‘And Just Like That’ Series Review

And just like that… New York City’s fabulously elite trio are moving onwards and upwards out of our lives – and it’s maybe for the best.

After a heartbreaking premiere back in December, the revival series was looking to have set itself up nicely. This was Sex and the City as we’d never seen before. Not only were the three lifelong gal pals adjusting to an ever-changing society, they were each faced with their own personal challenges; Carrie had to adapt to a life without Big, Charlotte learned the prim and proper lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Miranda handled an identity crisis in an utmost chaotic manner.

By the end of the show, you’d expect at least a bit of closure but instead, we were left with more questions than answers and it was mildly infuriating. The last episode follows Carrie as she figures out what her next steps are and Miranda makes a decision regarding her future; meanwhile, Rock has reservations about their religion before Charlotte takes the spotlight.

Of the trio, Charlotte surprisingly had the strongest arc over the season. Her story played out the most authentically in dealing with her marriage and relationships; she found a way to evolve through every curveball thrown her way, becoming more open to loosening the reigns on her life – let’s be honest, if anyone needed to relax in Sex and the City it was Charlotte and her egocentric need for perfection. Most of Charlotte’s scenes served as comedic value rather than anything overly serious but Davis was a blast to watch.

The same couldn’t exactly be said for her two counterparts. Both Miranda and Carrie delivered equally underwhelming narratives. At the beginning Miranda was putting herself back out into the world to achieve her latest career aspirations; then as the series progressed, she became infatuated with new love interest Che Diaz. Had there been a little more balance between these storylines Miranda would’ve had a great development arc.

In her final bidding in the conclusive episode, Miranda gave up her chance at a once in a lifetime internship to pursue Che to Los Angeles. We understand this is her way of taking chances but surely love and ambition can go hand in hand. TV has romanticised couples giving up their dream for an otherwise unhealthy (not that Che and Miranda were but they did barely know each other), temporarily lasting relationship, it’s maybe time to retire the trope because with Miranda, it felt disappointing.

Next up we had Carrie seeking out answers on how to let Big go. It seemed odd that neither she nor Big had discussed their wishes on their final resting place. Carrie making the decision to scatter his ashes in Paris without consulting Big’s brother – who literally suggested the Preston family crypt earlier in the episode – was slightly odd. Let’s assume they had the conversation off-screen and since Paris held significance to the Carrie and Big relationship, we can let it slide.

As for Carrie’s job, well, after Che bails to LA, Carrie is offered her own podcast – which is more of an agony aunt session but we’re here for it. Our glamorous leader has found her footing again. Now, this may have come as a shock but things didn’t work out between Carrie and Peter – throwing up on each other is never a great start – but their shared dynamic left the door open for a new romance. The world is Carrie’s oyster and what better way to approach her single life than by hooking up with her super attractive boss? It’s a HR nightmare waiting to happen.

And Just Like That was admittedly unsatisfying for its treatment of the leading the characters but more so of its newcomers: LTW, Nya and Seema. Rather than fleshing out their storylines, we barely scratched the surface with them – can we have a future spin-off with just these three because there’s so much potential to be had! Speaking of poorly structured storylines, what happened with Miranda’s drinking problem? One second it was the hot topic between the friends, the next all was forgotten. This is only one of many arcs that was lost in favour of cheap gags – Harry’s possible cancer diagnosis being another.

Word on season 2 is still up in the air for now. At the moment, there’d be no reason to revisit the franchise in film or television. Plot holes and loose ends aside, And Just Like That was fun to watch, especially to see how the three would navigate the modern world, but if there’s one thing to take away from the show it’s that Steve deserved the world.

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