RUSSIAN DOLL: SEASON TWO
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley, Annie Murphy, Charlie Barnett, and Chloë Sevigny
Creators: Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler
Season One of Russian Doll, which dropped over three years ago, was a brilliantly inventive series that ended in such a way that it did not necessitate a second season, yet here we are with a disappointing sophomore outing that has virtually no connection to what came before. Gone is the time loop mystery in favor of a standard time travel plot, while Alan (Charlie Barnett) is a complete afterthought. Plus, Natasha Lyonne now plays Nadia with such an over-the-top NYC moxie and aloofness that it becomes irritating, spouting snarky quips reminiscent of 2007’s Juno. They should have left well enough alone with Season One.