Russian Doll

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Russian Doll

Chloe Kapica, Feature Editor

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As she runs through the silent streets of New York City, watch as she tries to survive the simplest of tasks.

Russian Doll stars the stunning Natasha Lyonne who is the co-creator alongside Amy Poehler. The two serve as writers on the topsy-turvy show that will leave your head spinning and your sides hurting at the end of each episode.

Russian Doll focuses on Nadia, a young New Yorker who struggles to survive her own birthday party. Nadia proceeds to get caught in a mysterious loop, but she ends up dying in a numerous amount of ways until she ends up being upended from her previous situation and back into a dimly-lit bathroom with a strange door.

Throughout the show, Nadia tries to figure out how to break the curse but fails either by breaking her neck, dying of hypothermia or falling down a sewer grate. These are some of the many predicaments Nadia finds herself in until she is rewinded back to her birthday party.

However, Russian Doll is a fantastic show. You would assume with the consistent backtracking to and from, it would be a confusing storyline. Although, it’s not!

Each episode is a brand new situation from Nadia finding out if her friend’s home was once a school for Jewish kids to protecting a homeless man’s shoes from getting stolen.

I admire how the writers are not afraid to take on the subject of death. Although, they don’t just take on death; they conquer it.

The writers are not afraid to challenge the many different types of death and how death affects a person.
The transitions throughout Russian Doll make the show more fluent and glide into each of Nadia’s deaths smoothly.

What I especially enjoy about the show is that it’s not just Nadia running around New York City trying to figure out how to fix this strange ordeal.

She’s also dealing with the loss of her mother and relationship problems all at the same time.
This strange experience shows her how to deal with life experiences head-on.

All in all, Russian Doll is a jam-packed show that will not just leave your head spinning, but will also leave you asking, “What comes next?”

 

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