“Happy Birthday Baby!” Talk about Russian Doll on Netflix

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and the majesty that is Natasha Lyonne

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Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:20 (three years ago) link

Enjoying so far, will wrap up tonight.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:22 (three years ago) link

Halfway through it. Will post again when we're done, but absolutely wonderful so far.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:24 (three years ago) link

Saw that the show was originally pitched with a 3 season arc, but I don't know if they condensed all of that down to eight episodes or if they're planning something I can't even fathom at this point.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:28 (three years ago) link

certainly the best of the current crop of new 2019 tv so far.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:36 (three years ago) link

finished it yesterday and yeah it was excellent. adored the actress who played Ruth.

simmy simmy ya, simmy yam simmy yay (voodoo chili), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:39 (three years ago) link

solid acting by basically everyone!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:47 (three years ago) link

if I had to knock anyone's acting in this it's the guy who played Michael, the unholy offspring of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jack Nicholson.

but I guess he was supposed to be pretty loathsome so maybe mission accomplished

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 17:49 (three years ago) link

he's the lack of a choice and i thought he did a great job with that

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:50 (three years ago) link

i liked the russian doll concept for the timeloop, and the way her and Alan hinged upon each other

and Natasha truly made it her own, she was fantastic

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:54 (three years ago) link

I posted this on the Netflix thread, worth a repost because it’s so lovely:

Instagram post from Jake Fogelnest a couple of days before the show went up

https://i.imgur.com/azFB33I.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/MCFMLrZ.jpg

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 17:58 (three years ago) link

truly i have been thinking about this constantly since I finished it on Saturday night though... lots to digest & ruminate on

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:02 (three years ago) link

oh and can we talk about the music!?
🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:07 (three years ago) link

I liked that one song

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:09 (three years ago) link

gotta go to bed or something like that

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:09 (three years ago) link

Harry Nilsson!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:10 (three years ago) link

Who did that cold ass Pretenders cover?

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:10 (three years ago) link

that was joeks VG :)

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:11 (three years ago) link

but seriously the only other song I really recall recognizing was the Cults one

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:11 (three years ago) link

Oh wait, I Go To Sleep is Kinks.

Who did that cold ass Kinks cover?

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:12 (three years ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:12 (three years ago) link

Lol xxp

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:13 (three years ago) link

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:14 (three years ago) link

Spotify says Anika. Nice, I'll be listening to this on repeat now. brb

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:15 (three years ago) link

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:15 (three years ago) link

A pretty thorough song list here
https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Russian-Doll-TV-Show-Soundtrack-45747299

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:15 (three years ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:20 (three years ago) link

netflix has a playlist of course
https://open.spotify.com/user/midniteblaster/playlist/3M7taBzwvoasEqN3ZinZm6

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:21 (three years ago) link

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:22 (three years ago) link

Posts be disappearing like mirrors in here!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 18:26 (three years ago) link

I d i e a l l t h e t i m . e

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:26 (three years ago) link

*falls down the stairs*

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 February 2019 18:47 (three years ago) link

but i'm a cheerleader fans: jamie babbit directs episodes 4-6

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 4 February 2019 19:35 (three years ago) link

Noticed that, since it is showing on Mubi now.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 February 2019 20:04 (three years ago) link

I've heard John Maus and also Timber Timbre on the soundtrack

froggles! (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 4 February 2019 21:48 (three years ago) link

i was p delighted to hear john maus "cop killer" and gang gang dance "mind killa" in the same episode of a show i love

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 4 February 2019 21:49 (three years ago) link

It had the Promise by When in Rome and so therefore it is perfect.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:18 (three years ago) link

I watched the whole thing today and I LOVED IT. Natasha was perfect and it was so well done and, yes, the music was great.

“the unholy offspring of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jack Nicholson”

Ha!!!! This works though I just kept thinking chubby Jack. The resemblance was disconcerting!

I liked the fact that they shot so many scenes in or in front of 7B which was also used in Jessica Jones and lots of other stuff and always makes me miss NY.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:22 (three years ago) link

I want to watch it again!

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:25 (three years ago) link

yeah i am thinking abt rewatching too

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:26 (three years ago) link

Can we talk about spoilers yet because I’m consfused about how we got from episode 7 to 8.

Or maybe I will just watch again.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:29 (three years ago) link

Yeah sure spoil away I say.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:33 (three years ago) link

Already forgot the details after weekend binge watch but I seem to remember them coming up with the basic idea of a plan in 7 and then executing it in 8.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 02:50 (three years ago) link

I hate it when you're watching a show and there's a weird character like Alan in it and you feel like the show runners are intending for his presence to feel alienating but you are watching him feeling like "omg they put me in a show I feel so seen"

froggles! (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:00 (three years ago) link

I didn't think he was weird, just very guarded! All of the things he was doing to keep his world in order were interfering with his ability to just live and his projection of structure was giving him faulty answers for why his girlfriend was cheating, etc.

a little too relatable, for sure

mh, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:39 (three years ago) link

I'm only a couple episodes in but my friend did the score. Haven't really heard much of it yet, just the licensed songs, but I assume there's more music later.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 17:06 (three years ago) link

you feel like the show runners are intending for his presence to feel alienating

i'm not alan but he doesn't come off this way to me at all

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 17:10 (three years ago) link

I found him v sympathetic

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 17:13 (three years ago) link

ENBB OTM re 7B, and NYC in general was well portrayed and felt true with a couple of excusable exceptions.

