choices led back to making them realize how much they have missed the show after its five-year-long run's finale in 2019. "#KimmySchmidt was cute. I watched it once and of course made bad choices but it’s all good! I will truly miss this series," admitted a fan, while another chimed in saying, "I’ve picked every wrong choice and not on purpose. Kimmy Schmidt Interactive is a masterpiece!!!!!!" But of course, there were critics not too keen on turning the 80-minute long special into an interactive one, and one of them shared, "Real hotbed of emotion this morning. Why combine the best thing (‘Kimmy Schmidt) with the worst thing (interaction)?"

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend' is available for streaming from May 12, only on Netflix.