Same day, different death. Netflix’s new original “Russian Doll” definitely does not disappoint. It hooks audiences in with its incredible cast, soundtrack and fascinating plot. Natasha Lyonne’s performance is nothing short of outstanding.
The story begins with Lyonne’s character, Nadia Vulvokov, staring at her reflection in a bathroom on her birthday. Unbeknownst to her, she will have to become very familiar with that bathroom. Each death she experiences always ends the same, waking up in the same bathroom listening to the same song and hearing the same knocking.
However, only she remembers the events that lead up to that perpetual moment. Though the characters are doomed to repeat the same day over and over, this does not mean the plot lacks in twists and turns.
The show does a great job engrossing its audience by creating relatable characters along with providing hints to keep the audience guessing as to what happens next, and asking, “Why is this happening?”
The writers allow the viewers to experience frustration along with the characters who struggle to find answers to those questions and constantly have to start over after any progress is made.
Created by Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler, and Lyonne herself, “Russian Doll” has already been making headlines, despite its recent Feb. 1 debut. A fusion of drama, mystery and a hint of comedy, this is a show that is unsurprisingly binge-watchable.
The characters, plot and soundtrack will stay with you long after you’ve finished it, and that’s not just because the deaths reset to the same song each time. With great performances by Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Ashley and Natasha Lyonne the show consists of eight episodes all 25 minutes in length.
Viewers experience what the characters do more so than other shows by continuously keeping them on edge. There’s humor, heartbreak and at times, even horror. Overall, “Russian Doll” is perhaps one of the top Netflix original shows to have been released. If you’re itching for a new Netflix binge, give “Russian Doll” a go. You will not be let down.