Season 1, Episode 1, “Hello, It’s Me”
There have been so many reboots of classic TV properties lately, and it’s easy to see why: beloved properties, built-in audience, not having to come up with a lot of new stuff. So it’s not too surprising that (most) ladies from Sex and the city are back, now in their 50s, with different priorities than they had when the series ended (beautifully, in my opinion) in 2004, followed by a decent 2008 film and completely terrible in 2010. Honestly, since the last taste the SATC left us a movie that deserved a closet from Razzies and showed the ladies at their worst privilege, maybe it will be useful to see if And just like that … can help to do SATC2 more than a distant memory.
There is a giant gaping hole in the Sex and the city series of sequels, however, and her name is Samantha Jones (and she would probably have a sexy double meaning to say on the first part of that sentence). Because And just like that … begins with the familiar scene of the ladies having lunch, it’s immediately obvious that this threesome is lacking the welcome bite that Samantha has always provided. There is a parcel discussion about her absence (now she has sex in another city, London, after she and CArrie got into a fight when Carrie fired her as a publicist, while Carrie and Miranda argue over nausea over how they all tried to reach out to Samantha. It is not their fault, the show appears tbe stressful, okay? Now is not the time and place to get into the castling feud that would have led to Kim Cattrall’s departure, but suffice it to say that her absence is deeply felt.
But let it be SATC to add more, with a flurry of new characters to help flesh out the now lean cast. Miranda, who is going back to school to become more of a human rights lawyer (but wasn’t that also her goal at the end of the second film?) Gets off on the wrong foot with her new teacher Dr. Nya. Wallace (Karen Pittman). As in the old days, this show still likes to completely humiliate Miranda, leaving her to babble in a dignified manner, looking like a distraught old white woman in front of her new teacher and younger classmates (maybe that was the one). chablis who was speaking?).
Charlotte is still Charlotte: happy to see that she and her family live in the same Park Avenue apartment that she inherited from Trey MacDougal, and that her adorable new dog is called Richard Burton, since her last one was called Elizabeth Taylor. Better yet, Charlotte faces a thorny situation with her youngest daughter Rose (an incredible Alexa Swinton), who rebels against the perfect Park Avenue model her mother has prepared for her. Fortunately, Charlotte has a new mom friend to sympathize with: Lisa Todd Wexley, played by Nicole Ari Parker (nicknamed by Anthony as “Black Charlotte”). The fact that Nya and Lisa seem to have their own plot points (Lisa’s thorny stepmom, Nya’s infertility issues) hopefully indicates that these women of color will have more than just supportive roles. in the series.
Carrie, who has always been prudish enough for a sex columnist (who could forget her shame of her golden shower-loving politician boyfriend, played by John Slattery? Straight guidelines?) Has now been hired on an insufferable podcast that includes a button for announce the “wake-up times” of the program. Carrie’s inability to discuss masturbation on the air may cost her a job, but like with the other new characters, Sara Ramirez brings a refreshing perspective to the show as podcast host Che Diaz, who describes herself as a “queer non-binary Mexican Irish diva”. Carrie has to move into today’s media market (using tools like Instagram and the podcast), but deep down she is who she is (still in love with her shoes). We may need to change, but to what extent are we really able to do it?
For me, this theme is by far the most intriguing part of And just like that…. Let me make a personal note: Like the ladies on this show, I’m also 55 years old. Sex and the city was my cultural touchstone in my 30s, so much so that I almost moved to New York on my own (although I ended up staying in my own hometown of Chicago). Let me tell you, this is a strange time in life. I understand that the number rings so old, that you are as close to 70 as you are 40, an age that seemed to have come about five minutes ago. Meanwhile, in your head, you’re still feeling around 29, so when the inevitable AARP card comes in the mail, you’re thinking it must have been sent to the wrong address.
But it’s also an interesting and underrated age, and women like me who spent the formative years of our adulthood with Carrie et al. are probably eager to treat the fall of life with those familiar faces (also, to get much-needed fashion inspiration). After all, for all of their seemingly endless dating struggles, Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda have all ended up in healthy, long-term marriages. Miranda is always starting a new chapter professionally, and the issue of teen parenting could be the whole show (Carrie starts the series as ever so self-centered by refusing to acknowledge Miranda’s concerns about Brady’s prolific sex life) .
But of course, the end of the first episode completely changes the series, so it’s pretty clear which direction Carrie is heading (assuming the mourning period will be short, or accelerated, to get her back on the scene faster. meetings). RIP Mr. Big. I know some viewers really hated him, and he definitely had his toxic, engagement-obsessed moments.
But I recently took a deep dive into the early days of the series to this feature, and I have to say: Big has always been the heart of the show. From the first episode, he was the one who believed love really existed, and eventually he and Carrie were able to find it. Thankfully, the show offered a domestic glimpse of the couple spinning vinyl and cooking dinner, but after so many years it seemed too brief. Which, I guess, considering Big’s untimely demise, was the gist. Let’s move on to episode two, the ostensibly titled “Little Black Dress”.
- Miranda has a drinking problem, which will be addressed in a very special future episode, doesn’t she? Glass of Chablis before 11am (I really expected Smith himself to appear at Smith’s Bar & Grill), smuggling wine into the school. Even though it seemed a little subtle, I can’t wait to AJLT ‘s take on the prevalence of mom’s wine culture.
- I also understand that Miranda is and always has been a curmudgeon, but what’s wrong with podcasts?
- Have we ever heard Carrie call Big “John” before? This whole scene was absolutely heartbreaking.
- There were so many shots of the cute laughing podcast producer that he’s destined to become one of Carrie’s suitors at some point.
- Sad that Anthony and Stanford are arguing, but Anthony offered some of the biggest laughs from the premiere, like scrolling through photos of guys: “Not hot. Not hot. Not hot.” “This one looks like he could kill you.” “Hot.”
- Michael Patrick King has said Willie Garson’s death will not be addressed in AJLT because he “was not charming.” There had to be a better way to phrase it. Glad I got to see Stanford in this breathtaking periwinkle suit.
- Favorite outfit: I don’t quite understand Carrie’s propensity for culottes, but her outfit for Lily’s recital had a lot of good flashbacks. SATC outfits: slicked back hair, when she wore all those fabric flowers in season three, and of course, the wedding shoes.
- Thinking of better last lines for the end of this episode, like “And just like that … our future ended” or “And just like that the love of my life was over”, than the decidedly weak, “And just like… Big died.”
- And, welcome to The AV Club ‘reviews of And just like that …, everyone! I apologize for not posting this review sooner, but HBO Max refused to release any screens before this premiere, possibly in order to keep Big’s death a secret. Hope to have episodes ahead of time in the coming weeks, but if not, meet me here before noon every Thursday to discuss it. Episode 2 is slated for release this afternoon.