'Russian Doll' Is Your Next Netflix Binge
This will contain spoilers. Act accordingly.
Very rarely do I binge-watch a show and not feel a sense of unease afterwards. It is usually due to either wanting the show to continue, or feeling lost about how to feel after it ends. After Russian Doll, however, I feel only a sense of warmth and understanding.
More then anything, Russian Doll is a story about companionship. While most of us don’t have to live the same day of our lives over and over again, as the protagonist Nadia does (although please tell me if you are, I’ll believe you), that doesn’t make the show’s message about the importance of social support any less salient.
Aside from its broader message about friendship, however, the show is incredibly clever. From both a comedy and plot perspective, Russian Doll continued to surprise and entertain me. I caught myself belly-laughing when Nadia and Allan realize they are both deathly allergic to bees, and then moments later the scene cut to a mass of people fleeing the subway, presumably due to a freak bee swarm underground. Additionally, when we first start witnessing the show from Allan’s perspective, the number of subtle connections and clues between both his and Nadia’s lives were enjoyable to latch onto and follow.
I don’t necessarily think this show changed my life or made me think about things massively differently. What it did do was make me feel happy and satisfied, which is honestly what I always hope to get from any form of art or media I engage with. This is good television. I urge you to watch it if you haven’t already.
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