RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 REVIEW
After the Happy Death Day narrative of Season 1 of Netflix’s Russian Doll (albeit, with more of a Final Destination killer), Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) doesn’t seem to have settled down in her lifestyle much in the years that have passed. Which I guess is why the universe felt the need to teach her another lesson by messing with the time/space continuum around her again. This time she’s not resetting the day repeatedly, but finds that when she gets on a certain subway train, she gets off back in 1982 but in the body of her mother (Chloë Sevigny), who at the time was very pregnant with her. Meanwhile, her time looping cohort Alan (Charlie Barnett) has his own Quantum Leap going on back into a different time and ancestor. While there’s much fun to be had again with Lyonne’s acerbic wit, the second season was met with mixed reactions from Chris, Neil, Jordan, and Mike. Check out their review.
CREATED BY: Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler
STARRING: Natasha Lyonne, Brooke Timber, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley, Kate Jennings Grant, Annie Murphy, Charlie Barnett, Chloë Sevigny, Brendan Sexton III, Rebecca Henderson, Ritesh Rajan, Sharlto Copley, Irén Bordán, Ilona McCrea, Athina Papadimitriu, Franciscka Farjas, Ephraim Sykes, Rosie O’Donnell, Waris Ahluwalia, Lillias White, Anoop Desai, Danielle Perez, Max Baker, Sandor Funtek, Balázs Czukor, Gergely Csiby, Piroska Molnár, Phillipp Droste, Tulian Aczel
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
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