And Just Like That… Episode 1 Review

by KnigaWorm

And just like that… I’ve decided to come back to blogging. Missed me?

Anyway, what better way to come out of unexpected self-imposed retirement than by reviewing a show that I am lovingly referring to as Sex in the Retirement Home? I am actually watching the show in real-time and commenting as I go along, but at first, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to post my comments here, but hey, any content is better than no content, right?

Since the show airs one new episode per week, I will be sticking to a weekly TV Show Wednesday (or as we call it, What’u watchin’ Wednesday) but while I still have some reviews to catch up on, I’ll post them daily.

As always, SPOILER ALERT! for this instalment and the rest of the series and movies.

S1E01: Hello, it’s me

Here we go again… Right off the bat I am annoyed by Carrie’s over-excitement about getting a table, and her terrible puns which have not aged well, but at least her style is not as crazy as I feared. And SJP doesn’t look as bad as I feared – they somehow live-photoshop her, or they just have wizards working in lighting and make-up. You know who doesn’t look good? Charlotte. Oh boy… And the worst part is, with that messed up face full of Botox and God knows what else, she has the nerve to tell Miranda to dye her hair since she’s going back to school. At least Miranda genuinely looks good, and that hair actually works really well for her. Charlotte, on the other hand, looks atrocious, especially when she smiles which she does a lot, unfortunately. And she continues to be the most insipid character of the four, or now three, and it’s even more apparent now that she has more screen time.

Speaking of the fabulous elephant in the room, they do address Samantha’s absence with all the details of the real-life spat… Only now Samantha looks like the callous one, and true to form, she does look that way in real life as well, depending on whose side you’re on. Frankly, I couldn’t care less, but I do know that Samantha would have made this revival more tolerable.

Okay, I take it back – SJP looks bad. There are some moments of the old Carrie, but then she turns into the Wicked Witch of the West. Good thing Big hasn’t changed much. And I do like their relationship. I hear they’re gonna bring Aidan back, I hope not for a cheap and fake possible cheating situation. aren’t we over this yet?

Meanwhile, Miranda has just bombed so hard on her first day in school. Yikes! The one smart collected woman of the group has vanished. Now we are back to the horrible movie characters, and here I was hoping to get a little bit of the show vibes back. Well, too bad on me for false hopes.

Oh crap, here is the extra cringe podcast thing from the trailers. I already wanna die… May I not comment on this whole situation?

Hahahahahahaha, Carrie is the OG of shopping addiction, not the sex discussion of any kind. She was a prude in her thirties and of course, she is even more of a prude in her fifties. Also, why the hell does she need this idiotic blog?

ARE. YOU. FUCKING. KIDDING. ME?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

And just like that, you kill off Big!?!?!?!?!?!? What even is the purpose of this idiotic revival without him!?!? I can’t even… And the fact that he waited for Carrie to come back to (I’m assuming) see her again and she didn’t even try to give him his pills or call an ambulance, but instead got her shoes wet – that’s the sacrifice, people! Okay, fine, I get the point that Vulture is making – switching focus from Carrie and Big’s happily ever after to a more sombre reality is brave and makes the show stand out from the original. True, we’ve had plenty of Carrie and Big drama over the years, we don’t need to artificially create more. Because you know that showing functional strong marriages is not what this show is about. God forbid you show a couple of grown adults who have a strong stable marriage and don’t use every opportunity to pull a flimsy fight out of their ass. I still have hope for Miranda and Steve – he is adorable as ever with his new hearing loss – and perhaps the new black power couple will be an interesting mix, but dammit, I wanted to see Carrie and Big being adults for once. Oh well… And just like that, Carrie is back to being an imbecile. I just hope that she gets to keep the apartment, I don’t want her back in that shoebox. Plus, where would Stanford ride out his fights with Anthony?… Although, we’re not getting more of that, since Willie Garson actually passed away during filming and he will be written out of the show somehow. I’m guessing Big is not the only character we’ll be burying this season.

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