“I’m addicted again! »Readers Criticize and Just Like That | Television

AAlmost 20 years away from our screens, Carrie and co are back for a sequel to Sex and the City: And Just Like That. But as women in their 50s grapple with the modern age of dating apps and teenagers in the long-awaited reboot, fans are divided.

Warning: These reviews contain spoilers from the first episode of And Just Like That.

Katie from Manchester. Photograph: Katie / Guardian Community

‘Sounds realistic to me, despite all the squeak it makes’

I was shocked at how much I loved her. It was fantastic to see these characters again on the small screen, a setting that suits the world of Sex and the City much better than the Hollywood missteps. I think there will be mixed reviews of how the show has updated its social commentary: the first episode is chock-full of dialogue on everything from modern sexual expression and gender identity to white privilege. In some ways this is a clear effort to respond directly to criticism of the original series and movies, but I think it’s genuine to see the main characters in a “waking” world and how they navigate through it. new standards. It’s realistic to me, despite all the squeak it brings. I’ve been seeing Sex and the City over the last few months, so my emotional reaction to the end of the first episode was intense.

Seeing the Central Three at lunch together has been a blissful moment for me, but I’m excited to hear more about the new characters, especially Che, who I think will be an incredible addition to the Sharp Tongue formula. . , hilarious explorations of life, love and struggles. I’m addicted again.
Katie, 31, event producer, Manchester

“Samantha was sorely missed”

I loved the original series, which I watched as I lived in a city in my 30s. I really recounted some of their relationship experiences. But I thought it was terrible. There was no humor at all – well, other than the involuntary. The scenes with Miranda and her guardian were embarrassing. It was fair to update the series in terms of diversity and gender; I’ll never forget Carrie saying in the original series that she didn’t believe bisexuality really existed. But the attempts were worthy of the cringe. Charlotte had nothing to do except being a bossy mother / wife and a friend. It was missing a lot of Samantha and humor, but maybe that will come in later episodes after Mr. Big’s death.
Claire, 48, housing association worker, Scotland

Tom from London.
Tom from London. Photograph: Tom / Guardian Community

“This is exactly what I wanted the spin-off to do”

I was nervous when the sequel was announced. Would it work without Samantha? Would that make the sins of the second movie worse? The script leaked in July allayed many of my fears. This ultimately gave Stanford his place at the brunch table and exposed issues for Carrie and Big’s relationship. From the first two episodes, I’m delighted.

And Just Like That is not a continuation of Sex and the City. It shows a remarkable evolution. Samantha’s absence – skillfully handled (we laugh at Bitsy, not Samantha) in the first episode and kindly acknowledged in the second – was far less than I expected. The new characters are well drawn. Given many of the best lines, non-binary Che will change people’s perceptions about gender and sexuality for the better. Lisa Todd Wexley, or LTW, shows us a side of New York rarely seen: affluent black society. And Just Like That looks to start a dialogue about societal change, but the characters stay as little PC as they want: we see Anthony run into hot dudes for his bread delivery service during a piano recital, and calling LTW a “black Charlotte”. Without spoiling the twist at the end of the first episode, that’s exactly what I wanted the spin-off to do. Take the character of Carrie and put her in her place: to watch, to question, to strive and to yearn. This mature, savvy show has so much to offer – don’t expect Sex and the City.
Tom, 34, London

Perry Seymour from London.
Perry Seymour from London. Photograph: Perry Seymour / Guardian Community

“There was heartache, humor and friendship – whatever I want”

SATC always had something to say, wrapping each episode around a theme or lesson about relationships / friendships. But episode one had none of that and was rather filled with surface dialogue and expensive lifestyles. I was unable to identify with my daughters, who had always been so easy to understand! But then episode two happened and things changed. They became real characters with real connections to the people I remembered they were. There was heartache, humor and friendship – all I want from the SATC. The second episode had something to say – a lesson about life and friendship – told by my old friends, girlfriends.
Perry Seymour, 56, humanitarian training consultant, London

“It’s really nice to see women over 50 at the center of a show”

I thought this show showed a lot of potential. He’s stuck with the characters in a way that other covers don’t. I would really like Samantha to come back, but I’ll watch him anyway if she doesn’t. It’s really nice to see women over 50 on screen and at the center of a show, emphasizing their friendships. I loved Carrie’s fashion and how it’s not really tied to a specific age. It just shows a unique sense of style and personality. I found the initial twist sad, but a courageous storytelling move that makes me feel invested in the rest of the story. I hope they will continue their momentum.
Emily, 30, administrator, Ireland

Fadhil Ramadhani from Indonesia.
Fadhil Ramadhani from Indonesia. Photograph: Fadhil Ramadhani / Community of guardians

“It was too forced and tired”

The end of the first episode felt cheap to me, and I just couldn’t relate to Carrie’s response. She was so silent that even the mention of Samantha in the second episode carries more emotional weight. The first two episodes still didn’t make any reasonable arguments as to why they should relaunch this series. It was just too forced and honestly too tired.

In the first episode, it’s a common gag that Che would honk a button that sounds “wake up time!” Whenever they bring up something awakened in the podcast. I think those two episodes we’ve seen so far are exactly that – a barrage of forced waking moments to make up for the original series’ lack of diversity.
Fadhil Ramadhani, 24, teacher, Indonesia

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