Give it time – ‘And Just Like That’ will grow on some of you at least
ON 6 June 1998 the original ‘Sex and the City’ series had aired its first episode and The Hollywood Reporter’s review wasn’t all that favourable, and as ‘And Just Like That’ wrapped its first season little over 10 days ago on HBO Max, it appears that one half the audience have jumped onto the original bandwagon.
The reboot’s reviews haven’t been that far off from that original assessment of ‘flat, bitter and flaccid’, and we all – all of us that is, who are dyed-in-the-wool SATC fans – know where that went another five seasons later. The one-hour reprise, where Carrie and Co are older, wiser and living even more successfully than before has met after 10 episodes with similar comments.
Each of the series share common ground; it was and is about friendship, friends who were in their 30s and now in their 50s. Should they be just the same as before, all about the sex, all about the city and as young (at least mentally) as they were before?
The funny thing about time passing is that it brings change, even when it isn’t necessarily experienced personally but from the people, places and events in our lives.
Family and friends pass away, move away, fall out and fall in – whether we believe it or not we are not unaffected unless we live on an island – a very small one in the middle of an ocean somewhere.
As much as I could relate to the 30-somethings that made SATC such a fantastic half-hour every week, I can relate to the now-50-somethings as they are in AJLT. Art imitates life in Cynthia Nixon’s lifestyle choice in her role as Miranda, and in the end Big really did leave Carrie – forever. And Charlotte (Kristin Davis) while remaining much the same is facing into her daughter’s nonbinary lifestyle choice, words most of us wouldn’t have used or known in our 30s to describe anyone we knew at the time.
With an average audience score of around 50 percent there is half a chance that AJLT will be back for a second season. I hope it returns, with the dialogue kinks ironed out a little more, just like they did in the original series and in half the air time.
I can relate, just like I did in the first series only this time, with death, hip surgery, face lifts, and getting older than I was in my 30-somethings.
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