Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is a woman who lives in New York City and works on creating and developing the latest video games. The series begins with Nadia in the bathroom. As she walks outside the bathroom, it’s revealed that her close friends have put on a massive party in her honour. But our leading character is not really in the mood to celebrate as she has many things on the brain, including a missing cat and dealing with an ex-boyfriend.
While trying to get through the night, Nadia has a tragic accident that kills her instantly. But! Straight after she dies, she wakes up, standing in the bathroom right back where the series started. Nadia is aware that she just died and cannot explain how she has gone back in time and is now alive again. She leaves the bathroom, and everyone is the same way as she remembers. But unfortunately for Nadia, she soon has another tragic accident, which puts her right back where she started yet again. Nadia has discovered she is in a never-ending time loop every time she dies. She begins to investigate how this bizarre time loop is occurring around her.
As a plot, I found myself remarkably hooked within the first episode, and it does not take long for this series to introduce several strange mysteries surrounding Nadia’s world. Every time Nadia returns after dying tragically, it’s a new opportunity for her to try to stay alive again. It’s also a restart for her to find more details to answer some of the series biggest questions. Throughout the season, Nadia will also be challenged when it comes to close friends and personal relationships. Thankfully, the series also introduces big reveals and new questions, which keeps the audience even more hooked with each episode!
Visually Russian Doll is pleasing, and the same could be said about the film’s audio track, which delivers a fun soundtrack and clear dialogue along the way. The makers of this series have also added many fine details that I found quite pleasing, even more so as the series continues forward. Actress Natasha Lyonne is great as Nadia, and I found her character to be rather fun and likeable throughout the entire series.
Overall, I had a blast watching this series. It is a fun show which includes many mysteries, hooking the audience early and continuing to keep them connected and entertained for the entire season. Actress Natasha Lyonne is also lots of fun in the leading role. In the end, Russian Doll is a time loop genre with a twist and a series filled with great performances and unpredictable moments. When Season Two arrives, count me in!
Russian Doll: Season One (2020) is Now Available on DVD!