Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Review: “Sex and the City” Throws Mr. Big Under the Bus and Backs Up Over Him Again–to Punish Chris Noth?


The last time I reviewed episodes of “Sex and the City And Just Like That” I mentioned that Season 2 took a left turn in Episode 5. After the dreadful first season and four bitter episodes from the second, the series all of a sudden was fun and light. It was actually enjoyable. It felt like the old “Sex and the City;”

Now episode 8 has dropped, and the trend has happily continued. The show is a comedy again, not a woke manual to lesbian sex, pronouns, and how to make Black friends. I guess it took this long for the writers to get it together.

In particular, Kristin Davis and Evan Handler and their family have stepped up to take center stage. “And Just Like That” feels like a sophisticated comedy about this urban family who have single friends (Carrie, Miranda). That they’re really rich and no one has a financial issue takes the strain off everyone, and makes the show feel like a fantasy.

What I found odd about episode 8, however, is how the writers have decided to back up over Mr. Big’s dead body. They killed off Chris Noth’s long time character in Season 1 Episode 1 so Carrie could mourn and go back to being single. Then Noth got into a #MeToo scandal and went through a period of questionable freezing out.

Now Carrie has moved on, or back, to her old boyfriend Aidan (John Corbett). And it’s not like she’s just getting past Big’s death. Her relationship and marriage are now termed “a mistake.” One wonders if Noth hadn’t had the scandal if Carrie would be so callous about his death. And she shouldn’t be. After all, he left her a fortune. If it weren’t for Big, she wouldn’t be able to afford hotel rooms for trysts, or to rent someone’s luxury apartment for the same. She’d be sitting at her desk, writing Tweets for money as a social influencer.

So feel bad for Mr. Big. This show just keeps killing him for no reason. On the other hand, “And Just Like That” is now fun. So that’s something.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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