As a faithful Sex and the City fan, the information of HBO Max’s upcoming revival ought to have me feeling as giddy and excited as Charlotte York trying by way of a bridal journal. However as an alternative, I’m feeling as skeptical and unenthused as… Samantha Jones trying by way of a bridal journal.
I’ve seen each episode of Intercourse and the Metropolis (plus the flicks) a number of occasions, so there’s little question I’ll tune in to see extra of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte — and it’s a superb signal that Michael Patrick King, who shepherded the present’s golden years, is returning as showrunner. However there are two main obstacles hooked up to this revival, beginning with the shortage of Samantha Jones. (Kim Cattrall gained’t return to reprise her function.) The facility of Intercourse and the Metropolis comes from its completely balanced core quartet, and eradicating any one of many 4 most important women will undoubtedly throw the chemistry manner out of whack. Plus, I’d argue that Samantha is probably the most crucial of the 4 women, since her sexually voracious life-style offered the present’s trademark tawdry humor and helped it push the boundaries of intercourse on TV. (With out her within the fold, they may as simply effectively name it And the Metropolis.)
Secondly, even when Samantha had come again, this story has just about already been instructed, hasn’t it? By the point Intercourse and the Metropolis ended, all 4 ladies had been fortunately coupled off in comparatively secure relationships. The place’s the drama in that, I ask you? (The films tried to shake up the established order a bit, however these 4 most important couplings all stayed in place.) It turned a a lot totally different present in later seasons, transitioning to extra dramatic storylines about marriage and motherhood and shifting away from the joys of being single and relationship within the massive metropolis. Do we actually have to see Carrie and Large bickering over the thermostat, or Charlotte scolding Harry for placing his toes up on the eating room desk? We’re completely satisfied they’re completely satisfied… however we’re undecided we have to watch it.
As I see it, there’s just one strategy to carry again this present, minus Samantha, and truly have it recapture the spirit of the unique. Right here’s my pitch: We open on Samantha’s funeral. Not an enormous shock there, since she had breast most cancers late within the sequence, and it wouldn’t make sense for Samantha to be alive and never be part of this continuation. (A majority of TVLine readers agree that killing off Samantha is the best way to go, and it additionally suits with the revival’s title, And Just Like That…, within the sense that life can really activate a dime.) Her demise rocks her three closest mates to the core, forcing them to take a tough have a look at the place they’re in life. Have they grow to be too stale and set of their methods? May they use a little bit extra Samantha Jones-style spice of their lives?
So Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte make a pact to honor Samantha by… ditching their husbands for a trial interval and reentering the relationship pool, single and able to mingle. (Perhaps Large is useless too, as was rumored for the third Intercourse and the Metropolis film. Or perhaps their husbands respect their mourning course of and provides them a “corridor go” of some type. Sorry, Large, Steve and Harry, however you’re simply in the best way right here.) This will get us again to the present’s roots as a enjoyable, frivolous have a look at a tight-knit group of mates relationship and mating with a parade of colourful weirdos. Plus, it has the added (and recent!) angle of three ladies of their 50s dealing with a relationship world that has modified radically since they had been final single. In the event you bear in mind, Carrie struggled to grasp electronic mail, so there’s loads of comedic potential in these three attempting to navigate relationship apps, sexts and unsolicited (um) non-public images.
Now that’s a revival I’d fortunately watch, with the sex-positive spirit of Samantha Jones guiding her mates to a extra carnally fulfilled existence. I significantly doubt it’ll occur — it’s most likely too abrupt a change for a venerable franchise that doesn’t need to rock the boat an excessive amount of — and I’d nonetheless moderately see a full reboot of the sequence, with a brand new set of younger ladies taking the baton. I don’t suppose the revival will dwell as much as the unique Intercourse and the Metropolis we all know and love… however hey, I can dream, can’t I?
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