Sunday, April 24, 2022

What I’m Watching: Russian Doll (Season Premiere)

Russian Doll: Season 2, Episode 1 “Nowhen” (B+)

Wow, this gap really has been long – over three years since season one dropped its eight episodes. I caught up a few months later, in September, but that’s still more than two and a half years. For a show like this with time loops, I suppose that’s not as relevant, but I am glad to be able to get ahead of it this time and watch before or with everyone else rather than after the fact. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen and thought this might just be another time loop, and I’m thrilled to see that it’s something different. Not being able to explain why it happens isn’t all that important since the fun comes in watching it, and there’s something productive about Nadia being able to step back out of her mother’s body in 1982 and into her present situation, so that she can look up clues and figure out what will be most important when she goes back. I didn’t recognize Sharlto Copley, who I interviewed recently for his role as Ted Kaczynski in “Ted K,” as Chaz until I saw his name in the end credits, and I wonder whether he’ll be back or that’s a fixed moment that’s passed without her being able to fix it. I’m still waiting to see what happens when Alan gets on the subway since I was pretty sure I saw writing in German on the doors when they closed, and it would make sense that he would have a slightly different experience, though I have no idea what that means. I wasn’t expecting it, but I very much enjoyed Nadia’s comment that “Purim came early this year” when she got offered a treat.

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