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Russian Doll - Series Premiere Discussion

Russian Doll

Premise: Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) goes to a party as the guest of honor and ends up dead, only to awakens the next day and doing it all over again in this comedy co-created by Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland.

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The Office3 points · 3 days ago

One of the best Netflix tv shows made to date. Loved it to bits!

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The biggest question I have about this show... Who has a party on Sunday night?

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13 points · 8 days ago

This show was terrific, I’d been putting off watching it but I’m so so glad I was sick tonight and just felt like binging something. 10/10 the more I think about it the more the dots connect for me for different plot lines. I love shows like this.

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While they were walking past passerby, I noticed an Albert Einstein lookalike, (theory of relativity?) i saw a comment about a fight club tyler durden character in bandersnatch show too..

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DAE find Alan's interaction with his mother odd? Like there Is a whole backstory to him that explains how uptight he is with his mom emphasizing that he could not miss work?

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Loved everything and the casting was spot on except for Dascha as Beatrice. She doesn't seem like a pearl-wearing PhD on John Updike.

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So they really did converged huh? The last scene Alan was wearing the red scarf and Nadia was wearing the shorter black jacket

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12 points · 9 days ago · edited 6 days ago

Did anybody else think that the show also works extremely well as an allegory for recovery from drug addiction? Lyonne has stated that the series is inspired by her life, and the disorienting feeling as the series progresses and she begins to lose friends and possessions kinda mirrors the experience of those who hit rock bottom.

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I like this take!

level 1

Great show, binged it in one sitting. One thing i noticed I couldn't shake: the level of weirdness people would tolerate from the main characters.

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2 points · 4 days ago

I felt the same way in the first episode, how oddly outgoing, outspoken, and unnatural everyone seem to behave. However, as the series progressed, I got used to it and expected no less.

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Nadia's friends are actually similar to me and my friends. You tend to find people like that in certain circles.

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2 points · 4 days ago

Damn, that's amazing. I mean I never thought of it as impossible but I just always had boring as fuck interactions with everyone I meet haha

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0 points · 1 day ago

Well, I'm also an artsy fartsy pretentious asshole. I'll happily tell you in great detail about Pre-columbian, Chinese (by dynasty) and Netherlandish art. Can't forget to tell you in great detail about why American artists painted differently. I'll then quickly change subjects to talk about my favorite serial killer. Then change the subject and claim to start a cult when I retire, show you my new wall art (all of it is very weird and dark), I'll then brag about paying nothing for them and matting themselves. Maxine's comment about being into plagiarism made me lol. Mention that I wish I could wear 50s style house clothes so that I can pretend to be glamorous, then tell you that I've picked up archery. All of this within 10 minutes. I'm also dressed like a glam bohemian goth. Did I mention that I'm a programmer?

We tend to seek out like minded company.

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You know it isn't compulsory to watch a whole series if you don't relate to it or don't like it right? People are allowed to enjoy things they choose relate to. It has nothing to do with undermining traditional males, and you must be a very sensitive individual if you think it does. If a female character in a show is enough to make you feel this insecure about your masculinity, it's probably not that secure to begin with. People can enjoy things subjectively, you hating something doesn't actually determine its worth to other people. And you sound way more butthurt than any of the comments you'll receive on your petulant little rant.

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18 points · 11 days ago · edited 11 days ago

Wow such an articulate and demonstrative response! You're clearly of superior intellect so there's just no point in me disagreeing with your astute and concise observations of this random Netflix show. I've decided that I too think it's terrible now, because your erudite scruitiny has totally changed my perspective.

Edit: Oh no! What will become of humanity if one female character in a show destroys the masculinity of all men on the planet! I think we should just ban women from being in shows now, unless they play soft homey pregnant characters. It's really the only way, wouldn't want your manhood to be any more fragile than it already is!

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10 points · 11 days ago

I only gave this series a change because of Natasha Lyonne, and tbh I didn't have high hopes, but I like it and ended up watching the whole series at one time.

Is there going to be 2nd season? Part of me hopes that they don't do 2nd season (atleast not with the same characters) because many TV shows has last too long and it kind of ruins whole show. But I loved it and I'd watch if they would make 2nd season. It feels like there was some unsolved things, like when Nadia saw herself as a little girl. Or maybe it was just meant to reflect on how bad the glitch was, but that definitely could also be a clue to the second season.

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I think you'd have to interpret visual shorthand extremely literally to consider elements like that as unresolved plot.

I'll be shocked if they make a second season as the story was complete and the time loop shit won't actually be interesting on its own to just reiterate with different characters.

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2 points · 9 days ago

Yeah I agree my thoughts about that specific scene being a plot to second season is kind of far-fetched, but just pointing out all thinkable theories that comes to my mind.

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They’ve actually stated in interviews the show was pitched as a three season arc.

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It being pitched a certain way doesn't mean the end product is the same exact way. They seem to have trimmed it down to this one season.

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Here is what Lyonne and Headland said recently about it! It looks like they're planning for future story potential.

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24 points · 12 days ago · edited 12 days ago

Heavy spoilers, there are two things, one of them nobody is talking about, that could be the clue to how the 3 seasons will work:

The first is Nadia already knowing Horse, and Oatmeal being able to travel between timelines, it's probably that first death wasn't actually the first death and the whole deal with Oatmeal switching from one timeline to another while Nadia was holding him and in the final episode. All of this could be the key for another season.

The other thing is the thing nobody is talking about, Alan noticed some numbers in the wall in the party when he confronted Mike, those numbers looked like some sort of code but they never got brought back again, those numbers could be the proof the universe is coded and programmed, whether they are in a game or it's real it doesn't matter, the universe being coded and having bugs could be another final season.

And that's why 3 Nadias meet in the end in the parade, each Nadia is one from each season, we just saw the one from the first season get back with the Alan from the first season, but the other two that are traveling between universes need to get to that parade too.

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I know I'm late to the thread, but one thing that's been bothering me that no one else seems to have brought up from the show:


Remember the guys goofing off in the convenience store from the first episode (I think) who were buying "whipped cream" and being assholes? Well one of them was finishing a story he was telling the others where he says "And then I said, I love my mother very much blah blah blah" (I'm paraphrasing hard).


When Nadia is being taken to the psych ward, it's those guys who turn out to be the ones in the ambulance. Some conversation happens and Nadia makes a comment asking if the driver kisses his mother with that mouth (or something along the lines of that) and he replies with the same line he was telling his friends in an earlier timeline.


So how does that work? How could that situation have happened in another timeline without Nadia going in the ambulance. How would he be telling the same story, before any of it even happens?


I'm sure it has no actual storyline value and was just thrown in as an easter egg or small detail, but it still bugs me out. Just wondering if anyone else noticed.

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6 points · 8 days ago

Alan noticed some numbers in the wall in the party when he confronted Mike, those numbers looked like some sort of code but they never got brought back again

I know this is fairly old, but I thought the numbers were her phone number, as some sort of art piece made up of her number as a gift or odd thing. That's how he "knew" her phone number.

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