Considering the mature content of the show, there is no doubt that Russian doll Aimed at an adult audience, especially those experiencing the difficulties of adulthood. It follows Nadia, a woman in her thirties, who seems to be a magnet for the strings of time, which forces her to confront the trauma and issues she has swept away her entire life and reminds audiences to do the same in the process.
There are inevitable trials that everyone goes through in life and although we experience trauma throughout our lives, it is usually only in adulthood that people can understand how such experiences affect them. have affected and how to deal with this trauma in the present. Russian doll centers on a character who experiences these kinds of adult ruts and realizes how they stem from his childhood experiences.
Netflix Season 1 Russian doll uses a continuous time loop reset on the protagonist’s birthday to explore how a character can be flawed and make mistakes without having to find an immediate solution. She can’t run away from her problems, so she has to solve them, but change takes time. It’s something that any adult could relate to on some level.
The world this Netflix show is set in is structured to reflect how people deal with their internal conflicts. Especially for women, it sets the platform for the audience to learn through the protagonist’s experiences in an honest light. Nadia’s character mostly goes against the societal norm for women which greatly shapes her journey and in some ways removes an extra layer of pressure from her life. On the other hand, in some ways it is difficult for him to interact with others and becomes another obstacle in his path. This duality is part of what makes his character complex and believable and, above all, relatable. It tells the audience that they don’t have to be perfect to work on themselves.
In the second season of Russian doll, Nadia travels back in time and finds herself in the early 80s. As she spends some time there and finds herself interacting with a world she does not recognize, she soon realizes that she has no only went back in time but that she assumed her mother’s role in this world. Forced to relive some of the summary decisions and defining moments of her mother’s and grandmothers’ youth, she finds that she too struggles with these situations and begins to recognize how her mother became the woman she knew. and wanted it slightly. Because of this, she assumes she has to change herself, like her mother should have, to achieve her goals.
Throughout both seasons, Nadia blames her mother for many of her bad habits and emotional reactions, as well as the difficulties in her life. So when she gets the opportunity in season two to change her fate by literally stealing from her mother, thinking it’s the best thing for her, the time travel universe soon reveals to her that she may not be right. In the end, she learns that she belonged in the life she had, for a reason. It helps audiences recognize that their childhood trauma doesn’t define them, but how they react to them.
The theme of season two is breaking generational curses. In order to understand the family curses, Nadia had to be in her mother’s shoes and have different interactions with her grandmother to figure out how to fix things. The “treasure” that Nadia seeks on her journey is symbolic of stability, healing, happiness and self-love. This is especially relevant to a modern audience that is finally beginning to associate mental and emotional well-being with people’s success and happiness. Today, people are more often beginning to recognize the problematic behaviors and viewpoints they hold that have been passed down from generation to generation. To answer that, people first have to recognize them, which the most recent season does a great job of capturing.
Of course, not everyone can get stuck in a time loop or time travel to understand their generational trauma and curses, which is why it’s a little more complicated to travel to the real world, but just as important. Today, there are a multitude of apps, therapists, counselors, or even just conversations with family as options for dealing with generational trauma and curses. While audiences may not be able to solve all of their problems in a series of 30-minute increments, Russian doll definitely encourages viewers to take the first step and start exploring the patterns of their past and the potential of their future.
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