多于 three years after its renewal
, “Russian Doll
” also faces the challenge of what a series that keeps replaying reality can possibly do for an encore
. The show maintains its quirky tone but adopts a different tack by having Natasha Lyonne’s Nadia board a subway train that keeps taking her into the past
, which includes interacting with a young version of her mother
, played by Chloe Sevigny
, while uncovering uncomfortable details about her family history
If the time-loop phenomenon was a little weird the first time around, this time-portal subway rides feel even more arbitrary, while creating a parallel plot around Alan (Charlie Barnett), which involves a historical detour that’s perhaps even more unexpected than Nadia’s experience.
Lyonne continues to saunter through this metaphysical wonderland with a mixture of confusion and bemusement, but while “Russian Doll” didn’t fully explain the “Groundhog Day”-like aspects of what was happening in its first go-round, it finally reached a logical conclusion. 相比之下, the altered nature of Nadia and Alan’s predicament mostly just feels like, “好, we got picked up for another season, 所以为什么不?”
In a sense, the more creative a concept is, the harder it becomes to replicate the formula or find a way to expand it into new directions.
If that’s a compliment to season one of these streaming series, these follow-ups to “The Flight Attendant” 和 “Russian Doll” both make a pretty compelling case that when faced with the challenge of trying to keep the party going, sometimes the bravest decision is knowing when to leave.
“Russian Doll” 和 “The Flight Attendant” premiere April 20 和四月 21 on Netflix and HBO Max, 分别. HBO 最大, 像CNN, is a unit of Warner Bros. 发现.