Netflix’s Time Loop series returns with a new twist


Natasha Lyonne has been unsurprisingly enigmatic in the build-up to Season 2, but she returns with some exciting freebies: first-look images and vague quotes! Lyonne teased us with some exciting new details, and we now know that the second season picks up four years after the first. Nadia and Alan (Charlie Barnett) have escaped the deadly time loop, but their journey doesn’t end there. The series dives back into existential territory, with the duo facing “a fate even worse than dying again and again.” Encountering an unexpected portal in one of Manhattan’s most iconic locations forces them to journey through their past. I’m not going to lie, it looks pretty dark. At the top of my head, the only thing worse than constantly dying would be, uh, finality. “Russian Doll” really don’t take shots.

According to early photos, Nadia and Alan’s latest hideout is a New York City subway station. It’s very unfortunate. As every New Yorker knows, nothing good ever goes down a subway car and it certainly doesn’t help when existentialism gets involved. Here is the synopsis for the upcoming season:

Set four years after Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) escaped the time loop of mortality together, the second season of Russian Doll will continue to explore existential themes through an often humorous and scientific lens. -fiction. Uncovering a fate even worse than endless death, this season Nadia and Alan delve deeper into their past through an unexpected time portal set in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations. At first, they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-crossing, intergenerational adventure, but they soon discover that this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for, and together they must search for a way out.

Among the many treats this season clearly has in store is an exciting addition to the cast. With Lyonne and Barnett, “Schitt’s Creek” star Annie Murphy is having fun. Lyonne described her character as “a central element and the heart of the season” who will become an unexpected ally for Nadia, helping her come to terms with “the nature of mortality”. Lyonne added,

“There are serious mothers on this Russian doll show – on a human level – and she’s definitely one of the good guys.”

Expect to enjoy the presence of fan-favorite Oatmeal the Cat, and many other Season 1 Easter Eggs hinting at the saga’s big mystery. Lyonne describes it as a “puzzle box”, which adds another hilarious meta-layer to the series, given that Nadia was a game designer before her life was derailed into endless cosmic madness.

Season 2 of “Russian Doll” is coming to Netflix in the spring of 2022.

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