Sunday, February 10, 2019
A Netflix Matryoshka
Another short week this week, so I don’t have much for you. If you want a quick TV recommendation, though, how about Russian Doll, which is new on Netflix? It’s 8 episodes, but they’re a half-hour or less, so it’s pretty quick to blast through the whole story. I’ve seen it described as Groundhog Day meets Happy Death Day, which is a bit weird, because Happy Death Day is already Groundhog Day meets Happy Death Day. But it’s a fairly appropos description anyway. Another review I read of it said that it managed to be fairly original while still acknowledging all its influences (or something along those lines), and that’s not entirely inaccurate either. Bottom line, Natasha Lyonne is awesome, her characters are always an amazing blend of completely familiar and completely insane, and this show does not fail to deliver on any of that. It’s got excellent music, an excellent, twisty plot, it’s both funny and touching (often simultaneously), and you should totally watch it.
At least that’s my take. Your mileage, of course, may vary.