Hit by a car? Check. Fell off a bridge? Check. Death by a gas leak? Check. These are all ways Nadia Vulvokov has died.
Nadia, the main character in Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” is reliving the death of her 36th birthday. It seems she is pulling a “Groundhog’s Day” or “Happy Death Day,” experiencing the same day over and over again. Of course, she has to find out why this is happening.
Natasha Lyonne plays Nadia, a coder for a gaming company who had a difficult childhood and just wants to live life to the fullest.
Lyonne has been acting for quite sometime now, giving us previous roles in “American Pie,” “But I’m a Cheerleader” and her most well known role in “Orange is the Black.” Lyonne outdoes herself again in her most recent role as Nadia Vulvokov.
Netflix put an original spin on the concept by having the death happen not just to her, but to another character as well. It co-stars Alan Zaveri, played by Charlie Barnett, best known for his role in “Chicago Fire.”
These two cross paths in an elevator destined to crash. As everyone braces for the impact of the wreck, Nadia and Alan are both still standing. Nadia notices Alan isn’t worried either and questions him and he tells her, “It doesn’t matter. I die all the time.”
Nadia and Alan will need to figure out why this is happening so they can break the endless cycle of dying over and over again.
I would give this show an A for the acting, storyline and originality that catches you off guard.