“Russian Doll” Season 2 Trailer Reveals Natasha Lyonne’s Even Stranger Trip
“The universe finally found something worse than death,” Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne) says at the top of the first trailer for Russian Doll, season two. “I broke time.” And a nation rejoices at the sound of Lyonne’s inimitable voice as she reprises the role she was born to play. Created by Lyonne, Lesley Headland, and Amy Poehler, Russian Doll appeared on Netflix in 2019, right before the real world became a time-subverting nightmare, and was centered on an ingenious plot contrivance—a cynical young New Yorker (Lyonne) keeps dying, and dying, and dying, only to return to the very same party on the very same night that’s being thrown in her honor. Trapped in a time loop, Russian Doll gave us Groundhog Day-like pleasures, only filtered through the brilliant comedic lens of its three creators. Season two promises to transcend the death-obsessed lunacies of the first season by exploring a fate even worse than death.
“You’re a time traveler,” a bar patron asks Nadia towards the end of the trailer. “I prefer the term ‘time prisoner,'” she quips, reminding us of one of the many pleasures this series has to offer—Natasha Lyonne’s line readings. Pleasures abound, in fact, from the pitch-perfect New York production design to the cinematography to the costumes, and that’s to say nothing about Russian Doll‘s delicious extended cast, which includes Charlie Barnett as Nadia’s fellow time-traveling buddy Alan, and her two besties, Greta Lee and Rebecca Henderson, as Maxine and Lizzy respectively.
Season two will unleash Nadia and Alan along not only various timelines, but eras. God knows what kind of shenanigans they’ll get into in the past, but we’ll be watching.
Check out the trailer below. Russian Doll time skips onto Netflix on April 20.
Here’s the synopsis for season two:
Set four years after Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) escaped mortality’s time loop together, season two of Russian Doll will continue to explore existential thematics through an often humorous and sci-fi lens. Discovering a fate even worse than endless death, this season finds Nadia and Alan delving deeper into their pasts through an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations. At first they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure but they soon discover this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for and, together, must search for a way out.
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Featured image: Russian Doll. Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov in episode 202 of Russian Doll. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022