TV Show Ramble: Russian Doll

Hello, my darling readers!
I finally had time to binge one of Netflix’ very own productions Russian Doll. Created by Natasha Lyonne who already excelled at her role as Nicky in Orange Is the New Black, this show was just bound to be good!

The Plot:

This is not quite how Nadia had imagined her birthday. The party sucks balls and all she wants to do is get away. Then she dies.
Only to find herself back at the party once more. Again and again…

The Rating:

Let me warn you: make sure you have enough time at hand when watching this. ‘Cause once you get started you won’t be able to stop until you finished all 8 episodes.

Yes, the show is that good.
Natasha Lyonne brings her A-game and shows what a talented actress she is. We get Charlie Barnett who plays his role heartbreakingly.
Russian Doll mixes comedy with earnest and dramatic moments but it’s a perfect fit. While in other shows of movies this often is too much of a contrast and fails to blend into one production, here it’s a smooth marriage of humor and tragedy.

The story is intricately crafted and you’ll desperately want to figure out how it all will end. Time loops are – just like time travels – not easy to compose. If you bend the rules too much, nothing makes sense and it feels to unrealistic to take seriously. Here, they hit just the right spot and gave it all a credible yet mysterious vibe.

If you haven’t already seen this Netflix gem, make sure to sit down right now. Binge Russian Doll and tell me how much you liked it! It’s a brilliant show and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Did you watch the show? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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8 thoughts on “TV Show Ramble: Russian Doll

  1. I LOVE THIS SHOW SO FREAKING MUCH! It is by far one of my most favourite things I have ever watched and I downloaded the song that always plays when the day repeats and she’s in the bathroom. I love, love, love it. The only thing I don’t know how to feel about is the fact that there’s going to be a season 2. It’s not that I won’t want to see more of the characters, but I am scared they won’t be able to keep up with the intricately story they crafted and such …

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  2. Digging into the underlying message and meaning of the show could be a dissertation but the essence is about people needing other people both for support and perspective. It is also about the need to make peace with elements of your past and forgive both yourself and others. By reliving the same day Nadia and Alan both have the opportunity to grow and to deal with challenges and truths they have been avoiding.

    For me the best part of the show was the friendship between Nadia and Alan. They are not two people who would naturally befriend each other but they come to care for each other intensely and also to drive each other’s healing.

    The only thing I wish there was more of was a look into Alan’s past. Nadia’s backstory is very clear and cohesive and it is easy to understand what has made her the way she is. Alan’s is less so and it feels like a missed opportunity to understand him even more deeply.

    I absolutely loved this show. It is nothing like Maniac but it reminded me of it in that it is an alternative look at mental health and the damage we all sustain just by being alive. If you have ever experienced even the edges of an existential crisis it is a must watch.

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