‘And Just Like That… I fell in love with Carrie Bradshaw all over again’

‘And Just Like That… I fell in love with Carrie Bradshaw all over again’

Ever since it was confirmed that Sex and the City was returning, I’ve been absolutely buzzing. I am a self-confessed hardcore SATC fan and have lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched the series. I literally never get bored of Carrie Bradshaw and Co.

There’s always a sense of apprehension when a reboot or a spin-off is announced, and this one was no different, but my excitement far outweighed any feelings of scepticism. Yeah there’s no Samantha Jones, and yeah the word pandemic is mentioned a few times here and there, but Carrie ( Sarah Jessica Parker ) is still the same shoe-obsessed, New York writer that we’ve always known and loved.

Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That landed on TV screens on Thursday 9 December
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To say the first episode of And Just Like That left me open-mouthed would be the understatement of the year. I’d heard rumours that Mr Big ( Chris Noth ) was going to be killed off, but I certainly didn’t expect him to die so soon.

I think as much as we wanted things to be perfect and for Carrie to be living her ‘happy ever after’, that’s not real life and SATC had to bounce back with a bang to prove that the story had moved on.

I decided to watch the second episode straight away, and made sure I had a box of tissues handy for the aftermath of Big’s Peloton-induced death.

I have to admit, a few tears were shed and by the time episode two finished, I was left wanting more – and although the third instalment didn’t leave me bawling my eyes out, it did make me fall in love with Carrie all over again.

The first episode showed Carrie Bradshaw and Mr Big living their happy ever after in Manhattan
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Yeah Carrie doesn’t seem as bereft as what I thought she would – but perhaps that wave of grief will come further down the series.

But she was her usual self in every other sense of the word – incredible outfits (that would only look good on her!), witty one-liners, and obsessing over the now-deceased Mr Big.

Episode three reminded me of why I was so captivated with this character in the first place. Her relationship dramas, her overthinking, her love of cocktails… she’s always been one of us.

“He ruined our happy sad ending,” she tells Miranda as she questions why Big left $1 million in his will to ex-wife Natasha Naginsky.

Carrie doesn’t seem as bereft as what I thought she would – but perhaps that wave of grief will come further down the series
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Turns out Natasha (Bridget Moynahan) hadn’t spoken to Big since their divorce, so Carrie really didn’t have anything to worry about. But the brief exchange of words between Carrie and Natasha in a random coffee shop served as a nice bit of closure for hardcore fans who had always wondered what happened to Natasha and her discoloured tooth.

Carrie’s dilemmas aside, episode three also hinted at what’s to come with Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) – and confirmed that the spin-off is keen to tackle issues surrounding sex and gender – and prove that SATC has moved with the times.

Miranda is looking to make a change and clearly has a soft spot for Carrie’s colleague Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez). There’s also been a couple of hints at her marriage to Steve may not work out, as well as a potential alcohol problem.

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis have resumed their roles as Miranda, Carrie and Charlotte
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Meanwhile, Charlotte’s life seems as perfect as ever, but the Fifth Avenue housewife is concerned about her teenage daughter Rose not ‘feeling like a girl’. It looks like Rose and Miranda’s stories could be nicely intertwined, but we’re unsure where it’s going to leave Steve…

Episode three ended with Carrie heading back to her old apartment (which she still owns) after admitting the incredible home she shared with Big now feels ‘haunted’. It’s already been hinted that Carrie is going to sell up, but the question is: will the closet at her original apartment be big enough for her these days?

We know Carrie’s probably never going to leave Manhattan (SJP has been snapped kissing a mystery male co-star in the city) and right now I’m not quite sure where Carrie’s going to end up, but I sure am glad to have her back on my TV screen.

And Just Like That episodes 1-3 are available to watch on SKY and NOW.

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