Netflix Gets Its Own Killer Time Loop Show in the First Russian Doll Trailer

Another day, another death.
Gif: Russian Doll (Netflix)

Normal time loop stories are out. Time loop stories based around someone dying over and over? In.

Netflix has just dropped the first trailer for Russian Doll, a new show from Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, and Leslye Headland about a woman named Nadia (played by Lyonne), who finds herself sent back to a set point in time one evening after being killed in a traffic accident. Eventually, she learns via the medium of deaths both banal (falling down various flights of stairs) and extravagant (being shot), that she’s caught in a torturous time loop, fraying her relationships with the people around her and seeing her slide into questions of her own sanity.

Check it out below, although here’s a warning that it’s pretty NSFW, although more for cursing than the violence. Put some headphones on, or something!

Between stuff like Edge of Tomorrow, Source Code, and Happy Death Day, the idea of a darker, death-driven Groundhog Day isn’t exactly unique—at least, what we’ve seen of it so far. But it’s going to be interesting to see how the pretense this time-loop story is built on is kept up over an entire season of TV instead of just in the confines of a two-hour movie.

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We’ll find out just what Russian Doll has to add to the murder-Groundhog genre when it hits Netflix February 1.


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DISCUSSION

Nice musical choice, looks quite stylish, and the world needs more of Natasha Lyonne, one way or another. After so much Orange is the New Black, it’s nice to see her in a more “normal” setting, looking and acting more like an average person in everyday circumstances (as much as this premise allows for that, anyway).

The idea might be a partial rehash, but we love Groundhog Day precisely because it’s a funny, entertaining movie that isn’t necessarily a rom-com, but hits us in the feels with some deep, universal human meaning anyway, and it looks like this may fit that bill as well.