‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Interactive Special ‘Kimmy vs. The Reverend’ Coming To Netflix

Netflix is really getting behind these interactive specials, and for good reason. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch proved to be quite the hit for them, and now they’re giving it another go. Only this time it’s with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend, which lets viewers decide how the characters on screen will act.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ended its run last year after four hilarious seasons, led by star Ellie Kemper as the perky and clueless ex-cult member who had been kept in an underground shelter for 15 years. The man who held her was Reverend Wayne, played by Jon Hamm, and they’ll apparently have their final showdown with this interactive special. Returning from the cast are Titus Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane, joined by special guests Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm, Sara Chase, Lauren Adams, Donna Maria, Amy Sedaris, Michael Carlsen, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Jack McBrayer, and Johnny Knoxville.

SYNOPSIS: “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!”

I remain unsold on these interactive specials. They seem like a cheap gimmick with little long-term entertainment value. But if they draw tons of viewers to Netflix, who am I to complain?

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend hits Netflix on May 12.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.