Apart from that I wasn't ever quite able to lose myself in the show because of the dialogue, which always had the clanky ring of lines that are perfect on the page. In one episode there was a brief exchange about how hard it is to write dialogue.

I did love that so many small passing details in the show weren't there to further the plot, and weren't really red herrings either. Just comfy story furniture.

mick signals, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 17:51 (three years ago) link

Oh Jordan I heard a cello thing in ep 6 but that was the only cue I've noticed so far lol

froggles! (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 17:56 (three years ago) link

yaaaaaaaay

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 March 2022 17:58 (two months ago) link

The first series feels like a decade ago.

peace, man, Monday, 7 March 2022 18:05 (two months ago) link

i am def gonna do a S1 rewatch

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 March 2022 18:14 (two months ago) link

*jaunty piano music intensifies*

peace, man, Monday, 7 March 2022 18:18 (two months ago) link

I probably said as much earlier: having a hard time seeing how they extend this into another season. (Can't remember if the end of the first set that up.)

clemenza, Monday, 7 March 2022 18:35 (two months ago) link

It didn't. That one reason I want to see how they justify it.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 7 March 2022 19:00 (two months ago) link

When they cast Annie Murphy I figured it would be about her, but I guess it once again stars Natasha Lyonne?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 March 2022 20:02 (two months ago) link

i dearly hope they do not try to build off the prior season and just do something different

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Monday, 7 March 2022 20:52 (two months ago) link

Surely they would have to. Maybe a new decade, like they do on For All Mankind.

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 March 2022 21:11 (two months ago) link

It's set 4 years later. There's other information out there, but not sure if people want to reveal that stuff here

rob, Monday, 7 March 2022 21:55 (two months ago) link

I have to say I rewatched this recently and, despite really liking it the first time, I found it borderline unbearable until Charlie Barnett shows up

rob, Monday, 7 March 2022 21:59 (two months ago) link

I kinda don’t want to know anything about what’s going to happen, gonna dive in when S2 surfaces

Goddamn. This is gonna be a year of returning TV for me innit

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 7 March 2022 22:00 (two months ago) link

I keep thinking that people are talking about the other Charlie Barnett and getting confused: https://www.vulture.com/2012/03/timing-is-everything-the-story-of-charlie-barnett.html

Mardi Gras Mambo Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 March 2022 22:08 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Two weeks to go...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvEyUOoLehI

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 April 2022 18:28 (one month ago) link

So we will see andmoreagain after all.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 April 2022 19:23 (one month ago) link

Haven't played the trailer, but that's the post-Mitch head of news from The Morning Show on the right; she's very good in that.

clemenza, Thursday, 7 April 2022 19:29 (one month ago) link

I'll always think of Greta Lee as the hipster grifter from High Maintenance.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 7 April 2022 19:49 (one month ago) link

that "when are we" joke was pretty funny

symsymsym, Thursday, 7 April 2022 20:47 (one month ago) link

Dropped today?

Born Sleeepy (Nuxx) (Leee), Wednesday, 20 April 2022 20:26 (one month ago) link

Maybe I’ll fire up the first episode after work

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 20 April 2022 20:47 (one month ago) link

Pretty sure the rest of the Redds have watched multiple episodes already.

Wile E. Kinbote (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 20 April 2022 21:04 (one month ago) link

Went into the first episode of the new season with low expectations but it was really excellent.

chap, Thursday, 21 April 2022 08:03 (one month ago) link

Have watched 2 episodes so far and really liking it a lot. For some reason the humour element works for me much more this time than it did in series 1.

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 21 April 2022 17:01 (one month ago) link

halfway through, not really feeling this season so far tbh, can't quite put my finger on why

a bit hopeful it'll resolve in a way that redeems the whole season

Murgatroid, Thursday, 21 April 2022 17:14 (one month ago) link

Just finished this. It is a bit mixed. Although I like the ambition of opening the series beyond NY to Budapest and Berlin, it didn’t work as well as the more contained first series. I also didn’t like some of the rather heavy handed resolution in the final episode.

Still plenty to enjoy in this series though.

Luna Schlosser, Saturday, 23 April 2022 13:15 (four weeks ago) link

Can someone convince me to proceed beyond Episode 3? Just not feeling it.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 24 April 2022 15:02 (four weeks ago) link

I know this won’t happen, but wouldn’t it be cool to have a single surprise episode of this show (in whatever season) where nothing weird happens, where the main characters just rub up against each other?

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 24 April 2022 15:10 (four weeks ago) link

Dunno if I’ve changed or she has, but can’t deal with Nadia’s growly shit-talkin’ schtick this time around.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 24 April 2022 15:22 (four weeks ago) link

Noticed something similar when I watched a few minutes. In any case, think I will sit this one out until the dust settles.

