THE ACTOR | Natasha Lyonne
THE SHOW | Russian doll
THE RESULT | “Coney Island Baby” (April 20, 2022)
THE PERFORMANCE | Nadia may consider herself a “time prisoner” in Season 2 of Netflix’s sci-fi comedy … but there’s nobody we’d rather be stuck with than Lyonne. As the hilarious Nadia, Lyonne delivered a masterfully entertaining performance, dropping quotable one-liners left and right while revealing that beneath all the jokes, Nadia has a bruised heart.
After watching all seven episodes of Season 2, we really could give Lyonne that honor for each and every one of them. But we continue with episode 2 where Nadia started to solve the mystery of how her mother Nora (in whose body she traveled through time) quantum leapstyle) lost the family’s stash of gold Krugerrands. Nadia was a relentless prankster throughout the half hour, dropping herself applause References nobody gets in 1982 and explaining how human insemination works to a few clueless racquetball players — and with Lyonne’s uniquely raspy, cucumber-cool delivery, almost every line she uttered had us giggling. (“That’s a beautiful story, and I’m sorry about all the polio” is a personal favorite.) It wasn’t all laughs, though: Lyonne was mesmerizing when Nadia dropped the note and bare her soul in an answering machine message to her mother, with Lyonne expressing the decades of disappointment Nadia had built up in relation to her mother.
Russian doll took us on another wild ride in season 2, full of breathtaking twists and turns, but Lyonne is the real conductor of the ride. (She also wrote and directed several episodes this season.) Her endlessly funny, deeply touching work as Nadia is such a treat, and that’s why we’d love to bend the rules of space and time with her again , and again and again and again…
AWARD | Nurse Lucille Robinson usually comforts patients in need, but at the latest Call the midwife On PBS, she needed grace and compassion. The dedicated midwife suffered a miscarriage shortly before the delivery of her patient Pam’s beautiful baby girl. and Leonie Elliott brought to life her character’s tearful inner turmoil as she narrowed her eyes and shakily cut the umbilical cord while trying to appear calm. Even as Nurse Phyllis told her to lie down, Elliott’s Lucille rolled into the fetal position, frowning at Pam’s blood pressure. Pam was fine, but unfortunately Lucille’s misery was just beginning. As the cold reality of her loss came to an undeniable end in the restroom, Elliott’s pained face and silent sobs broke our hearts and confirmed Lucille’s greatest fear. At the end of the episode, the mixture of bravery and sadness tugging at the actress’ face foreshadowed Lucille and Cyril’s sad days.
AWARD | Pamela Adlon was consistently excellent in better things‘ last season, and Episode 9 was no exception. As her character Sam galloped through England with her family, Adlon’s idiosyncratic laugh and lively spirit came into their own. But the trip across the pond was not all fun and games. It also brought major life changes as mum Phil and daughter Max announced they would be staying in the UK forever. The actress displayed a mix of emotions accompanying the news, vacillating between confusion and shock to concern. Later, while stocking up on her younger kids, Sam tried to keep up the holiday spirit with edgy physicality that nobody bought. She finally seemed ready to accept the change until the episode ended with Phil’s beautifully sad rendition of Vera Lynn’s “Now Is the Hour.” The expression on Adlon’s face said it all, and that’s exactly how we will feel one day better things is finally gone.
AWARD | Tosin Cole delivered a searing performance on this week’s AMC drama as Moses Johnson, a promising track star who finds himself suddenly embroiled in Chicago’s tumultuous criminal justice system 61st street. Cole was a consistent force throughout the hour as Moses pondered his next move while on the run from the police. He shone in those quieter moments, like in a conversation with Franklin where they were discussing him turning himself in see the anguish in his head about what happened in his head. But what really stood out was Cole’s work in the final moments of the episode, when Moses was being taken away from his mother in handcuffs. The shock, terror and fear he conveyed – the heartbreaking innocence in his voice as Moses frantically called for his mother – was easily the most heartbreaking moment of the episode. Cole was asked to run the emotional scale throughout the hour, and he not only rose to the challenge, he exceeded it.
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https://tvline.com/2022/04/23/natasha-lyonne-russian-doll-season-2-performance/ Natasha Lyonne’s ‘Russian Doll’ Performance Season 2 on Netflix