‘And Just Like That’ Revives Carrie and Natasha’s Debate in ‘Sex and the City’

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There is a fundamental problem at the heart of Sex and the city that terrorized me from the beginning and has since infected my arteries SATC universe, including two sequels of the movie and now, a new series. Carrie and Big are not soul mates. They should never have ended up together.

It’s a plot point where loyal viewers have been happy to suspend their skepticism for decades as they watch the episodes over and over again (and more…and beyond), watching the series do their religious texts, Carrie plays on words like their Bible verses. It never ruined the show, not really. People making the wrong decisions about relationships and treating them like fairy tales is one of the most understandable elements of the franchise. I came across four examples of that during a typical brunch with friends.

Now, the fallacy of Carrie and Big’s star-crossed romance forms the basis for the HBO Max sequel series. And just like that. And with that is the baggage about their relationship. In this week’s new episode, which comes weeks after Big’s funeral, Bridget Moynahan’s Natasha Naginsky returns, and Carrie’s insecurities about whether she and Big Actually that’s good and happy together. (They did not!)

Natasha has always been one of the most interesting characters in SATC mythological, and the whole plot with her is one of the most daring of the series. I could write a thesis on her entire arc and often question whether I wanted to live in a society where a Ph. in Sex and the city Extra scenarios are not provided.

I admire it for the way it challenges the audience about Carrie as a character and what we are willing to excuse or tolerate, both as viewers and as humans, with our past relationships. our own and the wounds and bruises that accompany it. It exposes Carrie’s narcissism, delusions, and destructiveness, not only testing how much Sarah Jessica Parker-branded charisma is needed to combat it, but also revealing that we absolutely can. being able to judge a person’s behavior while keeping them dear (on TV and in life).

It messes with the concept of who is the villain in situations like these. We are conditioned to hate Natasha, but Carrie is the one whose actions are supposed to be cruel.

I also like that you don’t have to buy the idea of ​​Big and Carrie’s fable love to believe this plot. Infidelity, betrayal, and chaos all seem to work outside of arguments over who should end up with whom. It’s all very ugly, both human and real – a plot that reflects your inability to know what you want in life and from relationships, and the inevitability of fucking life. lives of those you love.

And, certainly, in a very televised way, it set up this Natasha and Carrie debate.

I really like this way And just like that relived that conversation from the perspective of women who spent decades letting those wounds heal — but also never getting rid of them.


The impetus for all of this was the revelation that Big had left Natasha $1 million in his will, to which people reacted, understandably, with a rousing “What the hell is that?” ?”

Carrie, apparently, spirals. “I was really mad at Big,” she said. “I almost forgot how I used to feel years ago: so worried, insecure and hopeless. As what we have is not enough. Like I was not enough. And I just hate that after all these good years, this is what I have left. He ruined our happy/sad ending.”

Charlotte tells her that she and Big are the happiest couple she knows, and there’s nothing to worry about. (All aside for last week’s episode guest Susan Sharon, who she secretly calls Big a “stinger” who made Carrie’s life miserable at his funeral—the only person who will tell truth.) But that doesn’t give you peace of mind.

There are classic, hilarious Carrie hijinks where she goes into stalk mode and people start getting really petty about the whole thing. It all culminates in a lovely scene between Carrie and Natasha, where after all these bad and cruel years, they come from a kind and honest place. Natasha said: “I will never understand why he married me when he always loved you. Finally Carrie had to say, “I’m sorry too, God, for everything,” while Natasha forgave her: “I appreciate that. But we’re fine. All is in the past “.

In essence, it could be the biggest imaginary leap this show has ever taken. How often does someone get the ending to something so complicated and so painful? I’m not sure Carrie made that much money, and I’m not sure Natasha would be so pompous. But it’s still great to see and, for me, beyond the view. I finally got my wish: an entire episode of Sex and the city in which we introduced the idea that Carrie and Big’s relationship was never the copper ring we all believed Carrie should reach for or be grateful for.

There’s another nasty twist to all of this: the truth is horrifying sexual assault allegations against Noth, which he denied, was made public this morning, this new episode has been dropped. That could certainly shed some light on how audiences feel about Big and his relationship with Carrie. As one of my colleague friends, Laura Bradley, who will not be named, joked, “Well, I know a writer’s room is feeling pretty good about their choice,” as Big was killed in the show. (Peloton, however, still humiliated.) ‘And Just Like That’ Revives Carrie and Natasha’s Debate in ‘Sex and the City’


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