December 18th, 2021 / posted by paularath

 

 


I don’t pretend to be a TV critic, but I am pretty picky about what I watch, and I adored “Sex and the City.” So when I heard that there was to be a sequel, called “And Just Like That,” I was a little skeptical.

The first 20 minutes were a bit agonizing, then it began to perk up. By the end of the second episode, I was hooked.

Michael Patrick King, who wrote “Sex and the City,” also wrote this show. In addition, King, along with Darren Star, are co-creators and executive producers, so they knew the characters well and aged them pretty gracefully into their mid-50s, SATC women 20 years later.

Miranda tries to extricate herself from an awkward conversation she created with her professor, Dr. Nya Wallace.       Photo by Craig Blankenhorn

Yes, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) are back! Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is not on screen, but she is there in spirit. She is living in London now.

Yes, they are all still living lives of privilege, and they are all still haoles, but the show is now more au courant, inclusive and (mostly) racially sensitive. However, sometimes the nods to social equity miss the mark and the diversity attempts feel forced. Gotta hope that will improve in the coming episodes.

There are some fabulous new characters in this show to expand the definition of friendship, and they are brilliantly cast. Dr. Nya Wallace (Karen Pittman) is a savvy academic who gets to put sassy law student Miranda in her place, ever so gently. And oh my, Che (Sara Ramirez) is hysterical and launches Carrie into the 21st century social media milieu in her sexy and sometimes shocking podcast.

The costumes are still head turners. Now they are more quirky than sexy, more age-appropriate, and always true to character. I love that subjects addressed in the scripts are true to women navigating their ’50s; they include graying hair, discomfort with sex talk, difficulty with highly sexually active teenage children, awkwardness with social media and other matters familiar to many.

I laughed and I cried through these episodes, and now I have a show to look forward to each week, as HBO MAX releases new episodes of “And Just Like That” on Thursdays.

Paula Rath

 

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