Hoo Boy, I’m going to be catching some flack for this one but I need to talk about what is happening to Sex and the City. Not the controversy as it’s a small part of the problem with this show, but the general lack of direction and writing for this series.
I found the dip in quality story telling started around the end of the series and the movies. The ending to Sex and the City gave us a good place for all the characters. Miranda was helping her mother in law, Charlotte was a mom, Carrie was swept off her feet by Big and Samantha was heading to Hollywood with Smith. The first movie was pretty solid, although it was treading well worn ground and the ending was Paris all over again. Then came the 2nd movie. Oh boy that 2nd movie was trash, fun trash but still trash.
And then they announced Just Like That. I was excited. Hey, I’m nearly 40, I’ve had my kid and I want glamorous romps of the rich and famous in New York. Hows my girl Charlotte doing? Hows Carrie now that she’s Ms. Big? What are Miranda and Steve doing these days? How’s Samantha? (Fingers crossed she went back to Smith)
Here’s where we get into spoliers. Be warned.
And Just Like That- the series is worse then the movies. I know that seems hardly possible but here we are. And a lot of it could have been great. There’s a lot to digest as Big died on Carrie, Miranda is expirencing a late life sexual awakening, Charlotte is dealing with transgender issues and there are a slew of new characters to be interested in.
What should have been a commentary about late in life issues and grief suddenly became this gross, uninteresting train wreck of Carrie letting everyone know (even Big’s brother) that her husband is dead. Miranda explodes her marriage for Che Diaz. Charlotte has no plot other then trying to be more diverse in her social circle, chewing out Harry, dealing with her bratty kids and that’s it.
The paper thin plot is crazy. No real characters grow or change. What is going on in the writers room? I found myself skipping a lot of events that were happening to get to anything remotely interesting. All of Miranda’s character arc such as quitting her job and heading back to school is abandoned for Che Diaz. Che as a character is unfunny, her actions very inconsistent or inconsiderate. Despite being not a good character, we’re told Che and Miranda are hot for each other but we never see why. A homosexual couple does not make me hateful of the pairing. The events leading up to their ‘romance’ are just mild flirtation and cheating. Not the stuff of a solid relationship.
Let me put it this way -when Smith and Samantha fell in love, it took time. It took her waiting out all the other competition at a fresh vegan restaurant, it took her making his career and promoting him, getting Cancer, cheating on him with her ex Richard, and seeing nothing but his shining love for her, to know this was the love of her life.
Before the 1st movie destoryed that but I digress.
What epic romance do we get with Che and Miranda? There first romantic encounter is at Carrie’s apartment, while she is trying to get out of bed and go to the bathroom after hip surgery, which results in Carrie peeing the bed. Side Note get used to the gross out humor in this show. Anyway after this illicit tryst, you would think Miranda would be wrecked with guilt but no. She’s empowered, she loves cheating on Steve and she keeps doing it until she nearly gets caught at a LGBT rally by Brady which prompts the worlds most unfunny comedian to remark about Steve and Miranda’s open marriage. Imagine her shock when our Harvard educated gal fesses up that Steve is unaware of what they are doing.
And Big’s dead.
Now Miranda has to make the tough choice (that strangely does not blow up in her face) and make statements like ‘I’m in a rom com’ or ‘what’s happening’ as she stumbles from one Che whip lash to the next while her new drive in life is forgotten. When Che let Miranda know she was leaving for her netflix special, I was actually happy! Miranda left Steve, this is the consequence for her crappy attitude all series. But no, Che is taking Miranda with her but couldn’t tell her ahead of time so we get some cheap drama.
Bigs Dead by the way.
Charlotte isn’t the New York blue blood I loved and adored. She’s in hell. Her daughter is transgender and decides to be Rock from here on out. I get that, I respect Rock’s choices and it’s such a shame I can’t support such a crap person. Rock is a they but they are a absolute nightmare to their mom. Nothing is likeable or relatable about Rock. They are trash. Charlotte deserves more then this bratty kid. What happened to Charlotte? Gone is the social savvy kind person and in her place is a diversity bingo card carrying Karen. While Harry and Charlotte had a marvelous story I’m sorry to see the state this show leaves Harry. He’s the supportive person he’s always been but more often then not he’s just a plot point not a character in his own right.
Did you know Big died?
Samantha is out of the show and I imagine in my head she’s in London with Smith having skipped all this horrible writing. Kim was lucky to do How I Meant You Mother and get the hell out of dodge.
And now, ladies and gentlemen we get to the heart of Sex and the City, Carrie. Big’s death is devastating but the events that transpire afterwards are not heart breaking and more what the hell then anything else. Dating and navigating after such a loss should make me ache for her. I just wanted to strangle her the entire time. And the man she does end up moving on with doesn’t have time with her. We focus on so many things that could be glossed over like her book or her first attempt at a date after Big’s loss, apartment shopping. These ideas should have been better presented or flushed out before suddenly love scene. She ends up making out with her podcast producer in an elevator at the last possible moment. No build up, no real interaction, just ‘here you go, plot point done’ and why should I root for this couple? Why would I root for anyone in this series as they are pale shadows of their former selves?
More to the point I feel that this entire chapter of Sex and the City was utterly pointless. More and more I feel like these sequels, reboots and rehashes are getting out of hand. Be careful what you wish for has never been more true because what we get just is never as good as the original.
Anyway that’s my hot take on the series, let me know what you think in the comments.