H.R. MacGufnstuf (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 April 2022 15:25 (four weeks ago) link

There was stuff to enioy but it really wasn't necessary and was definitely resolved hurriedly. Once she takes the baby on the train and we start to see time fall apart at the hospital it didn't work at all, I didn't think.

Too many ideas were introduced and thrown away immediately - Nadia's in a mental asylum! Oh no, wait, she just climbed out of the window. The Hungarian rave warehouse felt like a low point.

can’t deal with Nadia’s growly shit-talkin’ schtick this time around.

It definitely feels like she's a relic of pre-gentrified NYC and this persona is part of it. Weirdly she seemed more at home in the 80s sequences.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Sunday, 24 April 2022 20:36 (four weeks ago) link

The time-space collapse was my favorite part of the series and I really enjoyed watching it but my overarching question at the end was “Why?” It was a fantastic ride but the point did not resonate with me, so I ended up feeling removed from this season whereas I firmly fell in love with the first season. There broad theme seems to be self-acceptance and reconciliation with all of the contradictory forces that lead to your existence, but also tied up in it was a meditation on grief that still managed to get short shrift even though it overwhelmed the end of the season and there was no compelling reason for or payoff to Alan’s story as it was presented.

castanuts (DJP), Monday, 25 April 2022 11:37 (three weeks ago) link

Not as good as S1 but I really enjoyed S2. First three eps were a bit blah but it gets better imo.

Pre-Raphaelite Brah (King Boy Pato), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 02:28 (three weeks ago) link

Wow, she really is doing Columbo, isn’t she

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 03:19 (three weeks ago) link

Started watching this last night. I said to bf "wasn't the first season set in the 80s? I'm confused". I realized that I'd so internalized Zinoman's theory upthread that I remembered it as being set in the 80s. I'm about to read that Twitter thread again and I'm excited

a legible shriek (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 12:16 (three weeks ago) link

this was terrible: they forgot to write a story!

rob, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 13:52 (three weeks ago) link

DJP completely OTM. As impressed as I was with how this season was handled, and as enjoyable as it was, it felt like there was something missing at the center.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 14:39 (three weeks ago) link

can’t deal with Nadia’s growly shit-talkin’ schtick this time around.

I feel like the fact that she didn't say, "Hey, I'm walkin' here!" was an oversight (or an outtake).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 14:40 (three weeks ago) link

I was really disappointed in this season, but I thought the last episode was beautiful and somewhat redeemed the arc.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 28 April 2022 14:13 (three weeks ago) link

I think I loved this as much of the first season, although it fell apart towards the end (also much like the first season?). Some refinance to me as an assimilated Jew with an Eastern European riches to rags to middle-type family story.

Anyway – would definitely watch more, but need more Alan next time.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 08:26 (two weeks ago) link

Oops refinance = resonance

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 08:26 (two weeks ago) link

giving up a few episodes in. Just not feeling it.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 19:12 (one week ago) link

i both really liked this season and agree with many of the criticisms in the thread lol. i think i just really like watching natasha lyonne do her thing, and the dialogue was really funny. i wish there was more senior ruth, love that actress and her smoker's voice.

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 11 May 2022 19:14 (one week ago) link

feel like this was a v. impressive second season for a show that absolutely shouldn't have had one

mookieproof, Sunday, 15 May 2022 01:08 (one week ago) link

i mean i liked it -- give me subway trains running throughout time and i'll watch -- but alan's part was absolutely tacked on (as was his mustache, i hope). only having to hear harry nilsson once or twice is a plus, but literally sending your protagonist to hungary as the axis falls should have somehow been more than a plot point

and if you're gonna go to the trouble of staging a modern-day hungarian rave, at least let greta get laid

mookieproof, Sunday, 15 May 2022 01:20 (one week ago) link

Somehow got stuck unable to find an English set of subtitles for episode 5 for my tv. They were there when I looked for them on my computer.
& there is a lot of that episode with Hungarian being spoken. Wound up having to watch on the computer.

Stevolende, Sunday, 15 May 2022 03:02 (one week ago) link

I missed how she managed to work out how to become a different generation of her ancestry. Or was that done by moving down the train like she was at the end of the episode.
Or was that covered by her saying well better get to Hungary

Stevolende, Sunday, 15 May 2022 07:59 (one week ago) link

i both really liked this season and agree with many of the criticisms in the thread lol.

Same. I watched it when I was slightly feverish with Covid and the series' hallucinatory flavour, especially in the second half, nicely complemented my illness.

But it's a real mess. It's as if they were planning two more series - a third one perhaps focussing on Alan in Berlin- but had to bring all the ideas together suddenly at short notice. There's a lot to enjoy though if you're prepared to overlook its flaws.

Luna Schlosser, Sunday, 15 May 2022 09:29 (one week ago) link

I found the flaws only became apparent towards the end when the narrative started sprawling out of control, so it was still kinda five episodes of fun, and two episodes of “wait what”, and even those last two episodes had some good stuff. Alan wuz definitely robbed this season though.

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 15 May 2022 10:20 (one week ago) link

gonna say it - i dug his mustache

100% sexy weird moustache

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 15 May 2022 12:27 (one week ago) link


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