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Lyonne launches a new dollhouse – Awardsdaily

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Our lives are just shows. We are like dolls, in a sense, to be observed and played with – often with cruel and deceptive intentions – in an unreal world.
—Catherine Lasky

To me, Russian doll the first season became one of those shows where everyone seemed to like it but me. It’s not that I disliked him per se, but my issues with him stemmed from a personal reaction to his very plot mechanics. I don’t like repetitions in stories. Even intentional repetition as with Russian doll‘s Natasha Lyonne living the same day over and over again. It’s the same reason that I don’t like groundhog day. I agree that these are well crafted works of art. They are just not for me. The idea of ​​reliving the same day over and over and over again – even if there are very specific variations – is just something I can’t get on board with. Keep moving, that’s what I say.

Fortunately, Russian doll season two avoids this season one mechanic entirely. Rather than becoming some kind of awful meta-commentary, the series alters the mystical events impacting Lyonne’s Nadia Vulvokov. Instead of reliving the same day, she enters a specific New York subway and travels back in time, inhabiting the body of her mother (Chloë Sevigny) shortly before her own birth. This change brings an incredibly successful breath of fresh air to the series, and while not everything works as well as the first season, Russian doll season two takes such huge swings that you can’t help but love it.

The general idea involves Nadia righting the wrongs of the past to improve aspects of the future. More specificity would take us into spoiler territory, and it won’t work. Russian doll remains a series that benefits enormously from the unknown. A sense of discovery around every corner. You may not know or even understand exactly where you are going. Yet in this case, the fun is in the journey because you’re in the hands of a team that knows exactly what they’re doing.

The anchor of the series remains Natasha Lyonne in a performance that is fully engaged, funny, emotional and revealing. Just when you think you’ve had enough, she and her team of writers find ways to pull you back through unexpected emotional content. This season, perhaps more so than the first season, uses its quirky plot device (same day repeat, time travel) to deepen the connections between its characters. Nadia knows what’s coming, and she’s literally doing everything she can (to hell with science and logic) to avoid that future. But fate remains fate. It’s ultimately a bittersweet message, but it gets through thanks to the often sour nature of Lyonne’s excellent performance.

Will be Russian doll remain a contender in the 2022 Emmy race? It’s a difficult call, but I veer on the side of yes. The first season was surprisingly popular with the Television Academy, and the creative team’s ability to avoid unnecessary repetition provides a finished product that can be celebrated on its own as an almost entirely new entity. The comedy series will be tough given the massive titles on the line this year, but Natasha Lyonne’s audaciously accomplished and vaguely philosophical performance will most certainly factor into the race for comedic actresses.

She’s just too good to ignore.

Russian doll season 2 drops Wednesday, April 20 on Netflix.