When Nadia finds herself in her pregnant mother’s body in 1982, it’s a pretty massive shock (especially since she’s pregnant by herself). One of the first signs that she has traveled back in time is the presence of guardian angels, wearing the distinctive uniform of a red beret and a shirt with a strange pyramid eye logo on the front. . While the Angels are once again working in New York, there was a time when their presence had faded and they were considered a relic of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The Guardian Angels were founded by Curtis Sliwa in 1979, with thirteen original members who helped patrol the city’s dangerous subways. The Guardian Angels were a volunteer force and had to adhere to strict rules and regulations regarding their conduct on trains and subway platforms, including a no-arms policy. The main purpose of the guardian angels was to patrol the subways and help prevent muggings, sexual harassment and robberies, which is why the first time Nadia sees them they are chasing a purse thief on the platform from the metro. A guardian angel, Derek (Ephraim Sykes) stops to help her, seeing she’s pregnant, and tries to offer her an escort home because, well, the streets of New York weren’t exactly the safest place in 1982.
Later, Nadia searches for the Guardian Angels in hopes they can help her find Chez (Sharlto Copley), her mother’s former lover, who stole the family fortune. She figures the angels can help her find him, but they really don’t, and Derek even tells her. Angels are protectors, using citizen’s arrests to bring offenders to the police and providing self-defense training, but they are not private detectives by any stretch of the imagination. Guardian angels have come under intense scrutiny over the years, primarily from police forces, although some citizens have also raised concerns about the safety of the angels themselves after one of them was killed in the line of duty in 1982, just as Nadia was walking. around New York in his mother’s body.
These days, in addition to stopping violent crime and subway robbery, the Angels have an all-female division called the Perv Busters, who call and sometimes detain sexual predators on trains, taking them to the police. Many of today’s guardian angels have taken over from family members of past generations – like a young member of the Perv Busters who wears his grandmother’s red beret. Throughout “Russian Doll” Season 2, Nadia is reminded that even in difficult times, there are people willing to help. In 1980s New York, the best representation of humanity’s guardian angels were the guardian angels.