‘I’m hooked all over again!’ Readers review And Just Like That | Television

After virtually 20 years away from our screens, Carrie and co are again for a Intercourse and the Metropolis sequel: And Just Like That. However because the fiftysomething ladies grapple with the trendy period of courting apps and teenage kids within the long-anticipated reboot, followers are divided.

Warning: these opinions include spoilers from the primary episode of And Just Like That.

Katie from Manchester.
Katie from Manchester. {Photograph}: Katie/Guardian Neighborhood

‘It appears real looking to me, regardless of all the cringe it brings’

I used to be shocked by how a lot I beloved it. It was unbelievable to see these characters again on the small display screen, a setting which fits the Intercourse and the Metropolis universe significantly better than the Hollywood missteps. I believe there might be blended critiques about the way in which the present has introduced its social commentary up-to-date: the primary episode is full of dialogue on all the things from fashionable sexual expression and gender identification to white privilege. In some methods, this can be a clear effort to instantly deal with the criticisms of the unique collection and movies, however I believe it’s genuine to see the principle characters in a “woke” world and the way they navigate new norms. That is real looking to me, regardless of all the cringe it brings. I’ve been rewatching Intercourse and the Metropolis over the previous few months so my emotional response to the tip of the primary episode was intense.

Seeing the central three again at lunch collectively was a second of such happiness for me, however I’m excited to seek out out extra in regards to the new characters, notably Che, who I believe goes to be a tremendous addition to the system of sharp-tongued, hilarious explorations into life, love and struggles. I’m hooked all over once more.
Katie, 31, occasion producer, Manchester

‘It was badly lacking Samantha’

I used to like the unique collection, which I watched whereas residing in a metropolis in my 30s. I actually associated to a few of their relationship experiences. However I assumed this was dire. There was no humour at all – nicely, in addition to the unintentional. The scenes with Miranda and her tutor have been embarrassing. It was proper to replace the collection by way of variety and intercourse; I’ll always remember Carrie saying within the unique collection that she didn’t consider bisexuality actually existed. However the makes an attempt have been cringe-worthy. Charlotte didn’t have something to do other than being a bossy mum/spouse and pal. It was badly lacking Samantha and humour, however perhaps that may are available in later episodes after the dying of Mr Large.
Claire, 48, housing affiliation employee, Scotland

Tom from London.
Tom from London. {Photograph}: Tom/Guardian Neighborhood

‘It’s precisely what I wished the spin-off to do’

I used to be nervous when the sequel was introduced. Wouldn’t it work with out Samantha? Wouldn’t it compound the sins of the second movie? The leaked script in July allayed lots of my fears. It lastly gave Stanford his seat on the brunch desk and revealed hassle for Carrie and Large’s relationship. Based mostly on the primary two episodes, I’m delighted with it.

And Just Like That will not be a continuation of Intercourse and the Metropolis. It exhibits a outstanding evolution. Samantha’s absence – deftly handled (we chuckle at Bitsy, not Samantha) within the first episode and sweetly acknowledged within the second – was far much less important than I anticipated. The brand new characters are nicely drawn. Given most of the finest traces, non-binary Che will change individuals’s perceptions of gender and sexuality for the higher. Lisa Todd Wexley, or LTW, exhibits us a facet of New York hardly ever seen: prosperous black society. And Just Like That seeks to begin dialogue about societal change, but the characters stay as un-PC as they need: we see Anthony cruising scorching guys for his bread supply service at a piano recital, and referring to LTW as “black Charlotte”. With out spoiling the twist on the finish of episode one, it’s precisely what I wished the spin-off to do. Take the Carrie character and put her again the place she belongs: trying, questioning, striving and craving. This mature and savvy present has a lot to supply – simply don’t tune in anticipating Intercourse and the Metropolis.
Tom, 34, London

Perry Seymour from London.
Perry Seymour from London. {Photograph}: Perry Seymour/Guardian Neighborhood

‘There was heartbreak, humour and friendship – all I need’

SATC at all times had one thing to say, wrapping every episode round a theme or relationship/friendship lesson. However episode one had none of this and was as a substitute full of surface-level dialogue and costly life. I used to be unable to narrate to my women, who had at all times been so relatable! However then episode two occurred and issues modified. They turned actual characters with actual connections to the individuals I remembered them to be. There was heartbreak and humour and friendship: all the issues I need from SATC. The second episode did have one thing to say – a lesson about life and friendship – advised by way of my outdated mates, the gal friends.
Perry Seymour, 56, humanitarian coaching marketing consultant, London

‘It’s very nice to see ladies over 50 on the centre of a present’

I assumed this present confirmed a whole lot of potential. It stayed true to the characters in a means different revivals don’t. I would like Samantha to return, however I’ll nonetheless watch it if she doesn’t. It’s very nice to see ladies over 50 onscreen and on the centre of a present, with the deal with their friendships. I beloved Carrie’s vogue and the way it doesn’t actually relate to a particular age. It merely exhibits a novel sense of fashion and character. I discovered the preliminary twist unhappy, however a courageous storytelling transfer that makes me really feel invested in the place the story will go subsequent. I hope they maintain the momentum going.
Emily, 30s, administrator, Eire

Fadhil Ramadhani from Indonesia.
Fadhil Ramadhani from Indonesia. {Photograph}: Fadhil Ramadhani/Guardian Neighborhood

‘It felt too compelled and drained’

The ending to the primary episode felt low-cost and I’m simply unable to connect with Carrie’s response to it. She was so muted that even the Samantha point out within the second episode has extra emotional heft. The primary two episodes nonetheless introduced no smart argument as to why they need to revive this collection. It simply felt too compelled and truthfully too drained.

Within the first episode, it’s a operating gag that Che would honk a button that blares “woke second!” each time they bring about up one thing woke within the podcast. I believe these two episodes we’ve seen to date are precisely that – a barrage of compelled woke moments to compensate for the dearth of variety within the unique collection.
Fadhil Ramadhani, 24, trainer, Indonesia