Even though the premiere of And Just Like That… was last week, I am still not over that “Big” Death. It is why I am just writing about it, but we will get to that.
First, let’s acknowledge that it has been 11 years since Sex and the City 2 came out. And I bet we all were thinking that it was the end of an era. But it seems HBO Max is not done with the Big Apple just yet. Let’s take a look at what And Just Like That… hit us with the last two weeks.
The Elephant In The Room
They address the elephant in the room in the first few minutes as the show starts. That elephant being that one of the four main ladies is missing. Kim Cattrall (Samantha) decided not to be a part of the reboot. With the excuse of Samantha moving to London, the quartet turns into a trio. Instead, the show focuses on three leading ladies, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis).
Through exposition, we learn that Carrie is moving her journalism to podcasting, Miranda leaves her law practice and is going back to school, and Charlotte is living the perfect life she always wanted. They are adapting to the changes of the times. However, Carrie must step out of her shell and speak more openly about Sex in her podcast if she wants to succeed. After a disastrous first day of college, Miranda must learn big life lessons. And Charlotte must try to connect with her youngest daughter, Rose.
The Big Death
When the ” Big ” death happens, all those problems are put to the side. As Carrie is watching Charlotte’s other daughter Lilly’s piano recital, Big suffers a heart attack. Carrie gets home just in time to see him taking his last breath. And just like that, a central character is gone.
The second episode of the show is mostly about dealing with the aftermath. As well as seeing how Carrie is not processing it all. She tries hard to keep strong and refuses to talk about it. Though she does cry at first, her friends notice how detached she seems.
Though we can all agree Big’s death is for the greater good, it is still a hard blow. After six seasons of will they, won’t they, the horrible wedding, and the kissing an ex-fiasco, Carrie and Big deserve happiness. Even so, we know that this will force Carrie to change. But, will it be a change for the better? Or will she spiral first?
Tune in every Thursday on HBO Max to see what the city has left to show us in And Just Like That…