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Super Soundtrack: “Russian Doll” on Netflix [Season 2]

I didn’t think this show could get any more existential, but it managed to out-do last season somehow.

The second season of Russian Doll is now streaming on Netflix. Starring Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Rebecca Henderson, Elizabeth Ashley, and Chloë Sevigny alongside series newcomers Annie Murphy, Carolyn Michelle Smith, Sharlto Copley, and Ephraim Sykes, it couldn’t be more binge-worthy.

I didn’t think this show could get any more existential, but it managed to out-do last season somehow. Natasha Lyonne is incredible. I loved her in Orange is the New Black, and she commands the screen here as well. A versatile actress whose signature voice, expressive eyes, and unforgettable facial expressions each deserve an acting award, it’s just fascinating to see her at work.

Tearing apart everything about the concept of time, it leaves endless room for imaginative ideas and chaotic loopholes. It might feel like a wild trip, but that’s the fun of it. (Hey, maybe it’s not such a coincidence that Netflix is releasing this on 4/20 after all?) I don’t know anything about quantum physics, but this show makes me feel like I know as much as Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory.

I thought Annie Murphy would be more of a prominent figure, but she is given very little to do in her role. There’s no denying her charm, though.

The music really seals the deal, and those needle drops come in at just the right moments for impact. An eclectic soundtrack equally suited for an eclectic series, it quite appropriately never really lends itself to a certain time period or era. Those subtle nuances really make a show for me, and there was attention to every detail put into this show.

Season 2, Episode 1: “Nowhen”

“Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode

Heard playing when we see Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) for the first time this season

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus

Heard playing while Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is on the train and reads the newspaper

“Mother” by Danzig

Heard after Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) sees her mother’s (Chloë Sevigny) reflection in the mirror instead of her own

“Get It While You Can” by Janis Joplin

Heard while Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is chasing after Chez (Sharlto Copley) + continues playing over the end credits

Season 2, Episode 2: “Coney Island Baby”

“Goin’ Out of My Head” by Little Anthony & The Imperials

Heard when Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) / Nora (Chloë Sevigny) can’t find her bag on the train + continues playing over the end credits

Season 2, Episode 3: “Brain Drain”

“Put A Straw Under Baby” by Brian Emo

Heard playing at the very beginning of the episode

“Puddin’ ‘n Tain” by The Alley Cats

Heard while Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is looking for the G section in the library

“Sunday Morning” by The Velvet Underground & Nico

Heard after Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) sneaks out of the hospital

“Der Kommissar” by Falco 

Heard playing over the end credits

Season 2, Episode 4: “Station to Station”

“Morgen” by Ivo Robić

Heard playing at the very beginning of the episode

“Wasurenaiwa” by Peggy March

Heard while dude is seen walking up to his apartment

“Mindkilla” by Gang Gand Dance

Heard while Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is looking up her living relatives in the area online

“Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix Edit)” by Depeche Mode

Heard while Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is having a trippy episode

“99 Luftballons” by Nena

Heard while Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is on the train, and then she wakes up on another train + continues playing over the end credits

Season 2, Episode 5: “Exquisite Corpse”

“I Found Out Too Late” by The Sapphires

Heard playing in the background

“Bonchida A” by Trad. & Arr. Laszlo Borteri & Niko Radic

Heard playing on the record player

“The Thin Ice” by Pink Floyd

Heard while Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is on the train

Season 2, Episode 6: “Schrödinger’s Ruth”

“Runnin’ With The Devil” by Van Halen

Heard playing while Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) / Nora (Chloë Sevigny) is giving birth

“Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson

Heard while dude is in the bathroom when Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) knocks on the door + continues playing over the end credits

Season 2, Episode 7: “Matryoshka”

“Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson

Heard at the very beginning of the episode

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd

Heard playing as the final song of this season

Season two of Russian Doll is now streaming on Netflix. Watch the series here.

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