And Just Like That, HBO Max’s hunger for content manages to ruin another franchise with forced character developments and wrong choices everywhere you turn.
Simply put, And Just Like That… fails to recapture Sex and the City’s heady fizz. Instead of aging like fine wine, this revival chose the wrong answer to every possible questions asked in the writers room.
Starting with weird excuse for missing Samantha, to the sudden killing of a main character in the first episode, the show’s storylines for each of the 3 remaining main characters took a wrong turn in every new episode. To be honest, I was hate watching all 10 episodes as soon as the first one ended.
Now, let’s let the genie out of the box. Sex and the City was criticized for its lack of diversity and representation. But instead of evolving it into 2022, we get an early 2000s representation. Each of the girls suddenly get a “token black friend” without any real justification. And that’s not the problem.
For some reason, the producers and writers decided to shove every single stereotype onto every single new character. From the wild and sexual gender non-confirming Che, to middle aged gay man that opens a catering company with hunky delivery boys, and ending with the recycled middle-age meltdown Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) had in this show that was tried in the original run and didn’t work.
To be honest, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) held this show together with whatever crumbs they gave her. She had the most believable character development mixed with a “family situation” that she handled in the most Charlotte way.
Should you watch it?
If you’re a fan of Sex and the city, you might be disappointed when you watch this revival. It’s not a bad as the second movie, but it’s almost there. Kristin Davis won the lottery by skipping this one.