EFFIE BATEMAN | Lifestyle | Contact
For Sex And The City fans, the first season of ‘And Just Like That’, was the equivalent of visiting your favourite hometown dive bar ten years later, only to discover it’s become a kid friendly brewery with $14 craft beer and a no noise past ten o’clock policy.
Amongst criticism of the poor treatment of beloved characters such as Steve Brady, many OG fans (who are anywhere from elder millennials to women in their fifties) are rightfully annoyed as the show seems to focus more on random secondary characters no one gives a shit about (except Seema, she’s cool) than providing screen time for the characters we know and love – which also includes forcing twenty different ham-fisted storyline’s to remedy the show’s history of having a diversity problem, which just comes across as incredibly jarring and disingenuous.
This is especially grating given that writers had the opportunity to craft a show that deals with the difficulties of growing older and navigating a world that’s become harder to understand, but still showing that you can be ‘fifty and fabulous.’
Or at least ensuring that it didn’t feel as though the people writing this show had never seen a single episode of Sex And The City.
Of course, people can change a lot as they grow older, but when it comes to relaunching a comfort comedy show, it stands to reason that an audience will want to see some semblance of the characters they know and love.
Miranda Hobbes, for example, was always sharp and cynical, and would never become a blubbering fool at the prospect of having a woman of colour as her professor, considering she lives in fucking NEW YORK. Instead, it seems quite obvious that the actress who plays Miranda, Cynthia Nixon, has decided to create a character that is a clone of herself.
It can of course be argued that Miranda and Steve were never a good match, and that she always had a certain ambivalence when it came to forming a relationship with him – from getting together in the first place, to keeping a child and reluctantly uprooting her life to Brooklyn, which were decisions that seemed to have stemmed more from a fear of being alone.
So it’s certainly not a stretch to have the marriage dissolve later on down the track, or for Miranda to have an identity crisis, seeing as she’s always somewhat been a backseat passenger to her life’s decisions.
However, the writer’s decision to reduce Steve to an incoherent bumbling fool has not led to viewers rooting for Miranda’s relationship with the very obnoxious Che, as they’d hoped, but made the whole situation even more cruel and callous – akin to watching someone curb stomp a puppy.
LUCKILY, it can now be revealed that AJLT writers have taken on board viewers’ disdain for the treatment of Steve, as an inside source reveals to The Advocate that Kim Cattrall’s cameo in season two will involve a ‘therapeutic’ scene between Samantha Jones and the heartbroken bar owner.
It’s alleged Cattrall was only comfortable appearing on the show if she had ‘no interactions with the main cast’, and preferably, if she got to fuck someone over.
The anonymous source revealed that, “Miranda will discover she’s built up this fantasy in her head about Che, after she discovers them boning someone in LA.”
“She returns to New York with her tail in between her legs and tries to go back to Steve – only to discover he has now moved on, having had his strength rejuvenated by his romp with Samantha.”
“This encourages him to branch out on his own, and date someone who doesn’t make him feel as though they settled for him.”
It can also be revealed that Charlotte will no longer be dressing like an AI creation of a Stepford Housewife, and that Carrie will get some of her zestiness back.
More to come.