what did they do to Miranda?
Of all the crimes of And just like that … Most heinous (Sky Comedy) is what the writers did to Miranda.
Back in the days of Sex and the City, we all imagined ourselves as Carrie and joked that our most outrageous friend was Samantha. No one wanted to be Charlotte, of course. But as the series progressed and we all got a little older, didn’t most of us realize that Miranda was the one to be? Capable, crisply funny, and with a wardrobe of clothes a real adult would wear. Most of all, she was smart.
Yet in And Just Like That… Miranda behaves as if she had just woken up from a 17-year-old coma and found herself in a world she didn’t understand. Why would this woman, still the brightest and most socially conscious of the group, now be paralyzed with awkwardness in the face of a black person? At a time when she left her career for something more meaningful, giving her a slower pace of life, why did she belatedly go from a life of cosmopolitans drinking happily to becoming a borderline alcoholic?
In episode three, Miranda attended a Che Diaz comedy concert – Diaz being the weird, non-binary character played by Sara Ramirez. The other characters laughed at the jokes. Miranda had an eye-opening and rushed to the after-party with stars in her eyes to meet Che. And just like that, Miranda questions her sexuality.
Che is shaping up to be a significant presence on the show, and a cynical reading of this would be that the character is a one-stop-shop for all of the criticisms of Sex and the City: too white, too straight, too privileged. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s daughter Rose decided she didn’t feel like a girl anymore. Charlotte’s friend Anthony didn’t want it: “She’s a kid. Ignore it. When she was six, she told you she was a dog. Is it a dog now? No.”
Mario Cantone, who plays Anthony, is the only cast member determined to act like he’s always appearing in a comedy. There is very little lightness elsewhere. Near the start of the episode, there was a cranky restaurant visit, when a waiter kept banging on the Stanford chair (the late Willie Garson), and that irritability seems to take its toll on the entire series.
Elsewhere, Carrie quickly went through the stages of mourning to hunt down the first wife of her late husband, the unexpected beneficiary of a million dollars in Big’s will. I suspect the next step might be to hang out with his handsome podcast producer, as I can’t see any other reason he was randomly included in a scene.