'Russian Doll' isn't a regular cookie cutter romance, it is a witty comedy ruled by women
'Russian Doll', created, produced, written and directed by an all-female crew, is technically superior and perfectly executed
Warning: This review contains spoilers
This is the perfect weekend binge watch series you've been waiting for. Starring Natasha Lyonne as Nadia, 'Russian Doll' is a cliche- and genre-bashing series that is now streaming on Netflix. The show is filled with the right amount of drama, thrill, anticipation, humor, and absurdity and will make you appreciate the life that you currently have.
'Russian Doll' is created, produced, written and directed by an all-female crew and the hard work of the makers truly paid off as the show is technically superior and was perfectly executed. In fact, the show is so absorbing that you might forget that bowl of popcorn you grabbed to munch on.
'Russian Doll' mainly revolves around Nadia (Lyonne), a chainsmoking, cussing, redheaded video game coder.
Nadia (Lyonne), we soon find out, is re-living the events of her 36th birthday party that ends with her death. She dies and finds herself looking in the mirror back in her friend Maxine's bathroom to the sound of Harry Nilsson’s 'Gotta Get Up'.
In once instance, we see Nadia walking down the road in the middle of the night being hit by car. The very next moment, she is back in Maxine's bathroom, staring into the mirror yet again.
It is hard to ignore how similar the plot is to 'Groundhog Day' given the idea of being able end the loop by learning a lesson. In an interview with MEAWW, Charlie Barnett, who plays Alan, spoke about these comparisons. "Yeah, the drama of both of those... It's a beautiful blend of everything. In 'Russian Doll', there's more of a risk and more of a fear that encapsulates these two characters.
Throughout the first two episodes, you assume that Nadia is the only one dying. However, towards the end of the third one, you witness the perfect twist that you have ever seen.
This is when the series reveals Alan, Nadia's dying buddy who has to learn his life lessons as well. They must help each other out in order to survive and beat the loop.
"I would really hope what they can grasp onto is that this idea of communication, this idea of figuring out a way to communicate with the people around you in a healthy and productive manner. I hope that, that is something that can be gained from this insane world and that we aren't all that different," revealed Barnett.
Overall, 'Russian Doll' is quick, pleasing and undeniably bittersweet. It is perfectly executed with the storyline and characters all falling into place in the best way possible.
Season 1 ends with a cliffhanger, though. Will Alan and Nadia end up together? Will there be a season 2?
Answering those questions, Leslye Headland, who is one of the creators, producers and writers for the series revealed, "You know, I can't speak to you about that. When we initially pitched the show to Netflix, we pitched three seasons and I think that the subject of those seasons and the possibilities of those are things that I can't speak to you about this time. But I will say that shooting with Natasha and Charlie, and shooting that storyline was so fulfilling."
We have our fingers crossed for another season. 'Russian Doll' season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.